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Glaciologist in Action (Lab)

Students participate in a hands-on lab in which glacier (ice) effects on the Earth’s surface is demonstrated.

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Newton's Second Law

Students will work in partners to investigate Newton’s second law by testing a series of experiments with varying conditions.

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Mendelian Genetics Using Monohybrids

Students will work collaboratively through a fictitious, real-world scenario to determine the probability of each breeding pair of dogs producing offspring with the desired trait for a fictitious client.

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How Newton's Laws Apply Every Day

Students collaboratively determine how the characteristics of a real-world job correlate with each of Newton’s Laws and why that is relevant to their own lives.

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Proving an Ecosystem’s Health Through Succession

**Students engage in viewing day three of ecosystem changes in lab groups to determine if the ecosystem is healthy or unhealthy based on scientific data and factors. **

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DNA Sequencing

In this lesson, students will investigate how gene expression is a regulated process controlled by DNA and the interpretations of codons through translation.

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Convergent Plate Boundaries

Students will design and test models that will identify crustal features formed by convergent plate boundaries.

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Full Speed Ahead

Students will use hover pucks to measure speed over a distance of six meters. Once speed has been calculated, students will determine velocity using the same data. Finally, students will be able to label all points of acceleration.

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Save the Factory!

Students will design an experiment to test the outcome of friction in force and motion. The students will create an inclined plane demonstrating their knowledge of mechanical energy and the effects of gravity on an object. Students will use previous knowledge of friction to complete their task of stopping their object. Critical thinking skills will be the focus of the lesson as students will have to utilize their scientific problem-solving skills to make decisions regarding their experiment.

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Producing Plump Produce

In collaborative groups, the students investigate the transport of water within potato cells placed in various tonicity solutions.

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Energy Transfer in an Ecosystem

All matter contains energy. Energy can be transferred from one object to another. Energy transformation can occur through the conversion of energy from one form to another. Energy is never created nor destroyed; it is always transferred and/or transformed. Students will demonstrate how energy is transformed and transferred in an ecosystem. To do this, students will create energy pyramids by stacking cups that represent organisms and available amounts of energy. Students will graph and analyze the data.

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Consumers and Producers

**Students will investigate various ecosystems to determine what producers and consumers are, as well as their needs within an ecosystem.**

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Plant, Parts, and Function

Students use prior knowledge of body systems as they make connections to systems in plants. Students learn that some plant systems have similar functions as the respective animal systems. The lesson highlights the following systems in plants: root system, shoot system, vascular system, and reproductive system.

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Types of Motion

Students will distinguish between and/or interpret the types of motion.

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Scientific Investigation and Reasoning - Safe Practices

Students will use interactive exercises to review common lab safety rules and safety symbols.

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Lab Safety Equipment

Given investigation scenarios, students will select appropriate preventative safety equipment.

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Scientific Investigation and Reasoning - Data Organization

Using interactive exercises, students will review how to construct tables and graphs in order to organize data.

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Scientific Investigation and Reasoning - Data Analysis

Students will use interactive exercises to analyze data to identify patterns, predict trends, formulate reasonable explanations, and communicate valid conclusions.

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Scientific Investigation and Reasoning - Scientific Explanations

Using interactive exercises, students will review how to evaluate a scientific explanation.

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Scientific Investigation and Reasoning - Models

Using interactive exercises, students will review the three different types of models and the advantages and limitations of models.