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Algebra Explorations, Pre-K Through Grade 7
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CK-12 Algebra Explorations is a hands-on series of activities that guides students from Pre-K to Grade 7 through algebraic concepts.

Subject:
Algebra
Functions
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Author:
Mary Cavanagh, Carol Findell, Carole Greenes
Date Added:
10/04/2011
Ames Chair
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Short pieces of chenille stem arranged inside a box look like a random jumble of line segments—until viewed in the proper perspective.

Note: This activity is detail oriented and time intensive. It’s done by threading a long length of fishing line through twenty small holes, and then attaching short pieces of chenille stem to create a suspended pattern. When you look through a viewing hole, that random-looking pattern resolves into the form of a chair. If you think being a watchmaker is something you’d hate, then you might want to rethink doing this Snack!

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Provider Set:
Science Snacks
Date Added:
04/03/2019
Analyzing Meteorological Data From Mars
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Students compare real-time Earth and Mars measurements for temperature, wind speed, humidity and atmospheric pressure by accessing Internet-data resources from NASA.

Subject:
Physical Science
Astronomy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Montana State University
Provider Set:
NASA/MSU Center for Educational Resources (CERES)
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Arrangement 2
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In this video segment from Cyberchase, Matt tries for a second time to arrange tables and chairs to accommodate 20 workers.

Subject:
Mathematics
Algebra
Functions
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
09/23/2008
Arrangement 3
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Matt's third table arrangement helps fit all 20 workers at five tables in this video segment from Cyberchase.

Subject:
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
09/25/2008
Beyond Data Collection: Analysis and Identification of Patterns
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This article provides a brief discussion of the importance of teaching students to analyze data and representations of data as well as two resources that can help teachers implement these strategies into their instruction.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Blending in & Standing Out
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Students tend to be fascinated by colors and patterns of organisms, and by thinking and learning about these and other adaptive strategies. Colors and patterns in nature are a great entry point to understand adaptations. This activity focuses on how organisms’ patterns and colors help them stand out or blend in with their environment, and how this helps them survive. Students observe the main colors in the landscape, then search for plastic animals hidden there, noticing which blend in with their surroundings and which stand out. Then, students discuss what made the animals blend in or stand out, construct explanations for how this could help the animals survive, and learn four categories for color and pattern adaptations: camouflage, mimicry, warning, and attraction. Students apply these concepts as they search for real organisms in the area, then discuss how patterns and coloration might help the organisms survive in their habitat.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Beetles: Science and Teaching for Field Instructors
Date Added:
04/15/2020
Crack the Code
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In this video segment from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad must get into a vault before Hacker, Buzz and Delete by cracking a code of shapes and numbers.

Subject:
Mathematics
Algebra
Geometry
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
09/10/2008
Exploring Long and Short Rhythmic Patterns Through Movement and Composition
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Students create movements to represent long and short rhythmic patterns and compose patterns using non-traditional notation.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute
Provider Set:
Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute - Music Educators Toolbox
Date Added:
01/01/2015
Frog Hops, Part 1
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The CyberSquad tries to figure out how HackerŒë_í_Œ_ cyberfrog moves when its various buttons are pressed, in this video from Cyberchase.

Subject:
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
07/11/2008
Frog Hops, Part 2
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In this video from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad must figure out the new input/output pattern on HackerŒë_í_Œ_ larger cyberfrog.

Subject:
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
07/11/2008
From Patterns of Input and Output to Algebraic Equations
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Students explore the relationship between input and output values and learn to use algebraic expressions and equations.

Subject:
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
10/06/2008
Fungi Exploration
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Weird and wild fungi are everywhere, especially when it’s wet out. Given the chance to explore and observe fungi, students will notice them everywhere. Exploring fungi will also lead students to appreciate how fungi function in ecosystems as decomposers and other important roles. Recent discoveries in science have found that huge underground networks of thin, branching tubes of mycelium, the white tubes that are the main growing part of a fungus, provide key links between plants and the rest of the ecosystem.

In this Focused Exploration activity, students begin by observing fungi. Then, they learn that mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of fungi. Students use a simple key to identify types of fungi, record data, then regroup, and discuss patterns of where fungi grow. Next, they learn about how fungi digest what they live on, discuss fungal impacts on ecosystems, and reflect on fungi roles in decomposition.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Beetles: Science and Teaching for Field Instructors
Date Added:
05/06/2020
Gait Analysis
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In this open-ended, hands-on activity that provides practice in engineering data analysis, students are given gait signature metric (GSM) data for known people types (adults and children). Working in teams, they analyze the data and develop models that they believe represent the data. They test their models against similar, but unknown (to the students) data to see how accurate their models are in predicting adult vs. child human subjects given known GSM data. They manipulate and graph data in Excel® to conduct their analyses.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Brian Sandall
Jeremy Scheffler
Date Added:
10/14/2015