Guidelines for Integrating Comprehension-Based Word Study in Content Classrooms
Traditional approaches to vocabulary instruction are linear and may not help students develop deep understanding of words and retain their meanings. Vocabulary literacy is an approach to word study that engages students in word study and helps strengthen the connection between vocabulary learning and reading comprehension.
Hurricanes 2: Tracking Hurricanes
The purpose of this lesson is to examine the role of technology in identifying and tracking hurricanes. It is the second in a two-part series on the science of hurricanes and the kinds of technology being used to identify and track them. Students broaden their study by exploring how technology and science are used today to identify, measure, and track powerful tropical storms to better warn and secure people from a hurricane's often-devastating impact.
Edd Presnell: Dulcimer Maker
Edd Presnell, a mountain craftsman and native of Watauga County, North Carolina, demonstrates and comments on the construction of a dulcimer. Presnell learned his craft from his father-in-law. Film includes a brief performance on a finished dulcimer by his wife, Nettie. This 16mm film is archived in the Thomas G. Burton and Jack Schrader collection in the Archives of Appalachia, East Tennesse State University.
Arts & Crafts, Traditional, Work / Appalachia / 1973
Polar Bears International : Wrangel Island, Russia
This site describes the ongoing research of the polar bears in the Russian High Arctic. Wrangel Island with neighboring small island, Herald Island, are the key reproductive areas for the Chukchi-Alaskan polar bear population. Marine areas and Wrangel and Herald islands provide optimum foraging habitats for polar bears, and polar bear densities in these marine habitats are high all year round. Approximately 350-500 pregnant female polar bears construct their maternity dens on Wrangel and Herald
The lemon battery challenge
In this activity, students will learn how a chemical reaction can produce electricity. Learners will create a wet-cell battery to determine how much power it takes to run an electric car.
Date a Rock
This lesson shows students that age-dating rocks involves counting atoms and comparing the counts. Students use simulated rock samples, which show a highly magnified selection of 128 atoms, each sample with a different proportion of the atoms of two different elements: a parent radioisotope, and its daughter product. By counting the parent radioactive atoms and knowing the half-life of those atoms, students can figure the number of half-lives since the sample solidified, and therefore the age of
Are You An Energy Efficient Consumer?
This activity engages students in learning about ways to become energy efficient consumers. Students examine how different countries and regions around the world use energy over time as reflected in night light levels. They then track their own energy use, identify ways to reduce their individual energy consumption, and explore how community choices impact the carbon footprint.
Science (Class) in Pictures: Photographing Scientific Discoveries
How do photographs help convey complex scientific concepts and ideas? How can students use and learn from scientific photography in the classroom? In this lesson, students learn about recent scientific developments by viewing The New York Times slide show “Science in Pictures.” They then become scientific photographers and create their own slide show documenting the research, discoveries and ideas they are learning about in science class.
Geologic Time: Eons, Eras, and Epochs
This resource guide from the Middle School Portal 2 project, written specifically for teachers, provides links to exemplary resources including background information, lessons, career information, and related national science education standards. This publication contains resources designed to do three things. The first is to complement teacher content knowledge and its relationship to the nature of geologic science. Geology is not a laboratory based science lending itself to traditional notions
Paper pool : Analyzing numeric and geometric patterns
In this unit of four lessons, students must gather and organize data, then search for patterns involving factors, multiples, and the relation of being relatively prime. Using either the applet supplied here or grid paper, Paper Pool is played with an imaginary ball hit from the lower left-hand corner of a rectangular grid (pool table) at a 45-degree angle. Students investigate the pocket into which the ball falls, the number of hits made as the ball crosses the table, and the number of squares c
Intro to Chemistry: 10.3 pH and pOH (1/2)
Join award winning teachers Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams as they interactively teach Chemistry: 10.3 pH and pOH. This video defines pH and explains a pH scale. ( 8:29)
Stewart Speech Four
Avalon Web Of Magic
Learn About the Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a famous historical landmark in the northern part of China. Learn more about the Great Wall of China, including when and why it was built.
A Productive Sunday
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Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1910-1983
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Born in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky, Gunning suffered a life of bitter poverty which became the fuel for dozens of moving songs about working people, the mines, and the great coal strikes of the twenties and thirties. Gunning's a cappella roots music is intercut throughout the interviews and archival footage.
Music, Women, Work, Social Justice/Protest / Appalachia / 1988
Barbara Johns of Farmville, Virginia
This video segment from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow highlights the struggle to desegregate schools in the era of Jim Crow. In 1951, in the town of Farmville, Virginia, students at Robert Russa Moton High School called a strike, asserting their opposition to the deplorable conditions of their school compared to the white-only school. Led by the student activist Barbara Johns, students held a school strike, marched into the superintendent’s office, and demanded a better school. W