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Sixth graders conduct historical research and consider the importance of photography as a data collection device. In this lesson on historical documentation, 6th graders formulate questions regarding historical documents in order to better interpret visual media as a mode for transmitting facets of history. Students will work in groups to discuss and research primary and secondary source documents.
Students research and evaluate a case considered by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. They watch a Bill Moyers video, conduct a debate, and write about the decision they would make if they were a U.S. Supreme Court judge.
Students participate in a variety of activities surrounding their study of ponds. They visit a pond, collect organisms, view them under a microscope, perform simple chemical tests, and finally, create small ponds in the classroom.
Fourth graders study the Great Salt lake and the ecosystem that encompasses it. They study the relationship between an individual of a species, a population of that species, a community that includes that population, and the ecosystem that includes the community of living things and the nonliving parts of that environment.
Technology or engineering teams are given a task to design, construct, and test the efficiency of a structure that will foster an even temperature throughout an entire day in the sunlight. This is intended as a long-term project. Pupils research, plan, bring materials in from home, build, evaluate, and write a report. A 13-page packet is provided as a guide and record-keeping journal. There is even a grading rubric that you can share with them to keep them on task and use to assess their work.
Middle schoolers research specific answers to questions about air pollution. In this air pollution lesson, students share information to fully understand the causes of air pollution. Middle schoolers role play individuals from different groups to present their perspective on what to do about air pollution. Students identify what can be done about air pollution.
Young scholars follow deer through Yellowstone Park and record the number of deer from year to year. In this basic needs of deer lesson, students work in small groups and chart the number of deer each year and give explanations using as scarcity, ample, ascend, and few to describe the reasons for movement or lose of the deer populations.
Young scholars monitor the abundance of organisms in photograph quadrats. In this environmental monitoring lesson, students view pictures of rocky intertidal and subtidal marine zones and discuss the importance of monitoring organism abundance. They use life-sized photographs of marine quadrats to count and determine the relative abundance of organisms.
An engaging game called, "Quarter, Nickel, and Dime" is presented in this math instructional activity. Players are given an envelope with slips of paper that represent the three coins. In pairs, they play the game 18 times, and the whole class charts their results on a class graph that leads to an exciting discussion on probability. Excellent worksheets are embedded in the plan that provide everything you need to play the game.
Students create an exercise and nutrition program. In this interdisciplinary lesson, 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.
Through this three-day lesson, learners will develop an understanding of several elements of narration such as plot, characterization, setting, point of view, and theme. Reading several fiction texts and taking notes using dialectical journaling, your class will make analytical observations, comparisons, and ask textual questions. Using the data collected, they will present their findings in an analysis. Home connections, extensions, and differentiation activities included.
Students collect and analyze data. For 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.
Eighth graders explore the concept of direct and inverse variation.  For this direct and inverse variation lesson, 8th graders participate in an activity involving collecting data that varies directly.  Students record the number of x's that can be drawn in 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 seconds.  Students collect non-linear data using fulcrums, rulers, and pennies.  Students compare the data from the x activity and the fulcrum activity.
Sixth graders conduct research involving their family members or people who play significant roles in their lives. In this interdisciplinary perspectives lesson, 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. 
Students conduct statistical analyses. In this global issues lesson, students read data regarding Millennium Development Goals. Students then journal about Canada and the countries they researched.
Young scholars explore populations of ecosystems.  For 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.  Young scholars explore the effect of changes in pH and temperature on the ecosystems. 
Students investigate the difference between mass and weight.  In this middle school science activity, students conduct an experiment in which they measure the weight of a mass in Newtons and use that information to determine the weight of 100 pennies on the moon, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. 
Students build a model to demonstrate storm water run-off. In this water turbidity lesson, students set up an experiment to measure the turbidity of water after a simulated rain storm. Data is collected and graphed on their graphing calculator. A worksheet is included for students to respond on.
Students explore the weather.  In this secondary mathematics lesson, students collect and analyze data regarding the relationship between temperature and light intensity over a 24 hour period.  Students graph the data and explore the temperature and light intensity patterns that occur. 
Students 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.  Students bring in data of their height over time and create a scatter plot of their data.  Students compare their growth rate with Bob.  Students compare the average growth rates of males and females at various ages. 

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