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Reasons for the Seasons

This is an activity about seasons. Learners compare the seasons though identifying seasonal activities and drawing scenes in each season.

Searching for the Sun

This is an activity about sunlight as an energy source. Learners will create a plant box and observe that a plant will grow toward the Sun, its primary source of energy. This hands-on activity is an additional lesson as part of the book, The Day Joshua Jumped Too Much.

Exploring the Earth as a Magnet

This is an activity about Earth's magnetosphere. Learners will use a magnet, simulating Earth's protective magnetosphere, and observe what occurs when iron filings, simulating the solar wind, blow past and encounter the magnet's field.

Reasons for the Seasons

This is an activity about seasons. Learners compare the seasons though identifying seasonal activities and drawing scenes in each season.

Playing with Magnetism

This is an activity about magnetism and magnetic forces. Learners will explore objects to which a magnet is attracted or repelled, and investigate the attractive and repulsive forces of two like and two unlike magnetic poles.

MRC: How Do I Measure This? (Grades 3-5)

This is a lesson about measurement and cratering. Learners will read about the origin of the foot as a standardized unit of measure, work collaboratively to conduct an experiment about cratering, and collect and record data to draw logical and scientific conclusions.

The Water Cycle: Now You See It, Now You Don't

This is a hands-on lab activity about the water cycle, specifically evaporation and condensation. Using materials such as clay, ice and a lamp, learners will observe the relationship between temperature and condensation and temperature and evaporation.

Rocks, Soils, and Surfaces: Planetary Sample and Impact Cratering Unit

Students are introduced to planetary rocks, soils, and surfaces using images of the lunar samples collected by Apollo astronauts. Examining those images and participating in related activities will lead students to a deeper understanding of the Moon, Earth and our Solar System.

Angle of Light Rays and Surface Distribution

This experimental activity is designed to develop basic understanding of the relationship between the angle of light rays and the area over which the light rays are distributed, and the potential to affect changes in the temperature of materials.

Sensing the Invisible: The Herschel Experiment

This is a lesson about infrared radiation. Learners will investigate invisible forms of light as they conduct William Herschel's experiment and subsequent discovery of infrared radiation.

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