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GEOLogic: Museums and their Dinosaur Displays
GEOLogic questions are puzzles that were developed to support students understanding of geoscience concepts while challenging them to develop better logic and problem solving skills. In this exercise, students are asked to match five top museums with two fossils that they have on display based on clues presented from various points of view. This activity is appropriate for a high school science class or an introductory level undergraduate geoscience course, and can be given as an in-class assign
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GEOLogic: How Much of the State is Wet
GEOLogic questions are puzzles that were developed to support students understanding of geoscience concepts while challenging them to develop better logic and problem solving skills. In this exercise, students are asked to match up students with their home state, and their states with the area and percentage of area of surface water that they contain, as well as where each of the states rank nationally in terms of water area. Students are given clues from various perspectives to help them deduce
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GEOLogic: Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics
GEOLogic questions are puzzles that were developed to support students understanding of geoscience concepts while challenging them to develop better logic and problem solving skills. In this exercise, students are asked to match up lecturers with what day and time they teach, and how many students they have in each class based on clues given from several different perspectives. In the second part of the activity, students are asked to learn more about the historic figures mentioned by doing read
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The importance of recess
How classroom elementary teachers can promote physical education.
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Burning CDs with Nero Burning ROM
This unit will equip learners with basic CD burning skills using Nero Burning ROM software.
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Automobile Choices and Alternative Fuels
In this lesson students will compare and make distinctions among 5 alternative fuels. They will understand the impact of different types of fuel on: a. the environment b. lifestyle c. the economy/personal finances of car choices. They will also use critical thinking skills to support multi-step decision-making for buying a car.
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HAZ-ED - Classroom Activities for Understanding Hazardous Waste
Hazed materials can be used as part of a larger curriculum, as special stand-alone activities, or on an occasional basis to teach students about hazardous waste issues. Hazed is a compilation of interdisciplinary activities that focus on the often complicated and sometimes controversial scientific, technical, and policy issues related to hazardous waste sites and Superfund. It is designed to help students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. It also increase
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Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages
This site exhibits over 50 works of an artist (W'rzburg, Germany, 1483-1531), who demonstrated proficiency -- at the beginning of his career -- in a variety of media, sculpting limewood, alabaster, sandstone, and marble with equal facility.
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The Numbers Behind Hunger: Rate of Change
Following are a series of activities in which students apply various math skills to better understand the problems of world hunger and what steps are being taken to reduce the number of people without enough to eat. This activity looks at how the number of people affected by hunger is changing. Students will understand the dynamic nature of the problem and the challenges of reaching the Millennium Development Goal to reduce the number of people suffering from hunger by half by 2015. This is Acti
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The Numbers Behind Hunger: Probability
Following are a series of activities in which students apply various math skills to better understand the problems of world hunger and what steps are being taken to reduce the number of people without enough to eat. This actions looks at probability from the perspective of reducing child mortality. This is Activity #4 of 5 in this lesson.
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NASA CONNECT Team Extreme: The Statistics of Success
In NASA CONNECT, Team Extreme: The Statistics of Success, focuses on NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate and the teamwork required to produce a successful space mission. Students will learn about the numerous systems, skills and capabilities involved in a mission and how NASA manages and integrates these systems. Students will draw a parallel between the teamwork used in a NASA mission and find out how teamwork energizes the popular sport of auto racing. Grades 6-8.
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Hard Times
The US stock market crash of 1929 set off the most severe economic depression in the Western world. The so-called Great Depression lasted more than a decade, until approximately 1941. In the United States, the general atmosphere was one of desolation, as expressed in the Dorothea Lange photograph "Thirteen Million Unemployed Fill the City in the Early Thirties," which shows men leaning against a wall in San Francisco. Many photographs in this topic were taken by Lange, one of the primary chronic
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Setting Up a Successful Journalistic Learning Community
In this website, Wojcicki describes how participation in a journalistic learning community can motivate even the most recalcitrant student. The website includes sample copies of the newspaper, The Campanile and the magazine, Verde, which are examples of the kinds of student outcomes that can be achieved when students are excited about learning and have ownership of their learning and the product of their learning: the publications. Wojcicki's students have won several major national and internat
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Pio Pico Researchers Participatory Action Research: From Classroom to Community, Transforming Teachi
Emily Wolk is a teacher of a group of students, aged 8-11 years old, called the Pio Pico Researchers. Together, since the group started in 1996, the group convinced the city of Santa Ana to install a signal light at one of the most dangerous intersections in the city, in the immediate vicinity of Pio Pico School. Wolk used an alternative inquiry method called Participatory Action-Research (PAR) with her students. The children used radar guns, plotted data on a computerized mapping system called
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Looking at Learning ... Again, Part 2 Workshop 1. Behind the Design
With Philip Sadler, Ed.D. Young children are natural designers and builders, but if their interest is not fostered, it may wane as they move through the grades. This workshop focuses on the use of simple design prototypes that children are asked to improve upon in order to meet a particular challenge. You will see these design challenges in action in middle school classrooms, as well as hear teachers discuss their experiences using designs with their students.,Phil Sadler, a science education re
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Plus or Minus
Plus or Minus is a card game similar to the well known games "Crazy Eights" and "Uno". The rules have been modified so that players can work on their addition and subtraction skills.
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Algebra One
This curriculum emphasizes a multi-representational approach to algebra, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, analytically, and verbally. It develops algebraic fluency by providing students with the skills needed to solve equations and perform important manipulations with numbers, variables, equations, and inequalities. In addition, the course develops proficiency with operations involving monomial and polynomial expressions. The main unifying themes of the course in
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Prion Problem Space
Prions are relatively small proteins that display dramatically alternate conformations for similar primary structures. Abnormal conformations appear to cause fatal neurological diseases in a wide variety of mammals. Researchers are discovering the mechanisms behind these conformational changes, including differences that may lead to species barriers (or lack thereof) among exposed animals. How do these conformations differ? How do small sequence differences affect susceptibility to conformationa
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Creating Interactive Multimedia
This course will introduce students to some technologies, tools and techniques associated with the creation of interactive multimedia. The focus of the course will be on developing the capacity of professional educators to communicate effectively with professionals who contribute to the design and development of interactive multimedia. Students will be introduced to the characteristics of the elements of multimedia and to some tools and techniques commonly used in creation of multimedia. They wi
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Poker and Strategic Thinking
In this course we will work from the idea that there is merit in a poker way of thinking when analyzing real life situations. We think the skills important to playing winning poker, and ideas behind these skills, have merit in other fields. The goals of the course are to introduce the use of ideas from the poker world in skills of life, business, politics and international relations. We will specifically delve into the use of poker in: 1.Strategic thinking 2.Game Theory, Risk and Business 3.So
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