Physical Science

The lesson ideas below are engaging, project-based ideas that you can use in your classroom to fulfill the NGSS.

Chemistry

Here are the grades 9-12 NGSS for Chemical Reations and Properties of Matter

Physics

Here are the grades 9-12 NGSS for Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation, Forces, and Energy

Physical Science

 

Chemistry

 

Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE)

WISE is a site hosted by UC Berkeley. "WISE is a research-based digital learning platform that fosters exploration and science inquiry". WISE has several interactive projects that give students the oppurtunity to investigate various chemistry concepts.

WISE

 

Chemistry Teacher Resources

This webpage is a compilation of one teacher's Biology and Chemistry lessons, notes, tips, and activities. This website is a great resource and a place for ideas to flourish. The Chemistry concepts are divided into 13 different sections. Not all lessons are inquiry-based but can easily be adapted.

Chemistry Teacher Resources

 

University of Colorado PhET Simulations

The University of Colorado in Boulder developed this webpage that offers a multitude of online simulations that depict various concepts. These simulations include Plate Tectonics, Fluid Motion, and Orbit due to Gravity. A variety of Engage, Explore, or Elaborate activities can be designed around the simulations, especially if your school does not have the materials to create the physical simulation.

PHET Simulations

 

UCLA Science Inquiry

The University of California LA has created a site with the mission of developing "inquiry-based activities that are affordable, and easy to implement". The lessons span across 6 grade levels and match the California Science Standards. Some examples of lessons are Bonding: That’s What We Do!!, Your Name Worth That Many Moles of Chalk?, and Flamin’ Foods: Calorie Investigation.

UC L.A. Science Inquiry

 

Vernier Scientific Experiment

Vernier Scientific has posted the introduction and materials portions of the experiments in their various lab books. The books and experiments range from basic to advanced levels in multiple subjects. The full lab books can be purchased from the website, but the free previews are enough to design an inquiry-based experiment that has the same objectives.

Vernier Labs

 

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation hosts this website that has resources of recent scientific discoveries. These discoveries include "green" gasoline, why spider webs are sticky, and molecular motors. Inquiry lessons based on these discoveries can easily be created. Have your students determine the importance of these discoveries, the implications of the conclusions, and even how they might utilize or resolve the discovery or issue.

National Science Foundation Discoveries

 

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Physics

 

PBS Media Resources

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) hosts this webiste that has a large collection of video resources from the television network. These videos include topics about kinematics, Energy with Roller Coasters, and even String Theory. These videos can be used to engage the students with the topic at hand, or to push the students one step further to investigate the topic.

PBS Learning Media Resources

 

N.A.S.A.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website has a lot of information, resources, and tools that can be placed in a variety of lesson plans. This portion of the website has compiled and list of resources that are activities or instructional pages on certain topics. These topics and activities include Forces, Flight, and Optics.

NASA

 

University of Colorado PhET Simulations

The University of Colorado in Boulder developed this webpage that offers a multitude of online simulations that depict various concepts. These simulations include Plate Tectonics, Fluid Motion, and Orbit due to Gravity. A variety of Engage, Explore, or Elaborate activities can be designed around the simulations, especially if your school does not have the materials to create the physical simulation.

PHET Simulations

 

UCLA Science Inquiry

The University of California LA has created a site with the mission of developing "inquiry-based activities that are affordable, and easy to implement". The lessons span across 6 grade levels and match the California Science Standards. Some examples of lessons are Introduction to Heat, Sound Lab, and Static Electricity.

UC L.A. Science Inquiry

 

Vernier Scientific Experiment

Vernier Scientific has posted the introduction and materials portions of the experiments in their various lab books. The books and experiments range from basic to advanced levels in multiple subjects. The full lab books can be purchased from the website, but the free previews are enough to design an inquiry-based experiment that has the same objectives.

Vernier Labs

 

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation hosts this website that has resources of recent scientific discoveries. These discoveries include better atomic clocks, carbon nanotubes, and quantum mechanic laws. Inquiry lessons based on these discoveries can easily be created. Have your students determine the importance of these discoveries, the implications of the conclusions, and even how they might utilize or resolve the discovery or issue.

National Science Foundation Discoveries

 

Mississippi Department of Education: Physical Science Resources

The Mississippi Department of Education has compiled a list of websites that have Physical Science resources. These resources include Infrared Light, Atomic Alchemy, and Amusement Park Physics.

Mississippi DoE

 

Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE)

WISE is a site hosted by UC Berkeley. "WISE is a research-based digital learning platform that fosters exploration and science inquiry". WISE has several interactive projects that give students the oppurtunity to investigate various physics concepts.

WISE

 

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Physical Science

 

PBS Media Resources

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) hosts this webiste that has a large collection of video resources from the television network. These videos include topics about visible light, the different types of electric current, and the formation of elements. These videos can be used to engage the students with the topic at hand, or to push the students one step further to investigate the topic.

PBS Learning Media Resources

 

Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE)

WISE is a site hosted by UC Berkeley. "WISE is a research-based digital learning platform that fosters exploration and science inquiry". WISE has several interactive projects that give students the oppurtunity to investigate various physical science concepts.

WISE

 

National Geographic

The National Geographic main website is full of information, facts, and ideas that can spark inquiry lessons. The website cited here is specifically the activities that National Geographic has created for educators. The page lists many activites across multiple disciplines that are interative, engaging, and allow for student discovery.

National Geographic Education Resources

 

Discovery Education

The Discovery Education website has numerous lesson plans that utilize iDiscovery and Discovery Education resources to explore the physical sciences. The lessons are inquiry driven in most cases and all for student exploration. Some example lessons are The Basics: Physical Science, Underwater Forensics, and Scientific Inquiry, Episode 3.

Discovery Education

 

Hotlist of Physical Science by Dr. James Teague

Dr. James Teague has compiled a list of resources for Physical Science. These resources include many simulations, references, and experiments. Some examples are Weightlessness in Orbit, Virtual Dating, and Seatbelt Physics.

Physical Science Teacher Resources

 

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation hosts this website that has resources of recent scientific discoveries. These discoveries include sun spots, electron spin, and how earthquakes can give cluse to volcanic eruptions. Inquiry lessons based on these discoveries can easily be created. Have your students determine the importance of these discoveries, the implications of the conclusions, and even how they might utilize or resolve the discovery or issue.

National Science Foundation Discoveries

 

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If you have ideas and lessons ideas that you think exemplify the NGSS, please email your ideas to Dr. Ann Haley MacKenzie