These STEM resources are excellent for middle school grades.

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This activity looks at Animals Adapting to their Environment. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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An interactive multimedia presentation to learn the structure and function of a typical animal cell. Created by WWW.NEWPATHLEARNING.COM
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Fish Mummy Overview

by Christine Mytko

In this activity, students will re-enact the steps of Egyptian mummification on a fish. This activity is wonderful to do when they are studying Ancient Egypt in Social Studies!
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Using an online, interactive map application created from scientific data, students will observe the potential effect of rising sea levels caused by global warming. Students will then conduct their own experiment to observe what would happen if glacial ice were to melt and how it could affect cities. Students will then locate local cities and famous monuments on the online global warming map and write what could happen to these cities if sea levels were to rise. After the lesson, students will discuss way that they can help the environment.
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This collection contains a number of animations demonstrating various scientific principles, activities, and experiments relating to gases, states of matter, the structure of an atom, conductivity, electricity, and light.
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This collection of gravitation lessons were developed by Dr. Carl Pennypacker and his colleagues at UC Berkeley to use with middle and high school students.
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This unit is designed as an educational option for gifted students in a regular education Science classroom. This unit addresses Ohio Academic Content Standards in the area of Earth and Space Sciences, particularly in the area of Plate Tectonics. It is also an interdisciplinary unit, incorporating Social Studies, Math and Technology standards ll. In it, students will build knowledge about the topic through focused web searches and then synthesize the information by creating a short documentary describing a famous earthquake or volcanic eruption. The documentary will describe the movement of the plates as well as the human drama that unfolds during natural disasters. This video can also be submitted to eTech as part of a video competition or to ThinkQuest if completed as a website. *This project requires the use of the Internet, and depending on student choice, the access to video cameras and other tools to aid in the creation of a movie. This project will also require time out of class.
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This Electricity and Magnetism unit will help students understand the world around them through inquiry and hands-on experimentation. The major concepts covered will be static electricity, current electricity, magnets / magnetic fields, and electromagnetic induction. The unit takes 3 weeks, averaging 45 minutes a day if meeting 5 days/week. The unit is stand alone and/or could be used to accompany a number of texts. It roughly follows the content and ordering of Holt Science and Technology: Physical Science (2000 edition).
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The Earth is a dynamic system, constantly changing through a multitude of systems; the geologic, hydrologic, atmospheric and biologic systems are all integral to one another. Despite the fact that we inhabit this blue planet many of us are unaware of how even the simplest of systems work between one another and how even a small perturbation in one system can ripple through them all. The curriculum that follows will outline the systems of the earth and draw upon their interconnectedness to bring about a new found understanding of our environment and the critical modern day issues we are facing now and in the future. Through a multitude of hands-on and investigative lessons and activities this series will help students take their prior knowledge and combine it with new understandings and conflicts to ultimately apply the information gained in the local communities for a culminating environmental action project. This curriculum is meant for students who have already progressed through some earth science classes. There are many lessons within the collection that can be pulled out and used separately from the curriculum as a whole. The 5th Unit covers many topics addressed in a book called The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis & The Fate of Humanity, by James Lovelock, 160 pages with glossary. I recommend this as a reading for the semester, especially during Unit 5 though it is not a requirement to follow the science or the lessons. The Revenge of Gaia, James Lovelock, 2006 ISBN-13: 978-0-465-04168-8 ISBN-10: 0-465-04168-X British ISBNs: 978-0-713-99914-3; 0-713-99914-4
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Lesson Concepts: Students will analyze the advantages and disadvantages of nine different energy sources. They will use their knowledge to predict what would happen if the world did not use fossil fuels. They will also propose a plausible solution to the issues surrounding our current energy choices. This lesson is part of a larger curriculum guide to support the district's film, Air. http://www.vcapcd.org/AirTheFilm/teacher.htm
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Our Changing Earth: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis is a 6th grade Science unit to teach students how these three events have changed and still change and shape our earth. This unit is inter-disciplinary covering math, science, language arts, and technology.
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Digestion and the Food Chain

