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Students interactively learn multimedia terminology while using the Alice Programming.  In this multimedia lesson students become the director of a movie or video game. 
Physical science juniors will enjoy this sensational enrichment on aerodynamics, especially if they are also sports fans! With a focus on physical features and behaviors, collaborative groups make observations on five different golf balls and speculate on how the features affect performance. They choose another piece of sports equipment that they would like to research and suggest improvements for. Three handouts, background information, and a link to a fascinating slide show about engineered equipment for Olympic athletes are all included.
Send your class on an expedition through the rainforest! Along the way, they will write informational postcards to demonstrate what they've learned. Each team will be responsible for one of five rainforest regions. When they return from their research, groups share what they've learned with one another. Use Venn diagrams to compare the different regions as a class. The lesson uses ImageBlender, photo editing software designed for classroom use; however, the activities could be completed without the software.
Students design new devices to help victims of natural disaster communicate with rescue workers, government, media and loved ones. For homework, they write proposals promoting their technology.
Middle schoolers practice finding the location of cities across the world by using an interactive Web site, and figure out the world's time and the value of time zones the world over.
Research guidelines for correct usage, then explore how creative writers employ punctuation as an essential tool in their craft. Secondary classes create board games to teach elementary school students how to properly punctuate. From the Learning Network, an excellent resource that uses New York Times articles to inspire authentic learning.
Students use the tools on Microsoft Word to analyze and improve their writing. They use the thesaurus in revising writing and use the readability statistics in Word. The parapgraph is revised to include specific nouns, adjectives, and action verbs.
Students research the careers of African-American scientists and inventors. They uses both Internet and print resourses for their research. They design a slideshow presentation on five of these significant individuals.
Fifth graders research information about one of the fifty states using Internet based tools. They cite the websites and images used when they make a brochure using the information. They design a class presentation working in pairs.
Incorporate analytical skills and technology with this plan. Each learner evaluates whether a particular section of a transit system is functioning in an efficient manner and if it is meeting design requirements on an online interactive train traffic website. They use real-world data, prepare and interpret graphs, analyze scenarios, and develop design improvements.
Students identify parts of plants by name and the relationship among these parts as they use Plant Studio Freeware Wizard and tools on the computer to draw a particular plant from life or from a picture.
Students use chart data to determine the location of the epicenter of an earthquake. This task assesses students' abilities to generalize and infer, organize data, interpret data, and apply mathematical concepts.
Fifth graders gather information about the roles, responsibilities, skills, and training and education requirements of workers. Then they input this information into a graphic organizer chart and identify the similarities and differences in the careers. Students alos analyze the information for each group member as compared to their own findings.
Young scholars become familiar with the causes for formation of shadows. They create shadows, compare the size and shape of the shadow with the actual object, engage in shadow play theatre, and discover what happens to shadows when there is little light.
For this aircraft avionics worksheet, science fans read about the first unmanned air vehicle that collects data about the Earth and is subject to damage by cosmic ray showers. Pupils analyze two graphs of data showing the neutron flux vs. the altitude and the number of upsets vs. the flight hours. Students answer 9 questions using the graphs about the altitude of the aircraft, the number of upsets by cosmic rays encountered.
Students are shown the very basics of navigation. The concepts of relative and absolute location, latitude, longitude and cardinal directions are discussed, as well as the use and principles of a map and compass.
Students examine the lives of the Nisqually people and the resource consumption philosophy. In this Native American philosophy lesson, students use primary sources to understand the resource consumption philosophy and then evaluate their own needs and consumption practices.
In this adjective clause instructional activity, learners choose the correct adjective clause to complete the sentences. Students complete 25 sentences with the correct clause.
Students analyze pieces of writing using the Microsoft Word thesaurus and readability tools. After reading a short non-descriptive paragraph, students rewrite the paragraph using the thesaurus, which will change the readability of the paragraph.
Eighth graders are introduced to the concept of design. It is intended to help students recognize that design is purposeful, based on requirements, systematic, iterative, creative and provides solution alternatives.

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