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Learning Science With
Science Fiction Films

Introduction 1

Why learn science? 1
What is science fiction? 2
Why use science fiction to teach science? 2
Common fallacies and errors in science fiction films 3
How to use science fiction films in a classroom 3
How to use this book 4
How to get science fiction videos 4
Sample Introduction Lesson 5
Sample Concluding Lesson 5
Sample Interdisciplinary Lesson 5
Synopsis of Videos 6
Index of Topics by Title 9
Index of Titles by Topic 10
Science in Science Fiction Reading List 11
Informal lab report form 12
Formal lab report instructions 13
Common sources of chemicals 14
References 14

Science Fields:

Biology Human: 15

Fantastic Voyage 17
Immunity Syndrome 23
NSTA award winning lesson
Unnatural Selection 29
Activity: Catalyst Enzymes 35

Biology Animal: 37

Beginning of the End 39
Operation Annihilate 45
Them 51
Activity: Evidence of Speed 57
Activity: Acceleration Due to Gravity 59
& Reaction Time

Biology Plant: 61

Day of the Triffids 63
The Thing 69
Activity: Flower Dissection 75
Activity: Build a Flower 77

Chemistry: 79

Andromeda Strain 81
Arena 87
Home Soil 91
Activity: Conductivity Tester 97
Activity: pH & Indicators 98
Activity: Crystal Growth 99

Earth Science: 101

Crack in the World 103
Earthquake 109
Journey to the Center of the Earth 113
Activity: Locate an Earthquake 119

Activity: Flame Tests 121

Environmental Science/Ecology: 123

StarTrek IV 125
Trouble with Tribbles 131
Activity: Qualitative Testing of 135

Carbon Dioxide; a Pollutant

Geology 137

Jurassic Park 139
Monolith Monsters 145
Activity: Crystal Systems 151
Activity: Fossil Formation 153

Marine Science: 155

It Came from Beneath the Sea 157
Jaws 163
Activity: Using Fish Anatomy to 169
Determine Habitat
Activity: Shark Key
Activity: Squid Dissection 173

Physics: 175

Booby Trap 177
Destination Moon 183
NSTA award winning lesson
Forbidden Planet 189
Activity: Personal Radiation Dose 195
Activity: Size of the Sun & Moon 197
Activity: Free Fall and Forces 199
Activity: Parallax Viewing 201

STS: Science Technology & Society: 203

Day the Earth Stood Still 205
Devil in the Dark 211
Ethics 217
Activity: Build an Electric Motor 223

Glossary 225

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