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Students explore types of hand tools and power tools used in handicraft. Students create a presentation over types of tools used in handicraft.
High schoolers identify and describe safe use of basic hand tools, compare properties of common materials used in construction and fabrication activities, profile a trade or occupation within construction industry, and describe parts of a technological system.
Students explore energy by conducing a science experiment in class. In this electricity lesson, students identify the parts of an electrical generator and explain how energy is created. Students utilize magnetic materials and copper wires to create an electric generator.
Students design and test balsa cars.  In this crash tet lesson, students design and build their own cars to specifications.  They explore the physics of motion and vehicle crash safety.
Give your class some experience with want ads in this reading exercise. After reading eight different want ads for various jobs, young editors choose which information is necessary and unnecessary. This lesson would be a great addition to a journalism project or a unit on summarizing important information.
Students build upon their knowledge of regional agricultural trends to explore the impact that changes in technology had on everyday life, ranging from the use of simple hand tools to the introduction and use of gasoline-powered agricultural tools.
Students create three dimensional sculptures of animals using soap stone or wood and examples of sculpturing techniques. Emphasis is placed on the works of artist Chester Armstrong.
Eleventh graders practice reading a basic blueprint for a closet. Using the blueprint, they identify the parts, measure and cut the wood and square a wall. They review safety procedures and use hand tools to attach a track to a cement floor to complete the closet installation.
Tenth graders continue with practical work and an introduction of work on fomers. They use hand tools and fret saws. Students continue work after a demonstration on the use of the vacum former. They discuss the precision required in the manufacture of fomers.
Students create a work of art and write a story about "Man with a Hoe Five Years Later." students also photograph their hands with a tool and write about what wonderful tools hands are.
Tenth graders investigate geometry with Cabri Jr.  In this geometry lesson, 10th graders explore segment length and perpendicular bisectors, angle measure and angle bisectors, and the circumcenter of a triangle.
Students determine what hand tools are used by master craftsmen. In this carpentry lesson, students collaborate to create presentation for the class. They assess their individual contribution to the group.
Students list many, different and unusual items that could be constructed out of refuse and found objects.
Tenth graders investigate lines, medians and altitudes. In this geometry lesson, 10th graders answer vocabulary questions and identify parts of a diagram. This assignment contains a printable worksheet.
Here is a lesson that isn't just about making scientific observations, it's also about determining which tool is needed to collect accurate data. After reviewing what it means to be safe when working outdoors, the class hikes around the school yard as they hunt for natural specimens. Each child collects one specimen from the yard and then uses several different tools to determine which tool is the best for analyzing their specific object. Thermometers, rulers, scales, and yardsticks should be ready for learners to use as they explore.
Stake a few plots around the playground and conduct a scientific investigation! Budding scientists discuss what is alive, what is not, and what they think they'll find on the school playground. After a quick discussion, they head out side and collect items of interest found within the designated areas. Back in the classroom, they classify their items and determine how many of their items are alive and how many are not. They make observations to determine if their predictions made during the discussion were correct. A very well-written lesson, full of embedded teaching tips.
Worms are such fun little creatures, and they do so many exciting things! Little learners explore what worms do as they read a class story and participate in a mock worm experiment. They read the story; Squirmy Wormy Composters by Bobbie Kalman and Janine Schaub as they discuss how a worm moves, is physically structured, and can stretch. They then make predictions and conduct an experiment to test how stretchy a worm really is. Note: Real worms are replaced with gummy worms, so no real worms will be injured during the experiment.
Upper graders become "shipwreck detectives" by studying the debris field from a shipwreck in the Aegean Sea which took place in the 700s.  A website is accessed that gives specific information about the debris field, and pairs of students fill out a worksheet embedded in the plan that categorizes the majority of debris found in quadrants that are delineated in the worksheet. Learners see how studying wrecks like this one can lead to the acquisition of quite a bit of knowledge about a culture.
How can you teach a person about technology and engineering if he has never been exposed to the tools and devices used to create and construct? Learners with visual impairments examine a number of common tools, such as hammers, wrenches, C-clamps, and screwdrivers. They feel each tool, discuss its purpose, and then use it. This is a great way to help learners conceptualize what tools are, which will help them build a complete understanding of the world around them. 
Here is an extensive reading resource that addresses our climate change crisis. It thoroughly explains the greenhouse effect, related Earth cycles, and the history of climate change. Use it as part of the intended unit, published by the Texas State Energy Conservation Office, or as part of any curriculum covering global warming and climate change.

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