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March 26, 2019 6:00 AM
Covering forces and laws of motion in science class? Try one of these five free lesson plans to help students get hands-on with physics. Teach Forces of Motion with 5 Free Lesson Plans Teaching elementary and middle school students about forces of motion, energy, and Newton's laws is an important part of standards-based science curriculum. At Science Buddies, we know that getting kids hands-on with these concepts can be a powerful way to help them… Read more
January 29, 2019 6:00 AM
Score points with your science classes with free lesson plans for 3 catapult science projects for the classroom. Three Catapult Science Lesson Plans for Super Bowl Week: Hands-on Science Lessons. www.sciencebuddies.org Is Super Bowl Sunday generating excitement among your students? Talking about (or making) catapults and exploring questions related to physics, engineering, and math is a great way to tie the big game and the science of football to science… Read more
November 9, 2018 6:00 AM
Science Buddies' Lesson Plans help educators lead STEM activities in and out of the classroom. This librarian used the Paper Rockets Lesson Plan as part of an ongoing STEM series at the public library! Lesson plans support STEM education everywhere! At Science Buddies, we want educators to feel confident leading STEM activities with students in any setting, even at the local library! Many educators using Science Buddies' free, NGSS-aligned Lesson Plans… Read more
October 11, 2018 12:00 AM
Science Buddies' free Lesson Plans can help you teach students about sound with fun, hands-on activities. Explore sound science with rubber band guitars and other hands-on STEM activities! www.sciencebuddies.org Note: For additional lessons and activities to teach about the science of sound, see 18 Lessons to Teach the Science of Sound, part of our Teaching Science Units collection. Teaching about sound can be a real challenge. You can't (usually) see… Read more
June 7, 2018 10:00 AM
Ocean pollution is a growing global environmental problem. For World Oceans Day, talk with students about this problem and ways in which everyone can help reduce the amount of plastic trash flowing into waterways. Photo: By Loranchet, Wikimedia Commons Plastic Filling the Oceans World Oceans Day is June 8, 2018. The theme of this year's global observance is the importance of reducing plastic pollution that is making its way into our oceans. The problem… Read more
April 25, 2018 6:00 AM
A new hands-on NGSS-aligned lesson plan helps student model the probability of getting an autoimmune disease and explore the range of factors that may contribute to these diseases. Free Lesson Plan! Model the odds of getting an autoimmune disease. www.sciencebuddies.org Today is National DNA Day, an annual celebration of the completion of the Human Genome Project. To support educators doing hands-on lessons on genetics, Science Buddies has released a… Read more
February 27, 2018 6:00 AM
New Lesson Plans from Science Buddies enable middle and high school classroom discussions of environmental impact and hands-on exploration of sensor-based technologies that might make a difference. These STEM activities are perfect for schools with a Maker space! When it comes to protecting the environment and reducing our impact, sensor-based technologies may be part of the solution. With sensors providing real-time monitoring, individuals, agencies,… Read more
February 8, 2018 7:00 AM
February is American Heart Month. While our physical hearts don't look anything like Valentine's Day decorations, February is a great month to explore heart health with students. Two free Science Buddies Lesson Plans help teachers introduce circulatory system concepts to elementary-age kids with hands-on classroom activities. Science Buddies Lesson Plans help teachers and students get hands-on with heart health science in the classroom. www.sciencebuddies.org … Read more
February 6, 2018 6:00 AM
What can students learn about viruses, virus mutation, vaccines, and the human immune system from this year's flu season? A free Lesson Plan for a middle school classroom activity helps teachers lead STEM exploration with real-world connections. Two heatmaps show a difference between reported flu cases in the United States between 2017 and 2018. The bottom map shows 8 states colored red to represent high influenza activity levels during the 2016-2017 flu season, the… Read more
January 25, 2018 9:30 AM
New Lesson Plan uses a simple taste test to help students understand genetic mutation firsthand. Not everyone will detect the taste of phenylthiocarbamide (PTC). What does this mean and what can students learn about genetics from investigating the results of a taste test? Have students sort themselves into taster and non-taster groups to begin the process of finding out! How Gene Mutations Change Your Ability to Taste: Free educator lesson plan for classroom genetics… Read more
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