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NGSS Standard/TopicPE(s) addressed by this phenomenaPhenomenaPhenomena as a driving questionContributorComments
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Chemical ReactionsMS-PS1-2, MS-PS1-5Rusting of bikes or other metal objects relevant to studentsCan I develop a way to keep my bike from rusting? Or Why do I have to keep my bike painted to prevent rusting?@tksciguy
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Chemical ReactionsMS-PS1-2, MS-PS1-5FireWhere does all the "stuff" go when I burn something? @tksciguy
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Kinetic EnergyMS-PS3-1Car crashes of varying severityWhy are some car crashes more serious than others?@hollybsteeleShow this picture from the Mythbusters
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Potential EnergyMS-PS3-2Roller coaster LiftsWhy do almost all roller coasters start with a large lift?@hollybsteeleNote: Some now start with magnetic induction which is harder to visualize
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Artificial SelectionMS-LS4-5Dog BreedsWhy/How do we get labradoodles, pitskies and shorgis?@hollybsteele
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Earth-Sun-Moon SystemMS-ESS1-1Lunar PhasesHow is it possible that we can predict when the next eclipse will occur?@hollybsteeleClick for a link to list of upcoming eclipses. Incidentally, the next one is on my birthday!
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Gravity in the Solar SystemMS-ESS1-2OrbitsWhy does the Earth orbit the Sun and not the other way around?@hollybsteele
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Electric/Magnetic ForcesMS-PS2-3ElectromagnetsHow do giant magnets pick up cars?@hollybsteeleWould this be a good video to supplement the idea? I know it's not picking things up, though. That's a cool video - could show bullet trains in action too@krajcikjoe is where I saw it
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SoundMS-PS4-1Hearing LossWhy does prolonged exposure to loud sounds lead to hearing loss? OR Why do "old people" tend to be hard of hearing? @hollybsteele
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Convection CurrentsMS-ESS 2-6Cup rotates over candlesHow can things move without being touched?https://youtu.be/Erd8f10Joag
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CellsMS-LS 1-1A seed sproutingHow can a seed turn into a plant? Where does the matter that makes an oak tree come from?@mrshigginsri
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Geoscience ProcessesMS-ES S2-2Ground water disapearring Where do you think the water goes?@quincygirls1http://www.sciencebuzz.org/blog/devils-kettle-conundrum
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Weather FrontsMS-ES S2-5Collision of Weather FrontsWhat is the cause of the change in cloud cover?@quincygirls1https://youtu.be/T1ebdOxOW5gCould have Students do a time lapse.
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Geothermal Dynamics/Water movenment in a systemMS-PS3-4 / MS-ESS2-6Large temperature changes in Lake Michigan.Why has Lake Michigan's beach water temperatures drop 40 degrees in 3 days.@quincygirls1http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2015/08/some_lake_michigan_beach_temps.html
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Changes in ecosystemsMS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-1Huge decrease in monarch butterfly populationWhy have all the monarchs gone?@rdavisteachesThere are loads of ways to prompt this: show them a data graph of the decline, find a video to peak their interest, etc. I decided NOT to show my kids the parts of a video that explained the likely cause as I wanted them to start brainstorming themselves first before we looked at the data.Also, I have an article I created for them to read, as well as data tables for analysis that I pulled from various sites and research articles
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Sound WavesMS-PS4-1Putting iPhone in a plastic cup makes it sound louderHow does sound travel to our ears, and why would the cup affect that?@rdavisteaches
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Human body systemsMS-LS1-3/MS-LS1-7/MS-PS1-5/MS-LS1-1Soccer players being tired after a game OR athletes carbo-loading before an eventWhere do we get energy to do the things we want to do? OR Why would carboloading help athletes prepare for an event?@rdavisteachesI got this idea from the NGSS Institute this summer...there was an example unit outline that tied cells and human body systems together with a focus on how food turns into energy (which, if you read the evidence statements, links to the conservation of matter)
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WavesMS PS 4-1Creating a harp that is big enough to make earth soundsHow can you use the environment to become part of an instrument? are there sounds in your environment from which you could make an instrument?@ratzelster
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