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Science and Technology of WWII
Category: Science
Tags: ww2 facts ww2 history timeline of ww2 ww2 lesson plans

Free this week at Kids Discover: Pearl Harbor.

A poster from the National WWII Museum shows how the science and technology of WWII not only helped us fight and win the war, but how it continues to influence many aspects of our lives today. The poster also features instructions for making a version of synthetic rubber, a material scientists began experimenting with due to a shortage in the natural rubber supply.

Download the poster here. 

Learn more about the technology of WWII with this History Channel interactive: 

Free PDF Books: 

The museum also has a great website that focuses on the science and technology of WWII. The site features: 

Darkroom of images of artifacts related to WWII science and technology, in such areas as medicine, communications, rocketry, and mathematics.

Timeline outlining activities leading to the development of the atomic bomb.

Top 10 List page where you can vote for what you think was the greatest scientific achievement during WWII. There's also a Bottom Five poll on the worst uses of technology during the war.

Cipher Disk you can use to send and decipher coded messages.

Discussion questions, lesson plans, and essays.

Submit questions to the experts at the WWII museum and read answers to questions submitted by others.



Moon Units
Category: Science
Tags: supermoon moon cycle moon pictures moon facts moon landing

(Photo by Guzmán Barquín on Unsplash)

Moon in the News: ​It's been 50 years since the launch of Apollo 8, the first mission to bring humans to the moon, and the one when the famous "Earthrise" picture was taken. Look back on the momentous event in this Tween Tribune article.

China launched a probe that reached the far side of the moon. Read about it in this New York Times article.

Read about "supermoons" in this Popular Mechanics article. 

And check out these free moon resources: 

Smithsonian's Apollo to the MoonInformation about the space race, history of the space program, life in space, the Apollo missions, experiments performed on the moon, and objects from the Apollo missions on display at the museum. There is also information on a new state-of-the-art exhibit that's set to replace the current one and scheduled to open around the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions.

Exploring the Moon: 158-page PDF guide with background information on the moon and activities. Divided into 3 units: Pre-Apollo, Learning from Apollo, and the Future. Suggested for grades 5 - 12.

Observing the Moon Infographic: 

Moon FactsList of interesting facts.

Moon CraftsInstructions for making a flim canister rocket, hovercraft, and moon dust.

Moon Phase Interactives: 

McGraw-Hill

PBS LearningMedia


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.

Free Readers:

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.

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.
 
 


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