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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 construct a Rube Goldberg machine that accomplishes a simple task in at least ten steps. They view and discuss various Rube Goldberg designs, identify types of simple machines, and in small groups produce a schematic design labeling the parts and functions, and construct a working prototype of their design.
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.
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.
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 learners 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.
Prepare your seniors for the world of work with a series of resume-building exercises. Job seekers gather and organize information about education, honors, personal achievements, computer skills, and work experience. After examining sample resumes, pupils fill out the provided template. Also included are lists of power words, words that describe personality qualities, skills and abilities, and a resume checklist.
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.
Use the TI-92 to generate a sequence by determining the areas of squares inscribed in squares. Then write this sequence using the recursive form and the explicit form for the sequence. Learners also explore geometric patterns as they investigate the pattern determined by the areas of the square.