COURSE DESCRIPTION

MATERIALS AND LINKS

4-1 MAGNETIC ATTRACTION:
The basic principles of magnetism are explored in-depth, as students learn about magnetic fields, magnetic domains, and how the Earth itself is a (very) large magnet. With loads of hands-on activities, students will be 'attracted' to this class.

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INSTRUCTOR:
  1. Students will be given a card with one of the following vocabulary words or concepts related to magnetism: magnetic field, magnetic domain, Earth as a magnet, poles, electormagnets, attract & repel, rules of magnetism, examples of what is/is not attacted to magnets, how magnets are used today, compass and how it works.
  2. Working with a partners, students will use the website Make Belief Comix to create a comic strip between two characters discussing their assigned concept.
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Make Beliefs Comix

Additional Resources

Magnet Attraction Scavenger Hunt


4-2 AN ATTRACTIVE LOOK AT ENERGY:
This is a hands-on class in which students will learn properties and uses of various forms of energy. Students will work with energy conversions, energy conservation, and instruments to demonstrate forms of energy such as light, sound, heat, and electrical. Renewable vs. non-renewable resources of energy will also be explored in this "energizing" class held in our new Progress Energy classroom.

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INSTRUCTOR NOTES:
LESSON 1:

  1. Students will visit the Energy Information Administration's site on renewable/non-renewable energy.
  2. Students will be given a card with one of the following energy sources: oil, natural gas, coal, uranium, solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, ocean, biomass.
  3. Working with a partners, students will use the website Make Belief Comix to create a comic strip between two characters discussing their assigned concept. Comic should include how we get the energy/how it is formed, uses of it, whether it is renewable/non renewable.
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LESSON 2:
Students will visit the Energy Information Administration's site on renewable/non-renewable energy.
  1. Students will complete the Exploring Energy scavenger hunt in the computer lab.


Energy Information Administration

Additional Resources


Classroom follow up activity. Visit the EIA Kids page to explore renewable and nonrenewable energy.
4-3 EXPLORATIONS IN PETROLOGY
Students will explore the three categories of rocks and will work with a variety of mineral specimens including metal ores and semi-precious varieties. Additionally, we will use field identification techniques examine fluorescent minerals under ultra-violet light; and investigate physical weathering and erosion.

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INSTRUCTOR
Students will visit the computer lab to explore sites about rocks and minerals, the categories of rocks and their characteristics, as well as the rock cycle. They will complete the Rocks handout using the links found on this wiki.

Rocks Research Links




Teacher Resource Links
4-4 FUN WITH PHYSICS AND TOYS
Believe it or not, toys always function with the laws of physics. Students will explore motion, movement, speed, force and center of gravity in this entertaining class where toys are the teaching tools.

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Students will rotate through a station using the online game Whizzball.

Links

Whizzball
4-5 MARINE SCIENCE
Stocked with many different varieties of marine animals, our 600-gallon saltwater touch tank offers a unique hands-on learning experience. Student will study sponges, corals, echinoderms, mollusks, crustaceans, and stingrays. In addition, the use of a Coastal Enviroscape will help to illustrate the point and non-point pollution effects of our irreplaceable marine environments.

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Links

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4-6 WETLAND ECOSYSTEMS
The importance of wetlands is the focus of this class. Discover the connection between man and this fragile ecosystem and why these areas are important to the overall health of the bodies of water they border. Weather permitting, classes may tour our on-site wetland exhibit.

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Links
4-7 THE NIGHT SKY
The sky above is always changing, but most nights you can look up and find stars, planets, and our moon. With our digital planetarium, we will explore the current night sky and find out what to look for during the season of your visit. This class is "out of the world"!

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Links



Teacher Lesson Idea: Use the Acrostic Poem Generator from the Read•Write•Think website to create an acrostic poem about the moon or night sky.

Teacher Lesson Idea: Use a visual mapping tool such as Inspiration to recreate the life cycle of the moon.

Teacher Lesson Idea: Use this link to have each student record what the moon looked like on the day he/she was born as well as on each subsequent birthday.