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Students identify and describe transition metals. They discuss alloys and their benefits. Students research one common, alloy, its composition, properties, and uses. They are asked for some common properties of most transition metals. Students identify the material used to make the aircraft carrier in the video.
High schoolers explore and experiment with a durable form of ice called Pykrete. They test the properties of Pykrete and ice to determine if the claims about this mixture are true from their history around World War II. The lab report includes a heading, problem statement, procedure, data, calculations, sources of error and conclusions.
You will need to prepare either a class set or a single demonstration catapult in order to teach this powerful lesson on kinetic and potential energy. Activity sheets are provided to walk learners through the construction of a catapult. If you choose to teach via demonstration, you can jump straight to Activity Sheet 3, on which is a data table for recording distances. Different features of the catapult are varied for comparison. A vocabulary list and challenge questions are provided.
The kite has an amazing history! It has been used for thousands of years, has led to many scientific disoveries, and has made some people very famous. Just ask Ben Franklin! This terrific lesson offers many cross-curricular activities that all have to do with the kite. There are worksheets, and terrific resource links embedded in the plan as well. This activities in this plan are sure to be a hit with your learners!
Engage your class in a series of activities, each related to the use or analysis of symbols used to convey patriotic or national concepts. They identify different national symbols and explain their meanings, discussing the importance of symbols. Pupils also analyze images and songs for symbolic meaning, analyze the poem "The New Colossus," and finish by creating a symbolic poster.
Learners study South America's Itaipu Dam and Power Plant in order to gain an understanding that hydroelectric power is a major means of generating electricity throughout the world. They also look into the environmental impacts that these types of power plants have on the environment and the animals who live there. This very impressive, 24-page plan is chock-full of terrific activities, worksheets, maps, websites, and an assessment. Very good!
How does the formation of currents and waves in the ocean happen? High schoolers will learn about the primary causes for ocean currents and waves by calculating a wave's amplitude and nautical mile speed. Then they will complete a problem solving worksheet. Finally, they will complete the study with write an essay how the Coriolis force affects them personally.
This open-ended boat building exercise is meant to be part of a three-lesson series on ships. Links to the other two lessons are included. This particular part is mostly a group lab activity in which they build a boat, find its load line in both fresh and salt water, and measure the water displacement when filled to the load line. Because of the applications to Archimedes' principle, this may best be suited to upper elementary children.
Studens construct their own catapult. In this history of catapults instructional activity, students work in groups to make their own model of a catapult. Students use physics vocabulary terms explain how the catapult works. Students test the catapults and record the features that made the best catapult.
Students investigate four main issues of concern between US and Japan prior to US involvement in World War II. In this role play lesson, students will take the role of US and Japanese negotiators trying to find a diplomatic solution to these four problems by working in pairs to work out an agreement between the two sides. Students will be asked to share the results of their conference and if they succeeded or failed to reach an agreement.