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Learners of all ages discover the importance of reading fluently by viewing celebrities reading children books and telling about their personal paths to fluency. They participate in a fluency reading routine that connects them with a partner who times, evaluates, and films their readings (repeated) of the same book. Class members also graph their words per minute and their personal progress. This plan is connected with storylineonline.net, a literacy support program of the Screen Actors Guild.
In this derivative instructional activity, students solve two multi part problems to discover the correlations between max/min on a graph and inflection points, the first derivative test, and slopes of tangent lines at the max/min points. This instructional activity uses the characters Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner in the applications.
Fourth graders participate in activities to examine how simple machines help build things. They identify the six types of simple machines. They discover how simple machines where use historically to build pyramids and how they are still used in building skyscrapers today.
Students examine the way various inventions have changed their lives. As a class, they create a timeline of the most important inventions during their lifetime and another timeline of how old they were when it was invented. Individually, they use the internet to research one inventor and write their own biography of him or her. To end the lesson, they discuss the positives and negatives of new inventions.
Ninth graders are introduced to Newton's Laws of Motion, with a focus on the First Law. In groups, they build a test car using compact discs as wheels to determine how the forces act on the car in a crash. They also develop a restraint system for their crash-test dummy and present to the class how it works, the results of use of it in the car and what improvements need to be made.