Students estimate the number of civilizations in the galaxy by first estimating the number of craters on the Moon and then by performing estimates of multiple-variable systems culminating in the use of the Drake Equation. In this three-part activity, students use estimation techniques to describe complex situations.
This site provides materials from dozens of teacher presentations on literacy, math, science, history, and the arts at the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Workshops. Topics include reading, writing, English language learners, Chinese language and culture, algebra, computation, data, geometry, peer teaching, earth systems, cells, physical science, labs, science mysteries, historical literacy, arts and reading, and more.
Bacteria in the Cafeteria
This activity from our family magazine series challenges kids to go on a microbe quest to solve a riddle. The online activity begins with a page of directions for how to find the missing letters of the riddle. As kids click their way around a virtual lunchroom, they are given 11 Yes/No questions asking whether the featured bacteria helps people. Along with the answer to the riddle, kids get a round of applause when they correctly answer all 11 questions.
Life in the City
This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they take a close-up look at biodiversity in a city park. The site opens by telling kids that, despite appearances, a great deal of biodiversity exists in cities. That from tiny mites to mighty trees, thousands of species thrive there. It then takes them to a slice of life from a thriving city park, where they are asked to find 10 hidden critters living alongside the trees, plant
What Makes You, You? What Makes Me, Me?
This interactive presentation is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they travel along as a young boy goes in search of his genes. The presentation begins with the boy wondering where his genes are. With each click, kids zoom in from cells on the boy's arm all the way down to the base pairs of his DNA. With each zoom in, a memorable rhyme explains what students are seeing. The presentation ends with this thought: "We're all related in
A room for students
A learning environment where students feel that they belong is the key to success for this eighth-grade language arts teacher. A classroom profile.
Applied Mathematics III
This is a short 1-level applied mathematics module with questions practicing addition, subtraction and occasionally multiplication and division. In about half the questions, use is made of Roman numerals. It is intended for revision purposes. The setting is the Roman Empire. Help a variety of citizens and even Caesar himself work out the necessary sums to manage their everyday lives. Technically the module is of interest because it shows the use of custom virtual keyboards. Instead of a modern n
Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series: Peter Wolken
Peter Wolken, AVI Management Partners Peter has been a successful venture capitalist for more than 25 years. His long and successful venture capital and operating experience enables him to quickly evaluate emerging information technologies. Peter founded (1982) and was a General Partner at Associated Venture Investors (AVI), which managed $140M across three funds. AVI specialized in seed and early-stage investments in information technology companies positioned for high growth. AVI's financial
Lunch Poems: David St. John
David St. John was widely praised and was a National Book Award finalist for Study for the World's Body. Recent books are The Red Leaves of Night from HarperPerennial and Prism from Arctos Press, and his newest, The Face, a book-length poem. His image-rich work muses on both ecstasy and loss. He has been awarded an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the O.B. Hardison prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library. He teaches at USC. This event took place on April 1, 2004
The resources offered here are designed to help you use the PBS "Napoleon" video series and companion Web site in secondary social studies, civics, religion, and language arts classes. The lesson plans may also be adapted for use as stand-alone resources.
Carrol Clarkson on Waiting for the Barbarians and Disgrace by JM Coetzee
On Thursday 29 October the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) Great Texts Big Questions guest speaker is Carrol Clarkson, an Associate Professor in English Department at the University of Cape Town. She will be discussing the work of Nobel Prize winning novelist JM Coetzee .GIPCA Great Texts Big Questions popular lecture series provides an opportunity to hear a leading intellectual discuss one of life's big questions or a significant book or artwork. The great texts under
John Higgins on William Blake
On Thursday 22 October the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) Great Texts Big Questions lecturer is John Higgins a highly respected Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town (UCT) who will discuss a lyric by William Blake "Never seek to tell thy love love that never told can be." Higgins will show how readings of a single poem can also serve to exemplify some of the main intellectual and analytic currents of the past forty years including
The Great Plant Escape
Each of the lessons in this program is interdisciplinary, designed to introduce students to plant science and increase their understanding of how foods grow. Activities enhance student's math, science, language arts, social studies, music and art. You have many options in this program. Choose any or all of the suggested activities for your class. Many activities are for students to work independently and some are for group work.
Tocqueville's America is another project of the American Studies Programs at The University of Virginia. In this project we take up the task of re-contextualizing Alexis de Tocqueville's famous political and cultural analysis of American democracy. Our objective is, over time, to return that book -- arguably still one of the most influential works in political thought -- to its origins, to the America of 1831-32 . For it was on that very specific ground and at that very specific historical momen
This site explores the formation of stars and planets and the quest for a habitable planet. Create a virtual a community of microorganisms. Try to build the perfect solar system. See how planets react with one another, and how some planets help keep our solar system stable. Look at images: see if you can recognize life.
Captured Wisdom in Middle School
This site presents stories about successful teaching in middle school. Learn how an e-mail list helped students write better historical fiction, or how fifth-grade students planned a virtual vacation using cd-roms, travel books, and the Internet.
Biofilms 1 Tech Paper Presentation 4/5
Herrington et al., 2010: paper presented by Biofilms 1 team in 20.380, Spring 2011 (Q&A)
This video explains how tangent ratios, along with cosine and sine ratios, are ratios of two different sides of a right triangle. Tangent ratios are the ratio of the side opposite to the side adjacent the angle they represent. In order to find the measure of the angle itself, one must understand inverse trigonometric functions. (2:01)
John Rylands Library BL15862 JOHN RYLANDS LIBRARY, Deansgate, Manchester. Interior view, showing a staircase and architectural details as seen from a half-landing. The library was completed in 1899 to the designs of architect Basil Champneys, and was commissioned by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her late husband. The library is a fine example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. Photog
JOHN RYLANDS LIBRARY, Deansgate, Manchester. Interior view, showing a staircase and architectural details as seen from a half-landing. The library was completed in 1899 to the designs of architect Basil Champneys, and was commissioned by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her late husband. The library is a fine example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. Photog
Brainstorming! by the Imagination Movers
While this video is mainly for young children, it adequately explains the first step of the writing process, brainstorming, in a way that is fun and easily remembered. With lyrics like "there's no bad ideas when your brainstorming," even young, reluctant writers will enjoy this step. (0:55)