Workshop 5: Infusing Critical and Creative Thinking
With Dr. Robert Swartz. Teachers can help students become good thinkers. Good thinkers raise key questions and gather and evaluate pertinent information, thus making informed decisions. But how do we teach students to think skillfully? In this workshop, you will see how thinking skills can be infused into science content instruction, contrasted with
Compound Machine Activities
Learn how forces and simple machines can work together to create The Compound Machine! Edheads helps students learn through educational games and activities designed to meet state and national standards. Teacher guides, lesson plans and classroom handouts available.
Simple Machines Activities
Learn about simple and compound machines while you explore the House and Tool Shed! Edheads helps students learn through educational games and activities designed to meet state and national standards. Teacher guides, lesson plans and classroom handouts available.
I'm Watching You 24/7
The post-Renaissance world saw the nation-state mature and confront the issue of how to control the lives of its citizens. Two models of political organization, democratic and authoritarian, gradually developed. During the twentieth century, as some nations granted individuals and groups more and more rights, ideology and modern technology enabled authoritarian governments to gain ever more control, until community interest dominated the individual and totalitarianism was born. Although Nazi Ger
Virtual Knee Surgery
Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a total knee replacement surgery. Then you get to diagnose 5 different knee replacement patients. Edheads helps students learn through educational games and activities designed to meet state and national standards. Teacher guides, lesson plans and classroom handouts available.
Learn how to report and predict the weather at the underground W.H.E.D. weather caves! Edheads helps students learn through educational games and activities designed to meet state and national standards. Teacher guides, lesson plans and classroom handouts available.
Rwanda: You Go, Girls!
The PBS WIDE ANGLE documentary series analyzes a number of significant and current global issues. In 'Ladies First' (2004), WIDE ANGLE delivers a riveting report on the political and socio-economic success of the Rwandan women after the genocide of 1994 that divided the country's major ethnic groups, the Tutsi and the Hutu. The purpose of this lesson is to use 'Ladies First' to show not only that women working together can and did create a dialogue and a basis for trust among ethnic groups, but
Women Wanting to Work
Worldwide, women are influencing businesses and economies on an unprecedented scale. WIDE ANGLE's '1-800-INDIA' (2005) and 'Pickles, Inc.' (2005) give us insight into two instances of economic and social shifts being wrought by the entry of women into local and international economies. In this lesson, students will begin by examining historic photographs to determine how economic roles for women have changed in the United States. They will then look at contemporary examples of women entering the
Plans to restructure the Boston School Committee
Dorothy Jones, of Model Cities of Boston, discusses plans for the forthcoming restructuring of the Boston School committee.
Virginia Schools in the Great Depression
This project provides teachers and students with free, online historical sources and instructional materials for teaching the history of the Great Depression in Virginia, using public schools as a case-study of how decision makers, the public, and educators responded to the crisis of the Depression. The five educational modules available on this website address the following themes: 1. The Impact of the Depression on Virginia Public Schools 2. Who Should Bear the Burden? Public Opinion and Sc
Your one-stop source for learning and teaching about evolution. This website includes information about how evolution works, how evolution impacts our lives, evidence for evolution, and the history of evolutionary thought. There's also an entire Understanding Evolution for Teachers sub-site, which includes lesson plans, a conceptual framework, and discussion of classroom situations that may arise when teaching evolution.
Float a Boat
Design and build a vessel with its own propulsion system that will carry cargo across a wading pool. PDF document.
Smithsonian Source: Civil Rights
This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you currently use for lessons on the civil rights struggle. The teacher-developed resources in the section will enhance the classroom experience for both you and your students. Explore the variety of teaching strategies and guidelines, lesson plans and document-based questions (DBQs), and information about museum objects and other primary sources. You might get started by showing the video, in which Smithsonian curato
Smithsonian Source: Invention
This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you currently use for lessons on American inventions and innovations. The teacher-developed resources in the section will enhance the classroom experience for both you and your students. You might get started by showing the video, which traces the development of the electric guitar. The lesson plans and DBQs are organized by grade level. The DBQ primary sources can stand alone in DBQ exercises. Images of the primary s
Symbols of Power in Clothing Worn by the Plains Indians
Power shirts, often made of tanned animal hides and adorned with objects such as fur, beads, and locks of hair, were highly important in the culture of many Native Americans. These shirts, which were associated very closely with the identity of their wearer, contained various symbols representing success in war, spirituality, special abilities, and outstanding achievements. After studying these shirts, learning to understand their significance to Native Americans, and discussing the symbols they
Tale of a Whale
In this issue’s lesson, students exercise their observation skills to do some of the actual work of marine biologists who study the endangered North Atlantic right whale. They identify an individual whale by examining photographs taken at sea. They then examine a record of sighting of the whale in order to track its movements.
Cracking Caitlin's Code
This is a creative approach to teaching basic skills involved in the formal visual analysis of works of art. Students will learn how to interpret artworks in cultural and historical contexts by becoming "art detectives." Students will analyze Catlin's formal compositions to learn about the Native American leaders he painted. They will examine visual clues and write a final "case summary" in which they "crack Catlin's code."
NASA KSNN Are you an explorer?
Learn more about NASA's plans to return to the moon, travel to Mars and explore other places and construct a scale model of the Earth-Moon-Mars system.
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.
NASA CONNECT The Right Ratio of Rest: Proportional Reasoning
In the activity, The Right Ratio of Rest, students will collect and record data in a sleep journal about their sleeping habits for 5–7 days. They will analyze their data by using math skills to convert between fractions, decimals, and percentages and will create graphs and fraction wheels that correspond to their data. They will use proportional reasoning to determine amounts of sleep time that people need in space, given the different lengths of light-dark cycles for various planets. Grades 6