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Intended for use prior to viewing the Science on a Sphere film "Water Falls," this lesson introduces students to Earth's water cycle and the importance of freshwater resources.
This activity is about the role of plants as carbon sinks. Using atom signs made of construction paper, a blanket and other materials, learners will visualize the role of plants in storing carbon and discuss what may lead to its release. This the... (View More) second of three activities in "The Carbon Cycle and its Role in Climate Change," which is part of Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators. (View Less)
This activity is about the carbon cycle. Using construction paper and signs, learners will simulate chemical bonds and the energy exchanges that take place during the carbon cycle. They will then respond to questions about the processes of... (View More) photosynthesis and respiration. This the first of three activities in "The Carbon Cycle and its Role in Climate Change," which is part of Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators. (View Less)
This is a lesson about the states of matter. Learners will participate in a kinesthetic activity to reintroduce them to three states of matter, solid, liquid, and gas and introduce them to a fourth state of matter, plasma, its connection to the Sun,... (View More) and connections to science related to the Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, spacecraft. This activity also demonstrates how the addition of energy can transform matter from one state to another and reviews common examples of matter in each state. This activity complements other IBEX informal education materials. An instructional video explaining how to facilitate this activity is available: http://bit.ly/16eHjJh. (View Less)
In this short demo/activity, a balloon with baking soda in it is stretched over the mouth of a flask or bottle containing vinegar. The balloon is tipped so that the baking soda falls into the vinegar, and the reaction creates carbon dioxide, which... (View More) inflates the balloon. The activity is part of the children's book, The Air We Breathe. (View Less)