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10 Resources with Free Lesson Plans

August 8th, 2016

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During our process of expanding our science lesson plans section on OpenEducators.org,  we uncovered some *wonderful* resources! Too good not to share. :)

In an effort to spread helpful and trustworthy information to the public, here’s a great list of 10 resources we think educators and youth workers will find useful.

We are passing on what has been shared with us.  Here you go:

The Ultimate Guide to Satellites for Educators: 35 Lesson Plans and Activities for K-12

The Young Meteorologist Program’s Educator Exchange: Science Lesson Plans

Engineering the Future: The Educator’s Guide to Building and Construction

Earth Science Lesson Plans

Make a Splash in the Classroom: A Hands-On Curriculum with Lessons and Activities on Swimming and Pools

Marine Education Lesson Plans and Resources

22 Dog-Themed Lesson Plans for Teachers

EPA Lesson Plans: Climate Change

Kids’ Guide to Forest Fires

Rainforest Alliance School Curriculum

Learning and Growing

February 19th, 2014

“The brain of a child is a developing miracle.  A child’s developing mind is nurtured by loving interactions, a secure and predictable environment and hands-on experiences that invite exploration and learning. Parents, as children’s first teachers, should unlock doors and open windows that allow children to learn and grow.”

Sean Brotherson, Family Science Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Science Fun and Flower Fun

December 18th, 2013

Did you know that you could change the color of a flower?

Teach your kids this magic trick and they can wow friends and family.

Then see what you can learn about the science behind the color change!

Science Fun: Memorizing the Planets

December 11th, 2013

If your kids are studying the solar system, check out these fun ways to memorize the planets:

How to Remember the Order of the Planets in Our Solar System

Science and Language Fun: Secret Codes

December 9th, 2013

I love these creative ideas for writing and deciphering secret codes.  I think kids will have a blast with them!

Science Fun: Bubbles Everywhere!

December 4th, 2013

Get a jug of bubble solution and some items from around the house, and you’ll be ready for an hour of bubble fun.

Bubbles.org, suggests these items:   String formed into a loop, the plastic which holds a six-pack of pop together, cookie sheets, aluminum oven pans, plastic bowls, empty milk containers, buckets, old pieces of hose, garbage can lids, even just your hands held in the right position

Check this link for tutorials with some of the items above.

 

Science & Language Fun: Cylinder Codes

December 2nd, 2013

Kids love secret codes, so this will be an easy writing/reading/science activity.  It only takes a paper towel cylinder, paper, glue/tape, and  a pen!

 

Science Fun – Boat Fun

November 27th, 2013

Little bit of water, little bit of building, little bit of competition, and you’re guaranteed to have fun!

Check out this fun science experiment – BOATS LESSON PLAN – Wesleyan Science Outreach

Science Fun: Invisible Ink with Lemon Juice

November 4th, 2013

Use one lemon and other household items to inspire an hour of fun with this invisible ink.

Science Fun: Shiny Penny Experiment

October 28th, 2013

Ask your students to bring some old pennies, and work together to make the pennies shiny again.  Then study the science behind how it works!

Science Fun

October 21st, 2013

Use recycled materials to make a cereal box planetarium, then have a star show!  Find directions here.

Science and Math Fun: Pea Geometry

October 14th, 2013

I’ve never tried this, but I think kids would love the challenge and awe of it!  Learn how to do pea geometry here.  We’d love to hear your creative ideas for math and science fun!

Science Fun Baking Soda Fountain

October 7th, 2013

Your kids will love learning about chemistry by making this soda fountain!

Mix together 2 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 2 drops of dish detergent.

Use a funnel to pour the mixture into a tall bottle with a narrow cap.

Add a few tablespoons of vinegar and watch teh soda fountain explode.

Go research to find out why this happens?  (Hint:  research “chemical reactions of vinegar and soap)

See it in action – Baking soda fountain – YouTube

Science Fun – Rocket Launcher

September 30th, 2013

My kids are going to love making this rocket launcher!! Cheap supplies and great wow effect!!

http://explosives.wonderhowto.com/how-to/make-high-flying-vinegar-and-baking-soda-water-bottle-rocket-389296/

Dr. King on Community Action

January 16th, 2013

“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.”

Martin Luther King

This is one of the quotes we discuss in the MLK Day chapter of our free service-learning curriculum, Seasons of Service.  After reading the quote, we ask young people to consider an issue from their community and discuss these questions:

  • What is the safe thing to do with regards to this issue?
  • What would be the politic thing to do?
  • What would be the vain thing to do?
  • What would be the right thing to do?
  • What are we going to do?

You can download a copy of the entire curriculum at http://theassetedge.net/seasons-of-service.pdf.

Or if you’d like us to come lead your staff or youth through an MLK Day event or a train-the-trainer of the entire Seasons of Service curriculum o, contact us at cad@TheAssetEdge.net.