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DOE Online K-12 Instructional Resources
DOE Laboratory and Facility Education Home Pages
(www-ed.fnal.gov/doe/doe_labs.html) Direct links for 27 education Websites at DOE national laboratories and facilities.
(www-ed.fnal.gov/trc/library) Fermilab's Teacher Resource Center collection of 10,000+ PreK-12 instructional materials in science, mathematics and technology. Materials include tradebooks, curriculum materials, educational software and journals and newsletters. Search by title, author or subject.
In these units the Internet is "an appropriate vehicle for promoting meaningful engaged learning. It allows students:
DOE Labs General Instructional Units Online Resources Lesson Plans
Technologies can be used to promote the development of higher-level thinking skills and allow opportunities for teachers to act as faciliatators or guides and often as co-learner with the students." (NCREL Monograph)
- to work on authentic, meaningful and challenging problems, similar to tasks performed by professionals in various disciplines;
- to interact with data in ways that allow student-directed learning;
- to build knowledge collaboratively, and
- to interact with professionals in the field.
K-12 Classroom Projects
(www-ed.fnal.gov/trc/projects/project_index.html) Teacher-developed projects designed to demonstrate principles of engaged learning and effective use of technology. Some are ready to use; others are appropriate to adapt for your classroom or may give you ideas for a project you want to develop. You may assess their merit using the rubric provided.
THE NTEP Collection - K-8 Classroom Projects
Classroom projects from the National Teacher Enhancement Project. Projects are based on teaching/learning models that are analogous to the way scientists discover knowledge and solve problems. These models involve the use of immersion experiences called research scenarios. We disseminate some of them as online classroom projects for K-8 classrooms. Where appropriate, the projects incorporate student access to lab data and an opportunity to telecollaborate with other students.
- Learning to Live in a Risky World
(www-ed.fnal.gov/ntep/f98/projects/sandia_mgb/index.html) K-8 students look at issues from multiple and empathetic perspectives in this introduction to the concept of Risk. The unit can be integrated into lessons in history, health, math, social science and/or science. Students learn how many of the things they do on a daily basis entail risk and gain insight into how to engage in risk analysis on a personal level and make decisions accordingly.
- Lewis and Clark in Washington
(www-ed.fnal.gov/ntep/f98/projects/pnnl/index.html) Elementary students investigate the shrub steppe habitat of Eastern Washington and compare their data to Lewis and Clark's journal entries of this area.
- The Seed Connection
(www-ed.fnal.gov/ntep/f98/projects/bnl/seed2mgb/index.html) Elementary students find the best conditions for growing plants comparing hydroponics and conventional methods. Students interact with EMO botanists (a sixth grade partner class) and a partner school in Africa. They develop an understanding of how math, science and technology can be used to solve real-life problems.
- SIMply Prairie
(www-ed.fnal.gov/ntep/f98/projects/fnal/) Using this problem-based instructional unit, midlevel students answer research questions about native and reconstructed prairies using quadrat data. Students become apprentice scientists in this multi-state quadrat study.
- Weather Watchers
(www-ed.fnal.gov/ntep/f98/projects/bnl/weather/index.html) Sixth grade students learn about weather adn weather prediction and how to research information in computer class. They use charts and graphs to record and display data.
(www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/) An online course educators took to develop the preceeding engaged learning classroom projects that make best use of the Internet. Online tutorials are available for anyone who wants to learn more about engaged learning and how to develop Websites.
(www-ed.fnal.gov/projects/labyrinth/games/) Students play games that help develop an understanding of the operations and experiments that take place in Fermilab accelerator and detector halls and the scientific ideas they explore. Fermilabyrinth is an online version of the Quarks to Quasars exhibits at the Leon M. Lederman Science Education Center.
High School Units
(www.handsonuniverse.org/) An astronomy program enables students all over the world to request observations from an automated telescope, download images from a large image data archive, display the images using image-processing software, and learn math, physics and astronomy using a comprehensive set of well-tested curriculum activities.
Using Particle Physics Data to Teach High School Physics
- Conservation of Momentum
(www-ed.fnal.gov/samplers/hsphys/activities/top_quark_intro.html) How do today's scientists use conservation of momentum? This online exercise supports the teaching and learning of conservation of momentum by providing data that allow students to calculate the top quark mass.
- Cosmic Ray Studies
(quarknet.fnal.gov/e-labs) Students experience the environment of scientific collaborations in this series of investigations into high-energy cosmic rays. From start to finish this is a student-led, teacher-guided project. The Cosmic Ray e-Lab provides an opportunity for students to:
- Do authentic research to access, process and publish data, report and share their results as online posters, and have online discussions with one another about their work.
- Experience the environment of scientific collaborations.
- Possibly to make real contributions to a burgeoning scientific field.
- Looking for Higgs
(quarknet.fnal.gov/run2/run2_teacher.shtml) Students learn how to identify B mesons and W bosons and find the W mass. They can also calculate B lifetime as a "special project." Students use the ideas of conservation of energy and momentum, the effects of magnetic fields on charged particles, relativistic effects and ways to analyze large amounts of data. What the students learn from the first two investigations culminates in the search for the Higgs boson.
