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Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics | SIMULATIONS | Scoop.it

This online simulator allows students to explore how plates move on the surface of the Earth. Students are able to manipulate temperature, composition and thickness of the plates. This enables them to discover how to create new mountains, volcanoes and oceans. Students will be engaged in this simulator as they will feel empowered by the ability to create natural disasters. 

OUTCOMES: 
4.9.3 THE STRUCTURE OF THE EARTH

a) describe the inner structure of the Earth in terms of core, mantle, crust and lithosphere.

4.9.6 THE LITHOSPHERE
a) identify that rocks are composed of minerals

c) relate the formation of landforms to weathering, erosion and deposition 
4/5.19 THINKING CRITICALLY 

ACTIVITY:
Students complete a worksheet provided from teachers that include instructions to open this simulator as well as questions related to it. 

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Build an Atom

Build an Atom | SIMULATIONS | Scoop.it

This online simulator allows students to build an atom by manipulating the protons, neutrons and electrons. it also allows students to visually see how the elements, charge and mass change after this maniuplation. This simulator will engage students as at the end of the simulation, there is a game to test the students ideas. 

OUTCOMES:
5.7.1 ATOMIC THEORY

a) describe features of and the location of protons, neutrons and electrons in the atom

b) distinguish between elements, using information about the numbers of protons, neutrons and electrons

4/5.21 THE USE OF CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION

ACTIVITY:
Provide students with a periodic table. Give a worksheet listing particular elements and ask for them to buid them using this simulator. Get students to also do the reverse- build an element on the simulator and ask another student to identify what the element is. 

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Essential Biochemistry - DNA Replication

Essential Biochemistry - DNA Replication | SIMULATIONS | Scoop.it

This online simulation engages students through the simple yet detailed virtual imagery. Together with the narrator this simulation makes the quite abstract/difficult to grasp content more interesting and easier to understand. The pause, stop, play functions aid in engaging students as they allow the student to explore the simulation at their own pace. Review questions are provided at the end of each topic.

 

OUTCOMES:

5.8.2 THE WATSON-CRICK MODEL OF DNA

a) Explain the advantages of DNA replicating exactly

b) Explain the advantages and disadvantages of DNA mutating

d) Identify that genes are part of DNA
4/5.22.1 WORKING INDIVIDUALLY

ACTIVITY:
Students go on this website http://www.wiley.com/college/pratt/0471393878/student/animations/dna_replication/ and follow the instructions to this online simulation. Answers to review questions should be written down in their notebooks. Similarly, students should draw particular diagrams from this simulation into their notebooks. Towards the end of the class, teachers should go over answers and the online simulation to the classs.

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Forces and Motion: Basics

Forces and Motion: Basics | SIMULATIONS | Scoop.it

This simulator provides students with the opportunity to explore forces at work in a tug of war or pushing a refrigerator, crate or person. This adds purpose and context enhancing student engagement. Students are able to create an applied force in the simulator and see the affects on moving objects. Students are also able to manipulate friction and see how that affects the motion of objects. 

OUTCOMES: 
5.6.2 NETOWNS LAWS-MOTION

a) describe qualitatively the relationship between force, mass and acceleration

b) explain qualitatively the relationship between distance, speed and time
d) analyse qualitatively common situations invovling motion in terms of Newton's Laws
4/5.19 THINKING CRITICALLY 
4/5.20 PROBLEM SOLVING

ACTIVITY:
Students are provided with a worksheet with instructions and questions relating to this simulator in which they must complete whilst exploring.  

For e.g.

Place a man on each side of the rope.Hit the “go” button.Hit the “Return” button. Try it again with either the same amount of men on each side or a different amount of men on each side.Hit the “Reset all” button. Click box next to “sum of forces” and “values,” continue putting men on each side.Hit the “Return” button.

Questions  

How can you make the blue side win?

How can you make the red side win?

How can you get a tie on both sides?

 

 

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SOLAR SYSTEM SIMULATOR

SOLAR SYSTEM SIMULATOR | SIMULATIONS | Scoop.it

This interactive online simulation of the solar system is a simple simulator and predictor or planet orbits. It displays dynamic views of the solar system viewed from the north ecliptic pole. It is entertaining, whilst also educational, that provides an effective way to learn about the solar system from a particular point of view. It includes features such as zooming and a STOP button that enables a text entry box to appear allowing you to write notes.
 

OUTCOMES:

4.9.1 THE NEWTONIAN MODEL OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

a) Describe qualitatively relative sizes, distances and movements of components of our solar system

b) Describe relative movements of the planets, moons and sun
4/5.22.1 WORKING INDIVIDUALLY
 

ACTIVITY:

A worksheet should be created containing information on the solar system, instructions on how to open the solar system simulator and questions related to the simulator that are given to student prior opening the simulator.  As students explore the simulator, at their own pace, they must complete the worksheet. At the end of class, the teacher reviews the answers. 

http://www.faustweb.net/solaris/ ;

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