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Diatoms Measure Climate Change
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This video segment, adapted from NOVA, examines one method scientists use to ...

This video segment, adapted from NOVA, examines one method scientists use to understand ancient climate conditions in Africa.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Video Lectures
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
PBS LearningMedia
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PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
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Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Teachers' Domain
WGBH Educational Foundation
Dolly Garza: A Tlingit and Haida Scientist
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In this interactive resource adapted from Raven Radio/KCAW, listen to biologist Dr. ...

In this interactive resource adapted from Raven Radio/KCAW, listen to biologist Dr. Dolly Garza as she explores the sea otter population of Sitka, Alaska, from the perspectives of her tribal heritage and her Western education. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
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PBS LearningMedia
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Teachers' Domain
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National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Dustin Madden: Science Teacher
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In this video profile produced for Teachers' Domain, meet teacher Dustin Madden, ...

In this video profile produced for Teachers' Domain, meet teacher Dustin Madden, an IŰ__ŒóíŠupiaq who hopes to inspire students to take an active role in protecting the natural environment by giving them a foundation in math and science. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Video Lectures
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PBS LearningMedia
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Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Earthquake in the Classroom
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Students learn how engineers construct buildings to withstand damage from earthquakes by ...

Students learn how engineers construct buildings to withstand damage from earthquakes by building their own structures with toothpicks and marshmallows. Students test how earthquake-proof their buildings are by testing them on an earthquake simulated in a pan of Jell-O(TM).

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Engineering
Geology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
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Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Melissa Straten
Earthquakes Rock!
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Students learn the two main methods to measure earthquakes, the Richter Scale ...

Students learn the two main methods to measure earthquakes, the Richter Scale and the Mercalli Scale. They make a model of a seismograph a measuring device that records an earthquake on a seismogram. Students also investigate which structural designs are most likely to survive an earthquake. And, they illustrate an informational guide to the Mercalli Scale.

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Engineering
Geology
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Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Melissa Straten
The Effect of Land Masses on Climate
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In this video produced by ThinkTV, explore the effects of land masses ...

In this video produced by ThinkTV, explore the effects of land masses on local climate conditions, and learn about regional impacts of land-atmosphere interactions.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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PBS LearningMedia
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Corporation for Public Broadcasting
ThinkTV
The Effects of Global Warming in Alaska
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In this media-rich lesson, students learn how global warming is changing the ...

In this media-rich lesson, students learn how global warming is changing the Alaskan environment and examine the consequences of climate change on the region's human and wildlife inhabitants.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Lesson Plans
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PBS LearningMedia
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National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Electronic and Mechanical Properties of Materials, Fall 2007
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Electrical, optical, magnetic, and mechanical properties of metals, semiconductors, ceramics and polymers. ...

Electrical, optical, magnetic, and mechanical properties of metals, semiconductors, ceramics and polymers. Discussion of roles of bonding, structure (crystalline, defect, energy band and microstructure) and composition in influencing and controlling physical properties. Case studies drawn from a variety of applications including semiconductor diodes, optical detectors, sensors, thin films, biomaterials, composites, and cellular materials.

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Engineering
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Case Study
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Syllabi
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Fitzgerald, Eugene
Gibson, Lorna
Energy-Efficient Housing
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We all know that it takes energy to provide us with the ...

We all know that it takes energy to provide us with the basics of shelter: heating, cooling, lighting, electricity, sanitation and cooking. To create energy-efficient housing that is practical for people to use every day requires combining many smaller systems that each perform a function well, and making smart decisions about the sources of power we use. Through five lessons on the topics of heat transfer, circuits, daylighting, electricity from renewable energy sources, and passive solar design, students learn about the science, math and engineering that go into designing energy-efficient components of smart housing that is environmentally friendly. Through numerous design/build/analyze activities, students create a solar water heater, swamp cooler, thermostat, model houses for testing, model greenhouse, and wind and water turbine prototypes. It is best if students are concurrently taking Algebra 1 in order to complete some of the worksheets.

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Architecture and Design
Engineering
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Full Course
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
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Engineering Biofuels
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In this video, students explore the work of Jay Keasling, a synthetic ...

In this video, students explore the work of Jay Keasling, a synthetic biologist experimenting with ways to produce a cleaner-burning fuel from biological matter, using genetically modified microorganisms.

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Engineering
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Video Lectures
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
PBS LearningMedia
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Amgen Foundation
KQED
Teachers' Domain
WGBH Educational Foundation
Engineering Bones
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Students extend their knowledge of the skeletal system to biomedical engineering design, ...

Students extend their knowledge of the skeletal system to biomedical engineering design, specifically the concept of artificial limbs. Students relate the skeleton as a structural system, focusing on the leg as structural necessity. They learn about the design considerations involved in the creation of artificial limbs, including materials and sensors.

Subject:
Engineering
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Podlogar
English Language Arts, Grade 11
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The 11th grade learning experience consists of 7 mostly month-long units aligned ...

The 11th grade learning experience consists of 7 mostly month-long units aligned to the Common Core State Standards, with available course material for teachers and students easily accessible online. Over the course of the year there is a steady progression in text complexity levels, sophistication of writing tasks, speaking and listening activities, and increased opportunities for independent and collaborative work. Rubrics and student models accompany many writing assignments.

