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The Periodic Table: A nuclear view

Students will learn how interactions among the protons and neutrons in the atomic nucleus affect the properties and stability of chemical elements, and how these properties could inform the creation of future elements.

Journey to the center of the Earth

After thinking through concepts related to processes in the Earth's core, students will use these prompts to create a diagram of the geodynamo.

Tracing tracks and guessing gaits

Students will use what they know about physics and human range of motion to analyze classmates’ trackways and infer how their classmates made the tracks.

Step into the shoes of a scientist studying ancient locomotion

These discussion prompts encourage students to apply their knowledge of experimental design.

Volcanoes, erupting now?

Students will review volcano monitoring data and learn how to use it to predict possible volcano behavior.

Now trending, the Periodic Table

After watching videos about the periodic table, students will identify general patterns in the table.

Go beyond Mendeleev’s model

These discussion prompts encourage students to think about the principles and purposes of scientific models in all areas of science and engineering.

Getting to know the periodic table

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "The periodic table turns 150."

Asking for directions on Mars

Students will learn how to use an interactive online map of Mars and will identify features and make generalizations about Martian geography.

Understanding science’s impact

Students will work in groups to analyze one of Science News' Top 10 science stories of 2018.

Radical protection

Students will analyze a graph from the Science News article "Parkinson's pathways."

Making a gut-brain connection

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Parkinson's pathways."