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The students will use a Hertzsprung-Russell(HR) Diagram simulation/animation from a website for this lab. This site allows the student to manipulate the variables of stars from the HR diagram (temperature, color, spectral type, size/mass, luminosity), in order to understand how stars can be classified/categorized.

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This investigation will allow students to experience how chemical and physical changes play a role in the classification of matter. Specifically, students will be investigating three different combinations of substances and determining compounds or mixtures.

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The goal of this lab is to introduce students to phase change diagrams. Students will conduct an investigation that will allow them to collect temperature readings of water from its solid state to its gas state.

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In this lab students will conduct an experiment that will allow them observe how different phases of matter conduct energy differently. Specifically, students will be using marbles (clumped together with different densities) to represent the three phases of matter and see how a golf ball will transfer its energy differently through each phase.

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This short one day lab experience gives students a closer look into how the bonding between atoms of a compound impacts how the compound looks and behaves. Specifically, students will identify how ionic compounds and covalent compounds differ in properties of shape, solubility, melting point and conductivity.

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With the switch to NextGen Standards there is a lot of investigations, science skills and data collection imbedded in the science curriculum. This is a great lab to start the school year and introduce students to proper measurement skills. I use this investigation to set the standard for what I expect with measurement.

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Students are introduced to Geometric Proofs in the real world. They are required to try piece together different hints and clues to try and solve a murder case before the experts (CSI agents) do. It is a great interactive and fun activity to get students excited about proofs.

 

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The Kepler's Laws and Planetary Motion activity will help students understand how Kepler's laws relate to the orbit of the Earth and other planets. Students will draw and use data to come up with descriptions of Kepler's three laws of planetary motion.

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In this lab activity, students are asked to:
- Collect data on the diameter and circumference of several round objects
- Graph this data to explore the relationship between diameter and circumference
- Analyze the graph to determine a numerical value of Pi

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