2010/11 Project

2010/11 Lesson Plans

Middle School Lesson Plans

8-) 8-) Research based MacMods
8-) MacMods
Middle School Lesson Plans from the 2008/09 Project
Middle School Lesson Plans from the 2009/10 Project
Middle School Lesson Plans from the 2011/12 Project
Middle School Lesson Plans from the 2012/13 Project

Experimental Design

8-) 8-) Mummichog responses to temperature changes. Standard 8-1, primary indicators 8-1.1 and 8-1.3 (July 28, 2010) Grant Lockridge

8-) 8-)Observations and Inferences Graphing and interpreting physical oceanic data. Standard 8-1, primary indicator 8-1.3 (August 16 2010) Danielle Tarpley - Additional information Observation and Inference Presentation

8-) 8-) Human Impacts on Biodiversity Students will learn the importants of repeated trials when doing a scientific investigation. Standard 7.1 Primary indicator 7-1.4 (Aug. 17, 2010) Nick Henke

8-) 8-)Observation and Inference Using data concerning aquatic macroinvertebrates colonizing water hyacinth roots to create graphs for discussion and interpretation. Standard 8-1, primary indicators 8-1.1 (August 17, 2010) Julie Barker


Teaching About Plate Tectonics and Faulting Using Foam Models Standard 8-3, primary indicators 8-3.6, 8-3.7, and 8-3.8 (October 12, 2010) Grant Lockridge

Discovering Plate Boundaries An activity that allows students to figure out plate boundaries by looking at models and making drawings. Standard 8-3, primary indicators 8-3.6 (October 28, 2010) Julie Barker

Faults The students will make their own faults and then through further instruction determine the type of fault that they made. Primary indicator 8-3.6 (November 17, 2010) Danielle Tarpley - Additional Information Powerpoint


8-) 8-)Biological Adaptations Students will collect aquatic macorinvertebrates from a stream while on a field trip. Biological adaptations of these species will be observed and discussed. Primary indicator 8-2.1 (September 21, 2010) Julie Barker

8-)Doctor Doctor Students will use the evidence in these medical charts to diagnose each patient with a disease. Primary indicator 7-4.3 (November 16, 2010) Nick Henke - Additional Information MacModS

Cell Jeopardy A review of the different major parts of plant and animal cells. Primary indicators 7-2.1, 7-2.2 (December 7, 2010) Nick Henke - Additional Information Answer Key

8-) 8-)Hungry Jungle Food Web Activity A lesson where students create their own food webs to discuss with the class. Primary Indicators 7-4.2 (Feb. 8, 2011) Nick Henke - Additional Information Activity Sheet Activity Cards MacModS Powerpoint

shark-dissection-questions.doc Dissection of an Atlantic Sharpnose Shark to Show the Species Adaptations. Primary Indicator 8-2.1 (Oct. 10, 2010) Grant Lockridge

Earth Science

Sedimentary Rock FormationThis is a fun demostration and discussion concerning sedimentary rock formation. It acts as an introduction to Activity 19 in the SEPUP textbook. Primary indicator 8-3.4 (September 21, 2010) Julie Barker

Layers of the Earth This activity uses Jello to demonstrate the different layers of the Earth. Primary indicator 8-3.1 (October 3, 2010) Danielle Tarpley

8-)Density The students learn that different liquids have different densities and then relate density to the Earth Layers. Primary indicator 8-3.1 (November 17, 2010) Danielle Tarpley

Geological Time ScaleThis activity combines an activity that my students love, football, with ideas about the geological time scale to help them learn the terms period, era, and eon. Primary indicator 8-2.4 (November 26, 2010) Julie Barker

Fossil Ornaments This activity is a great way to allow the students to have a great time right before the holiday break and also learn a thing or two about fossils. Primary indicator 8-2.2 (January 6, 2011) Julie Barker

Easter Island Discussion Discussing what happened to the ecology and human populations on Easter Island acts as a good ending to the Earth Biological History Unit. Primary indicator 8-2.7 (January 6, 2011) Julie Barker

Waves Station Lab This is a station lab where the students experience the different forms of waves and their properties. Primary Indicators 8-6.1, 8-6.3 (November 12, 2010) Grant Lockridge

Making and Identifying Fossils This is a station lab where students make different kinds of fossils and then identify the fossils based on how they were made. Primary Indicators 8-2.2. (March 9, 2011) Danielle Tarpley

8-)Inertia Station Lab Students explore Newton’s 1st law and the theory of inertia. Primary indicators: 8-5.4, 8-5.5, and 8-5.6. (April 12, 2011) Grant Lockridge.


