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High schoolers investigate the motion studies of Thomas Eakins. They design motion studies as Eakins did using photography. They use digital photography to capture human motion and draw a representation.
Students demonstrate dances of colonial America. In this colonial American lesson, students learn forms of colonial social dancing including the Juba and Virginia Reel. Students examine the history of the 2 dances as well.
Invite your class to experience human rights situations first hand. Following an introduction to human rights, class members read statements and categorize them as a whole class. They then work in small groups to prepare a role play as well as solutions for their role-played issue. Each group presents their work when complete.
Young scholars observe and investigate the human skeletal and muscle systems. They become aware of the versatility of movement as well as gain experience through the use of diagrams and hands on activities. An extensive vocabulary is covered within this instructional activity too.
Learners explore the concept of the human body. They complete a variety of activities concerning the function of various organs. They listen to their heartbeat with a stethoscope, examine how muscles work during a game of tag, and play a game in which they identify the bones of the body.
Students conduct five different mini-experiments to determine how natural selection may have favored bipedal locomotion. They measure and record information from each trial comparing bipedal and quadrupedal locomotion.
Third graders conduct investigations and use the internet for research to build knowledge on the form and function of the joints in the human body. They describe the functions of different types of joints: hinge, ball and socket and gliding.
Seventh graders investigate the structure and function of body systems and their inter-relationships. They draw and label the major body systems, observe demonstrations of various body systems, define key vocabulary terms, and compare and contrast the various systems.
Students explore a study of African women who are able to carry heavy loads by altering their gait; they then conduct experiments that study the relationship between exertion, weight and heart rate.
Students study how natural selection may have favored bipedal locomotion in the hominid lineage. They observe how different animals move and how their feet are uniquely adapted to their movements. They design a mini-experiment where they are comparing how long it takes to complete the tasks.
Students examine the way habitats and human organ systems function. In groups, they role play the role of a government group assigned to determine if a settlement can make their home in a specific area. They must discover how humans and the environment might be effected if the area is settled.
Students are given the opportunity to pracitce math while participating in a tag game. They get to (i.e. identify greater and lesser numbers) and solve small problems concerning mathematical comparisons .
Learners observe plants and animals of a wetland and then compare their ability to move with different animals by undertaking the exercises on a downloadable page.
Through a research project, learners explore the skeletal system. First, they name the purpose of the skeletal system, to provide support, protection, and movement. Then, they conduct research using the sites listed to find out information about a particular part of the skeletal system. Finally, they share their information.
Students create a presentation and package of materials based on their research to be presented at a fictional science conference. Given a specific scenario, students research various body systems and how they work in conjunction. Their findings are presented to the class at their science conference.
Eleventh graders are introduced to Transcendentalism through the writing of Emerson and Thoreau. They keep a journal in which they respond to quotes and prompts. Students write longer essays on conformity, being alone and a "field trip" to the woods. They research an individual or movement influenced by the work on Thoreau and the beliefs of Transcendentalsim.
Students study the life and work of Alonzo King to learn about choreography. In this dance history lesson, students read passages about Alonzo King and learn about choreography. Students learn about dance as a form of artistic expression, study Alonzo King's unique approach to dance, and learn basic performance aspects of dance. Students complete research, watch video or DVD recordings of performances, and practice their own dance skills.
Students observe a dance interpretation about Harriet Tubman. For this art/social studies lesson, students explore how their emotions can be expressed through movement and create their own dance or dramatic interpretation.
Students survey home energy use and develop an energy conservation plan.
Third graders investigate the habitats of different organisms and explain the various effects that disturb and alter the environment of plants and animals. In this scientific investigation lesson, 3rd graders recognize and apply scientific features such as scientific inquiry, observation, collecting analysis, and doing experiments.  Students then complete a Canal Quest activity that promotes higher thinking skills.

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