2011/12 Project

2011/12 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 2010/11 Project
Middle School Lesson Plans from the 2012/13 Project

Scientific Inquiry

taking-a-peek-at-birds-beaks.docx Students review metric conversions and use that information to measure lines representing bird beak lengths. Students graph bird beak lengths against prey size to determine if there is a relationship between the two. This lesson could also be used as in introduction to an evolution unit. Standards 8-1, and 8-2.1 — Kimberly Trinkle December 06, 2011

8-) 8-)who-was-at-my-birdfeeder-.docx Students must make inferences as to what types of birds visited a bird feeder based on types of food left in the feeders. Standard 8-1, Indicator 8-1.3 — Kimberly Trinkle September 21, 2011

8-) 8-)Observation & Inference Observation and inference using data from a fun predator-prey insect game. Standard 6-1, primary indicator 6-1.2. — Bryana Libby September 20, 2011

8-) 8-) Some like it hot! macmods.docx Students use a “sunny” and “shaded” turtle nest simulation to gather data, and then construct explanations and conclusions from graphs they create. Standard 8-1, Indicator 8-1.3 Mandy Cuskelly September 25, 2011

8-) 8-) Where do I live? MacModS Students learn about independent, dependent, and control variables as well as how to set up an experiment through a plant growth experiment. Standard 7-1. — Katie Altman January 18, 2012


8-) 8-) Where can I live? Animal adaptations to survive in certain habitats. Standard 8-2, primary indicator 8-2.1. — Moriah Moore January 19, 2012

bird-wing-and-paper-plane-activity.docxplanes-wing-aspect.pptx Paper airplane contest. Standards 8-1 and 8-2.1. In this activity, students build paper airplanes and collect data on wing area, wingspan, wing aspect ratio of planes, and airtime, speed and distance flown. They then try and see if there are any relationships between wing aspect ratio and speed, airtime, and distance. The presentation explains how aspect ratio relates to manueverability and soaring. — Kimberly Trinkle December 16, 2011

8-) 8-) dolphin-genetics.doc Punnett Square and problem solving practice. Standard 7-2. Primary Indicators 7-2.5 and 7-2.6 — Jamie Brusa September 21, 2011

swedish-fish-digestion-lab.doc swedish-fish-digestion-lab.ppt Simulation of digestion in the mouth and stomach. Standard 7-3. Primary Indicators 7-3.2 — Jamie Brusa September 21, 2011

8-) 8-) comparing-respiratory-systems.doc Stations activity to compare the human respiratory system to the dolphin respiratory system. Standard 7-3. Primary indicators 7-3.2. MacModS respiration-pre-activity.doc respiration-post-activity.docJamie Brusa October 17, 2011

How to break a heart heart-dissection-questions.ppt Sheep heart dissection. Standard 7-2. Primary indicator 7-2.3. — Jamie Brusa October 17, 2011

8-) Plant and Animal Cell Investigation Microscope activity to observe the differences in plant and animal cells. Standards 7-1 and 7-2. Primary indicators 7-1.1, 7-2.1, and 7-2.2. — Jamie Brusa November 16, 2011

8-)Battling Bird Beak Adaptations Students use different “bird beaks” to eat and survive. Standard 8-2.1— Mandy Cuskelly November 30, 2011

Microbe Madness Stations activity to investigate models of 3 different methods of locomotion for protists and 3 different body shapes of bacteria. Standard 7-2. Primary indicator 7-2.3. — Jamie Brusa November 16, 2011

8-) Doctor, Doctor MacModS Students diagnose patients using information in medical charts and disease descriptions. Standards 7-3 and 7-4.3 — Katie Altman January 18, 2012

Soil Porosity and Permeability Students calculate porosity of soil samples. Standards 7-1 and 7-4. Primary indicators 7-1.2, 7-1.5, and 7-4.4. — Jamie Brusa February 16, 2012

Population Estimation Mark-Recapture Presentation Mark-Recapture activity with isopods. Standards 7-1 and 7-4. Primary indicators 7-1.4, 7-1.6, and 7-4.1. — Jamie Brusa February 21, 2012

8-) 8-)Guesthouse for a Worm MacModS Earthworm activity that allows students to explore biotic and abiotic habitat requirements and ends with an optional vermicompost. Standard 7-4 — Katie Altman February 23, 2012

pHun With Soils Students test the pH of different soils and determine plants that could grow in them. Standard 7-4. Primary indicator 7-4.4 — Katie Altman February 23, 2012

8-)Plant Tropisms Students see thigmotropisms first hand and experiment with it using a sensitive plant. Standard 6-2.8 — Bryana Libby March 26, 2012

8-)Eye see you! Sheep eye dissection. Standards 8-6.6 and 8-6.7 — Moriah Moore May 26, 2012


8-)Oreo Moon Phases Students use Oreos to create the lunar cycle. Standard 8-4.4 — Mandy Cuskelly January 27, 2012

How does the sun affect earth? Exploring how the sun affects water vs. land and the resulting sea and land breezes. Standard 8-4, primary indicator 8-4.3. — Moriah Moore February 05, 2012

cool-comets-lesson-plan.docx A fun demo where you make a “comet” and explore how comets are made, the parts of a comet, and how a comet changes throughout its lifetime. Standard 8-4.1. — Kimberly Trinkle February 15, 2012

