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Bebop and Modernism
In this lesson students will study how social and economic changes in post–World War II America influenced arts and culture. Students will learn about the experience of African Americans in the postwar period, including the civil rights movement and desegregation, and the influence of these experiences on African-American culture. Students will study how competition with the Soviet Union during the Cold War contributed to the popularity of jazz around the world. They will learn about the music
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Size Matters: Introduction to Nanoscience
This unit provides an introduction to nanoscience, focusing on concepts related to the size and scale, unusual properties of the nanoscale, tools of the nanosciences, and example applications. Upon completing this unit, students will understand: The study of unique phenomena at the nanoscale could vastly change our understanding of matter and lead to new questions and answers in many areas, including health care, the environment, and technology: There are enormous scale differences in our univer
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Environmental Catalyst Module
In the Environmental Catalysis Module, a joint project with the Institute for Environmental Catalysis at Northwestern University, students learn what a catalyst is and become aware of the use of catalysis to promote environmental protection. Besides introducing the concept of catalysis, the module also focuses other issues such as catalytic selectivity, specificity, poisoning, condition optimization, and waste minimization. The first activity of the module introduces the concept of catalysis in
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OSU Science Pub: Life on other planets
Speakers: Martin Fisk and Rick Colwell, OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences A mere 20 light-years from Earth — just down the block by galactic standards — a planet orbits a red dwarf star in what one scientist has called a "mini-version of our own solar system." The star is known as Gliese 581, and this planet, one of six in orbit, appears to be the right size and distance from its sun to be hospitable for life. Many s...cientists believe that life elsewhere in the Milky Way Gal
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Notre Dame Sonnet Fest 2011
All of William Shakespeare's 154 sonnets were read aloud by University of Notre Dame administrators, faculty and students during "Sonnet Fest 2011," on Feb. 14, 2011 in the Great Hall of O'Shaughnessy Hall on the Notre Dame campus. Learn More: http://newsinfo.nd.edu/news/18406/
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Lewis and Clark: Preparing for the Trip (High School)
This unit focuses on preparations for the expedition. It provides background information on Thomas Jefferson as the trip's inspiration and looks at reasons for Jefferson's interest in the expedition, including geographic, economic, and scientific aspects. The rest of the unit uses Lewis's trip to Philadelphia as a foundation for students to consider the importance of preparation. Students will understand some of the challenges inherent in preparing for the unknown. By reading primary and seconda
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Data analysis: as real world as it gets
In Data Analysis: As Real World As It Gets, we feature resources for teaching about data and statistics as supported by the NCTM Standards (NCTM, 2000). Data collection and analysis can be an avenue into the meaningful mathematics and problem-solving skills needed by students in the twenty-first century. And an answer to the student question, Why do we have to study math? can be found when teaching mathematics with a real-world statistics approach.
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Gingerbread Man Math
Gingerbread men and gingerbread houses enjoy special popularity around the holidays, but many of these gingerbread activities are timeless and complement literature titles that teachers use at the beginning of school or after the holidays. It's very easy to incorporate mathematics into a study of gingerbread men, and students will enjoy the data collection activities and games while learning math skills and deepening their understanding of important mathematical concepts. Look through these math
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Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting
Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting presents 470 interview excerpts and 3882 photographs from the Working in Paterson Folklife Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The four-month study of occupational culture in Paterson, New Jersey, was conducted in 1994. Paterson is considered to be the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in America. It was founded in 1791 by the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures (S.U.M.), a group that had U.
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Tropical Ecosystems
Students will read about two tropical ecosystems: the rain forest and the coral reef. The text, written by Mrs. Portera and created with Palm eBook Studio, will be read on Palm Reader. The students will complete a study guide as part of their reading experience. Students will create a Sketchy or PiCoMap as directed. Finally, students will take a test with the use of Quizzler.
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Reading for Philosophical Inquiry
In this introduction to philosophical thinking, we will read some essays specially chosen from four main areas of interest: (1) the philosophy of life, (2) the philosophy of religion, (3) ethics, and (4) metaphysics and theory of knowledge. Although our approach is not comprehensive, it is reasonably representative of some of the more significant areas of philosophical inquiry. The readings are intended to illustrate the interrelations between these subject areas of philosophy and, as well, to p
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NASA's Rocket to the Moon
QUEST gets the details on NASA's plan to crash a rocket into the moon in an effort to locate evidence of water. This educator guide provides activities to assist teachers with the use of the video segment in their classrooms and provides suggestions for additional educator resources offered in the Bay Area related to the study of the moon.
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Plants and the Season
Children explore plant growth in their own gardens, running an experiment that tracks the arrival of Spring. Through these interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. Fall: Students plant gardens. Monthly updates: Fridays, September-December. Spring: Students report when tulips emerge and bloom and map Spring's northward journey. Weekly updates: Fridays, February-May. Guideline
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Fundamentals of Program Evaluation
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation familiarizes students in different types of program evaluation, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes, impact assessment, and cost analysis. Students gain practical experience through a series of exercises involving the design of a conceptual framework, development of indicators, analysis of computerized service statistics, and development of an evaluation plan to measure impact. This course cover
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Health Issues for Aging Populations
Introduces the study of aging, its implications for individuals, families, and society, and the background for health policy related to older persons. Presents an overview on aging from different perspectives: demography, biology, epidemiology of diseases, physical and mental disorders, functional capacity and disability, health services, federal and state health policies, social aspects of aging, and ethical issues in the care of older individuals.
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The effects of the Post-War era on Downtown Los Angeles and its surroundings.
Students will study the negative effects of the Post War era on downtown Los Angeles. Specifically, the students will study the negative impact of the "white flight" from the city into the suburbs by Anglo Angelinos. The students will create a before and after poster of Downtown Los Angeles and the urban area (to be presented to the class) with information about historical places or people, found on the ISLA website. The focus of the downtown LA, comparison will be on the changing face of the ar
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How language works - The cognitive science of linguistics
Students studying linguistics and other language sciences for the first time often have misconceptions about what they are about and what they can offer them. They may think that linguists are authorities on what is correct and what is incorrect in a given language. But linguistics is the science of language; it treats language and the ways people use it as phenomena to be studied much as a geologist treats the earth. Linguists want to figure out how language works. They are no more in the busin
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Interconnectivity
The Internet is a vast network that connects many smaller groups of linked computer networks, on and through which information is stored and transmitted. The "interconnected" character of the Internet is one of the things that makes it so popular and powerful in facilitating communication and electronic commerce. However, "interconnectivity" has also given rise to increasing legal controversy and turmoil. Various methods of enhancing or exploiting the web-like structure of the Internet have been
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Elementary GLOBE
Elementary GLOBE is designed to introduce students of grades K-4 to the study of Earth System Science (ESS). Elementary GLOBE forms an instructional unit comprised of five modules that address ESS and interrelated subjects including weather, hydrology, phenology, and soils. Each Elementary GLOBE module contains a science-based storybook and classroom learning activities. Five (5) books are included in the series: All About Earth; Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?; The Scoop On Soils; Discoveri
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Elementary GLOBE: Water Wonders
Students will be introduced to different species of macroinvertebrates. They will hypothesize why each insect looks the way it does. Then students will make observations of macroinvertebrates. in an aquarium in their classroom. For an optional extension, teachers can take students to a local stream or pond to conduct field observations. The purpose of this activity is to introduce students to hydrology and the study of macroinvertebrates. and to understand how macroinvertebrates. help scientists
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