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Does a ban on vending machines infringe on student rights, or do school officials have an obligation to monitor foods sold on school grounds? Your class members will explore the educational, health, and financial issues related to vending machines on school campuses. Informational texts include facts on nutrition and obesity, how vending contracts and fundraising work, and the rising tide of vending machine bans in schools nationwide. Learners will conclude by writing persuasive essays stating their opinions on the issue.
Fourth graders study the role of technology in agriculture. In this agricultural technology lesson, 4th graders spend ten to twelve days studying how technology affects agriculture. Students also are made aware of different careers in the agriculture and biotechnology field.
Students explore agriculture by conducting a technology conversation in class. In this food system lesson, students identify the path of food from farm to plate and view a virtual farm on the Internet. Students complete a farming technology worksheet with classmates.
First graders explore simple machines. In this technology activity, 1st graders review pulleys, levers, wedges, and ramps. They experiment with lifting items with and without these simple machines. 
Learners engage in a lesson that explores the concept of simple machines. They view a powerpoint media presentation and then are introduced to adult volunteers for the lesson. Each volunteer is at a station with a simple machine and demonstrates its use.
Second graders explain the relationship between energy and work. For this technology lesson, 2nd graders describe the different uses of machines in their everyday lives. They record observations and data in their science journal.
Students study and identify different types of simple machines and how they work. They design a simple machine.
Young scholars apply the mechanical advantages and problem-solving capabilities of six types of simple machines (wedge, wheel and axle, lever, inclined plane, screw, pulley) as they discuss modern structures in the spirit of the engineers and builders of the great pyramids. While studying the steps of the engineering design process, students practice teamwork, creativity and problem solving.
Fourth graders calculate the mechanical advantage of an inclined plane. In this physics lesson, 4th graders identify the different types of simple machines and their uses. They give examples of compound machines.
Students describe simple machines and predict how they help us in our everyday lives by examining actual examples. They use pictures to identify examples of simple machines and state their purpose.
Fifth graders listen to The 3 Pigs and the Scientific Wolf and build simple machines. In this simple machines lesson, 5th graders review what the six simple machines are. Students create simple machines that would have helped the wolf catch the pigs.
With a digital camera in hand, pupils go on a hunt for an assigned simple machine. Each group of 3 will take a photo of a simple machine found on the school grounds. They will use their photos to create Trading Cards. When all the cards are printed, learners will engage in a Line Dance as a way to share the images they collected.
Upper graders are shown an example of a wheel and axle through which they will each make a pinwheel. They are given instructions on how to complete their pinwheel step-by-step, one pinwheel per group. They try out their pinwheels to see if they are assembled correctly. A fun hands-on activity that would good for any unit on simple machines.
Power generation and energy usage are the focus of a lesson on technology tradeoffs. Class members consider the positive and negative effects of such energy sources as diesel fuel and gasoline, and after considering the tradeoffs, take a stance on which they would choose and why. Attachments, rubrics, extensions and a bibliography are included.
Students identify positive and negative impacts of technology. In this technological advancements lesson, students consider how toxic pollution affects the Earth and its inhabitants. Students participate in 3 activities that allow them to investigate the perils of technology.
Fourth graders investigate how technology effected the American Indian tribes of Ohio. In this Native peoples research lesson, 4th graders work in groups to determine how technology helped extend the tribes abilities and spread their cultural beliefs. They complete a pre-test, participate in research, and take a post-assessment.
Some interesting reading on the history of barcodes opens this technology activity. Readers find out how engineers contribute, and then they gather into groups to discuss possible improvements to our current UPC barcode system. Know that though the publisher lists national education standards met as early as third grade, this activity would be above the heads of most third graders. Use it with a middle school STEM activity.
Students explore agriculture and the current technologies and research that continue to make Earth a viable planet. This four lessons unit introduce students to simple machines and the concepts of force and friction through a variety of hands-on activities.
Third graders plan a multimedia presentation that exhibits their knowledge of simple machines. They explain six simple machines and how they are used everyday.
Students explore different machines and the components that encompass the science of physics.  For this physics lesson students explore how things move.