A Whole-School "Read" Creates a Reading Community
A whole-school read solved a potentially disruptive problem by providing a common reading experience that addressed student diversity through a school-wide, interdisciplinary, year-long event at Hand Middle School.
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 online resource guide focuses on earth/physical science including volcanic island formation and tsunamis; life science concepts including ocean ecosystems, food webs, and biodiversity; science in personal and social perspectives including pollution
Mathematics as Communication
This grades 6-8 activity focuses on interpreting and creating graphs that are functions of time. Two activity sheets focus on graphs of time vs speed; two others look at how many times an event occurred in a specific amount of time. Inventing stories to correspond to the graphs is challenging but fun!
Exploring the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor
This article explains why scientists study the ocean floor; scientists travel to the seafloor to learn how deep sea organisms use the sun-less chemical environment to thrive.
Reading Comprehension Strategies
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. Do your middle school students not complete reading assignments or not comprehend them when they do? Is student motivation an issue you struggle with? Do you feel that your students need assistance comprehending the textbook? Students are faced with inc
International Boiling Point Project
The purpose of this project is to discover which factor in the experiment (room temperature, elevation, volume of water, or heating device) has the greatest influence on boiling point. Anyone can participate in this year's project. All you have to do is boil a bit of water, record a bit of information, and send it along to the website to have your results included in the database of results. Then, students can analyze all of the data to reach an answer to the question: What causes a pot of water
Human Genetics Project
Participants in this project will survey phenotypic traits of classmates and schoolmates, compile data with students from around the world, and analyze data to determine if the prevalent phenotype is the dominant allele. The Human Genetics Project is an Internet-based project which enrichs a student's learning experience through "Unique and Compelling" applications of instructional technology. In particular, this project taps into some of the exciting applications of the Internet in education by
A set of 26 videos showing brief lessons or mini-tutorials on algebra topics. These 2 to 19-minute lessons are appropriate for a first year algebra class. In each video, a teacher uses the blackboard to give clear, concise explanations of such elementary topics as slope, equations, and factoring, but also higher level topics such as conic sections and systems of equations.
Video Games in the Middle School Classroom
Video games use problem-based learning to engage and motivate students. They have the potential to meet curricular standards and challenge students to exceed those curricular standards.,Volume 39, Number 4
The purpose of this activity, designing a survey, is “to demonstrate how the results of a poll or other scientific study can be biased by selecting special types of people to respond or by asking only certain questions.” In this well-constructed lesson, students gather opinions on how much homework time is appropriate for them to have. Who should they interview? What questions should they ask? The task culminates in a persuasive, hopefully unbiased, report to the school principal.
Adapting Literacy Strategies to Improve Student Performance on Constructed-Response Items
This practical article discusses ways of adapting various reading strategies to help students improve their answers to extended-response questions on the mathematics portion of high stakes tests. Although initially addressed to Ohio educators, it is ultimately directed to all math teachers.
Down the Drain: How Much Water Do You Use?
This Internet-based collaborative project will allow students to share information about water usage with other students from around the country and the world. Based on data collected by their household members and their classmates, students will determine the average amount of water used by one person in a day. They will compare this to the average amount of water used per person per day in other parts of the world. Students will record water use by members in their household for one week. At t
A Dollar as Good as Gold [Statement and testimony before the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology, March 17, 2011] Since the expansive Federal Reserve program of quantitative easing began in late 2008, oil prices have almost tripled; gasoline prices have almost doubled. Basic world food prices such as sugar, corn, soybean, and wheat have almos
[Statement and testimony before the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology, March 17, 2011]
Since the expansive Federal Reserve program of quantitative easing began in late 2008, oil prices have almost tripled; gasoline prices have almost doubled. Basic world food prices such as sugar, corn, soybean, and wheat have almos
Teach-nology.com is "intended to bring educators into the world of teaching with technology...by providing links to valuable and useful information relative to current and best practices in the field of education." Visitors will find the links categorized by subject, including archeology, astronomy, chemistry, earth science, lesson plans, physics, sites to use with students, and several others. Each of these subjects then include several subcategories, listed along with brief descriptions of wha
Eureka County, Nevada: Nuclear Waste Page
Yucca Mountain in south central Nevada is the site of a governmental project for long-term storage of radioactive waste. Although it is a highly controversial subject, the project, if approved and completed, will certainly be an engineering marvel. A tunnel to a massive repository deep under the mountain is expected to take several years and cost billions of dollars. The Nuclear Waste Page of Eureka County has continually updated reports about the status of the project, pictures and maps of the
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center for Biogeochemical Dynamics "is a source for biogeochemical and ecological data useful for studying environmental processes. These data have been collected on the ground, from aircraft, or by satellite or have been generated by computer models. The extent of data ranges from site-specific to global, and duration's range from days to years." Information can be searched by a wide range of criteria that include key word, timeline,
Problems to Enjoy
Problems to Enjoy presents an enormous selection of mathematics problems for middle and high school students. Teachers will find it especially useful; divided into four categories and three grade levels, the problems are easily searchable. Eventually, the site's creators hope to "build up a comprehensive library of problems in a format that is simple to access, download and customize." The collection is already quite substantial. Number problems, algebra, geometry, and statistics are the main to
As part of the Australian Antarctic Division, Classroom Antarctica gives dozens of downloadable Adobe Acrobat files that allow students to discover this unique continent. Subjects include the history of the scientific research undertaken on Antarctica, surviving its climate, its biological ecosystem, the lands physical characteristics and affects on climate, and much more.
The New Zealand Geographic Place Names Database
The New Zealand Geographic Place Names Database, offered by Land Information New Zealand, contains more than 40,000 official and non-official place name entries from the mainland of New Zealand. Searches can be done by partial name or by location; results yield a description of the place (such as a beach or hill), its district, and its latitude/longitude. Additional searches can also be done to include all place names surrounding an area. Although intended to assist in the production of core top
Fibre Optics Technology
As part of the Flexible Learning on the Internet initiative, this Web page gives a very descript overview of fiber optics technology. The site covers everything from fiber optics manufacturing to its technological capabilities. Several basic equations that govern fiber optics properties and operation are mentioned, but the material is not overly mathematical. It explains how light travels through the cable as a signal and how a fiber's structure effects the propagation of light. Three video clip