Owl Pellet Dissection Guide

Get a close hands-on look at an ecosystem in the palm of your hands. Explore the predator-prey relationships with owl pellets and give your students a memorable learning experience!

This article will include everything you need to prepare and carry out a successful owl pellet dissection lab.

Grades: 3-5, 6-8

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Homemade Barometer

Show your students how meteorologists measure atmospheric pressure with this homemade barometer. This simple and quick activity will give your students the opportunity to simulate the ways that atmospheric data is collected in the real world.

The Southeast Regional Climate Center provides great and easy instructions that you can use in your own weather and climate lessons.

Grades: 6-8

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Homemade Seismometer

Show your students how scientists collect earthquake data and give them the opportunity to collect their own scientific data! This old-school video by PBS Learning Media shows you how to make your own homemade seismometer that demonstrates the concept behind the scientific instrument and how it collects earthquake data.

In this article you’ll learn the steps to build a homemade seismometer with your students.

Grades: 6-8

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What Causes the Earth’s Seasons: Science Fun Facts

A common misconception regarding the seasons is that the summer season is caused when the earth moves closer to the sun, and winter is caused when the earth moves farther away. In fact, we are physically closer to the sun during the winter months of the year.

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The Reasons For the Seasons

Need a fun way to incorporate some physical activity in your weather & earth systems lessons? The Reasons of the Seasons created by M. J. Krech gives your students an engaging and active way to learn about the earth’s seasons.

Students will physically demonstrate the tilt and orbit of the earth in order to understand the conditions that create our seasons on earth.

Grades: 6-8

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Air Quality Index

Pollution is becoming more and more of a problem for people all around the world, and understanding the ways that scientists study pollution is more important than ever. This activity will teach students how scientists measure and assess the quality of air in a city and share that information with the general public. This activity is based on a great guide by The University of Northern Iowa (check out the link for a great worksheet to hand out).

Grades: 6-8

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