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Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Category: Science
Tags: why do leaves change color fall foliage autumn foliage why leaves change color

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The following video's from the crew at Untamed Science where you'll find lots of free science videos. Check this site's Science page for additional science resources including blog posts, free downloads, and links to free science courses and learning material. 

And enjoy the beauty and splendor of autumn with some additional free resources: 

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Our Earth
Category: Science
Tags: earth science plate tectonics rocks and minerals atmosphere weather geology

 

Textbooks: 
CPO Earth Science: Full textbook and accompanying "investigations" lab book. For middle school.
Earth Science Concepts for Middle School: CK-12 Flexbook with 14 chapters covering: earth’s features, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, water, atmosphere, weather and climate, landforms, natural resources, the solar system and beyond.
High School Earth Science: CK-12 Flexbook with 26 chapters on earth and space science, plus a glossary.
 
Glencoe Science Teacher Resources:
Include worksheets, activities, assessments and answer keys:
 
 

Earth Science Illustrated Guide: Contains maps, charts, graphs and diagrams, with associated explanations, illustrating key earth science and space concepts. There’s a glossary at the end. This download has 209 pages.

Earth Science Lessons for middle school from Oregon State University. Covers plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes, rocks and minerals.

Earth Revealed: Series of 26 half-hour videos on geology; for high school students.

Activities: 

Inside the Earth Webquest: Guide to various sites to gather information and fill out a Google document on earth’s layers, convection currents, drifting continents, sea floor spreading, and plate tectonics.

Earth Science Paper ModelsCut out and assemble 3-D models of volcanoes, landforms, fossils, planets, and other things related to earth science.

101 Earth Science Demos: Demonstrate concepts using just a few everyday items. The objective of the demo, procedure to follow, and science behind the demo is described. Five sections include geosphere, atmosphere, hydroshpere, space, and miscellaneous. This download has 106 pages.

Weather ProverbsExamine weather proverbs to determine their meaning, and the scientific principles they're based on.

Animations and Interactives: 
 
Journey to the Center of the EarthTravel to the earth’s core, with sights along the way.
 
Visual Lessons: For K - 12 on many earth sci topics.
 
 


States of Matter and Phase Changes
Category: Science
Tags: states of matter 3 states of matter the states of matter solid liquid gas changes in state of matter

Here are some materials to supplement a study of the states of matter and phase changes: 

From Mystery Science: this unit on the properties and phases of matter includes video lessons and activities. 

BrainPop has a couple of explanatory animations on States of Matter and Matter Changing State. 

BBC's site has a lesson plan on solids, liquids, and gases that includes animations, worksheet, and activities.

Interactive Sites for Education provides links to a number of virtual labs for exploring physical and chemical changes of matter.

Explore the science of stuff at the Strange Matter website.

Solid or Liquid?

Everyone makes their own oobleck at some point. At Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab, you'll find the simple recipe to make this strange stuff, along with a basic explanation of why it does what it does. For parents and older kids who want a more thorough explanation of oobleck and how scientists are using non-Newtonian fluids to make cool things, read this article from Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine.

To make a different kind of Gleup, (plastic) visit Scifun's Home Experiments.

Free Readers:

Free Downloads:

This States of Matter download includes printable solid/liquid/gas card game, and Connect Four board game.

Download States of Matter worksheetsincluding an activity exploring how the Incredibles use superpowers to alter their states.

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