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Global Warming and the Paris Agreement

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Global warming: a political debate or a scientific fact? Young historians read text, complete activities, and participate in group discussion to understand the political debate surrounding global warming and the US decision to withdraw...
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Automation and the American Worker

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A thought-provoking resource examines the future of automation and the effects on employment. Academics read informational text, complete written prompts, and participate in activities to understand automation and the possibilities for...
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Grade 8 Literacy in Science: Humans and the Environment

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Humans have a push-pull type of relationship with their environments. Individuals investigate the human influence on the environment with a series of formative and summative assessments. They read informative text that provides...
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Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Some chemical reactions produce heat, but what is really going on? Lesson focuses on the concept of energy changes, both exothermic and endothermic. Scholars perform multiple experiments, hands-on activities, and view videos of the...
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What is a Chemical Reaction?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
When a candle burns down, what happens to the mass that appears to be shrinking? Lesson begins with a demonstration of the chemical reaction of a candle burning. Then scholars use atom models to observe conservation of mass concretely. 
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Does Temperature Affect Dissolving?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
When making sweet tea, why do people dissolve the sugar in hot tea instead of cold tea? The class discusses the previous lab and builds upon it. Working in groups, they design an experiment to determine how temperature affects the...
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Using Dissolving to Identify an Unknown

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
There is a solvent called aqua regis that can dissolve gold! After observing a solubility demonstration, groups receive four known crystals and one unknown. Based on the demo, they design an experiment to determine the identity of the...
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Represent Bonding with Lewis Dot Diagrams

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Lewis dot diagrams, Lewis dot structures, and electron dot diagrams are all the same thing. Young scientists learn how to draw Lewis dot diagrams and come to understand how dots and dashes represent valence electrons and ionic or...
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The Periodic Table

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Carbon is a unique element known to form up to 10 million different compounds. Scholars focus on the first 20 elements of the periodic table in order to learn how to read the table. They correctly match 20 cards with given information to...
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Air, It's Really There

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Love is in the air? Wrong — nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide are in the air. The final instructional activity in the series of five covers the impact of temperature on gases. Scholars view a demonstration of gas as a type of matter...
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The Ups and Downs of Thermometers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What has a thermometer earned that your pupils haven't? A degree! After reviewing the previous lessons about molecules and degrees, scholars observe how thermometers work before building their own. The module includes a activity sheet.
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Molecules in Motion

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
I heard that oxygen and magnesium were going out and I was like "O Mg."  Pupils experiment with adding food coloring to water of various temperatures in order to determine how temperature impacts molecular movement. This is the...
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Moving Molecules in a Solid

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Who likes magic shows? In the fourth of five lessons, pupils view a scientific magic trick. The ball fits through the ring easily, but then moments later, it won't pass through anymore. What changed? Can we reverse the change? Scholars...
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Molecules Matter

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Did you know that jumping spiders sometimes wear water droplets as hats? A seventh grade science lesson introduces the concept of what makes up water: tiny molecules that are attracted to each other. Starting with a chemistry discussion,...
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Drafting Board: Community Service

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Should schools impose community service graduation requirements? In the final lesson of the Drafting Board series, learners solidify their practice of crafting an argument supported by sound reason and evidence.
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Drafting Board: Electoral College

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Should the president of the United States be voted by the Electoral College or the popular vote? Your young historians will consider the pros and cons of the Electoral College, and make an argument using reasons and evidence provided in...
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Drafting Board: Kids and Credit

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Should kids under the age of 18 be given access to credit cards? Learners identify pros and cons of using credit, develop claims based on evidence, and finally argue reasons for or against credit for minors.
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Drafting Board: Military Intervention

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Should countries use their militaries to stop humanitarian crises in other countries? Learners make claims, organize their reasoning, and provide evidence for their arguments with this rich resource.
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Drafting Board: Interest Groups

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Does the influence of interest groups harm a political system? Your class members will analyze the role of interest groups in American politics, as well as consider the effect of perspective, bias, loyalty, and the First Amendment.
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Drafting Board

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Here is a great online interactive activity that will not only spur discussion on free speech and student expression, but will also involve a great deal of practice in identifying claims and supporting them with evidence.
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Background on the Patriot Attitude toward the Monarch

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Learners explain the Patriot attitude toward the British monarchy, which helps them embrace the Founders' reluctance to have a strong executive under the Articles of Confederation as well as their desire to build in checks of executive...