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New! Ship the Chip
Here is a tasty challenge, especially for middle school engineers: design a container that meets mass and volume criteria, and will safely transport a tortilla or potato chip through the mail without damaging it! Mostly, this is a crisp lesson plan in engineering design. What fun it will be to receive the packages back and open them to find out which team will reign as the chip-shipping champions!
Exploring and discovering what to do after high school graduation is a very real topic for 12th graders. They examine their own character traits, the traits commonly needed in specific careers, and what type of career best suits them personally. Four short activities, a worksheet, and a complete list of career clusters are included.
First the class discusses how character or personality traits relate to career choices. They identify their own traits, research career clusters, and look for ads hiring in those target areas. They research job ads to determine what education or experience they need to land the job of their dreams.
Hand out an interesting document that describes laws and legislation revolving around US wheat farmers and immigration. Learners can read through the bill and discuss its implications nationally and globally.
Students discover the types of batteries and their uses. They experience static electricity by rubbing glass jars and using it to raise their hair. After discussing the importance of recycling batteries and using ones that are rechargeable, they build homemade wet cells based on the Voltaic cell.
Students discover the location of the various land rovers on Mars. After watching a video, they discuss the reasons why scientists are interested in possibility of life on Mars. Using the internet, they research the possible careers they are interested in and discuss them with the class.
Students examine the problems of the continued development of aquaculture. They also brainstorm ideas that people in this field would need to be successful.
Students examine the contributions of African Americans in New Haven, Connecticut in the 19th and 20th centuries. After being introduced to new vocabulary, they review the elements of autobiographies and read excerpts of African American authors. To end the lesson they wrwite their own autobiography and interview a parent to gather more about their family history.
Students investigate the basic parts of plant and that plants are living things which require water, air, light and nutrients for survival. They do this through a series of scientific experiements and multi-curricular hands-on activities.
In this ESL/ELL reading comprehension worksheet, students read or listen to an article entitled, "Obama Says BP Must Pay for Oil Spill Clean-up." They participate in discussion activities, and complete a variety of question types to develop vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Students interpret a variety of motion graphs. In this physics instructional activity, students calculate the speed and acceleration of objects using numerical data from graphs. They apply what they have learned to solve real world problems.
Fourth graders complete several lessons in order to gain an overview of various facets of business. They read books about business, identify business careers that are of interest to them, write letters to local business leaders, listen to classroom presentations and create maps that document the history of a particular business.
Learners create a business plan to start up their own business. In this algebra activity, students think of a product they can produce and sell. They create on paper what they should do and then put into practice creating a mock business.
In this English idioms worksheet, students complete sentences by interpreting idioms about nature.
Seventh graders research the six European "postage stamp" (small) countries and research interesting facts about them. In groups, they are assigned to one of the six countries of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, or Vatican City. On poster board, 7th graders create a postage stamp for their country.
Students analyze data to determine which of the fived closed mines would be beneficial to have reopen. They acquire knowledge of rocks and minerals in the area to give reasons why that mine should open again. Students gain knowledge in how minerals are extracted from the earth. They play a bingo actiivty to learn about the vocabulary used, pick a job role, and a name for their small group mining company.
Students discover how rockets can reach a higher altitude by using staging. They use balloons to demonstrate this concept and then practice with rockets. They discuss the results to end the lesson.
Fourth graders study an article about Saturn. In this investigative lesson students discuss the article and complete an activity that asks them what question they would pose about Saturn.