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Winning Lesson Plans

Check out these science lesson plans submitted by teachers for Science WoRx contests.

Building Working Models of the Human Heart

In this activity by David Brock, students design and build functioning artificial "hearts" to study and to demonstrate their knowledge of the circulatory system.

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The Cell as a System

The animal cell can be seen as a comparison to many systems that exist in our world today. In this lesson plan by Diana VonEyes, students will use the process of scientific literacy and scientific inquiry to design the animal cell as a city system.

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Using Simple Machines to Create an Obstacle Course

Combine a lesson on simple machines with physical fitness in this fun science activity by Michelle Brooks. Build an obstacle course using simple machines!

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Inheritance and Natural Selection

In this jam-packed lesson plan by Kristina Woods, students will explore how genes are inherited, meiosis, genetic mutations and natural selection.

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Searching for Lead in Our Environment - An Environmental Science Lab

Lead is a common and deadly contaminant in the environment, especially in older, urban environments. In this lab by Bill Felinski III, students will measure the concentration of lead in water and soil samples.

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Measuring the Speed of Light - A Physics Lab

Break out the s'mores and a microwave and calculate the speed of light with this physics lab by Brian Heglund!

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Magnet Car Contest - A Physics Lab

This lesson by Randy Moehnke provides students with a fun and challenging hands-on activity where they apply the principles of electricity and magnetism to creating toy cars!

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Meiosis Poker

This educational game created by John Sowash reinforces a student's understanding of meiosis in a fun and challenging way!

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The Scientific Method and Basic Microbiology

Molly Jean Woofter shares this lab experiment in which students form hypotheses about the effectiveness of household cleaners in inhibiting the growth of bacteria.

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Ancient Indian Gravity Sewers - A Physics and Social Studies Lab

This cross-curriculum experiment by Michael Ryan combines information on the creation of sewers in the Ancient Indus Valley with the hands-on experience of a science experiment dealing with gravity.

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Creating an Ecosystem

In this creative, hands-on environmental science activity by Marsha Fischer, students create a shoebox diarama of an ecosystem, including both biotic and abiotic factors.

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The Three Pigs Construction Company - A Lab on Force and Motion

In this hands-on lab by Lisa Milenkovic, students will try to build a "house" that can withstand big winds - such as the huffing and puffing of the big bad wolf, or even a hurricane!

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Identify a Real-Life Monster! Student Worksheet

If it's scaly, creepy-crawly and has lots of legs, then it's definitely a monster - or an insect! Some of the most bizarre-looking creatures are insects, but don't be afraid: What can be named can be conquered! Use your skills of observation and the dichotomous key to identify the Order of these scary-looking insects.

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Identify a Real-Life Monster! Answer Key

Here's an answer key for our Identify a Real-Life Monster! activity!

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Video Lesson Guides

Love our Science Pro Lab videos? Find the full lesson plans and each video here.

Science Lesson Plan: Ice on Fire Experiment

Science Pro Robert showcases an amazing chemistry experiment that helps kids identify the coefficients and subscripts in a chemical equation. This video is most appropriate for science classes in grades 9-12.

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Science Lab: Extracting DNA from a Strawberry

Watch Science Pros Laurie and Carrie as they conduct a science lab that will extract so much strawberry DNA that you can see it with the naked eye! It?s a great idea for a science fair project! This video is most appropriate for science classes in grades 7-10.

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Science Lab: Testing pH with Cabbage

Join Science Pros Marya and Angie to test the pH of substances we use every day with a most unusual ingredient: cabbage juice! This video is most appropriate for science classes in grades 5-8.

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Science Lab: Chromatography: Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Check out this science lab with Science Pros Margaret and Jeff as they use everyday items to separate the colored pigments in a leaf using chromatography! This video is most appropriate for science classes in grades 10-12.

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