8-)Build Your Own Solar System Students are able to visualize the vastness of the solar system and learn the meaning of units such as light years and AU with this fun activity. Primary indicator 8-4.9, 8-4.10 (January 28, 2011) Julie Barker

8-) 8-)seasons-activity.doc Students use models to determine why we have seasons. Standards addressed: 8-1 and 8-4. Primary indicator addressed: 8-4.5 (Feb. 10, 2010) Grant Lockridge

8-) 8-)Tides Activity Students use a magnet and iron filings to model the Earth's oceans reaction to the gravitational pull of the sun and moon. Primary Indicators 8-4.6 and 8-4.7. (March 9, 2011) Danielle Tarpley - Additional Information (Graph Paper) - Graph Paper

Sunspots and Telescope Practice Students are able to use telescopes to look at and understand sunspots. In addition, students practice using the telescopes. Primary indicator 8-4.2, 8-4.10 (March 13, 2011) Julie Barker

Create Your Own Planet This activity is a good ending to the unit that allows students to use the knowledge they have acquired to create their own planet. 8-3, 8-4 (March 13, 2011) Julie Barker


8-)Chemical Equations This activity introduces students to chemical equations and conservation of matter. Primary Indicators 7-5.7, 7-5.8 (April 7, 2011) Nick Henke - Additional Information Group materials Letter cutouts Pre-MacModS Post-MacModS Worksheet Powerpoint


8-)Launching into Physics Students construct catapults to launch marshmallows while also exploring the concepts of velocity and force. Primary indicators 8-5.1, 8-5.2, and 8-5.4 (April 25, 2011) Julie Barker


8-)Wavelengths Students explore different wavelengths in the light spectrum: Visible light, infrared light, and ultraviolet light. Primary indicators 8-6.8 (May 9, 2011) Danielle Tarpley

High School Lesson Plans

8-) 8-) Research based MacMods
8-) MacMods
High School Lesson Plans from the 2008/09 Project
High School Lesson Plans from the 2009/10 Project
High School Lesson Plans from the 2011/12 Project
High School Lesson Plans from the 2012/13 Project


8-) 8-) Predator Prey Simulation This exercise shows the importance of predator-prey interactions in an ecosystem. Standard B.1 Primary Indicator B-1.1 (August 17, 2010) Katie Eyring

8-)Insect Population Lab This lab uses the mark/recapture method to estimate the population of insects. Standard B-6.2 (Sept. 30, 2010) Caitlin Wessel

Pill Bug design lab This lab has the students observe pill bugs and ask questions to design their own testable experiment. Standard B-1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 (Sept. 30. 2010) Caitlin Wessel

8-)Student DirectionsSnake CardsSnake Genetics GuideThis lab explores Mendelian Genetics (dihybrid punnett squares) using the many color morphs of cornsnakes and turns the student into a world class snake breeder! Standard B-4.6 (Nov. 9, 2010) Caitlin Wessel

8-)Diffusion LaboratoryDiffusion Pre and Post MacModsLab Directions/Activity Worksheet This inquiry-based lab explores diffusion using a starch solution and iodine solution. Standard B-2.5 Katie Eyring

Food Web LabFood Web Name tags This lesson is designed to show the complexity of a food web while getting the entire class involved. It also shows how humans influence food webs as well. Standard B-3.6 Katie Eyring

Energy Pyramid Lab Instead of just looking at a picture of an energy pyramid, students are able to see for themselves how energy is transferred from one trophic level to the next using water as their energy source. Standard B-3.6 Katie Eyring

8-) 8-)Plant vs Animal Cell Activity This lab explores the differences of plant and animals through inquiry using real cells and microscopes. Standard B-2.2 Katie Eyring

Natural Selection Activity This activity introduces the concept of natural selection by have the students simulate being wading birds. It shows the importance of genetic variability and environmental factors in evolution. Standards B-5.1, B-5.4 Katie Eyring

