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In this lesson students will analyze the process of energy transfer that occurs between sunlight and plants as they explore the process of photosynthesis. Students will design experiments to determine whether a bean plant will grow in the dark. Data collected from the experiments will later be utilized to assist students in understanding how plants can be utilized to harvest bioenergy.
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From Behind the Fence
Students often have a difficult time connecting to non-fiction texts simply because they cannot identify with the subject matter. In this lesson, students will be challenged to step inside the mind of someone halfway around the world (a child during the Holocaust or the crisis in Darfur), analyze details of visual media, identify and summarize important information, and compare and contrast two major events in the history of our civilization. This lesson will stretch students’ perspectives on global issues and challenge them to form their own opinions on topics such as racial discrimination, social injustice, and genocide.
Who I Am
In this lesson, students develop a personal 2-D timeline, free write about who they are, develop a haiku based on their future, and then do data gathering and organizing in order to prepare their own infographic.
The Logic of Legos®: Constructing an Argument
In this lesson students will interact with basic building blocks and will develop a concrete understanding of the elements of a logical argument. Students will practice the art of defending a claim and anticipating rebuttals, and through various activities, will be prepared to engage in future lessons in which they are asked to develop in-depth arguments to defend their opinions and beliefs.
Wikipedia: Friend or Foe?
This lesson is a great tool for educating students in the proper way to use Wikipedia as a legitimate research tool. As a result of this lesson, students will learn some invaluable strategies for evaluating the integrity and quality of information that they find while researching.
Species and Their Feces
The nitrogen cycle works to replenish nitrogen in ecosystems and it depends on several processes including the elimination of waste by organisms. In this lesson students will explore the components and processes of the nitrogen cycle and it’s relevance to living things.
Scatter Plots and Linear Inequalities
In this lesson, students toss trash-balls into the trashcan, recording their shooting percentage from various distances from the basket. With distances measured and percentages figured, students create a scatter plot and a line of best fit to create a linear model of the shooting skills of the class.
Students analyze various data [...]
Sifting Through the Sand
In this cross-curricular Social Studies/English lesson, students will examine the causes and effects of the Dust Bowl and the environmental and economic impact it had on the region. This lesson will equip students with enough information to engage in an informed conversation with leading experts around the state as a concluding assessment piece.
Raising the Bar
Science, mathematics, and geography are just a few subjects that require students to analyze data on standardized tests yet graphical analysis is a process skill that students continue to struggle with. In, “Raising the Bar”, students practice graphing and graphical analysis for the purpose of discovering the characteristics of developed and developing countries. Exploration of [...]
Who Needs Government Anyway?
This lesson will encourage students to think about the basic questions about government. Students will begin to understand the philosophy of politics and of government.