8-)Meteorite Craters Students simulate meteorite impact craters with a flour and coco powder “planet”. Standard 8-4.1 — Mandy Cuskelly February 28, 2012


8-) Mouthwatering Mixtures and Confectionery Compounds Activity to help students distinguish between mixtures and compounds.Mixtures and Compounds MacModS Standard 7-5, primary indicators 7-5.9, 7-5.8, and 7-5.2. — Jamie Brusa March 22, 2012


8-)Waves The structure and properties of waves. State standards 8-6.1, 8-6.3, and 8-6.4. — Moriah Moore May 26, 2012


8-)The Water Cycle Activity for students to witness the water cycle and allow it to be a model for the water cycle in nature. Standard 6-4.2 — Bryana Libby March 26, 2012


8-)convection-currents-lesson-plan.docx Students visualize convection currents using a heat source and food coloring in water. Standard 8.3.6 — Kimberly Trinkle October 29, 2011

8-) Weathering Rocks! Rock weathering and grain size activity. Standard 8-1, primary indicators 8-1.2, 8-1.3, and 8-1.6. — Moriah Moore September 19, 2011

8-) 8-) Sweet Sand! Percent composition and grain size activity. Standard 8-1, primary indicators 8-1.2, 8-1.3, and 8-1.6. — Moriah Moore September 19, 2011

Slinky Earthquake motionsstudent-sheet.doc See and time P and S waves using a Slinky. Standard 8-3, primary indicator 8-3.2. —Mandy Cuskelly November 9, 2011

Snack TectonicsShows the differences in Convergent, Divergent, and Transform plate boundaries using red frosting and graham crackers. Standard 8-3, primary indicators 8-3.6. —Mandy Cuskelly October 19, 2011

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 2010/11 Project
High School Lesson Plans from the 2011/12 Project
High School Lesson Plans from the 2012/13 Project

Scientific Inquiry

8-) 8-) lionfish-digestion-notes-and-macmods.doc lionfish-digestion.ppt This lesson uses digestion of prey by lionfish to review inquiry standards B-1.1, B-1.2, B-1.3, B-1.5, and B-1.6. — Erin Cziraki August 25, 2011


uv-lab-worksheet.doc uv-data-table.xls uv-lab-teacher-notes.doc This is a fun activity using UV color-changing beads to investigate the effectiveness of methods of sun protection. Accompanies indicator B-2.7 on cancer. — Erin Cziraki October 04, 2011

8-) 8-) lionfish-genetics.doc lionfish-genetics-instructor-guide.docx This activity sends students on a genetic scavenger hunt to find offspring using concepts of Mendelian Genetics. Accompanies indicator B-4.6. — Erin Cziraki November 10, 2011

8-) salt-marsh-food-chains-webs-pyramids.docx instructor-guide.docx cards.xls This activity combines lecture and note-taking with a class activity to learn about and construct food chains, food webs, and ecological pyramids using organisms from a salt marsh. Accompanies indicator B-3.6. — Erin Cziraki December 6, 2011

photosynthesis-demonstration.doc photo-demo-notes-and-pictures.pdf This activity/demonstration accompanies indicator B-3.1 on phytosynthesis. It uses an indicator solution and aquatic plants to show that oxygen is being released by the plant into the water. — Erin Cziraki March 02, 2012

8-) 8-) fishy-frequencies.docx This activity accompanies indicator B-5.4 focusing on the Hardy-Weinberg Principle using goldfish crackers. — Erin Cziraki April 24, 2012

estimating-population-size.docx This activity introduces students to a method used by scientists to estimate the size of a population. This activity was used in Unit 6: Ecology. — Erin Cziraki May 02, 2012


8-) 8-) total-lesson-plan.doc all-stations.doc This lesson plan is about light and diffraction. The “stations.doc” is to be placed at each station to instruct the students. Standards: PS-7.6, P-5.3, P-5.5. — Louie Schoettle September 22, 2011

8-) 8-) slingshot-lab.docx This lesson plan can be used for multiple areas of Newntonian physics (i.e. projectile motion, velocity, acceleration, gravity, force, spring constant, potential/kinetic energy transfer etc…) The post-macmod outlines a long distance projectile motion problem (which can be altered to any of the previously named physics topics). Have the students finish this problem then take them outside and set up the exact problem on a football field. Have the teacher be the target and using a water balloon launcher see if the student's answers were correct by shooting water balloons at the teacher! Standards: P-1,P-2,P-3,PS-5,PS-6. — Louie Schoettle February 08, 2012

8-) 8-) velocity-force-and-projectile-motion.docx This is a good lesson plan for projectile motion and impulse, force, velocity, vector addition or other motion concepts. Standards: PS-1, PS-5, PS-6, P-1, P-2, P-3 — Louie Schoettle February 15, 2012


8-) 8-) lesson-plan-isometric-sketches.doc This lesson plan is for engineering classes working on isometric pictorials and sketches. — Louie Schoettle September 22, 2011

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