Observe how air pressure affects a rising balloon
This animation enables students in high school Earth science classes to observe how atmospheric pressure changes with respect to altitude. Students are instructed to click and drag a lever to move a balloon between altitudes of 5,000 and 30,000 feet. A pair of gauges indicates the volume in the balloon and the atmospheric pressure at each elevation. The legend indicates that the concentration of air molecules decreases with increasing altitude. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
Area of Parallelograms : Activity A
Examine and manipulate the graph of a parallelogram or triangle and find its area. Explore the relationship between the area of a parallelogram and the area of a rectangle using an animation.
The inclusive classroom : mathematics and science instruction for students with learning disabilitie
This electronic document contains a PDF version of a booklet for K to 12 teachers that focuses on the educational needs of students with learning disabilities in inclusive classrooms. It is estimated that about half of all primary grade classes and about one-third of all secondary mathematics and science classes include students with learning disabilities. The booklet is part of the IT'S JUST GOOD TEACHING series produced by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. Each booklet in the seri
Idea Bank : Joining the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Would you like to get your students involved in an authentic search for extraterrestrial intelligence? The SETIhome project is an ongoing science experiment harnessing the power of computers via the internet. The project is a great inspirational tool that involves students in the thrill of science and motivates them to learn more about the astronomy, mathematics, physics, biology, and technology involved in the search for intelligent life in the universe.
Science 101 : How Do Microscopes Work?
Microscopes allow scientists to examine everyday objects in extraordinary ways. They provide high-resolution images that show objects in fine detail. This articles includes details on how microscopes work and how they enhance the scientific process.
This Planet Really Rocks
This ThinkQuest Junior site contains information and activities about rocks and minerals. Included is information about what a rock is, the major characteristics with examples of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks, the rock cycle, the differences between rocks and minerals, how to identify minerals (color, luster, streak, cleavager, hardness, and specific gravity), and the Mohs Scale. Facts about common minerals and their properties, how rocks and minerals are important, and their uses
Fractal Musicand Fractal Music Lab
This first website offers a collection of fractal music using images created by G.W.F. Albrecht. The technology and mathematics which this presentation draws on is described on the second website. The second website, developed by David Strohbeen, offers some basic information about fractals and fractal music. He has also posted some samples of his music and invites visitors to download software for creating fractal music and to submit their own compositions.
Science Sampler : Thinking about students' questions
Asking questions is a vital component in any classroom, but it is absolutely essential in a science classroom. As science teachers, we know that questioning plays a major role in the inquiry process and has a positive impact on students' learning. This article discusses the importance of questioning skills and current research on questioning techniques. In addition, this article will present a series of lessons that were implemented by the author to improve the questioning abilities of middle sc
Water reclamation plant (RealVideo)
In this video clip, students see how wastewater is treated at a water reclamation plant. One of the plant's operators gives Bob the Vid Tec (a children's programming host) a tour of the plant, describing along the way what happens at each step in the water treatment process. For example, the operator explains that microorganisms are used to consume human waste in the biological nutrient removal step. Bob also talks with another plant operator about why kids should learn about wastewater treatmen
The resources found on this web site can be used by individual teachers or teacher groups interested in expanding their use of assessment tools designed to inform teaching practice. Teachers will find the assessments and the supporting materials valuable additions to any professional development focused on assessment.
This brief biography of the originator of the Theory of Continental Drift, Alfred Wegener, covers his background and some of his other work in addition to his 1912 book, The Origin Of Continents And Oceans. In addition, the site explains the evidence that brought Wegener to his conclusion, the early rejections, and his final vindication. It also provides information about some of his personal interaction with others. In addition, there is a link to information about his work in Greenland.
Tech Trek: Time For Class
One of the most abstract concepts that you will teach to your students is the concept of time. Usually introduced at the beginning of the school year, the concept of time is taught along with measurements and scientific units such as length, mass, and volume. However, unlike length, mass, and volume, time can be a very confusing concept to understand. This overview of the concept of time also links to internet resources and includes several classroom extension ideas.
The modern atom model
All particles in the atom are in constant motion, according to modern atomic theory. On this page of a tutorial on particle physics, students evaluate the relative size of atomic particles. If protons and neutrons are balls with a 1-centimeter diameter, then electrons have the diameter of a hair. The comparable size of an atom made from these particles would be 30 football fields long. Students read that atoms are mostly empty space. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
A creative encounter of the numerical kind : A WebQuest for middle grades math students
In this WebQuest, students help an imaginary civilization develop a number system. They work in teams to explore place value, counting, and different number systems. After this preparation, they create and name a set of original number symbols for a base four number system and explain it in a formal presentation.
Miss Lindquist: The Tutor
A free Web tutoring system for middle school and high school students concentrating on writing expressions for algebra word problems. Teachers can assign portions of this site for homework, students can get help as they do their homework, and progress reports can be sent to a teacher's e-mail address. The program randomly selects problems from the section that the student is working on, e.g.: One-operator problems; harder one-operator probems involving speed, distance, and time; easier two-opera
What is a method of active solar energy production? This article, part of a series about the future of energy, describes the use of large reflector power plants in the Mohave Desert. Students are introduced to the use of large solar reflectors to heat molten salt and produce energy for homes. Students view four photographs of different aspects of the solar complex. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
Valley Springs Snow Cream
Middle School, difficulty level 2. Compare the volume of a sphere, cone, and cylinder using ice cream.
Drift Seeds And Drift Fruits : Seeds That Ride The Ocean Currents
This essay explores seed dispersal by water and describes some of the physical adaptations that evolution has produced in the seeds and fruits that travel this way. There is a background essay, discussion questions, state and national standards, and links to related Teacher's Domain resources.
An Introduction to the Coordinate Plane
This math site has students find points on a number line and graph points in the coordinate plane. Site includes information about negative numbers on a line, changing the scale of a graph, estimating points, and tricky graphs. A glossary of terms, links to other sites, and suggestions on how to use the material can also be found.
This is the introductory page for a set of materials about agronomy as a career. A general description of the work done by agronomists is first provided. In the rest of the resource, students can read narratives about a field sales agronomist and a crop production specialist. Each of these agronomists has provided a challenge activity for students. In one activity, students make brochures and suggest reasons why their sales company is better than a competitor's. Another activity asks students to