by Micki Halsey Randall

Students begin with a brief exploration of biomes. Then, as a class, the students choose a specific biome and examine a food web within it. This will lead to a discussion about predator/prey relationships. Students will develop an understanding of the differences within the digestive systems of different organisms and how the foods eaten correspond to the digestive system and biome of each organism. Finally, we examine the digestive system of humans in detail. The culminating event is a pop-up book about human digestion.
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math assessment k-12

by M. Nathanson natpac1

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This is a great site for students to apply their knowledge of the curriculum and meet the standards in both Math and Science.
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This is a list of webpages that are sorted by the lesson for teachers use for review in class.
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Foundational and pre-algebra topics for grades 6, 7 and 8
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Arithmetic and Algebra

by Brad Burkman

Exercises for Intermediate Algebra students, from remedial review to advanced topics. All are designed to be done without a calculator and provide rigorous practice in arithmetic of integers and algebraic expressions.
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Online Fraction Modules

by Education Development Center EDC

Looking for the Technology in Education Group? Click here! This module includes four lessons: Working with Fractions, Fraction Operations, From Fractions to Decimals and From Decimals to Fractions. All the lessons on Fractions are aimed at grades 5-6. Those students in grades 7-9 including students with disabilities, who are in need of more experience or practice can benefit from these lessons.
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Pre-Algebra

by Sal Khan

This course covers topics introduced for better understanding of a subsequent course in Algebra. It covers negative numbers, fractions, exponents and logarithms.
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Math

by Christina K.

Resources for teaching math.
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This website is designed for educators who wish to extend the concepts of the math curriculum beyond the pages of the text. Google Earth is the dynamic tool that will be used to accomplish this. Google Earth provides startling clear satellite views of the globe in an interactive 3D environment. Beyond the visual, users can add placemarks, annotations, photos, and models, as well as measure distances and draw paths. Within this site you will find lesson ideas, examples, and downloads for mathematics that embrace active learning, constructivism, and project-based learning while remaining true to the standards. The initial focus will be for grades 5 and up, but teachers of younger students may be able to find some uses or inspiration from the site. Higher level thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis, and creativity are encouraged as well as technology skills and social learning. The core of this site is mathematics, but many lessons lend themselves to interdisciplinary activities also.
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Heymath!

by HeyMath !

HeyMath! was founded in May 2000 by Nirmala Sankaran and Harsh Rajan on a worldview that there is no perfect education system. We're based in Chennai, India, and are privately funded. Contact our founders. We've made it our mission to create a flat world video curriculum by diligently seeking out proven best practices from great teachers and discerning parents around the world. Our highly capable Math editors then blend this collective wisdom into bite-sized animated and interactive explanations that provide concept clarification visually and help remove the fear of Math. HeyMath! lessons are developed with advice from the University of Cambridge and endorsed by the Singapore Teachers' Union. The resources contained in this collection offer a sample of the various lessons available through the HeyMath! program.
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Ecosystems

by Jeff Murfree

An ecosystem is a collection of living things and the environment in which they live. Ecosystems are formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment. Ecosystems may be large or small. This module allows students to investigate the dependence of organisms on one another and their environments. Lessons will provide students with hands-on experiences that strategically transition them into increased mastery of scientific content. In addition, this unit will help students identify how the parts of an ecosystem interact, explain reasons why changes in environmental conditions affect the survival of both individuals and entire species, describe the characteristics of Earth’s major terrestrial biomes/aquatic communities and draw conclusions about the relationships between organisms that are competitive or mutually beneficial to one another. The lessons presented in this unit are aimed at providing supplemental activities to the resources (textbook, science kits, etc.) that are currently available in your classroom to teach this topic. By the end of this unit students should be able to synthesize information from multiple sources, for the purpose of deriving a conclusion about the dependence of organisms on one another within an ecosystem.
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