This online article is from the Museum's Seminars on Science, a series of distance-learning courses designed to help educators meet the new national science standards. Genetically Modified Food: Golden Rice, part of the Genetics, Genomics, Genethics seminar, briefly covers: why more than a million people in developing countries are struck with irreversible blindness; the proposed solution of genetically engineering rice to contain carotenoid, the precursor of Vitamin A; environmental concerns about golden rice's threats to biodiversity and other suggested solutions.
In this 7th grade humanities lesson, students make Vegetable Fried Rice and connect the surplus of rice during the Song Dynasty to the advancement of Chinese culture.
The goal of my lesson is to define and clearly implement the role of a home school coordinator in a small school district. My emphasis is in four areas: communication, home visits, the school environment, and professional development. This is a position that has great potential for improving parental involvement among two of our elementary schools and hopefully incorporating another school next year. There is a need to more clearly define the role and document its effectiveness. The person who is currently in this position does not have an education background but does have a social work degree.
"People have been eating rice for over 4,000 years. It originated in Southeast Asia, and Spanish explorers brought it to the West Indies at least 500 years ago. Today, 8,000 varieties of rice are grown throughout the world. About 15 varieties are grown in the U.S." (Who Belongs Here?: An American Story by Margy Burns Knight) Because we have a strong Southeast Asian student population in the Butler Middle School in Lowell, this unit will focus on Cambodia to drive the question: "What can we learn about rice from the Five Themes of Geography?"Each lesson will revolve around one of the five themes of geography (Location, Place, Region, Movement, and Human Environmental Interaction.) In the sixth lesson, students make cookbooks of rice recipes from Cambodia and other countries from our student population.