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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.
Leveled Vocabulary for And Then There Were None
Chaotic, perjury, tenacious, vague, predatory, idiosyncrasy. Using Marzano and Brown’s six steps of direct instruction for vocabulary (choose, restate, illustrate, use, discuss, play) readers of And Then There Were None engage in a series of activities to determine and clarify the meaning of level one, two, and three vocabulary drawn from Agatha Christie's best-selling mystery. The word list and suggested activities for each step are included.
Warming and Cooling
Is it too hot to go hiking? This task asks learners to refer to a graph that shows temperature as a function of time and answer five questions about the scenario depicted by the graph. The exercise could be used for instruction to help build skills in reading and interpreting information from a graph, or it could be used as an assessment item to evaluate the level of mastery of those skills.
Particles: Size Makes All the Difference
High schoolers plot particle sizes of common airborne materials on a log scale. They read an article on particle size and its relationship to the ability to pass through the lungs, into the bloodstream, and eventually into the cells of the body. It is a terrific lesson for strengthening literacy as well as for increasing awareness of human impact on the environment. Note that the link to the article itself does not work, but it can be accessed through the National Center for Biotechnology Information or with a simple Internet search for the title.
California Here We Come!
A highly relevant and great cross-curricular project! In teams, your class will plot a course from the East Coast to Sacramento, California passing through all of the state capital cities along the way. As part of the journey, teams will need to calculate miles traveled as well as the cost of gas, lodging, and food. The team that makes it with the least money spent wins.
Study Guide: Northeast Building Industry
Are you done covering the Industrial Revolution and ready to hand out the end of the unit exam? If so, you may consider giving your class a well-composed study guide. This guide includes nine vocabulary words, three important events, the names of nine important people, 16 main ideas, and two essay questions for your class to focus on as they study for the big Industrial Revolution exam.
Conduction, Convection, Radiation, Oh My!
Students draw a line graph, and use graphing as a tool to discover more about conduction, convection and radiation. They should design their own experiment using heat sensitive paper to show they explain these 3 processes.
Coming Soon: Sodas with Vitamins
Students react to a series of statements about sodas, then read a news article about the addition of vitamins to sodas to increase sales. In this nutrition and current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news piece and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Big Dam Construction in India
This complete and full resource includes everything needed to conduct a lesson on the environmental impact of large dams in India. Background information, handouts, answer keys, and web links are all there to help you educate your class on human interactions and their impact on the environment.
The Perfect Principal
Students demonstrate their understanding of math skills. In this data analysis lesson, students complete a worksheet requiring them to calculate mean, median, and mode, and create and interpret graphs. Lesson is intended as an assessment tool.
Savers & Borrowers: Financial Markets in the United States
Investigate the current financial market and have your class explore savings, borrowing, financial markets, mutual funds, and the stock market. This four-part lesson is designed to help students become knowledgeable and informed consumers.
Bar Graphs and Pictographs
How are bar graphs and pictographs different? As you begin this concept, use these simple graphs to help get learners started with data analysis styles. There is one bar graph and one pictograph, each accompanied by four or five comprehension questions (nine in total). The questions require basic graph-reading skills and don't require any approximating of values. After reviewing the worksheet, consider comparing these two types by graphing a class poll as a bar graph and pictograph. Which one is more effective, according to the class? Could they be used for different purposes?
Using Graphical Displays to Depict Health Trends in America's Youth
Identify the different types of graphs and when they are used. Learners will research a specific health issue facing teens today. They then develop a survey, collect and analyze data and present their findings in class. This is a lesson plan on mathematical techniques, but a collaboration with another subject area teacher would be useful to the students.
Second graders listen to and dicuss the story Where the Wild Things Are. They play a pantomime game and act out various feelings so their classmates can guess. They listen for the frequency of certain words, and record their findings on a bar graph.
Air Dectector Investigation
Students describe the types of pollutants affecting air quality and explain the difference between bad and good ozone. They investigate air quality index levels and patterns in the Midwest region of the United States.
Explore politics by analyzing the voting process. Pupils discuss the purpose of casting votes in an election, then examine graphs based on the data from a previously held election's turnout. The lesson concludes as they answer study questions about the graphs and voting.
Astronomy: The Mathematician's Perspective
Students determine measurements and distances using trigonometric ratios. In this astronomy lesson students demonstrate the difference between a positive and negative slope using the Pythagorean Theorem.
Pets - Stuffed Animal Day
Students listen to Courtney Baker's, "The Perfect Pet," on a day they bring a stuffed animal to school. They graph the types of stuffed animals that their classmates brought to school before answering questions based on the graph. Next, they determine which stuffed animals could be real pets, and discuss tame and wild animals. Finally, they write and illustrate a booklet entitled, "My Pet Book."
Precious Metal Mining Math
Young scholars explore interpreting data while studying rocks and minerals. In this rocks and minerals lesson plan, students work in groups to determine the amount of waste produced following the extraction of precious metals. Data is collected and represented on a bar graph, and conclusions are drawn as a whole group.
Five Colors Bar Graph-Make a Bar Graph
Two worksheets are provided here that contain the same information but ask different questions. The first worksheet has the learner draw the graph themselves before answering the questions that follow, and the second worksheet has the graph provided and asks a different set of questions. Answers are provided.