All resources in CESA #12 Science 6-9

The Cloning of Cells

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In this lesson, students continue their education on cells in the human body. They discuss stem cells and how engineers are involved in the research of stem cell behavior. They learn about possible applications of stem cell research and associated technologies, such as fluorescent dyes for tracking the replication of specific cells.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Authors: Christie Chatterley, Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,, Janet Yowell, Malinda Schaefer Zarske, Megan Shaw,, Victoria Lanaghan

Morning Glory Cloud Formation

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This is an inquiry-based video with questions to get students to think about cloud formation and convection winds. This particular phenomenon is morning glory cloud formation. Students are prompted to think about weather patterns, how clouds form, how land and water effect cloud formation. Use to begin a lesson on clouds.

Material Type: Other

Author: Mary Maderich

Florida Red Tide Event

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Florida is experiencing mass fish kills and disrupting Florida shoreline. The Red Tide has become more prevalent and hanging on longer.This is an inquiry-based 2018 video with questions to get the students to think about the worst red tides in years. The Red Tide is disrupting the Florida coastal ecosystem. Changes in the weather are making changes near the sea shore.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Brenda L Jurek

National Parks from Space

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America's geoheritage arises from the features, landforms, and landscapes characteristic of the United States. These locations are valued for many reasons, including significant scientific, educational, cultural, aesthetic, and recreational purposes. They are conserved so that their lessons and beauty will remain as a legacy for future generations.* The places stewarded by the U.S. National Park Service hold many stories about our shared geoheritage. There is a national park within a day's drive of most communities in the U.S. where you can connect in person with the land and stories that shaped the character of our nation. You can also experience these parks in another way - from space. On this DVD you can visit over 60 national parks from the vantage point of space and read articles selected from NASA's Earth Observatory website describing how satellite observations can help people better understand our geoheritage. Space-based views provide useful information on natural processes and human impacts affecting the Earth's surface within and outside of protected areas. For example, landscape changes caused by shifting vegetation types (Great Smoky Mountains), rainfall (Death Valley), glacial retreat (Glacier Bay), fire (Tallgrass Prairie) and climate change can all be observed from space.

Material Type: Interactive

Authors: EOS Project Science Office, NASA

Inquiry Lab Student Form and Rubric

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This is an assessment tool used with inquiry labs. Each quarter we add another layer as follows: 1. First quarter we work intensely on the experimental design section. 2 . Second Quarter we add more and focus on organizing and interpreting data (Results Section) 3. Third quarter we hone skills in writing the conclusion section. 4. Fourth quarter students develop the critical thinking skills needed for writing and discussing errors and validity in the discussion section.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Theresa Paulsen

Build An Atom

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This activity utilizes an online interactive simulation ( that allows students to explore and manipulate the subatomic particles that comprise the atom. Students also explore atomic mass, ions, nuclear symbols, and the periodic table. A link to the simulation and a downloadable file that includes a pre-lab, a student activity guide, and a post-lab assessment. The simulation also includes other inquiry opportunities and a game.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Simulation

Author: Troy Puisto

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Launched in 2013,® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Great opportunity to learn computer science. The makers of this online coding program curriculum believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra. The makers of are proud to offer all of their curriculum and course content completely free worldwide, without any sort of needed partnership to use our materials in your school.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Learning Task

Authors: and Twitter helped create these materials. Minecraft™ © 2018 Microsoft. All Rights Reserved. Star Wars™ © 2018 Disney and Lucasfilm. All Rights Reserved. Frozen™ © 2018 Disney. All Rights Reserved. Ice Age™ © 2018 20th Century Fox. All Rights Reserved. Angry Birds™ © 2009-2018 Rovio Entertainment Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Plants vs. Zombies™ © 2018 Electronic Arts Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Amazing World of Gumball is trademark and © 2018 Cartoon Network., Engineers from Google, Facebook, Microsoft

The Science Spot

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The starters typically take 5 minutes or less to complete and provide students with a focused activity to start class. Feel free to use the starters as they are provided or adapt them to fit your units of study. I provide students with a Science Starters answer sheet (quarter format) that has room for nine weeks worth of answers. The answer sheets are collected every Friday to be graded and then I return them on Monday for the new week. I also have an answer sheet with room for four weeks worth of answers or a weekly Science Starters bookmark (weekly format) available as an alternative to the standard answer sheet.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment Item, Diagram/Illustration, Lesson, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Havana, IL, Tracy (Trimpe) Tomm 8th Grade Science Teacher @ Havana Junior High

Density of water

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Students will measure water using grams, millileters and cubic centimeters to discover the density of water. Needed tools are balances, graduated cylinders, a cubic container for measuring cubic centimeters, rulers and water.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Mike Schlangen

Baboon Longevity Under Adversity

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This graph depicts survival curves for 196 adult female baboons from a population in Kenya. The baboons were grouped by the number of adverse conditions that they had experienced early in life. Project or distribute the image to engage students. The downloadable Educator Materials PDF, which includes background information, graph interpretation and discussion questions, and the Student Handout, which includes the image and background information, have been remediated to comply with Section 508 of the National Rehabilitation Act for accessibility and can be used with screen readers.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration, Lesson, Student Guide

Diffusion across semipermeable membranes

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Biological membranes are selectively permeable; some molecules can cross while others cannot. One way to affect this is through pore size. Change the pore size with the slider to change the permeability of the membrane to the different types of molecules. Trace an individual molecule to see the path it takes.

Material Type: Game, Interactive, Simulation

Author: Mary Maderich

Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels (800kya-January, 2016)

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CO2 video "Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide" from NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. Demonstrates the change in atmospheric carbon dioxide in an animated and annotated graph. Video is found on NOAA's ESRL Global Monitoring page (, which also includes data points from Mauna Loa, Hawaii, global data, and an imbedded video demonstrating CO2 emissions.

Material Type: Reference Material

Authors: NOAA ESRL Global Monitoring Division, USA (

Energy Concepts

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A video workshop for K-6 science teachers; 8 one-hour video programs, workshop guide, and Web site. Click on each Workshop (1-8) for video and support materials. Understanding the concept of energy is crucial to the comprehension of many ideas in physical science, Earth and space science, and life science. The video programs, print guide, and Web site of this workshop for elementary school teachers provide a solid foundation, enabling you to distinguish between the way "energy" is commonly understood and its meaning in science. Examine energy's role in motion, machines, food, the human body, and the universe as a whole. Learn how energy can be converted from one form to another and transferred over space and time. And explore the notion of "conservation of energy" — the idea that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Return to the classroom with a new focus on the important concept of energy.

Material Type: Full Course, Lesson Plan

Authors: © Annenberg Foundation 2017. All rights reserved., Produced by Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. 2002.

Middle School Chemistry

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This site contains 6 lessons: Chapter 1: Matter—Solids, Liquids, and Gases, Chapter 2: Changes of State, Chapter 3: Density, Chapter 4: The Periodic Table & Bonding, Chapter 5: The Water Molecule and Dissolving, Chapter 6: Chemical Change. Each lesson has chapter reading, videos, teacher lesson pages, student activity sheets, activity answer sheets, explore activities, downloadable lessons. Everything you need for each of these topics. Each chapter has multiple lessons breaking down the content.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Learning Task