Home, Sweet Home: headRush
SPARK explores the work of theatrical performance group headRush. This Educator Guide is about the exploration and history of experimental, political theater and performance art.
Forbidden Territory: Traveling Jewish Theatre
SPARK visits the ensemble of the Traveling Jewish Theatre in a bold and moving play about the Middle East conflict called Blood Relative. This Educator Guide addresses collaborative theatre, political theatre, and the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
FSA/OWI Color Photographs Collection, 1939-1945
This site presents 1,600 color photos -- rural and small-town life, migrant labor, the Great Depression, railroads, military training, aircraft manufacturing, and mobilizing for World War II. A special feature, Collection Connections, provides ideas for learning about women in the war effort, New Deal work programs, farm workers, relief programs, and military training.
American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
This site presents 2,900 life histories from 300 writers from 24 states. These histories describe individuals' families, incomes, occupations, political views, religions, diets, and observations.
Globalism: Report from the Front Lines of Oil and Global Warming
Ben Namakin, an environmental educator from Micronesia, runs The Green Road, a mobile environmental awareness program focusing on upland watershed, mangroves, coral reefs, and waste and pollution. Using photography and film footage to talk about his experiences, Namakin will address global warming, environmental racism, and the influence of oil companies on political decision-making. He will particularly focus on how these consequences affect the cultures and lifestyles of Pacific Islanders. In
Global Competition: How We Can Win
6th Annual Berkeley in Silicon Valley Symposium In his recent best selling book, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman writes that the lowering of trade and political barriers and profound technological advances in global connectivity have enabled a "flat world" where it is possible to do business or almost anything else instantaneously and with billions of people. According to Dean Richard Newton, it is perhaps ironic that
Using a Colorimetric Test to Measure pH
This laboratory exercise, appropriate for grades 5-12, engages students to use a Colorimetric test to measure pH and gain an understanding of pH and its importance to life in an aquatic ecosystem. In addition to the lab lesson plan, the site includes New Jersey Science Standards, objectives, background, vocabulary, extension ideas, and references.
Common Core Look-fors App for iOS
'Common Core Look-fors (CCL4s) is a great app for teachers integrating the Common Core State Standards into their classroom!NEW: ELA CCSS Look-fors have been integrated into the app!NEW: ISTE NETS.S! Copyright ISTE (iste.org) and used with permission.NEW: Timeline: View the observed Look-fors as a function of time. ￼Purpose CCL4s provides an interface for entering observation data as well as access to all the Content Standards for Mathematics K-12, English and Language Arts, and the
The material found at this site provides original, multidisciplinary, inquiry-based ideas to help enrich science teaching using the world famous Great Salt Lake as a springboard theme. During the lesson students will have the opportunity to view two types of algae (fresh water and Great Salt Lake species) under 400x magnification with a compound microscope. Students will make observations and record their observations on a recording sheet where they will describe what they see through drawing a
Cooperative Learning In Technical Courses: Procedures, Pitfalls, and Payoffs
This report features procedures for implementing cooperative learning in courses that stress quantitative problem solving. The objectives of the report are to offer ideas for using cooperative learning effectively in technical courses, to give advance warning of the problems that might arise when CL is implemented, and to provide assurances that the eventual benefits to both instructors and students justify the perseverance required to confront and overcome the problems encountered.
Developed for third grade. This activity is fairly straightforward and simple. Each student will grow one to three plants from various beans that are placed in a bag. As the plants grow, students will observe how the appearances change daily, and then again over a longer period of time, such as two weeks. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the
Developed for second grade. Each group of students will be constructing their own worm ecosystem in a 2 liter soda bottle. They will be combining soil, gravel and sand in the bottle and then adding a bunch of worms to the material. The students will be planting a seed within the soil to observe how the plant shall grow over time. We will have six 2 liter soda bottles with worms and six 2 liter bottles without worms. The students will be examining how the worms affect the growing of the seed. Bi
Who's Eating Who?
Developed for second grade. First the teacher will explain the 5 trophic levels of a food chain to the students using the hand out with the sample food chain (Figure 1). Then once they have learned about trophic levels, autotrophs, and heterotrophs, each student can begin looking through the magazines and cutting out pictures of animals to create their own food chain. Once each student has completed his or her food chain, you can have them share them with the group. Biology In Elementary School
Water Around and Around Again
Developed for third grade. Students will explore the water cycle by creating a miniature environment in a large plastic container. Students will make two different set-ups that will yield similar yet different results. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the teaching of biology at the elementary level. Unless otherwise noted, the lesson plans h
Developed for second grade. Students will use skills in hypothesizing, making educated guesses, and prior knowledge to access what kind of light will work best when taking pictures underwater. The students will be asked to look at a piece of fabric portraying an ocean scene with water and fish. After looking at the fabric with white light, students will be asked to look at the same fabric using three colored filters (red, green, and blue) and three different colors of light (red, green, and blue
Touch N' Feel Box
Developed for first grade. Students will describe objects using their sense of touch and then pick out an identical object on the table. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the teaching of biology at the elementary level. Unless otherwise noted, the lesson plans have been tried at least once by students from our partner schools. This wiki has b
To Light or Not to Light
Developed for second grade. In this activity, students will examine how the living environments(light & dark) affect the growth of green beans through photosynthesis. Through using scientific method, students will choose which situation is better for plant growth and then record and analyze their results once the seeds begin to grow. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in
The Wonder of Birds
Developed for third grade. This activity will explore the uses of birds beaks in the wild. The activity features 8 stations in which students will hypothesize, test, and record the data they observe. This is a hands-on and interactive experiment that the students are sure to enjoy. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the teaching of biology at
This activity is designed to allow students to observe termite trail-following behavior. Termites will tend to follow lines made on paper by ballpoint pens because the ink contains a chemical that is similar to the trail pheromones used by termites to lead colony members to food sources. There are several pen brands that termites will follow and a great many other products (including markers, pencils etc) that they will ignore. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student
Rock Candy Crystals
Developed for third and fourth grade. Students will be introduced to the concepts of saturation (super saturation), evaporation, and phase changes. Each student will be given a paper cup, popsicle stick or wooden skewer, piece of string, sugar, and boiling water in order to create his/her own rock candy. Students will be able to chart the progress of the growth of their rock candy over time and use their data to create a graph. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student