In May, 2008 Virginia Beach City Public Schools approved the Modeling and Simulation (MODSIM) Demonstration School Project at Ocean Lakes High School. The purpose of this project is to use MODSIM as an instructional strategy within math and science instruction and to demonstrate ways to integrate math and science instruction through the use of MODSIM. This project was undertaken based on the recommendation of the Hampton Roads Modeling and Simulation Initiative. Below are some lessons that have been developed as part of the Demonstration School project. If you have lessons incorporating modeling and simulation that you would like to share, please post them here. The lessons featured in the video on the home page are:
Curve Fitting
In this lesson, students use an Excelet to explore the concept of curve fitting and r values. They also use a graphing calculator to analyze a set of data about alligators and make predictions based on the model generated by the data.
- Excelet for curve fitting
- Student handout to accompany curve fitting Excelet
- Graphing calculator exercise on curve fitting
- Additional curve fitting problems
Atomic Structure
This lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmo "Element Builder" to investigate the structure of the atom. Student handouts are designed to be able to use the Element Builder Gizmo as a part of a differentiated lesson.




Biology

Cells

This lesson uses a web quest format that leads students to online cell models and simulations to review the parts/functions of cells.
Directions and links for the cell web quest.

Cell Division

This lesson uses a web quest format that leads students to online cell division models and simulations.
Directions and links for the cell division web quest.

Cloning

This lesson uses a web quest format that leads students to an interactive site on cloning.
Directions and links for the cloning web quest.

DNA Fingerprinting

This lesson uses an on-line simulation in the form of a crime-solving game to introduce students to the technology of DNA analysis.
Student directions and link to the DNA fingerprinting simulation.

DNA Replication and Protein Synthesis

This lesson uses a Macromedia Shockwave simulation to review DNA replication and protein synthesis.
Directions and link to the DNA replication and protein synthesis simulation.

Enzymes

This lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmo "Collision Theory" and a virtual lab to guide students through an exploration of how enzymes work. The URL for the virtual lab is included in the student handout.
Student Handout

Exploration Through Time

This lesson uses an online interactive that introduces students to the history of life and how it results in today’s biodiversity.
Student handout with a link to the site, directions, and questions.

Flu Outbreak

This lesson uses an isee NETSIM model to guide students in the exploration of factors that dictate the spread of the flu. This model can be accessed [[http://This model can be viewed with either STELLA software or by using the free isee player which can be downloaded %5B%5Bhttp://www.iseesystems.com/softwares/Player/iseePlayer.aspx%7Chere%5D%5D.|here]].
Student directions to accompany the Flu Outbreak lesson.

Genetics

This lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmos "Mouse Genetics" and "Inheritance" to introduce students to topics in genetics including Punnett Squares.
Student directions and questions to use with the Gizmos.

This lesson uses a series of online animations to introduce students to topics in genetics. Students also visit a virtual lab to find out how to collect and analyze a DNA sample. Links to web sites are included in the document.
Student handout

Germination

This lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmo "Germination" to introduce students to the topic of seed germination.
Student handout

Introduction to DNA

Students use the Genetics Science Learning Center Website to learn about basic genetics, including the structure of DNA, transcription and translation.
Student handout with a link to the site, directions, and questions.

Photosynthesis and Respiration

In this lesson, students are guided through a series of online simulations and models as they learn about photosynthesis and respiration.
Student directions and web links for the lesson.

Reaction Time

This lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmo "Reaction Time 1" to introduce students to the concept of reaction time.
Student directions and questions to use with the Gizmo.

Scientific Method

This lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmos "Effect of Environment on New Life Form" and "Growing Plants" to introduce students to the scientific method.
Student directions and questions to use with the Gizmos.

Virtual Microscope Exploration

In this lesson, students use four interactive websites to explore how a microscope is used. All URLs are included in the student handout.
Student handout

Chemistry

Atomic Structure

This lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmo "Element Builder" to investigate the structure of the atom. Student handouts are designed to be able to use the Element Builder Gizmo as a part of a differentiated lesson.



Calorimetry

In this activity, students use the ExploreLearning Gizmo "Calorimetry Lab" to conduct virtual specific heat experiments.
Student directions and questions to use with the Gizmo.

Gas Laws

This series of lessons uses an Excelet and two PhET simulations to explore gas laws.
Excelet file for Gas Laws
Questions to accompany Gas Laws Excelet
AP Chemistry
AP Chemistry
AP Chemsitry
General Chemistry
PhET simulations and questions
Simulation file
Simulation questions
Simulation file
Simulation questions

Ionic and Covalent Bonding

This lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmos "Forming Ionic Bonds" and "Creating Covalent Molecules" to introduce students the concepts of ionic and covalent bonding. The directionas and questions for the Gizmos are embedded in the document on bonding.
Notes and directions for ionic and covalent bonding.

Kinetics

This lesson uses an Excelet to explore zero, first, and second order reactions.
Excelet file for Kinetics
Student handout for Kinetics lesson

Limiting Reagent

This lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmo "Limiting Reactant" to explore the concept of limiting reactants, non-limiting reactants, and theoretical yield in a chemical reaction.
Student directions and questions to accompany the Gizmo.

Naming Ionic Compounds

This online game reinforces writing the names and formulas of ionic compounds. A link to the web site is included in the directions and can be accessed here.
Directions and link to game web site

Percent Composition

In this lesson, students use an Excelet and cookies to learn about percent composition.
Student directions and questions for the activity.
Excelet used in the activity.
Follow-up activity on empirical formulas (does not use an Excelet).

Periodic Trends

This lesson uses an Excelet that allows students to study many Periodic Trends.
Excelet file for Periodic Trends
Student handout to accompany Periodic Trends Excelet

Potential Energy Diagrams

This lesson uses an Excelet that teaches students about potential energy diagrams.
Student handout to accompany Potential Energy Excelet
Excelet file for Potential Energy

Reaction Rates/Collision Theory Simulation

This lesson uses a simulation introduce students to collision theory and how various factors affect the rate of reaction. Simualtion can be downlowed from the University of Colorado PhET web site. An Explore Learning Gizmo is called "Collision Theory" is also available.
Student handout to accompany the simulation (also avaialable at the PhET web site).