#95 Try This On for Science (grades 3-12)
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These are the ONLY materials you may NOT already have or may find challenging to locate. All are available for purchase below!
- An ounce scale or gram scale (for books 05, 09).
- A 10 mL graduated cylinder (for book 09).
- Dropper bottles with screw-on eyedroppers (for books 10, 13).
- Steel wool (for books 11, 15).
- A test tube (for book 12).
- Bell wire (for book 19).
- Ceramic 'refrigerator' magnets (for books 19, 20, 33).
- Very thin bare copper wire (for book 20).
- Epsom salts (for book 23); purchase in the home remedy section of your local pharmacy.
- Sugar cubes (for book 35).
- A canning ring (for book 101)
- Sample 01: To relate the length of a pendulum to its period. To appreciate the predictive power of mathematics.
- Sample 02: To define the decimal equivalents of metric prefixes, and use them in combination with other units of measure.
- Sample 03: To graph how the diameter of a cylinder is related to its circumference.
- Sample 04: To experience how lowering the center of gravity of an object below its pivot point stabilizes its equilibrium.
- Sample 05: To devise a simple method for estimating postage rates using an equal arm lever. To develop a kinesthetic feel for 1 ounce.
- Sample 06: To explain the apparent discrepancy that identical puzzle pieces fit together to form unequal areas.
- Sample 07: To be surprised by the unusual topological properties of a Mobius strip.
- Sample 08: To develop a probability distribution for 10 randomly tossed tacks landing upright. To express the central tendency as a mode, median and mean.
- Sample 09: To compare the relative densities of ice, liquid water, and corn oil by observing what floats and what sinks. To confirm these observations on a balance.
- Sample 10: To investigate the properties of cabbage water as an acid-base indicator.
- Sample 11: To study the rapid oxidation of iron to iron oxide. To understand that smaller particle sizes speed the burning process.
- Sample 12: To understand why salt and water lose volume when mixed together.
- Sample 13: To observe how cohesion holds water together when heaped on a penny. To recognize that soap weakens this cohesion.
- Sample 14: To observe how a bi-material strip bends as its dissimilar sides expand and contract by different amounts. To apply this idea to thermostats.
- Sample 15: To appreciate that water is a good heat convector, but a poor conductor.
- Sample 16: To feel the strong force of atmospheric pressure holding a plastic bag inside an airtight container.
- Sample 17: To experience the reversed nature of a reflected virtual image. To have fun.
- Sample 18: To examine 3 ways to change the pitch of a vibrating string.
- Sample 19: To construct a sensitive galvanometer. To understand that moving electrons create an associated magnetic field.
- Sample 20: To build a motor that spins by turning itself on and off.
- Sample 21: To measure reaction time by catching a dropping meter stick.
- Sample 22: To recognize the relationship between force and distance in a combination pulley system improvised from paper clips.
- Sample 23: To model how dissolved minerals petrify wood.
- Sample 31: To construct a paper balance; to use it to compare masses of small objects.
- Sample 32: To use a bulb and battery to test whether common materials in the classroom are conductors or insulators of electricity.
- Sample 33: To observe that a magnetic field can pass through solid objects, as long as they are not magnetic.
- Sample 34: To graph how the frequency of a paper clip chain changes with length.
- Sample 35: To measure a box in one, two and three dimensions. To estimate quantity by measuring.
- Sample 36: To verify basic body proportions by making accurate measurements with a meter stick or tape.
- Sample 37: To understand camouflage as a survival strategy, as an outcome of natural selection.
- Sample 38: To expose radish seeds to a variety of growing conditions and predict outcomes.
- Sample 39: To construct a pole planter that allows students to draw the daily growth pattern of a corn and bean plant to scale.
- Sample 40: To understand why the spherical moon often presents a crescent shape.
- Sample 41: To draw the relative sizes of the sun and planets to scale. To draw their distances from the sun to scale.
- Sample 42: To build a suspension-drop microscope. To understand 4-color printing as a matrix of yellow, blue, red, and black dots.
- Sample 61: To assign a class number based on the position of each student's name on your finalized class list.
- Sample 62: To encourage students to get acquainted with others in their classroom community.
- Sample 63: To enforce class rules. To make discipline a positive learning experience.
- Sample 64: To encourage students to share their hopes and fears.
- Sample 91: To make a pendulum that ticks 60 cycles per minute, like a clock.
- Sample 101: To experience pinhole magnification.
These 41 stand-alone lessons promote excellence in science teaching by these NSES criteria:
Teachers of science...
A: ...plan an inquiry-based science program. (p. 30)
B: ...guide and facilitate learning. (p. 32)
C: ...engage in ongoing assessment of their teaching and of student learning. (p. 37)
D: ...design and manage learning environments that provide students with the time, space, and resources needed for learning science. (p. 43)
These 41 stand-alone lessons contain fundamental content as defined by these NSES guidelines (p. 109).
• Represent a central event or phenomenon in the natural world.
• Represent a central scientific idea and organizing principle.
• Have rich explanatory power.
• Guide fruitful investigations.
• Apply to situations and contexts common to everyday experiences.
• Can be linked to meaningful learning experiences.
• Are developmentally appropriate for students at the grade level specified.
Unifying Concepts and Processes
NSES Framework: Systems, order, and organization • Evidence, models and explanation • Constancy, change, and measurement • Evolution and equilibrium • Form and function
Core Concepts/Processes: A variety of hands-on lessons and teaching tools from 41 different TOPS titles in science and math.
Science as Inquiry (content standard A)
NSES Framework: Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations. • Design and conduct a scientific investigation. • Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data. • Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence. • Think critically and logically to connect evidence and explanations. • Recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predictions. • Communicate scientific procedures and explanations. • Use mathematics in all aspects of scientific inquiry.
Core Inquiries: Sample stand-alone science and math inquires adapted from 41 different TOPS titles.
Physical Science (content standard B)
NSES Framework: Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism • Properties and changes of properties in matter • Motions and forces • Chemical reactions
Core Content: Center of gravity • Electricity • Magnetism • Pendulums • Lenses and pinholes • Light • Floating and sinking • Kinetic model • Pressure • Sound • Reaction Time • Pulleys • Heat
Life Science (content standard C)
NSES Framework: Structure and function in living systems • Diversity and adaptations of organisms • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
Core Content: Animal survival • Radishes • Corn and Beans • Oxidation and human respiration
Earth and Space Science (content standard D)
NSES Framework: Properties of earth materials • Objects in the sky • Changes in earth and sky 58 Structure of the earth system • Earth's history • Earth in the solar system 912 Energy in the earth system • Geochemical cycles • Origin and evolution of the earth system • Origin and evolution of the universe
Core Content: Petrified wood • Modeling moon phases • Scaling the solar system
Science and Technology (content standard E)
NSES Framework: Abilities of technological design • Understanding about science and technology
Core Content: Build balance beams, galvanometers, motors, water-drop microscopes, pinhole microscopes, and more.