Interactive Labs

Interactive Labs are menu driven activities that navigate like a web site and respond to the input of the user.  Information pages are just a click away allowing students to help themselves to the information they need when they need it.  Although Interactive Labs are stand alone virtual lab activities, they work perfectly when combined with traditional hands-on lab materials (i.e. actual rock samples with the Interactive Rock Lab).

Interactive Labs will work on any device that can read  a  hyperlinked PDF document:

Mac

PC

Chromebook

iPad / Surface and other tablets

Smartphones

Note:  although the true interactive power of these labs requires the use of a device, pages can be printed and placed at lab stations if devices are not available.

The Labs:

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The Fossil Lab is a 119 page hyperlinked PDF document that guides students through the investigation of 33 important index fossils. In addition to this, 24 pages of printable activities and answer keys are included in separate PDF documents. The activities include a 6 page Fossil Lab answer sheet and an 8 page Index Fossil activity with a 4 page Geologic Time Scale and fossil images to cut out and place on the timeline.

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Afraid for your younger students ... don't be.  Even though this lab is filled with information, students of all ages will learn a lot!

The Interactive Rock Identification is a 278 page hyperlinked PDF document that guides students through the investigation of 19 Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary rocks. In addition to this, a printable 22 page activity booklet contains student activities and answer keys to go along with the Interactive Rock Identification.

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The Cabbage Caper is a Murder Mystery for kids. It is an interactive, hands-on science lab activity where students begin their investigation on the computer and then move to the "crime lab" to conduct lab tests based on the evidence.  After interviewing the 6 suspects and recording notes in the "Investigator's Notebook", students will design and perform experiments to solve the crime.