What's the Problem? Activity
Lesson 1, Activity 1 introduces the Asteroid Impact unit. Students will read the President's memo to receive their "marching orders". Student teams are then formed and are given the student packet that includes worksheets and maps. Each team should become familiar with the maps and complete Worksheet One as a group.
Testing the Caverns - Optional
This activity provides a fun, activity-based closure to the Asteroid Impact unit. Students build model caverns using paper mache or clay and bury them in a tray of sand. Next, they test the models by dropping balls onto them to simulate an asteroid hitting the earth. By molding paper mache around a ...
Rolling Blackouts & Environmental Impact: What are our Electricity Options?
The goal is for the students to understand the environmental design considerations required when generating electricity. The electric power that we use every day at home and work is generated by a variety of power plants. Power plants are engineered to utilize the conversion of one form of energy to another. The main components of a power plant are an input source of energy that is used to turn large turbines, and a method to convert the turbine rotation into electricity. The input sources of en
Where Have We Been? Tracing Family through a Timeline of National History
This lesson plan introduces students to examples of how wars and technological developments have impacted the movement of people throughout United States and world history. Students will learn about the effects of political, technological, and geographical issues on the population of one North Carolina community. Listening to oral histories by North Carolinians, students will hear first hand accounts about the impact of wars and road building on Madison County. Using a timeline depicting events
Interstate Highways From the Ground Up
This lesson gives students a first-hand opportunity to hear about the planning and effort it takes to build a highway through an oral history of a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) resident engineer. Through his oral history, students will learn about "the largest single construction project in the history of the NCDOT." That project is also known as the I-26 corridor in Madison County, North Carolina. This lesson encourages students to think about the enormous impact of highwa
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Mystery of the Chicxulub Crater: Animation Shows Liquid Impact
This news article from Space.com reviews older articles on evidence for the impact hypothesis of dinosaur extinction at the end of the Cretaceous. The article contains hyperlinks to older, reviewed articles, digital images of the hypothesized impact and a link where the reader can post their opinion ...
The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Struggle
This site tells the story of a man, a union, and a time when millions of Americans joined a just cause. The Fight in the Fields is a portrait of Cesar Chavez, the charismatic leader of the United Farmworkers Union (UFW), and the history and impact of the UFW.
Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property
This is the companion website of a film that examines the story of Turner and his revolt and how that story has been re-told repeatedly since 1831. Turner, a slave and preacher in Virginia, led a slave rebellion that resulted in the murder of more than 50 slave owners and their family members. Learn about the impact of the rebellion and about the film and individuals who made it.
Impact of Pandemic Influenza on Public Health
This training examines the path of the avian influenza and examines how it could impact world health.
What are ICTs?
This is an introductory unit and is meant to build an understanding of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and their impact/use in modern life.
Real Access to ICTs
This unit will explain the basic concepts of the Real Access/Real Impact framework and demonstrate how it can be used to improve the way that ICTs are used for socio-economic development.
Home Energy Analysis
This is the second part of a two-part exercise in which students perform an audit and analysis of energy consumption in their homes. In this part, students will estimate the amount of energy they use in their homes and investigate how their lifestyle impact the environment.
Ecological Footprint Calculator
This lesson introduces students to the concept of ecological footprint, the overall impact of an individual on the environment. Topics include how ecological footprints are calculated, how individual footprints translate to entire nations or to the Earth.
The Rat Threat in Alaska
This PBS article provides a short summary of the impact a rat infestation could have on the wildlife of the Pribilof Islands.
Gender Inequality in the United States
This exercise will explore the impact of gender on the earnings of full-time workers in general and within a specific occupation.
Investigating Children in Poverty
Students will form hypotheses and analyze data to explore the how of age, race, and family size impact children in poverty in the United States.
Redesigning Urban Classrooms to Impact Student Achievement
Because of the No Child Left Behind school reform policies, public schools are gravely scrutinized. This analysis focuses on how to redesign the urban classroom in order to impact student achievement with the intent of being an impetus for better overall school performance ratings. All public school leaders are expected to adhere to the same procedures and guidelines regardless of the population served. The research exposes the fact that there is no comprehensive school reform that is a cure al
On the Road Again
The movement of people and goods is an important part of the New York State Global History and Geography Curriculum. It is listed as one of the themes that are emphasized in the core curriculum. Students are expected to understand why people migrate and what the impact of migrations has been on people, nations, and regions. Recently, the PBS WIDE ANGLE documentary series created two programs that relate to the movement of people. 'Border Jumpers' (2005) documents migration between countries in A
Earth's Changing Climate
Tropical glaciers are the world's thermometers; their melting is a signal that human activities are warming the planet. A California project tries to predict whether natural ecosystems will be able to absorb enough additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the next 50 years to mitigate the full impact of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.