Aruba Cloud Cover Measured by Satellite
The purpose of this investigation is to have students analyze cloud cover and to compose written conclusions to a given related scenario.
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Mission Biomes
The following two activities are designed for teachers to use in classrooms as supplementary, interdisciplinary units. Mission: Biomes is especially appropriate for grades 3 through 8, and is designed to be interactive and self-correcting which will allow each student to work at his or her own pace. Great Graph Match: Geo Grapher needs your help to match temperature and precipitation graphs for different locations to the biomes where they belong To Plant or Not to Plant?: Travel with Bill Botan
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Life on Earth...and Elsewhere?
This downloadable booklet contains five inquiry- and standards-based classroom activities for grades 5-8 and three math extensions spanning topics from Defining Life, to Determining the Chances of Extraterrestrial Life.
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Time that Period!
This lesson examines the idea of periodic behavior and how it is determined from a set of data. The students will examine this concept through a hands-on lab that involves a simple, student-made pendulum which is followed up with critical thinking and performance assessment style questions. Students will also analyze data received from high-energy satellites of various binary star systems' orbital periods or stellar rotation periods.
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Exploring the Moon
This is a teacher's guide for learning about lunar geology and regolith (loose material on the moon's surface), distance to the moon, Apollo landing sites, and life support systems. Lessons focus on calculating the distance between scale models of earth and the moon, designing a spacecraft for travel to and from the moon, the locations and geology of the six Apollo landing sites, and calculating the diameter of the moon using proportions.
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FoilSim and CurveBall
FoilSim II computes the theoretical lift of a variety of airfoil shapes. The user can control the shape, size, and inclination of the airfoil and the atmospheric conditions in which the airfoil is flying. The program includes a stall model for the airfoil, a model of the Martian atmosphere, and the ability to specify a variety of fluids for lift comparisons. The program has graphical and numerical output, including an interactive probe which you can use to investigate the details of flow around
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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This is a collection of over 20 fun and challenging math activities created by Cynthia Lanius, the executive director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education at Rice University. The activities range in level from grade school to adult. Many of these lessons are designed to be used in the classroom or at home with a teacher or parent leading the way. However, students can perform these activities on their own as well. Graphing, calendar-related algebra, money making problems, and fra
Author(s): Lanius, Cynthia.

Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
Hosted by Access Excellence at the National Health Museum, the Backyard Birding -- Research Project was created by Monte Vista high school teacher Stan Hitomi. This hands-on project is targeted towards high school-aged life science and biology students and can be adapted to run from between two months to an entire year. The project emphasizes research, cooperative learning, and community outreach skills as students construct bird feeders, maintain a journal, design a research project, and commun
Author(s): Hitomi, Stan

Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
The British Broadcasting Corporation offers this great collection of fun, educational games that help children learn basic concepts of mathematics. Twelve interactive games are available in all, illustrating principles of data handling, numbers, algebra, and measurement. Children can practice interpreting Cartesian coordinates by guiding a space ship across a grid, or compete with an animated character in a test of fractions and percentages. In addition to the online games, several other activit
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Office for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
The Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has an impressive collection of Java lessons and curriculum resources for learning about these topics. The office was established to serve as a model-builder for innovative, standards-based, technology-intensive mathematics and science instruction at the K-16 levels. Most of the lessons focus on geometry, statistics, or algebra; but there are also some that cover science concepts. The
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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
In this activity, students use hits and at-bat data to determine which of two baseball players has a better batting average. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site, where real-world uses of mathematics are emphasized. The activity contains a solution hint, a complete explanation of the answer that reveals the surprising answer, and additional problems related to finding averages. Information about baseball averages and fractions is included. Copyr
Author(s): National Action Council for Minorities in Engineer

Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This online challenge activity introduces a gift-counting problem that requires students to organize information in a table and then to draw conclusions. The importance of organizing information for decision making is noted for census takers, librarians, and demographers. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site, where real-world uses of mathematics are emphasized. The solution hint suggests how to organize a useful table. Related questions ask stud
Author(s): National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This online activity offers students a chance to analyze data stated as percentages to draw conclusions about the similarity of five archeological sites. Students analyze the data by making a table of the differences for each pair of sites by subtracting the smaller percentage from the larger for each of five types of evidence. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site, where real-world uses of mathematics are emphasized. The activity features a solu
Author(s): National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This online activity offers students a chance to compare soda prices from two stores using data displayed on a scatter plot graph. Students are shown how the line y = x can be used to analyze the data and draw a conclusion. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site, where real-world uses of mathematics are emphasized. The activity contains a solution hint, two different ways to find the solution, questions related to analyzing similar data from other
Author(s): National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This activity challenges students to estimate the total number of fish in a pond, given the numbers of fish initially tagged and released, the tagged fish recaptured, and the total number of recaptured fish. The activity, part of the Figure This! collection of 80 math challenges emphasizing math in the real world, introduces the capture-recapture method as a statistical tool used by fish and wildlife experts to estimate the size of populations. The solution hint suggests that students determine
Author(s): National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
The MathPARTNERS web site contains instructional materials that include background mathematics and pedagogical information arranged in four grade bands (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 8-9 algebra). Materials are designed for use by instructors or mentors in after-school programs and other informal education situations. In each grade band, there are four units focused on topics such as number and operation, geometry and measurement, statistics and probability, and patterns and functions. Units within grade b
Author(s): Education Development Center

Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This activity challenges students to interpret a bar graph to determine the average number of hours teenagers work per week. The activity, part of the Figure This! collection of 80 real world math challenges, explains how averages are used to describe data on academic performance, athletics, and wages. The Hint suggests that students assume that 100 students participated in the survey. Related questions ask students to calculate averages for additional data sets. The Did You Know feature offers
Author(s): National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This web site contains descriptions and links to more than 60 virtual manipulatives, activities designed to function as concept tutorials. The virtual manipulatives, mostly in the form of Java applets, are designed to facilitate grades 6-8 mathematics learning. By encouraging active student exploration with computers, the virtual manipulatives can help students visualize mathematical relationships. They are organized into five categories based on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (
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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
In this activity, students read graphs and interpret raw data to determine if there is a correlation between drinking soda and the rate of bone fractures in teenage girls. The activity is part of the Figure This! collection of 80 online mathematical challenges emphasizing real world uses of mathematics. Students are encouraged to organize data into tables to look for associations, but are cautioned that additional factors many influence the appearance of cause and effect. In other related math q
Author(s): National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This web site offers families, teachers, and tutors 80 mathematical challenges helpful for encouraging problem solving with students in grades 6 to 8. The math challenges focus on concepts and objects found in everyday life, such as how fast your heart beats, what shape container holds the most popcorn, and how much of me shows in a mirror. Each challenge contains an initial problem with a solution hint, a complete explanation of the answer, and additional problems related to the same challenge.
Author(s): National Action Council for Minorities in Engineer