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The "Heart" of the Problem
Students create an exercise and nutrition program. In this interdisciplinary activity, students use calculations of exercises plus their corresponding effects on the body and nutritional values of food to derive a health plan. Students work cooperatively with group members.
Down Right Good Information
Students explore the Gale Group Databases to examine information about the states located in the Southeastern portion of the United States. They conduct Internet research, complete a planning page and a descriptive paragraph, and create a computer slideshow presentation.
Four Mathematics Lessons for Grade 9
These four lesson plans build algebra skills for working with numbers in exponential form and for examining triangles. Be aware that in the text, scientific notation is referred to as index notation and the laws of exponents as the laws of indices. Learners perform operations with numbers in this format, investigate graphs of given equations, use scientific calculators to evaluate expressions, and then calculate the angles and sides of congruent or similar triangles.
I'm All Mixed Up
Middle school scientists compare and contrast heterogeneous and homogeneous mixtures. They differentiate solutions, colloids, and suspensions by examining samples of each. Note that the bulk of the lesson plan directs you how to incorporate a physical science video which is not available. Nonetheless, the activities and discussion involved are worthwhile if you don't mind sifting through the write-up.
Depleted Uranium and the Brain
Using an article about the toxicity of uranium exposure, learners discuss how the precautionary principle relates to epidemiologic studies. They analyze exposure data displayed in graphs and write descriptions of the results. You will need to track the article down online since the link does not take you to it. A four-page worksheet is provided which includes background information, diagrams, data tables, and a series of questions to answer.
Names in the Field: A Simple GPS Field Exercise
Students explore basic methods of GPS data collection, uploading the data to a computer, and making simple maps of their data using GIS software. They create a map of the data using GIS software (or Excel)
"Region" Out to Everyone: Geographic Regions Defined
Students define the term region. They collect data about New England after watching a short video. They organize the information into a regional concept map. They draw conclusions based upon their data collection and analysis.
Students keep travel record over time, analyze data collected and use the information to identify ways in which they can change their behavior to benefit their health and the environment.
Uninsured in America
Students understand some of the problems faced by the uninsured through data collection and explore possible sollutions for those problems.
Learners learn how to identify which species of dragonflies or butterflies are found in their County by learning to read the Odonata or Lepidoptera checklist to find the scientific names; they also search field guides and the Internet for (1) the common name (2) description (3) life habits and (4) a photograph. The findings can be published as a poster, a book, or a bulletin board display.
Hands-On Weather Data Collecting
Fifth graders use Internet sites to complete a study of weather and atmosphere. They compare weather data from cities around the world. They use thermometers, the Beaufort wind scale, and simple weather symbols to measure weather around the school.
Our Local Footprint
Students explore the importance of becoming involved, productive citizens. Using the internet, students complete an online quiz, calculating their schools' global footprint. They explore the strengths and weaknesses of the school. Students create a newsletter for parents, to explain their findings. They invite parents to help with the suggested improvements.
In this data learning exercise, students complete word problems that have to do with different kinds of graphs and data given to them about politics, the economy, and height. Students complete 8 problems.
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.
A (Ear) Budding Problem?
Here's a hot topic: increased incidents of injury while wearing ear buds! Middle school mathematicians display and summarize statistical data throughout this all-inclusive, Common-Core-related assignment. You will find a well-written lesson plan, handouts that include an article and data page, follow-up questions, and extension activities that combine to make the lesson complete.
Making the Grade: Health Indicators in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Examine how industrial and residential runoff affects the bay by using online tools and resources to examine data. The key indicators of the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the factors that affect them are the main focus of this environmental study.
All About Family
Sixth graders conduct research involving their family members or people who play significant roles in their lives. In this interdisciplinary perspectives lesson plan, 6th graders select and use technology tools and other media resources to collect, organize, analyze, and synthesize information about their families, extended families, or significant people in their lives. From the database created, they identify patterns and create charts and graphs to illustrate their findings.
Probing an Aquatic Ecosystem
Learners explore populations of ecosystems. In this middle school science/math lesson, students observe an aquatic ecosystem over a four to six week period, collecting data on temperature and pH values as well as qualitative observations. Learners explore the effect of changes in pH and temperature on the ecosystems.
A Tall Story
Young scholars investigate the growth rate of a man named Bob Wadlow. In this growth rate of a man lesson, students determine if the growth rate of this particular man was normal or abnormal. Young scholars bring in data of their height over time and create a scatter plot of their data. Students compare their growth rate with Bob. Young scholars compare the average growth rates of males and females at various ages.
Seven Speedy Pieces
Students collect and analyze data. In this middle school data analysis lesson, students explore the effect of position up an inclined plane in relation to the coasting distance traveled. Students estimate and measure distance and read decimal values from a gauge.