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Heat Transfer Lesson

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Students explore heat transfer and energy efficiency using the context of energy efficient houses. They gain a solid understanding of the three types of heat transfer: radiation, convection and conduction, which are explained in detail and related to the real world. They learn about the many ways solar energy is used as a renewable energy source to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses and operating costs. Students also explore ways in which a device can capitalize on the methods of heat transfer to produce a beneficial result. They are given the tools to calculate the heat transferred between a system and its surroundings.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Authors: Denise W. Carlson, Landon B. Gennetten, Lauren Cooper, Malinda Schaefer Zarske

The Bandana Game: Spotted Dolphins

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In the open ocean around the Bahamas, pods of wild Spotted Dolphins frolic in the sunshine. Sometimes, they get bored and approach boats. In this educational video, Jonathan joins dolphin expert Wayne Scott Smith to learn how dolphins interact with each other. Jonathan learns how to play the Bandana Game, a game of -keep away- that the dolphins invented and like to play with Scott. Please see the accompanying study guide for educational objectives and discussion points.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Lesson Plan

Authors: Jonathan Bird Productions, Oceanic Research Group

World War One

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Supported by over 500 historical sources from across Europe, this resource examines key themes in the history of World War One. Explore a wealth of original source material, over 50 newly-commissioned articles written by historians, teachers' notes and more to discover how war affected people on different sides of the conflict. Collection items featured on this site have been contributed by Europeana 1914-1918 institutions. The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest libraries. We hold over 13 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 57 million patents and 3 million sound recordings. Open to everyone, the Library also offers exhibitions, events and a Treasures Gallery that displays over 200 items, including The Lindisfarne Gospel, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook, Shakespeare’s First Folio, lyrics by The Beatles and the world’s earliest dated printed book, Diamond Sutra.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Primary Source, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

AM I on the Radio?

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Student groups create working radios by soldering circuit components supplied from AM radio kits. By carrying out this activity in conjunction with its associated lesson concerning circuits and how AM radios work, students are able to identify each circuit component they are soldering, as well as how their placement causes the radio to work. Besides reinforcing lesson concepts, students also learn how to solder, which is an activity that many engineers perform regularly giving students a chance to be able to engage in a real-life engineering activity.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Brandon Jones, Emily Spataro, Lara Oliver, Lisa Burton

Ablative Shield Egg Data Sheet

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You will present students with a challenge: build a structure from different materials that will protect a model of the Ares launch vehicles (a raw egg) from the heat of a propane torch for as long as possible. Then they design, build, test, and revise their own thermal protection systems. They document their designs with sketches and written descriptions. As a culmination, students compile their results into a poster and present them to the class. This activity explores the concepts of energy transfer with the following standards: • Energy is a property of many substances and is associated with heat and light. • Heat moves in predictable ways, flowing from warmer objects to cooler ones, until both reach the same temperature.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: heather mahon (berk)

Greenhouse Effect in a Greenhouse

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Build your own miniature "greenhouse" out of a plastic container and plastic wrap, and fill it with different things such as dirt and sand to observe the effect this has on temperature. Monitor the temperature using temperature probes and digitally plot the data on the graphs provided in the activity.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration

Author: The Concord Consortium

Food Packaging

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This lesson focuses on how food packages are designed and made. Students will learn three of the main functions of a food package. They will learn what is necessary of the design and materials of a package to keep food clean, protect or aid in the physical and chemical changes that can take place in a food, and identify a food appealingly. Then, in the associated activity, the students will have the opportunity to become packaging engineers by designing and building their own food package for a particular type of food.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Chloe Mawer

Play the Three Muses - online art game

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An online interactive resource for children to explore and learn from visual art through quizzes and games. You can test your memory with lace, create a colourful fruit poster, paint a Paul Henry skyline, or try your knowledge with a quiz. This fun interactive encourages looking and responding to visual art and enables the child to look at and talk about works of visual art through strengthening their vocabulary.

Material Type: Game, Interactive

Authors: Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick Museum, The Hunt Museum

Podcasting in the English Classroom

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All too often students in high school English classes complain about content. Beowulf, The Scarlet Letter, and Pride and Prejudice offer little to capture the interest of the average teenager. In order to open up these texts to their students, teachers must explore new ways of presenting the material. Podcasting is an excellent medium for engaging students. It allows students to express their ideas and display their creativity while providing them with the opportunity to think critically and create a valuable educational resource. In this page, I will provide a general overview of podcasting in classrooms and then focus my inquiry specifically on English classrooms.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Rebekah Hess

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

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The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The actual number is estimated to have been as high as 12.5 million. The database and the separate estimates interface offer researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history. This resource includes a database of Trans-Atlantic slaving voyages searchable by a wide range of variables in additional to essays, maps, and numerical estimates of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and K-12 lesson plans.

Material Type: Data Set, Diagram/Illustration, Lesson Plan, Primary Source, Reading

Authors: Allen Tullos, David Eltis

The Language of Advertising: 9 persuasive techniques

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Engage students in the analysis of the persuasive written language of advertisements. Students will have to recognize some language techniques used in advertising, match the techniques to some printed ads and create slogans, using such techniques. Subject: English Language, Reading Foundational Skills, Writing Foundational Skills Level: secondary education Material Type: Classroom Activity Provider:Terezinha Marcondes Diniz Biazi - State University of Campinas -UNICAMP/BRAZILMidwest State University –UNICENTRO/BRAZIL

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Terezinha Marcondes Diniz Biazi

How to Set Up An Art Cart

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How to Set Up An Art Cart A Copyrighted Article Re-posted with Permission from Shelley Klammer http://www.expressiveartworkshops.com/how-to-start-your-own-art-program/how-to-set-up-an-art-cart/ The following is a list of items that you may want to use when setting up an art cart for institutional and medical settings such as hospitals and care homes. I work in a hospital setting with the older adults so I include a variety of pre- prepared projects on my cart, as well as materials for spontaneous art making. Some elders with dementia need a great deal of assistance and some like to paint within pre-drawn lines. Others prefer to work utterly spontaneously. Your art cart will look different than mine but I will share some of the materials and projects that I use with you here.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive, Lesson Plan

Author: NDE Digital Learning

Art and Ecology

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Artists are often particularly keen observers and precise recorders of the physical conditions of the natural world. As a result, paintings can be good resources for learning about ecology. Teachers can use this lesson to examine with students the interrelationship of geography, natural resources, and climate and their effects on daily life. It also addresses the roles students can take in caring for the environment. Students will look at paintings that represent cool temperate, warm temperate, and tropical climates. In this lesson students will: Identify natural resources found in particular geographic areas; Discuss ways in which climate, natural resources, and geography affect daily life; Apply critical-thinking skills to consider the various choices artists have made in their representations of the natural world; Make personal connections to the theme by discussing ways they can be environmental stewards; Identify natural resources found in particular geographic areas; Discuss ways in which climate, natural resources, and geography affect daily life; Apply critical-thinking skills to consider the various choices artists have made in their representations of the natural world; Make personal connections to the theme by discussing ways they can be environmental stewards.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Diagram/Illustration, Lesson Plan