Programming and Systems Development Teacher Resources
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New! Cast Your Vote
In a simple but unique lesson, youngsters learn about the history of voting systems. They then collaborate in groups to develop a new honest and consistent voting method. A class-wide poll is taken, evaluating the designs of other groups. This would be a fun lesson to do in November around election time!
Students identify simple pictographs and ideographs from Chinese writing. They create their own images, and combine characters to communicate ideas to one another, introducing basic foundations of how elements of the Chinese writing system developed.
How the Rubber Meets the Road
Students design their own tire tread pattern that meets a certain requirement. In this technology instructional activity, students explore how engineers develop tire treads. They evaluate their own work and share their product with the class.
Program Your Own Game
Learners study basic computer programming and the work of software engineers. For this creative lesson students create their own software game.
Jigsaw Ancient Technology And Writing Systems
Students participate in jigsaw learning activity in order to cover a large amount of information about the technological advances and writing systems of ancient civilizations. Working in small groups, they research an assigned topic to become experts and they share they information with their classmates.
Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 4
“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”—William James. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson four of 20 introduces several other styles of martial arts and a little bit of history about each one of them. The main part of the lesson introduces the mini salute, which is given out of respect to the instructor. Then the class practices their front kicks in several different ways: in combination, in the air, stationary using a kicking shield, and moving across the floor using a kicking shield.
Get Your Motor Runnin'
Students examine the technology of hybrid vehicles and the claims made on their behalf. Upon further exploration, they research and decide which cars, hybrid or non-hybrid, might perform best under various circumstances.
Understanding Portion Sizes
Students analyze portion sizes in a healthy diet. In this portion sizes instructional activity, students complete a food group choices worksheet and identify the correct portion of food. Students work in groups to teach the unit to elementary students. Students take a quiz on the instructional activity.
I Work Too!
Students create a class monetary system. In this elementary economics instructional activity, students research jobs, create jobs within the classroom, and budget money. This instructional activity builds students responsibility and experience with money.
Multicultural Issues and the Law: Gender and Race Based Schooling
Students examine the problems associated with gender based and race based education. In groups, they research the history of education and the laws that have changed education and impacted lives. They brainstorm a list of the positives and negatives of each concept and develop a plan in which separate but equal could be implemented as a role play activity.
The Effects of "Recreational" Drugs on the Development of Chick Embryos as a Model for Human Embryogenesis
Students conduct experiments on fertilized chicken embryos to determine the possible developmental effects that various recreational drugs (caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and aspirin) might have on them.
Introduction to Classification
Fourth graders design a classification system to categorize animate and inanimate objects. They discuss the advantages of grouping things as they classify buttons, leaves, shells.
Social and Cultural Issues in the Civil Rights Movement
Students watch videos, listen to speeches and analyze the information that is presented about the civil rights movement. They examine visual art of the period.
Moog's Musical Revolution
Students explore history of technological advances in making, recording, and listening to music that have intrigued and inspired musicians and scientists for decades.
This is America
Students explore world geography by viewing a documentary film in class. In this national parks lesson plan, students view the Ken Burns documentary about the subject and identify the contributions of individuals in support of the parks system. Students complete park graphic organizers and create a presentation about changes they wish to make in society.
Time for Design
Students are introduced to the design process used in engineering. They compare and contrast this process with the steps followed in the scientific method. Students then participate in a brainstorming session that asks them to design a process that moves everyone from the class to the playground without touching the ground.
Students look into the development of religious beliefs. In this ancient civilization lesson plan, students research the founders of several world religions including Akhenaton. Students use their findings to create world religion charts and respond to discussion questions.
Eighth graders explore the concept of outside investments. In this West Virginia history instructional activity, 8th graders research and debate the outside investments and their impact on the state.
Are We There Yet?
Students study the wide-reaching effects of the Cold War, even to its involvement in domestic road construction. They research the National Defense Highway System (Eisenhower Highways) for information about the creation of the program, the requirements for the roadways, and the presence of these highways in your state or others nearby.
The Land Around Us - Lesson 3
While the content of this lesson is more specific to the first grade, the directions given to work on a PowerPoint are well written. These directions could be used by anyone, with any content. Younger learners may need help reading the directions, but higher grades should be able to follow them on their own. Lesson three has young learners putting together two of the five slides in their PowerPoint presentation on The Land Around Us project.