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This is comprehensive lesson that considers many aspects of quadratic functions. It includes using factoring, completing the square and the use of the quadratic formula for finding the zeros of the function (including imaginary roots). It also reverses the whole process by looking at either different graphs of quadratic functions or zeros that are given and challenges the learner to derive the function. This lesson provides an excellent review for the second year algebra student or a multi-lesson unit for the more novice student.
Eighth graders apply the six steps in technology problem solving as they use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Checklist for Polling Places and the seven Universal Design Principles to evaluate and make recommendations for changes in a polling place to accommodate voters with disabilities.
Good art instruction starts with building an understanding of the elements or art, design, and observation. Upper graders complete a drawing instructional activity where they observe and draw their hands. They reference other art works that emphasize the hands, and use those references to critique their own work.
Incorporate 21st century graphic design skills into an advanced line and design activity activity. 4-H'ers will have a blast using a computer graphics program to re-create an image, unscrambling design terms and matching them with definitions, and making over a bedroom by rearranging furniture and choosing color/fabric samples. This extensive set of design activities also includes service ideas, online resources, and leadership ideas for passing along acquired skills.
Students explore coral reef ecosystems. In this ecosystems science lesson, students research coral reef ecosystems to determine the major functions the participating organisms must perform. Students construct a miniature coral reef ecosystem incorporating materials necessary for survival based on their research. Extensive background information is provided.
Design and construct buildings with rooftop gardens. Junior engineers work in groups to build two buildings and then perform experiments to determine whether or not a garden affects the building temperatures. They graph and interpret their results. This comprehensive project even incorporates a budgeting worksheet! If you have the time and the space, this well-written, memorable, and educational lesson could be the focal point of an interdisciplinary unit.
Students work in groups to research, design, and create model water park using line segment theories coordinate. They produce individual design portfolios that include their ideas and opinions, design solutions, sketches and research notes. Student trip to water park for field testing is suggested. Four lessons on one page.
Students recognize that staghorn coral helps reef growth in the Caribbean. In this Coral Reef lesson plan, students design a habitat model using various art materials to explain how staghorn coral helps the reef grow. Students share their artworks using correct art vocabulary.