The simulations in this library are used as part of the OpenSciEd units. For information about how to utilize each simulation with students, visit the teacher edition for the associated unit. The Scope and Sequence page has information about the specific standards addressed in each of the grade levels and units.

Simulations for 6th Grade Units

Unit 6.2 Cup Design – Particle Heating and Cooling Simulation

This simulation allows students to make observations about how particle motion changes as the overall temperature of a liquid changes. It is used in Lesson 11 of Unit 6.2.

Unit 6.2 Cup Design – Molecular View of a Liquid

This simulation allows students to make observations about the structure and movement of particles in a liquid. It is used in Lesson 11 of Unit 6.2.

Unit 6.2 Cup Design – Molecular View of a Gas

This simulation allows students to make observations about the structure and movement of particles in a gas. It is used in Lesson 11 of Unit 6.2.

Unit 6.2 Cup Design – Gas Particle Motion

This simulation explores the relationship between the temperature of a gas, the motion of the particles in the gas and the changes in the kinetic energies of particles during collisions. It is used in Lesson 12 and Lesson 13 of unit 6.2.

Unit 6.2 Cup Design – Collisions Up Close

This simulation explores the relationship between particle kinetic energies during particle collisions. It is used in Lesson 13 of Unit 6.2.

Unit 6.2 Cup Design – Conduction in Solids Reduced

This simulation shows conduction of thermal energy within and between solids, based on the kinetic energy of particles, and collisions between neighboring particles. It is used in Lesson 13 of Unit 6.2.

Unit 6.2 Cup Design – Conduction in Solids Full

This simulation shows conduction of thermal energy within and between solids, based on the kinetic energy of particles, and collisions between neighboring particles. It is used in Lesson 13 of Unit 6.2. This simulation differs from the “reduced” version in that it has expanded controls over the variables.

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Simulations for 7th Grade Units

Unit 7.3 Inside our Bodies – Digestive System 

In this interactive, students look at actual endoscopic images from a healthy person and from M’Kenna, the patient presented in the unit. They take a tour of the digestive system stopping at different points to look at images. This is used in Lesson 2 of Unit 7.3.

Unit 7.3 Inside our Bodies – Villi Absorption

This simulation explores the relationship between the amount of surface area in the small intestine and the rate at which it absorbs food particles into the circulatory system. This simulation is used in Lesson 8 of Unit 7.3.

Unit 7.4 Matter Cycling – Chloroplasts and Food

This simulation shows the relationship between the inputs and outputs in the chloroplasts of plants to help explain how they convert water and carbon dioxide to glucose and water with the help of energy absorbed from light. It is used in Lesson 5 of Unit 7.4.

 

Unit 7.3 Inside our Bodies – Virtual Microscope

Like a real microscope, the Virtual Microscope allows students to examine slide samples more closely. They are able to collect samples and save them for further observation. This is used in Lesson 12 of Unit 7.3.

Simulations for 8th Grade Units

Unit 8.2 Sound – Turn it Up!

In this simulation, students adjust the slider to increase or decrease the loudness of a sound. They can also manipulate the time scale. This is used in Lesson 4 of Unit 8.2.

Unit 8.2 Sound – Hitting the High Notes

In this simulation, students adjust the slider to increase or decrease the pitch of a sound. They can also manipulate the time scale. This is used in Lesson 5 of Unit 8.2.

Unit 8.2 Sound – Sound in a Medium

This simulation demonstrates a slow-motion version of what it would look like if you could see particles in a medium vibrating. The wave-like diagram underneath the air particle representation is a graph of the motion of the sound source. Only the particle diagram is a representation of the sound wave. This is used in Lesson 10 of Unit 8.3.

Unit 8.2 Sound – Tone Generator

With this free online tone generator, students enter their desired frequency and press play. The tone generator plays four different waveforms. This is used in Lesson 12 of Unit 8.2.