Weasel Population Activity This activity looks at the changes in population size over time and has students graph their results. Works well in pairs! Standards B-1.1 (Dec. 7, 2010) Caitlin Wessel

PomPom Natural Selection This simulation looks at how evolution by natural selection may work in a real population. Standards B-5.1,5.4 (Dec. 7, 2010) Caitlin Wessel

Environmental Science

8-)Renewable vs. Non-renewable ResourcesPre and Post Macmods This Environmental Science lesson involves the entire class and uses a fun game of musical chairs to show how renewable and nonrenewable resources differ. Katie Eyring


Detergent lab prepDetergent Lab This lab demonstrates the effects of enzymes on protein as well as chemical change and is a good intro to lab procedures lab. C1.2, C1.3, C1.4, C1.5 (1-13-11) Caitlin Wessel

Lab Procedures This lab is an introduction to proper use of lab equipment and lab safety procedures. Works well for Chemistry or Physical Science, possibly Biology classes. Caitlin Wessel (1-20-11)

Famous Chemist ListChemist Info. wrkstChemist Grading Rubric This project exposes the students to famous chemists and allows them to explore their life as a chemist and a person. At the end I have them briefly present their proj. to their classmates. Caitlin Wessel (2-8-11)

Density CanistersTeacher NotesThis lab deals with measuring mass and volume and using them to find density PS3.1, C5.6 (2-10-11) Caitlin Wessel

Student Directions & RubricStudent Event sheetTeacher timeline events Atomic Structure Timeline class project. Caitlin Wessel (2-15-11)

Endo/exothermic Rxn Lab In this lab students conduct 5 quick experiments and determine whether each reaction is endothermic or exothermic based on temperature. PS1.2, PS4.7, C4.3 (3-1-11) Caitlin Wessel


Newton's 1st Law LabTeacher Notes This material examines Newton’s First Law of Motion in a way that will help you teach the law to your students. PS5.7, P2.4 (3-24-11) Caitlin Wessel

Bubble Gum PhysicsThis lab uses bubble gum chewing to introduce students to speed. PS5.2, P2.2, P2.3 (3-24-11) Caitlin Wessel

Marine Science

8-) 8-) oysters-are-habit-forming.docstudent-directions.doc This lesson demonstrates symbiotic relationships within a salt marsh habitat (predation, parasitism, mutualism, commensalism) Caitlin Wessel (8/8/10)

8-) 8-)fish-activity-teachers-guide.docfish-sampling-lab-activity.docfish-data.xlsThis lesson gives the students the prospective of the scientist by allowing the to sample a fish community and allows them to discover that sample size is important in a valid scientific experiment. Chris Smith (8/14/10)

8-)form-and-function-teachers-guide.docfish-form-and-function-notes.docreading-a-fish-handout.docpremacmods.docpostmacmods.doc This lesson shows diversity, and evolution of marine fish by discussing different forms and functions of fish. Chris Smith (09/15/10)

storm-surge-teachers-guide.docstorm-surge_activity.doc This lesson demonstrates the effects of storm surge on low lying coastal communities. Chris Smith (10/19/10)

8-)density-driven-circulation-teachers-guide.docdensity-driven-circulation-handout.docdensity-macmods.doc This activity examines how density contributes to the movement of water and currents in the ocean. Chris Smith (11/15/10)

8-) 8-)artificial-reefs_teacher.docstudent-handout.docarpremacmods.doc This lesson is a lab that demonstrates the how artificial reefs compare to natural fish habitat. Chris Smith


inquiry-lesson-plan-wetland-filter.doc wetlands-powerpoint.ppt This lesson plan addresses Inquiry standard B-1, and the specific indicators addressed are B-1.1 and B-1.6. This lesson plan is also designed to help students gain an understanding of a critical function of a wetland, which is filtering. Tabatha Britt (8-5-10)

8-)Pre MacModSPost MacModSBiome Bag PacketIntro PPTPresentation RubricPresentation Directions MORE PIECES TO FOLLOW! This group project is inquiry based and has the students become 'experts' about one terrestrial biome. They then present and 'teach' their classmates about their biome. (approx. 1 week for project and presentations) SC standard B-6. Caitlin Wessel (8-31-10)

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