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## Notes: Physical Properties Vocabulary

Teacher-created materials on Edcanvas which plays like a slide show.

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Basic vocabulary for the physical properties unit illustrated with great photos and definitions.

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## Calculating Density

How do I Calculate Density? Density and specific gravity in the geosciences An introduction to density Density is the mass of an object divided by its volume. Density often has units of grams per cubic centimeter ...
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Even better: WHY calculate density? What's the point?? Good explanation and links to other sources for more information.

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## Density: A Story of Archimedes and the Gold Crown

Is the crown made of pure gold? An ancient Greek king needs to know if he's been cheated by a goldsmith. He summons Archimedes, who decides to use density to...
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Use this video with the density target in 6th Science.

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## TIPS for supporting students understanding of informational texts in Science

Good questions to ask when trying to read new informational texts in Science.

Via Jeffrey Patterson, Lynnette Van Dyke
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## The Case of the Teen Brain

S.06.PS.01c---Identify and apply the steps of the scientific method.

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## Inventor's Handbook

If you have an idea for an invention, there are a lot of steps to go through before you strike it rich! Here is a list of questions to ask along the way from idea to millionaire.

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## Inventor of the Week: Archive

Invention of the post-it note; not an immediate thing because initial invention of the temporary adhesive was a mistake and no one knew what to do with it. Another inventor (Fry) thought of a use for it 6 years later.

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## Chance Discoveries: Post-It Notes

A scientist at 3M takes note of a weak adhesive with special characteristics.

Info text (video format) for use with "Discoveries" unit in 6th grade Science

What will happen if I change one variable?

What are the results of my experiment? How do they differ from what I thought would happen?

How can I use this? What is it good for?

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## "Looper" And The Real Science Of Time Travel

A theoretical physicist at MIT shares what we actually know about toying with the time travel.

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## Cheetah robot 'beats Usain Bolt'

A robot called Cheetah achieves a speed faster than world record holder Usain Bolt.

How will this invention be used:  To chase people down and kill them, most likely, during a war. Is it worth inventing? Thought-provoking article and topic.

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## The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Researchers Develop Technique to Remotely Control Cockroaches

You can make them turn by stimulating one antenna or the other. You can make them run forward by stimulating an area by their rear ends. Cockroaches: the perfect robot for small spaces.

Science: 6th grade article on discovery and invention for use with 5 sticky-note activity from Write Tools.

Video link included within the article.

Culminate with discussion: is this ethical?

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## Gas Density

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Tough to read and ugly, but a good site to explore further. Lots of links.

NASA

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## States of Matter

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Purdue's page on states of matter with a basic animation for each of the states of matter as well as basic descriptions of ach of the states of matter.

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## Write On @ Your Library: 5 Questions to a Great Story

As part of WCPL's Write On @ Your Library series, local authors Clay and Susan Griffith discuss five questions to create a great story.

What is his goal?

Who's trying to stop him?

What happens if he fails?

Why now?

Via Joyce Valenza
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## 10 Stupid Lab Safety Mistakes

Unfortunately, this isn't from the very best of resources; when you follow "Nick" back to find out more about the author, he claims to have a degree in Biology, but the other accomplishments seem mostly related to publishing this website. The sponsoring site leads back to this one as its exclusive subsidiary, and the sponsoring site has no substance to it at all.

Good for website evaluation! Look for author, sponsor, date, references, . . . . won't find much to support "credible" on this site.

The list itself isn't bad, however, as a follow up to lab safety lessons; students could compare Nick's list to ones they've created.

S.06.PS.01e Implement proper safety techniques in the lab.
S.06.PS.01f Identify and demonstrate proper use of lab equipment.

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## Links & Resources: Science & Invention Education Archive

Links to many good sites related to inventions.

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## Inventor of the Week: Archive

Archive of biographies of inventors.

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## Chemistry Now - Science360 - The Knowledge Network

Look for videos here called "Chance Discoveries" to go along with the Post It note discovery video.

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## Science360 - The Knowledge Network

Science360 Knowledge Network immerses visitors in the latest wonders of science, engineering, technology and math.

Search here for videos

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## Tough gel stretches to 21 times its length, recoils, and heals itself — Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Biocompatible material created at Harvard is much tougher than cartilage...

Invention -- how do we make something that's stretchy, compatible with the human body (biocompatible) and doesn't break when stressed?

Hydrogel created at Harvard out of the material that soft contacts are made out of and a seaweed extract usually used to thicken food.

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## Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel | Video on TED.com

TED Talks You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique.

What did he want to know? what did he think would happen? How did he test his hypothesis?

Write Tools Exercise: Use 3 sticky notes (after he gives statistics, after he explains his idea, and at the end).

Apply same scientific method to a new hypothesis:  if this works for paper towels, would it work for less time under a hand dryer? How much less time?

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## Ebony

p. 51: Maurice Scales: Brother of Invention
Boy-wonder hailed for invention of "Baby-No-Mash"

Good article for use by 6th grade Science looking for informational texts on inventions and discoveries.

The article is from 1987, but the need for something precipitating the invention of something is still true.

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