The Arts in Every Classroom: Bringing Artists to Your Community
Successful collaborations between classroom teachers and artists who come for a residency enrich the curriculum of this rural school in Idalia, Colorado. A visiting actor brings story–telling and vocabulary to life for kindergarten and fourth–grade students and their teachers, while a musician engages first– and third–grade students in writing songs that relate to subjects they are studying.
Mapping and Initial Encounters-Unit 2
Columbus’s arrival launched an era of initial encounters between
Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans that continued for nearly 300 years. This unit examines how these contacts began the phenomenon now known as the Columbian Exchange, profoundly altering the way of life of peoples around the globe. (This unit includes a facilitator guide, video, and online text chapter.)
Egalitarian America Unit 20
Brown v. The Board of Education was one of the significant results of
Americans demanding political, social, and economic equality. This call for parity in all walks of life was symptomatic of a growing social and political liberalism, which was fueled by the growing presence of mass media.
Thinking Like a Mathematician
What does a mathematician do? What does it mean to "think like a
mathematician"? This program parallels what a mathematician does in
real-life with the creative thinking of students.
Possibilities of Real-Life Problems
Students come up with a surprising array of strategies and
representations to build their understanding of a real-life calculus
problem — before they have ever taken calculus.
Cubes and Containers
Kindergarteners sort Unifix cubes in various ways, focusing on the
properties of the objects’ similarities and differences. By creating
patterns, children develop an early understanding of geometry. NCTM
standards: concepts of whole number operations, number sense and
numeration, communication, reasoning.
What’s the Price?
Third-graders use problem-solving approaches--such as role playing or drawing pictures—to investigate and understand division. They make connections to everyday life and use calculators as they determine unit costs for two different boxes of cereal. NCTM Standards: concepts of whole number operation, fractions and decimals, problem solving, communication.
Creating quilt squares from construction paper, first graders develop
spatial sense as they discuss and handle different shapes. They connect geometric ideas to number ideas as they cut squares into congruent triangles. NCTM standards: geometry and spacial sense, patterns and relationships, communication, connections.
Engaging Students in Active Learning Worshop 6
How do we engage students in active learning? In this session, the
teachers examine the elements of authentic instruction and cooperative learning to identify ways of engaging students in social studies content. They review the importance of questioning in relation to higher-order thinking and explore classroom strategies to stimulate
thinking and bring social studies concepts to life for their students.
Making Connections Workshop 8
How do we connect social studies to life beyond the classroom? In this
culminating session, the teachers demonstrate the major concepts they’ve learned throughout the workshop in social studies unit presentations.
Classroom video segments further illustrate effective ways of bridging
social studies concepts and the world beyond the classroom, and show creative examples of teaching and learning.
Student Diversity Workshop 5
The varied viewpoints necessary for valuable class discussions are
celebrated in this program. The group talks about the diversity of their students and how their interactions with literature are shaped in part by their life experiences, unique thoughts, and previous reading
experiences. They examine the worth of using the lens of multiple
perspectives to examine a work of literature, and offer suggestions for ways to encourage each student to contribute to the ongoing class
Planning and Professional Development Workshop 8
In order to grow in their careers, teachers need a great deal of
sustenance. In this program, the teachers talk about the ways in which they fulfill this need as they develop individually and as members of a professional community. The group invites us into their classrooms to look at the way they have grown professionally, stimulated by their peers, their membership in professional organizations, and their willingness to seek out new thinking on literature and teaching literature. Dr. La
Against All Odds-5. Normal Calculations
'With this program, students will discover how to convert the standard normal and use the standard deviation; how to use a table of areas to compute relative frequencies; how to find any percentile; and how a computer creates a normal quartile plot to determine whether a distribution is normal. Vehicle emissions standards and medical studies of cholesterol provide real-life examples.'
Against All Odds - 6. Time Series
'Statistics can reveal patterns over time. Using the concept of seasonal variation, this program shows ways to present smooth data and recognize whether a particular pattern is meaningful. Stock market trends and sleep cycles are used to explore the topics of deriving a time series and using the 68-95-99.7 rule to determine the control limits.'
Sleep: Brain Functions
What is the purpose of sleep? This module sets out to answer this question by exploring the patterns of a woman’s sleep and dream cycles in the setting of a sleep laboratory. Characteristics of the five stages of sleep and the typical 90-minute cycle are explained. The module also covers sleep disorders and the current techniques used to treat them.
Pat—Grade 8 Pat, an eighth-grade life sciences teacher, is working to bring focus to inquiry-oriented science activities.
Pat, an eighth-grade life sciences teacher, is working to bring focus to inquiry-oriented science activities.
What is Life?
What is life? This question at first seems deceptively simple — we all know how to recognize what is living and what is not. Or do we? What are the characteristics of all living things, and how do we know if an object really possesses those characteristics? This session explores how the concept “life” can be defined.
Energy Flow in Communities
In Session 1, we saw that one characteristic of life was the need for a constant supply of matter and energy. Why is this? What’s the difference between the two? The next two sessions explore these questions. Session 7 focuses on energy and life, while Session 8 focuses on matter and life
Learn English 61 - Lifestyle
This podcast improves English with bite-sized 5 minute lessons. Perfect for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.The clip teaches where we live and how this affect our lives and the grammar part of the clip shows shows how ask negative question in the present simple. Real life scenes are shown as examples.