Big Ideas


Perplexing Pairs
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November 6

Growth & Development

November 13

Life Cycle

November 20 Breathing & Gas Exchange
December 4 Breathing and Respiration

December 11

Rotation & Revolution

December 18



January 8

Density, a Ubiquitous Concept Part I

January 15

Density, a Ubiquitous Concept Part II

January 22

The Story of Archimedes

January 29

Weight & Mass

February 5

Archimedes Principle

February 12

The Balloon and the Beach Ball

The Life of a Plant in a Jar

February 26

The Life of A Plant In A Jar - Part I

March 5

The Life of a Plant in a Jar - Part II The Atmosphere

March 12

The Life of a Plant in a Jar - Part III Respiration

March 19

The Life of  A Plant In a Jar - Part IV  Synthesis

April 7

Plant in a Jar Takes a Trip to Atlanta


March 26

Food Glorious Food


April 4

What's The Matter - Part I

April 9

What's The Matter - Part II

May 7

What's The Matter - Part III

May 21

What's The Matter - Part IV

May 28

What's the Matter - Part V


October 1

Energy Part I:  Work

October 8

Energy Part II:  Kinds of Energy

October 15

Energy Part III:  Source of Energy

October 22

Energy Part IV:  Energy Conservation


November 12

Fluids Part I:  Air

November 19 Fluids Part II:  Properties

 2.5 minute video of the "Dissolving Candy" experiment from Fluids Part 2: Properties. It demonstrates the "motion of the balls".

December 3 Fluids Part III:  Temperature & Density
December 10 Fluids Part IV:  Pressure
December 17 Fluids Part V:  Compressibility

Model of Matter

February 25 Part 1  What is Matter?
March 3 Part 2  Tiny Particles in Motion
March 12 Part 3  Rate of Evaporation
March 17 Part 1  Revisited:  Student Responses
March 31 Part 4  Rate of Evaporation 2
April 21 Part 5  Heat
May 5 Part 6  Melting
May 14 Part 7  Thermometers
May 20 Part 8  Getting Students Involved
June 17 Part 9:  Diffusion

Energy & Ecosystems

October 15 Need More (on) Energy?
October 22 Energy and Ecosystems Part 1
October 27 Energy and Ecosystems Part 2
November 7 Energy and Ecosystems Part 3
November 17 Energy and Ecosystems Part 4
December 5 Energy and Ecosystems Part 5
December 21 Energy and Ecosystems Part 6

Energy & The Physical Setting

February 11 Simple Machines Part 1
February 17 Simple Machines Part 2:  Trade-offs
March 16 Simple Machines Part 3: Inclined Plane 1
Simple Machines Part 4:  Friction, Work & Energy in the Inclined Plane
April 01 Simple Machines Part 5:  Inclined Plane 3
The Screw and Wedge
April 08 Simple Machines Part 6:  Levers 1
April 28 Simple Machines Part 7
Lever 2
Copyright 2022 by the Capital Region Science Education Partnership.  This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9911868.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendation expressed this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.