Throughout the 11th grade year, in addition to the Common Read texts that the whole class reads together, students each select an Independent Reading book and engage with peers in group Book Talks. Students move from learning the class rituals and routines and genre features of argument writing in Unit 11.1 to learning about narrative and informational genres in Unit 11.2: The American Short Story. Teacher resources provide additional materials to support each unit.

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English Language Arts
English Language Arts
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English Language Arts, Grade 11, Unit 1
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In this unit, students will take a look at the historical vision ...

In this unit, students will take a look at the historical vision of the American Dream as put together by our Founding Fathers. They will be asked: How, if at all, has this dream changed? Is this dream your dream? First students will participate in an American Dream Convention, acting as a particular historical figure arguing for his or her vision of the American Dream, and then they will write an argument laying out and defending their personal view of what the American Dream should be.

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Students read and annotate closely one of the documents that they feel expresses the American Dream.
Students participate in an American Dream Convention, acting as a particular historical figure arguing his or her vision of the American Dream.
Students write a paper, taking into consideration the different points of view in the documents read, answering the question “What is the American Dream now?”
Students write their own argument describing and defending their vision of what the American Dream should be.

GUIDING QUESTIONS

These questions are a guide to stimulate thinking, discussion, and writing on the themes and ideas in the unit. For complete and thoughtful answers and for meaningful discussions, students must use evidence based on careful reading of the texts.

What has been the historical vision of the American Dream?
What should the American Dream be? (What should we as individuals and as a nation aspire to?)
How would women, former slaves, and other disenfranchised groups living during the time these documents were written respond to them?

BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT: Cold Read

During this unit, on a day of your choosing, we recommend you administer a Cold Read to assess students’ reading comprehension. For this assessment, students read a text they have never seen before and then respond to multiple-choice and constructed-response questions. The assessment is not included in this course materials.

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English Language Arts
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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Unit of Study
Erosion and Weathering
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Erosion and weathering may be caused by a variety of factors including ...

Erosion and weathering may be caused by a variety of factors including wind and water. This still collage produced for Teachers' Domain features images of rock, soil, and beach erosion. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Geology
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Reference
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PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Teachers' Domain
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Erosion in Rivers
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Students learn about water erosion through an experimental process in which small-scale ...

Students learn about water erosion through an experimental process in which small-scale buildings are placed along a simulated riverbank to experience a range of flooding conditions. They learn how soil conditions are important to the stability or failure of civil engineering projects and how a river's turns and bends (curvature, sinuosity) make a difference in the likelihood of erosion. They make model buildings either with a 3D printer or with LEGO® pieces and then see how their designs and riverbank placements are impacted by slow (laminar) and fast (turbulent) water flow over the soil. Students make predictions, observations and conclusions about the stability of their model houses, and develop ideas for how to mitigate damage in civil engineering projects.

Subject:
Engineering
Hydrology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
AMPS GK-12 Program,
Sophia Mercurio, Eduardo Suescun
Exploring the Nanoworld with LEGO Bricks: Probing the Structure of Materials at the Nanoscale
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In this activity (pages 17-31), learners are introduced to techniques that are ...

In this activity (pages 17-31), learners are introduced to techniques that are used to determine the structures of solid materials. Building or disassembling an instrument built from LEGO bricks provides a revealing view of the instrument and the principles behind it. Learners are introduced to scanning probe microscopy, charge-coupled devices (CCDs), chromatography, and diffractometers. Additional instructions are provided in Appendices 2.1-2.3.

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Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Simulations
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Bradley University
LEGO Dacta
National Science Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Exploring the Nanoworld with LEGO Bricks: Structure-Property Relationships at the Nanoscale
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In this activity (pages 32-41), learners learn how the atomic and molecular ...

In this activity (pages 32-41), learners learn how the atomic and molecular arrangement of matter are related to physical properties. This activity also introduces materials at the cutting edge of nanoscale science and technology, where the size of individual solid particles of material approaches molecular dimensions. Learners learn about concepts like polymer cross-linking, giant magnetoresistance, and plasmon resonance. Additional instructions are provided in Appendices 3.2 and 3.6.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Bradley University
LEGO Dacta
National Science Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Exploring the Nanoworld with LEGO Bricks: Structures and Their Construction at the Nanoscale
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In this activity (pages 42-49), learners discover the methods and challenges of ...

In this activity (pages 42-49), learners discover the methods and challenges of building nanoscale structures with macroscale equipment. This activity presents a sampling of the tools, materials, and devices that are helping scientists and engineers to image and manipulate matter at the nanoscale. Learners are introduced to topics such as photolithography, self-assembly, nanowires, ferrofluids, and photonics crystals.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Bradley University
LEGO Dacta
National Science Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Feel the Stress
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Working individually or in groups, students explore the concept of stress (compression) ...

Working individually or in groups, students explore the concept of stress (compression) through physical experience and math. They discover why it hurts more to poke themselves with mechanical pencil lead than with an eraser. Then they prove why this is so by using the basic equation for stress and applying the concepts to real engineering problems.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
GK-12 Program, School of Engineering and Applied Science,
Jeffrey Mitchell