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Observing Reactions
Developed for third grade. The students will gain a better understanding of the importance and process of forming a hypothesis and making observations as they perform two quick experiments that each have visible reactions. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the teaching of biology at the elementary level. Unless otherwise noted, the lesson pla
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Oobleck
Developed for first grade. Students will make a substance and use scientific observations, as well as their senses to classify Oobleck and its ingredients as solid, liquid, or gas. Students will notice that Oobleck bounces and is very tangible, but also very gooey and slimy all at the same time. Students will be amazed how Oobleck can fit so many different categories. Students will love playing with Oobleck after taking pride in making it! Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's Coll
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Opening our Minds
Developed for the second grade. Students will complete a number of small tasks to help them understand both conscious and unconscious brain processes. We will discuss the left and right hemispheres of the brain and which aspects of the body each hemisphere controls. Students will then have the opportunity to participate in a number of fun activities that will exemplify how the brain sends and receives messages through the use of goggles that the students will each wear while trying to walk and d
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Rainbow Milk
Developed for first grade. Students will actively mix three colors of food coloring with dish liquid detergent in a bowl of milk. They will hypothesize, and then observe the effects and record their findings. Students will also discuss the sense of sight, and the importance of milk and dairy to good health. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on t
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Sprouting artwork
Developed for third grade. In participating in this activity, students will realize that seeds can sprout and grow without being immersed in soil. After looking at the inside of a lima bean and learning about the different parts of the seed, the students will grow their own little garden of mini-mustard plants in any shape they desire, using a sponge as the base. The kids will be able to care for the seeds soon after they sprout. They will be able to "taste" their mustard plants and even use the
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Terrific Tastebuds
Developed for third grade. The students will be given an introduction to tastebuds, focusing on the different types of tastebuds, what they taste, and where they are located on the tongue. They will do this by sampling four different tastes (lemon - sour, sugar - sweet, salt - salty, and tonic water - bitter) and determining which can be tasted the best in what areas of the tongue. Given a diagram that maps out the main regions of the tongue, the students will indicate which area is designated f
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The Wonder of Birds
Developed for third grade. This activity will explore the uses of birds beaks in the wild. The activity features 8 stations in which students will hypothesize, test, and record the data they observe. This is a hands-on and interactive experiment that the students are sure to enjoy. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the teaching of biology at
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To Light or Not to Light
Developed for second grade. In this activity, students will examine how the living environments(light & dark) affect the growth of green beans through photosynthesis. Through using scientific method, students will choose which situation is better for plant growth and then record and analyze their results once the seeds begin to grow. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in
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Water Around and Around Again
Developed for third grade. Students will explore the water cycle by creating a miniature environment in a large plastic container. Students will make two different set-ups that will yield similar yet different results. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the teaching of biology at the elementary level. Unless otherwise noted, the lesson plans h
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Where do they live?
Developed for second grade. Each student group will be assigned one of three habitats: ocean, desert, or forest. They will create their assigned environment inside of a shoebox (for forest and desert) or a 2-liter bottle (for ocean). Sand, grass, leaves, stones, water, and other materials will be provided along with various art supplies for students to create more features that they feel are necessary for their environment. Students will then choose the appropriate animals that live in their hab
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Who's Eating Who?
Developed for second grade. First the teacher will explain the 5 trophic levels of a food chain to the students using the hand out with the sample food chain (Figure 1). Then once they have learned about trophic levels, autotrophs, and heterotrophs, each student can begin looking through the magazines and cutting out pictures of animals to create their own food chain. Once each student has completed his or her food chain, you can have them share them with the group. Biology In Elementary School
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Ziploc Gardening
Developed for third grade. This activity is fairly straightforward and simple. Each student will grow one to three plants from various beans that are placed in a bag. As the plants grow, students will observe how the appearances change daily, and then again over a longer period of time, such as two weeks. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the
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WWII: The War Economy - US History: from Civil War to Present
What does it mean to be an American? Far from being a fixed concept, over the past 150 years American identity has been constructed and reconstructed through the conflicts, interchanges, and negotiations between different ethnic, cultural, and religious groups. In this course, we will pay particular attention to two major transformations in American identity: the shift from a conception of citizenship grounded on race to one grounded on shared democratic ideals; and the development of the United
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Zebra mussel impacts
Not only do zebra mussels out-compete native species for food and space, they also are a nuisance and attach (in the numbers of thousands) to boats and other water equipment.
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Biological Soil Crusts
This USGS Canyonlands Research Station site features a series of web pages focusing on biological soil crusts. Biological soil crusts are the community of organisms living at the surface of desert soils. The site provides a menu of links to biological soil crust pages including Crusts 101: an introduction to biological soil crusts, an advanced page with a downloadable 90-page report on soil crusts, a gallery of biological soil crust images and figures, references, the Canyon Country Ecosystems R
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Introduction to compact operators
The aim of this session is to cover the basic theory of compact linear operators on Banach spaces. This includes definitions and statements of the background and main results, with illustrative examples and some proofs. This material is accessible to anyone who has a basic knowledge of metric space topology, and who knows what a bounded linear operator on a Banach space is. It is most likely to be suitable for postgraduate students or final year undergraduates.
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UN in Space
The United Nations visits outer space! Visit the UNISPACE III conference. Learn about the world's treaties and principles of outer space exploration. Visit our links to other space and astronomy sites too.
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Significant Figures Tutorial
In many of the problems in these tutorials, you will be asked to report your answer with a specific number of significant figures. This section provides a brief review of the topic. For a thorough review of significant figures, please see this web site. Here are some examples of how to count significant figures.
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Earning 100 Snelfus
In this Cyberchase video segment, the CyberSquad figures out how to earn 100 snelfus in 11 days.
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Film Shoot: Day 4
In this Cyberchase video segment, the CyberSquad figures out how to incorporate a new scene into their film while staying within their budget.
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