- Measuring the Effect of a Single Photon
(quarknet.fnal.gov/projects/pmt/index.shtml) This site presents information regarding photomultiplier tubes. Students can study data plots to determine the best mathematical fit to the presented data.
- Special Relativity
(www-ed.fnal.gov/data/phy_sci/relativity/index.html) What happens when things go near the speed of light? This online exercise is a good introduction to special relativity using data from a Fermilab experiment. Students can derive a form of the relativistic correction
(http://cas.sdss.org/dr6/en/) Use the Skyserver to study data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
DOE Labs General Instructional Units Online Resources Lesson Plans
All About Atoms
(www.jlab.org/services/pced/atomtour/) A very basic overview of atomic structure. Students can click on particles to learn more about them and even discover some fun facts about atoms!
Algebra Through Problem Solving
(www.thiel.edu/mathproject/atps/default.htm) An interactive book of topics fthat are essential for success in college-level mathematics.
An Amphibians Eye View of Wetlands
(www.parcplace.org/WetlandsFlier.pdf) A PDF file for a colorful four-page brochure on wetlands.
Apollo Lunar Surface Journal
(www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/) A record of the lunar surface operations conducted by the six pairs of astronauts who landed on the moon from 1969 through 1972.
(www.dep.anl.gov/aattack.htm) A game to see how many computer-generated arithmetic problems you can answer in 60 seconds. Teachers can download the game free of charge.
Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program Education
Education site for the ARM Program which is studying the natural phenomena that occur in clouds, and how those cloud conditions affect the sun's incoming and outgoing energy and, in the longer term, our climate.
Booklets and Brochures
(www.bpa.gov/Corporate/KR/ed/6-booklets.htm) A selection of resources educators can download from the Bonneville Power Authority.
Carnivorous Plants and Their Habitats
(www.uga.edu/srel/Graphics/carnivorous_plants.pdf) A PDF file for a colorful four-page brochure on wetlands. EERE Kids
(www.eere.energy.gov/kids/) Resources for kids from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
(http://www.energysmartschools.gov/sectors/ess/index.asp) A variety of suggestions to use energy wisely and reap rewards that last for generations. Check out the lesson plans for grades 4-6.
(isswprod.lbl.gov/Seaborg/ His life and contributions.
(www.uga.edu/srelherp/) Databases of snakes, lizards, turtles, alligators, frogs and toads and salamanders found at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. Links to a weekly environmental column, Ecoviews, and more technical publications.
(education.jlab.org/indexpages/teachers.html) A variety of resources, hands-on activities, workseets, puzzles and games.
(http://www.bnl.gov/weather/) Information from the Brookhaven National Laboratory Meteorology Services.
(www.newton.dep.anl.gov/) A bulletin board for science that provides a variety of discussion areas, conferencing (chat) environments for teachers and scientists, Internet service for teachers and the Ask A Scientist program that has fielded over 10,000 questions from students and teachers.
Partnership for Arid Lands Stewardship
(science-ed.pnl.gov/pals/resource/cards) The PALS Resource Cards provide information on the abiotic (e.g. climate, geology, etc.) characteristics, the vegetation and the terrestrial and aquatic wildlife of arid lands of the Columbia Basin.
(www-ed.fnal.gov/data/life_science.html) Fermilab bird, butterfly, frogs, insect and plant databases and more.
(www.fnal.gov/pub/pulse) An online exhibit about accelerator science in medicine
Questions and Answers
(education.jlab.org/qa) Students can submit science-related questions to Jefferson Lab scientists. The more related your question is to the work done at Jefferson Lab, the more likely it is that we will be able to provide an answer.
The Virtual Frog Dissection Kit
(www-itg.lbl.gov/ITG.hm.pg.docs/dissect/info.html) An award-winning interactive program, part of the Whole Frog Project. Interactively dissect a (digitized) frog named Fluffy, make movies and play the Virtual Frog Builder Game.
Washington State LASER
Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) is a partnership program that started in 1999 with the National Science Resources Center , the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Battelle, Pacific Science Center and Educational Service Districts and lead school districts from across Washington State.
Wetland Wonders Teacher Guide
(www.parcplace.org/education_materials.html) Illustrated story and classroom projects and activities
A Turtle Tale
(www.parcplace.org/education_materials.html) A PDF file for an iIllustrated poster story of turtles and their habitats for grades K-4. Download Teachers Guide.
Internet Science Adventures
(www.sandia.gov/ciim/ISA/index.html) A fifth grade electronic textbook with three content areas: life science, Earth and space science and physical science.
For Kids of All Ages
(www.bpa.gov/Power/pl/columbia/page5cov.htm) Links to online story books, an interactive coloring book and more.
(www-ed.fnal.gov/qquest/qquest.html) A newspaper for midlevel students about the science and technology of Fermilab.
