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Shrinky Dinks

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Who doesn't love Shrinky Dinks projects? Use them in your math class to teach how to derive a constant of proportionality. Learners take measurements on pre-shrunk plastic forms, and after heating, measure again. They use before and...
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For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Photograph prints are often ordered as 4" x 6", 5" x 7", or 8" x 10", but did you know that these sizes are not proportional? Math wizards compare the ratios using different methods, such as graphing, in order to discover this fact. A...
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Candy Colors

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Prepare bags of colored candies according to the manufacturers' claimed proportions. Let your statisticians take samples and combine results and compare them to the theoretical probabilities for choosing each color. Data tables,...
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Dividing Integers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Using two colors of counting chips, seventh graders review the multiplication of rational numbers and then explore how to divide them. They play an online game, "Multiplying and Dividing Signed Numbers," and afterward they devise sign...
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Exploring Properties - What is the Stock Market?

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Preteens create a foldable in order to review the properties of operations. They apply their knowledge to write equivalent equations using stock market scenarios. A neat homework page is provided that has four expressions to be...
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Evaluating Financial Information

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Advertising is all around us. Sometimes those advertisements are directed at young people, so it's important for youngsters to recognize false advertising and fraud when they see it. That's what this instructional activity is all about....
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Comparison Shopping

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Elementary schoolers explore the concepts associated with comparison shopping, and the concept of need versus want. They also look closely at the power of advertising and become more aware of the messages that ads present. After taking...
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Enticing Travel Brochure

For Teachers K - 5th
Elementary schoolers examine Albert Bierstadt's Wind River Country, and examine the manner in which he created his paintings.  The terrific plan has an outstanding version of the painting embedded in it for viewing. Learners look at how...
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The Role of Food in NYC Tenement Culture: The Work of Lewis Hine and Jacob Riis

For Teachers 6th - 8th
By looking at famous photographs of people in the workplace in early 20th century New York City, eighth graders are introduced to the appalling conditions that people, including children, used to be forced to work in. Each group of...
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Writing Fiction Based on Real Science - NYTimes.com

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Refuse to alienate your scientific-minded young scholars during your creative writing unit. Learners explore how literary writing can reflect observable fact, and be based in actual science. The links include examples of fiction and...
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The Pursuit of Excellence

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Who doesn’t love French pastries and the idea of hard work? Discover different philosophies on hard work, and the skills of French pastry chefs as the documentary concerning the “Best Craftsmen in France” or Meilleures Ouvriers de France...
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Historical Perspectives: Coming Home from War

For Teachers 7th - 12th
What do the homecoming experiences of soldiers who fought in WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan reveal about the politics and culture of the US during the time period of each war? Young historians view The Way We Get By, which tells...
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Capturing the Sun's Warmth

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Passive solar heating is a technology that's been in use for thousands of years. Here, elementary schoolers are exposed to this type of heating, the materials that are used in passive solar heating, and they study how engineers design...
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Solar Power

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Elementary schoolers discover how engineers use solar energy to heat buildings. They take a close look at some of the materials used: sand, salt, water, and shredded paper and evaluate the efficiency of each material. An incredible...
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The Grid

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Upper graders form a "Presidential Task Force," and attempt to make recommendations concerning the future of the national power grid. After a teacher-led discussion which proves that our nation's energy consumption will soon outpace our...
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You've Got to See it to Believe It!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Youngsters develop an understanding of how smog is produced, and how exhaust from automobiles is one of the major sources of smog. They explore the roles that engineers play in developing technologies that reduce smog, then work in teams...