Dancing after Dark: A Rural Woman Recalls Farm Life in the Early 20th century
Although we sometimes think of farm and factory as antithetical, many people moved easily between the two. Icy Norman grew up in North Carolina, the daughter of a miner. As a young woman she worked long hours in a textile mill, but she also helped with the farm chores, especially seasonal chores like the corn shucking described here. In this excerpt from a 1979 interview conducted by the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina, she recalled family and friends rolling up
A Golden Opportunity for Science
A Golden Opportunity for Science is an educational exercise developed by the Bureau of Land Management. This exercise uses activities about gold to teach science, centering on the following information: how the pursuit of gold shaped society; metaphors, myths, lores and legends about gold; the mineral properties of gold; lode deposits and placer deposits; mining and recovery of gold; and the technology of heap leaching. There is also a debate between different interest groups involving a small g
Phases of the Moon
This site contains a series of visualizations of the sun, moon and Earth System and how they relate to the changing face of the moon. Animations are in the form of Java applets, forms for field observation of the moon, and a collection of exercises and PDF versions of background material. There are practice questions and quizzes that discuss the animations.
Rio Grande Wildlife Refuge
This investigative case is part of the Starting Point module. In this exercise students role play as professional ecologists working for the fish and wildlife service. Students must develop a plan to manage a new wildlife refuge along the Rio Grande River. The fish and wildlife service plans to connect forest islands along the river, which will become not only a new refuge but also a "wildlife corridor." Users can access information regarding learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and t
Reducing Volcanic Hazards to People and Property - An Assignment with Electronic Peer Review
Through an electronic peer review assignment, students write a general summary of major hazards to humans in the vicinity of volcanoes. Then, students are provided a list of volcanoes and must choose one to determine what actions they would take to minimize the risks to a population. This activity is detailed on this Starting Point site, which includes its learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and materials, recommended assessment method, resources, and references.
Using Popcorn to Simulate Radioactive Decay
In this activity popping popcorn is used to illustrate the spontaneity, unpredictability, and irreversible change associated with radioactive decay. This site provides notes and tips, a list of teaching materials and methods, and links to related online resources.
This site is a set of lecture notes from a petrology class by Dr. Susan DeBari at Western Washington University. The lectures explain the process of mineral crystallization and phase relationships as a function of temperature and pressure. Topics covered include the phase rule, one-component systems (unary), two-component systems (binary), and three-component systems (ternary), as well as equilibrium crystallization, equilibrium melting, fractional crystallization, and fractional melting. Diagra
This mirror site for NOAA's World Data Center (WDC) for Paleoclimatology offers Java applets on annual records of tropical systems (ARTS) and WDC data on coral, sclerosponge, ice core, plant microfossil, pollen, and tree rings. Each animation displays summary information (e.g., site name, investigator, latitude, longitude (in decimal degrees), place, altitude, the number of samples, variables, radiocarbon dates, species, date ranges, etc.); as well as the publications associated with the site; d
Physical Properties of Soil
This animation provides an interactive ternary diagram that shows soil texture classifications for different silt, sand and clay content levels.
Weather Front Animations
This site features GIF and Flash animations that illustrate wave cyclone formation and the formation and characteristics of warm, cold, stationary, and occluded fronts. The animations can be paused and rewound to stress important points. These resources are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.
Our Shared History: African American Heritage
tells about the Underground Railroad, African Americans in the Civil War, historic places of the civil rights movement, the Delta blues of the Lower Mississippi Valley, and landmarks dedicated to Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King, and Frederick Douglass.
The Battle of Horseshoe Bend: Collisions of Cultures
looks at the decisive battle of the Creek War (1813-1814), where Andrew Jackson fought 1,000 American Indian warriors who were trying to regain autonomy. It examines the history of the battle and provides maps, images, and readings.
Paterson, New Jersey: America's Silk City
examines conditions that led to the famous 1913 strike in a city that produced nearly half the U.S.'s manufactured silk. Conflicts between labor and management increased in the U.S. during the early 20th century. In Paterson, on January 27, 1913, when Henry Doherty tried to extend a new four-loom system throughout his plant, 800 silk weavers walked out. More than 20,000 Paterson silk workers took part in the strike, which lasted over five months.
Liberty Ships and Victory Ships, America's Lifeline in War
tells the story of two World War II ship-building efforts. In 1941, with war raging in Europe, President Roosevelt authorized the production of 441-foot cargo ships. These Liberty ships proved too slow and small, so in 1943, a new effort began building Victory ships, which cruised at 18.5 mph, compared to the Liberty's 12.5 mph. By the war's end, the Maritime Commission had built 2,751 Liberty and 531 Victory ships.
The not-so-famous person report
Instead of teaching the history of the famous, use research in primary sources to teach students that the past and present were made by people like them.
Teach what you love
Stephen Mullaney works as a half-time ESL resource teacher/half-time second grade language arts teacher at Club Boulevard Elementary in Durham. This article focuses on his advice for teachers working with ESL students.
Molly Ivins: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture
This event took place on 10/6/04 in Zellerbach Hall. Molly Ivins, a nationally-syndicated political columnist, is the author of Bushwhacked! Life in George Bush's America and the new Who Let the Dogs In?: Incredible Political Animals I Have Known. Presented annually to honor the memory of Mario Savio (1942-1996), spokesperson for the UC Berkeley Free Speech Movement of 1964; to celebrate the spirit of moral courage and vision which he and countless other activists of his generation exemplified
Breathing new life into tired assignments: A little creativity can make research a rewarding learning experience for students and teachers alike. The introduction to a collection of articles that provide alternative assignments to traditional reports.
Supplement to the Campi Phlegraei
Supplement to the Campi Phlegraei published in 1776. The supplement contains Sir William Hamilton's observations of the Mt. Vesuvius eruption in August 1779 as recorded in letters written to the Royal Society of London. The Supplement consists of 32 pages of text in English and French in parallel columns and five hand-colored plates of Mt. Vesuvius and lava, pumice or other emitted material.
Loodusteaduste visualiseerimine: protsesside virtuaalsed mudelid
TÜ Loodusteadusliku hariduse lektoraadi vastavatel kursustel (Loodusteaduste visualiseerimine) osalenud õpetajate koostatud interaktiivsed mudelid bioloogiliste protsesside tundmaõppimiseks. Kuigi mudeleid ei saa lugeda lõplikult viimistletuks, on nad õppeprotsessi visualiseerimiseks asjakohased: kasvõi ideede saamiseks. Kasutajal on soovitav fail enne oma arvutisse salvestada ning vajadusel täiendada. Koolitus ja praktiline mudelite koostamise õppus rõhutas protsessidele orienteerituse