High School Resources
The ABC's of Nuclear Science
(www.lbl.gov/abc/) A brief introduction to nuclear science. Learn about antimatter, Beta rays, cosmic connections, radioactivity and more. The site includes simple experiments that can be used in a chemistry or physics course.
Exploring the Table of Isotopes
(ie.lbl.gov/education/isotopes.htm) Choose an element on the Periodic table of the Isotopes to learn more about its isotopes.
Fermilab's Chain of Accelerators
(www-bd.fnal.gov/public/)Introduction to the five accelerators at Fermilab.
(www.interactions.org/) A communication resource from the world's particle physcis laboratories. Includes an image bank, particle physics in the news and links to education resources.
(ippex.pppl.gov) Interactive pages on matter, electricity, magnetism, energy and fusion. There is a virtual fusion reactor and a virtual stability module. Students can analyze actual data from past and current fusion experiments and ask a scientist questions via e-mail.
(www.jlab.org/services/pced/itselemental/index.html) An interactive Periodic Table of Elements including a bingo game, a word search puzzle and element flashcards. Flashcards help students learn the names and symbols of the elements by presenting them with a random element that is missing either it's chemical name or symbol. Flashcards can be customized to ask for just chemical names or just chemical symbols. Questions can also be limited to the naturally occurring elements. Answers are recorded and can be reviewed at any time.
Jefferson Lab Virtual Tour
(www.jlab.org/services/pced/sitetour/ A virtual tour of Jefferson Lab.
(ie.lbl.gov/radioactivedecay/) Look at real nuclear science data and follow procedures to extract half-lives of radioactive isotopes.
The Particle Adventure
(ParticleAdventure.org) An award-winning site introducing the theory of fundamental particles and forces, called the Standard Model. Explore the experimental evidence and the reasons physicists want to go beyond this theory.
Particle Physics Made Painless
(www-ed.fnal.gov/painless/htmls/index.html) A FermiNews series explaining the terms and ideas of particle physics in everyday language.
The Power Game
(www.bpa.gov/Corporate/KR/ed/nwpower/power_game.htm) A board game that allows students to discuss and debate power generation scenarios. PDF files to download alll materials your class will need for this game.
Questions and Answers
(education.jlab.org/qa/) Answers to some of the most common questions that visitors to the JLab site have asked.
Searching the Building Blocks of Matter
(www-ed.fnal.gov/projects/exhibits/searching/) A virtual exhibit on the how and why physicists study the funadmental constituents of matter--particles and forces.
STAR: The Quest for Quark-Gluon Plasma
(www.lbl.gov/Science-Articles/Archive/star/) An online story of the STAR project
Virtual Visitor Center for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
(www2.slac.stanford.edu/vvc/Default.htm) An introduction to the SLAC linear accelerator, applications in medicine, biological and industrial use, SLAC detectors and experiments, a brief history of SLAC including work that resulted in Nobel prizes, the SSRL and the theory behind particle physics.
X-Ray Spectrum of Elements on the Periodic Chart
(ie.lbl.gov/xray/) Project to help students understand atomic processes.
DOE Labs General Instructional Units Online Resources Lesson Plans
General Lesson Plans
Project YOTO Drifters
(drifters.doe.gov/) Data from ocean drifting buoys for integrating ocean science into science and math instruction. Enhance your lessons with educational activities and curriculum materials developed and tested by teachers or use only the data, background information and reference images.
Elementary Lesson Plans
Kids in the Creek Curriculum
(www.bpa.gov/Corporate/KR/ed/kidsinthecreek/curriculum.htm) Hands-on activities that teach students to determine the health of a stream. Lessons cover water testing procedures for temperature, dissolved oxygen and pH as well as studies of aquatic insect populations.
Midlevel Lesson Plans
BEAMS (Becoming Enthusiastic About Math and Science)
(www.jlab.org/services/pced/beamsactivity/beamsactivityhome.html) A program in which classes of middle school students are exposed to the scientific environment of Jefferson Lab. Most of the activities conducted at the Lab, including teacher instructions and how the activities relate to Virginia's Standards of Learning, may be downloaded.
High School Lesson Plans
Materials Science and Technology
(science-ed.pnl.gov/msthandbook.stm) Resources for teachers who are currently teaching materials science or are interested in finding out more about the subject. A sample of the MST Teacher Handbook is online as well as database with links to:
- Teacher Resources - Media for lesson development and materials that are also suitable for student research projects.
- Curriculum Materials
- Virtual Field Trips
- Effect of Temperature on Electrical Resistance - Teacher Notes - Lab (pdf files)
- How to Levitate a Train - Notes (pdf) - Data (excel)
Topics in Modern Physics
(www-ed.fnal.gov/samplers/hsphys/tmp_rev.html) Three-day and five-day lesson plans. Particle physics addresses the question, "How does the universe work--what are the basic particles and what are the basic forces?" The TMP Teacher Resource Book includes background information and classroom activities that may be "sprinkled" into a regular high school physics program. Also download four classroom activities or learn how to order the book and use the excitement of today's "frontier" developments as the stimulus for student learning of other areas of physics.