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Bay of Pigs invasion

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This is a 4 minute 30 second video about the Bay of Pigs Invasion. It covers basics behind the invasion, including the plans for the invasion, the leaking of the information to Cuban exiles, the actual failed invasion, and its aftermath. Also included is an assignment that asks students to research the Bay of Pigs Invasion and discover what went wrong, then consider possible preventative steps that might have changed the outcome of the invasion.

Material Type: Assessment, Lecture, Lesson Plan

Author: Sarah Weston

Relative Rock Dating Chart Published

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This diagram describes and illustrates the laws of relative rock dating. The laws of superposition, lateral continuity, original horizontality, cross-cutting relationships, and unconformities are represented. Definitions adapted from ck-12 Relative Ages of Rocks, CC-BY-NC 3.0

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Madison Kingsford

Wheel of Theodorus Art Project Published

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This is a cross curricular art project for 8th grade math students. Students are first introduced to what the Wheel of Theodorus is, ponder where they see it in the world around them and then instructed on how to create their own. When they have finished constructing their Wheel of Theodorus they are asked to creatively and colorfully turn it "into" something. Examples are given. After they Wheel of Theodorus is complete, students are then asked to measure all the sides lengths of the triangles in the wheel. They should quickly see that they can use the Pythagorean Theorem to do this and that it follows a predictable pattern. No ruler will be required for this part of the project! 

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Sara Scholes

Frankenstein Background Knowledge

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Each year, students conduct research focussed on a chosen topic related to Frankenstein and the 1800s. They watch each others' presentations before we begin our novel and this allows them to begin the novel with a lot of background knowledge! Each presentation includes pictures with citations, a works cited, voice narration or background music, and a brief summary on their chosen topic. Enjoy!

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Lecture, Student Guide

Author: Jenna Ellis

Statistics Project: Sampling, Standard Deviation & Z-Scores Published

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In this statistics project, students will begin by sampling a population to answer their own designed question.  They will then use their sample to graph, find the mean and standard deviation, and illustrate their understanding of normal distribution.  They will then manipulate their data to make it "normal" and, after finding new samples, analyze the associated z-score and percents of that new data.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Melissa Hesterman

Learning to Use a Vector Editor - Gravit.io Published

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This is a unit on learning how to use a vector editing program (gravit.io) used for my online graphic design class. This program is free and runs in the browser so was optimal for my students using chromebooks. Each of the 6 lessons has a written lesson tutorial with images, as well as a screencast video that goes over that lesson. 4 of the 6 lessons have an assignment associated with them. There is an outline for what each lesson goes over listed underneath the links for that lesson. All written tutorials, lessons and assignments are in google docs. Lesson 1 - Basics | Screencast Lesson 1 | Assignment Lesson 1What is Gravit.io?Canvas & ZoomSelecting ObjectsMoving objectsCopy/Paste/Delete/DuplicateSupersize, Rotate, FlipGrouping & UngroupingArranging ObjectsAlign and DistributeSavingLesson 2 - Shapes, Paths, Pen | Screencast Lesson 2 | Assignment Lesson 2Basic ShapesBasic Star-based ShapesAdjusting ObjectsShapes vs. PathPath OperationsPen ToolLesson 3 - More Paths & Type | Screencast Lesson 3 | Assignment Lesson 3 CC BY SA 3.0 Rebecca EricksonDrawing Curves with the PenTypes of NodesThe Freehand Tool & SimplifyFills & BordersThe Type ToolLesson 4 - More on Type | Screencast Lesson 4 | Assignment Lesson 4Working with Type: Text vs. PathsType AlignmentCharacter, Word and Line SpacingPutting Type on PathsLesson 5 - Gradients & Textures | Screencast Lesson 5Using the Gradient ToolFine-tuning Gradient PositionAdding More Points to a GradientWorking with TexturesAdding NoiseLesson 6 - Clipart & Vectorizing Images | Screencast Lesson 6About openclipart.orgImporting Open Clip Art into GravitVectorizing Images

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Ashley Webb, Rebecca Erickson

Newton's First Law of Motion - Investigations Published

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In this lab students will investigate Newton's first law of motion or the Law of Inertia. The first lab investigates an object at rest, and the effects of friction on motion. The second lab investigates an object in motion. Students will experiment with this law by varying their speed, while trying to drop a tennis ball in a given target zone. Although intended for seventh grade students this lab can be adjusted to fit the educational needs of each student. Definitions adapted from cK-12 Newton's First Law of Motion   

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Lora Gibbons

Operation Bee Published

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The following is a lab manual with three different activities to help students become more aware of bee's. The goal of Operation Bee is to educate students about the impact of bees in our everyday lives. Through observation, data collecting, and engineering students will engage in an effort to increase awareness and data available on bees.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Sarah Weston, Kate Larson, Lora Gibbons, Kyana Trane, Donna Trane, Emma Davis

FITT Principle Cardiovascular Fitness Published

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Cardiovascular fitness relates to the body’s ability to generate energy and deliver oxygen to working muscles. It is considered the most important component of physical fitness and is one of the best indicators of overall health. In this lesson we will talk about the FITT Principle in relationship with Cardiovascular Fitness. This is important to help you obtain full benefit while working out. It also is important to keep you safe from injury while working out. 

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Sandy Wall

Secondary Math I: Superhero Project Published

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This hyperdoc guides students through 5 steps of a "Superhero Project". The projects serves as a capstone in the Secondary Math I classroom for online students. The project asks students to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained about linear and exponential equations. 

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Jill Baldwin