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A Polynesian Story
Students explore the geography and history of Polynesia; become familiar with ancient and modern Polynesian culture and the relationship of Polynesian people with the sea; study American Samoa and Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary; and develop a public action plan to protect the marine resources of the area, drawing upon aspects of local Polynesian culture.
6th - 8th Science 3 Views 29 Downloads
4: In With the Imports
Students research imports of American Samoa and Hawaii and create a map showing the major imports for both. In this economics lesson, students identify where American Samoa and Hawaii are on a map, discover what the imports for the two countries are, and then create a map that shows the major imports for each.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 9 Downloads
Trading Traditions: Based on the American Samoa Quarter Reverse
Students investigate U.S. Currency by researching American Samoa. In this monetary unit lesson plan, students define the reverse and obverse of a coin while completing a currency related worksheet. Students identify American Samoa on a class map and discuss their own family traditions.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 2 Downloads
Past Meets Present
Third graders examine coins to become familiar with architectural structures. In this past meets present lesson, 3rd graders research and complete worksheets on Guam. Students combine their group research into pieces of the pie poster.
3rd Social Studies & History 3 Views 9 Downloads
The First Day of Congress
Students examine experiences had by representatives on the first day of Congress. They role-play the role of one of the members of Congress and they participate in opening day events. They complete worksheets to finish the lesson.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 8 Downloads
Racing with the Sun: Creating a Solar Car
As the cost of oil continues to rise and the environmental impacts of emissions become more widespread, the demand for alternative energy sources for cars is huge. In an engaging and challenging week-long lesson, your upper-elementary or middle schoolers are transformed into mechanical engineers as they design and build solar powered cars.
4th - 8th Math 103 Views 109 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Preservation at Mount Rushmore
Mt. Rushmore wasn't built in a day, but how long will it stick around? How quickly is it eroding and what causes the fastest weathering? Explore these questions and more in a fun, interactive lesson about the earth's natural processes of weathering and erosion.
5th - 9th Science 29 Views 31 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Ship the Chip
Engineers face a variety of challenges to solve; help your future engineers practice designing a solution to a simple, yet common issue: shipping items without damage. Teams will work together to design and test a shipping system for a single potato chip; success will be based upon how many pieces the chip is in once it has been through the postal system and returned to the school - the fewer breaks, the higher the score.
4th - 12th Science 13 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson 1: Confronting Climate Change: Seeing
Examine the effects of climate change on the water cycle in the first of three lessons using the IBM THINK app, which walks through the process of innovation. Learners look back through history to see which tools might help them study climate change, then perform a controlled experiment simulating the hydrologic cycle under different environmental conditions.
6th - 12th Science 47 Views 39 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson 3: Confronting Climate Change: Acting
In the third and final lesson plan in the series on the impacts of climate change, learners synthesize the knowledge they have accumulated by identifying potential areas of concern for their school due to effects of drought and/or flooding, as well as other effects of climate change, then they propose an action plan to address the issues at the school level.
6th - 12th Science 25 Views 25 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson 2: Confronting Climate Change: Understanding
In the second of three lessons about climate change, young climatologists examine the local impacts of severe storms and drought on roads, rivers, buildings, and more. Through a series of investigations, learners begin to understand the effects of a warming planet on a more comprehensible scale.
6th - 12th Science 83 Views 58 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
STRONG--an acronym for goal-setting success! Using a graphic organizer and useful acronym, your learners develop a goal plan for the class as a whole, while considering the requirements of, and obstacles to, achieving their goal. Briefly review the goal with your class at the beginning of each day and then at the conclusion of the goal's time frame, have your class reflect on their collaborative process.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 286 Views 354 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Arctic Food Chain
Explore the food chains that support Arctic ecosystems. A class discussion on interdependence and the different roles plants and animals play in ecosystems provides students with the knowledge to complete a worksheet asking them to create food chains involving a variety of Arctic life.
3rd - 6th Science 21 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Land of the Midnight Sun
From days of 24 hour sunlight, to endless nights that last for days, the Arctic is a very unique place to live. Examine the seasonal changes that occur in the northern-most reaches of the globe and the impact they have on the plants and animals living there.
3rd - 6th Science 16 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Volcanic Eruption: Cause and Effect
Volcanoes are one of Earth's most destructive forces, but they also have positive effects. In an engaging lesson, young vulcanologists create an active model of a volcano, perform an experiment, read articles about the effects of eruptions, and complete a graphic organizer about cause and effect.
4th - 7th Science 116 Views 140 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Chair Lift Challenge
What needs to be considered when designing an effective and safe chair lift? In an engaging and challenging inquiry experiment, young engineers work with teams to design and build a chair lift capable of carrying a tennis ball, a Ping-Pong ball, or a golf ball safely up a tiny mountain.
4th - 12th Science 13 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Build a Big Wheel
As Albert Einstein once said, "I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that don't work." When it comes to creating something new, it takes perseverance and the right attitude. Engineers face a variety of challenges and several iterations when designing a new structure.
4th - 12th Technology & Engineering 7 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Many hands make light work when it comes to mass production. Explore the purpose and necessary coordination for assembly lines as your class becomes a factory that is producing the hottest new toy, the Color Brick. During the first activity, each person makes their own Color Brick, then they work together in an assembly line, each specializing in a particular part of producing the toy.
4th - 12th Technology & Engineering 19 Views 25 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
When it comes to structural design, one must consider form and function. For structural engineers, load-bearing is one of the most important considerations of function. Introduce your class to the topic by having teams compete for highest critical load held by a structure created from a deck of cards and scotch tape.
4th - 9th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable