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6.2 Thermal Energy
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This unit on thermal energy transfer begins with students testing whether a new plastic cup sold by a store keeps a drink colder for longer compared to the regular plastic cup that comes free with the drink. Students find that the drink in the regular cup warms up more than the drink in the special cup. This prompts students to identify features of the cups that are different, such as the lid, walls, and hole for the straw, that might explain why one drink warms up more than the other.

Students investigate the different cup features they conjecture are important to explaining the phenomenon, starting with the lid. They model how matter can enter or exit the cup via evaporation However, they find that in a completely closed system, the liquid inside the cup still changes temperature. This motivates the need to trace the transfer of energy into the drink as it warms up. Through a series of lab investigations and simulations, students find that there are two ways to transfer energy into the drink: (1) the absorption of light and (2) thermal energy from the warmer air around the drink. They are then challenged to design their own drink container that can perform as well as the store-bought container, following a set of design criteria and constraints.

Subject:
Engineering
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Assessment Specialist David Fortus
BSCS Science Learning Ari Jamshidi
BSCS Science Learning Emily Harris
BSCS Science Learning Michael Novak
BSCS Science Learning Zoe Buck Bracey
Charles A. Center at UT-Austin Dawn Novak
Lindsey Mohan
Maple School Tyler Scaletta
North Shore Country Day School Katie Van Horne
Northwestern University Tracey Ramirez
Stanford University Abe Lo
Date Added:
08/04/2020
6.3 Weather, Climate & Water Cycling
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This unit on weather, climate, and water cycling is broken into four separate lesson sets. In the first two lesson sets, students explain small-scale storms. In the third and fourth lesson sets, students explain mesoscale weather systems and climate-level patterns of precipitation. Each of these two parts of the unit is grounded in a different anchoring phenomenon.

The unit starts out with anchoring students in the exploration of a series of videos of hailstorms from different locations across the country at different times of the year. The videos show that pieces of ice of different sizes (some very large) are falling out of the sky, sometimes accompanied by rain and wind gusts, all on days when the temperature of the air outside remained above freezing for the entire day. These cases spark questions and ideas for investigations, such as investigating how ice can be falling from the sky on a warm day, how clouds form, why some clouds produce storms with large amounts of precipitation and others don’t, and how all that water gets into the air in the first place.

The second half of the unit is anchored in the exploration of a weather report of a winter storm that affected large portions of the midwestern United States. The maps, transcripts, and video that students analyze show them that the storm was forecasted to produce large amounts of snow and ice accumulation in large portions of the northeastern part of the country within the next day. This case sparks questions and ideas for investigations around trying to figure out what could be causing such a large-scale storm and why it would end up affecting a different part of the country a day later.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Assessment Specialist Colleen O’Brien
Boston College Emily Harris
BSCS Science Learning Audrey Mohan
BSCS Science Learning Dawn Novak
BSCS Science Learning Katie Van Horne
BSCS Science Learning Lindsey Mohan
BSCS Science Learning Tracey Ramirez
Columbia University Elisabeth Cohen
Indian Woods Middle School Ann Rivet
Indian Woods Middle School Whitney Smith
Lombard Middle School Vanessa Hannana
Michael Novak
Northwestern University Renee Affolter
Williston Central School Heather Galbreath
Date Added:
08/04/2020
7.3 Metabolic Reactions
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This unit on metabolic reactions in the human body starts out with students exploring a real case study of a middle-school girl named M’Kenna, who reported some alarming symptoms to her doctor. Her symptoms included an inability to concentrate, headaches, stomach issues when she eats, and a lack of energy for everyday activities and sports that she used to play regularly. She also reported noticeable weight loss over the past few months, in spite of consuming what appeared to be a healthy diet. Her case sparks questions and ideas for investigations around trying to figure out which pathways and processes in M’Kenna’s body might be functioning differently than a healthy system and why.

Students investigate data specific to M’Kenna’s case in the form of doctor’s notes, endoscopy images and reports, growth charts, and micrographs. They also draw from their results from laboratory experiments on the chemical changes involving the processing of food and from digital interactives to explore how food is transported, transformed, stored, and used across different body systems in all people. Through this work of figuring out what is causing M’Kenna’s symptoms, the class discovers what happens to the food we eat after it enters our bodies and how M’Kenna’s different symptoms are connected.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Anatomy/Physiology
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Activity/Lab
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Reading
Student Guide
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Author:
Abingdon-Avon High School Betty Stennett
Assessment Specialist Kelsey Edwards
BSCS Science Learning Jamie Noll
BSCS Science Learning Katie Van Horne
BSCS Science Learning Lindsey Mohan
Charles A. Dana Center at University of Texas Austin Heather Galbreath
John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science Nicole Vick
Lombard Middle School Michael Clinchot
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance Kathryn Fattalah
Northwestern University Barbara Hug
Northwestern University Barbara Taylor
Northwestern University Kate Cook-Whitt
Northwestern University Michael Novak
Tara McGill
The Nora Project Emily Harris
Date Added:
08/05/2020
8.2 Sound Waves
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In this unit, students develop ideas related to how sounds are produced, how they travel through media, and how they affect objects at a distance. Their investigations are motivated by trying to account for a perplexing anchoring phenomenon — a truck is playing loud music in a parking lot and the windows of a building across the parking lot visibly shake in response to the music.

They make observations of sound sources to revisit the K–5 idea that objects vibrate when they make sounds. They figure out that patterns of differences in those vibrations are tied to differences in characteristics of the sounds being made. They gather data on how objects vibrate when making different sounds to characterize how a vibrating object’s motion is tied to the loudness and pitch of the sounds they make. Students also conduct experiments to support the idea that sound needs matter to travel through, and they will use models and simulations to explain how sound travels through matter at the particle level.

Subject:
Physical Science
Physics
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Author:
Boston College Susan Kowalski
BSCS Science Learning Gail Housman
David Wooster Middle School Sara Ryner
Ideal Elementary School Jamie Noll
North Shore Country Day School Michael Novak
Northwestern University Chris Newlan
Northwestern University Tyler Scaletta
Renee Affolter
United Junior High School Katie Van Horne
Date Added:
08/05/2020
APA Style
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A basic guide to the most common uses of APA style, including color-coded example citations.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Student Guide
Author:
Sophie Forrester
Date Added:
08/10/2020
DIST "Digital Storytelling for Spreading and Promoting Entrepreneurship"
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Here you can find a Guide, addressed to teachers on the use of storytelling and of the videos produced for training purposes, within the project DIST.
An E-course addressed to trainers on how to enhance the sense of initiative and entrepreneurship in their students,
2 E-courses, one addressed to aspirant entrepreneurs and one addressed to entrepreneurs, to enhance their sense of initiative and entrepreneurship.
Some Videos featuring young and valuable European managers telling their professional history.
Other information about the DIST project here www.distproject.eu

Subject:
Business and Communication
Career and Technical Education
Education
Material Type:
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
AOA
ASEV
Cdi Manager
DIST
FCI
Partners
Pratika
ULO
Date Added:
03/20/2020
Django Girls Tutorial
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The tutorial that the "DjangoGirls" initiative is using for all of its workshops. It's a very beginner-friendly tutorial with introductions to the command line, Python, Django, HTML and CSS. No previous programming experience is required.

Once participants have finished the tutorial, they will have a small working web application: their own blog. The tutorial will show them how to put it online, so others will see their work.

The tutorial is available in English, French, Chinese and Ukrainian. "beta" versions of translations to other languages are also available. (The English version is considered the "original" and is usually the most maintained, complete and up-to-date one.)

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Student Guide
Author:
Django Girls initiative and contributors
Date Added:
03/20/2020
¿El mundo es un tablero?
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Recurso Educativo Abierto para Geografía e Historia en Secundaria basado en la metodología de aprendizaje por proyectos. Se trabajan objetivos y contenidos relacionados con la Historia Universal Contemporánea. Este proyecto está compuesto por tres secuencias didácticas cuyo eje central es la geopolítica y el dominio del mundo, a lo largo de la Edad Contemporánea, por diferentes potencias.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Unit of Study
Provider:
CeDeC
Author:
Ana Basterra Cossío
Manuel Jesús Fernández Naranjo
Víctor Marín Navarro
Date Added:
03/20/2020
FOCUS ON "HENRY V"
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"Focus on 'Henry V'" is a peer-reviewed, multimedia, digital Open Educational Resource co-authored and co-produced by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates on the innovative digital publishing platform Scalar. Chapters include guides to early printed editions, sources, and performance and cinematic histories of the play, as well as teaching resources and in-depth case-studies of particular scenes. All chapters include rich multimedia and audio recordings of body text and image captions. In addition to a traditional Table of Contents, the digital book allows users to navigate the materials through multiple pathways and visualizations. In this way the book offers not only a cutting-edge, renewable OER for college and K-12 teachers but also a model for maximizing the affordances of the digital medium.

Subject:
Literature
Performing Arts
World Cultures
Electronic Technology
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Case Study
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Lesson Plan
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Reading
Student Guide
Textbook
Author:
Charlene Cruxent
Daniel Yabut
Florence March
Hayden Benson
Janice Valls-Russell
Julia Koslowsky
Mikaela LaFave
Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (editor)
Nora Galland
Philip Gilreath
Sujata Iyengar (editor)
Date Added:
08/10/2020
Genetics, Fall 2004
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The principles of genetics with application to the study of biological function at the level of molecules, cells, and multicellular organisms, including humans. Structure and function of genes, chromosomes and genomes. Biological variation resulting from recombination, mutation, and selection. Population genetics. Use of genetic methods to analyze protein function, gene regulation and inherited disease.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Biology
Genetics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Syllabus
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Fink, Gerald
Kaiser, Chris
Mischke, Michelle
Samson, Leona
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Global Professional Skills: College & Career Readiness Skills Coaching Chart: Professional Behaviors
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These coaching charts assist with teaching, coaching, and assessing students’ development of these Global Professional Skills (GPS). Here are two supporting articles from Edutopia:
-Frameworks for Fostering the Skills Students Need for the Future
-The Skills Colleges and Employers Are Looking For

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
John McCarthy
Date Added:
07/17/2020
How to Create SUPER Slideshows!
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A colourful and fun superhero-themed slideshow presentation designed to teach students how to create effective slideshow presentations. A Google slides presentation that you can adopt / adapt for your classroom. Best suited for grades 5-8 but may work in higher grades too.

Outlines 7 tips for effective slideshow presentations:

1. Fantastic Fonts
2. Stupendous Size
3. Terrific Text
4. Cool Colours
5. Glorious Graphics & Videos
6. Sensational Slides
7. *BONUS* Incredible Interactions

Subject:
Literature
Visual Arts
Business and Communication
Communication
Graphic Design
Educational Technology
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Kelly Brennan
Sarah Wendorf
Date Added:
08/10/2020
Illustrative Mathematics: IM 6-8 Math (Kendall Hunt)
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Driven by student discourse, IM Certified™ curricula are rich, engaging core programs built around focus, coherence, and rigor. The curricula are trusted, expert-authored materials developed to equip all students to thrive in mathematics.
Spark discussion, perseverance, and enjoyment of mathematics.
IM 6–8 Math is a problem-based core curriculum rooted in content and practice standards to foster learning and achievement for all. Students learn by doing math, solving problems in mathematical and real-world contexts, and constructing arguments using precise language. Teachers can shift their instruction and facilitate student learning with high-leverage routines that guide them in understanding and making connections between concepts and procedures.
Intentional lesson design that promotes mathematical growth.
IM 6–8 Math lessons are designed with a focus on independent, group, and whole-class instruction. This format builds mathematical understanding and fluency for all students. Teachers will also use Warm-ups and Cool-downs to help guide lesson pacing and planning.
Highest Rated 6-8 Mathematics Curricula
IM 6–8 Math, focuses on supporting teachers in the use of research-based instructional routines to successfully facilitate student learning. IM 6-8 Math, authored by Illustrative Mathematics, is highly rated by EdReports for meeting all expectations across all three review gateways. EdReports is an independent nonprofit that reviews K–12 instructional materials for focus, coherence, rigor, mathematical practices, and usability.

Subject:
Mathematics
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https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/curriculum/im-6-8-math-curriculum/
Date Added:
08/05/2020
Illustrative Mathematics: IM 9-12 Math (Kendall Hunt)
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Driven by student discourse, IM Certified™ curricula are rich, engaging core programs built around focus, coherence, and rigor. The curricula are trusted, expert-authored materials developed to equip all students to thrive in mathematics.
Spark discussion, perseverance, and enjoyment of mathematics.
IM Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 are problem-based core curricula rooted in content and practice standards to foster learning and achievement for all. Students learn by doing math, solving problems in mathematical and real-world contexts, and constructing arguments using precise language. Teachers can shift their instruction and facilitate student learning with high-leverage routines that guide them in understanding and making connections between concepts and procedures.
Intentional lesson design that promotes mathematical growth.
IM Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 lessons are designed with a focus on independent, group, and whole-class instruction, building mathematical understanding and fluency with all students. Teachers will also use Warm-ups and Cool-downs to help guide lesson pacing and planning.
The purpose and intended use of the Algebra 1 Supports Course.
Students who struggle in Algebra 1 are more likely to struggle in subsequent math courses and experience more adverse outcomes. The Algebra 1 Extra Support Materials are designed to help students who need additional support in their Algebra 1 course. Each Algebra 1 Extra Support Materials lesson is associated with a lesson in the Algebra 1 course. The intention is that students experience each Algebra 1 Extra Support Materials lesson before its associated Algebra 1 lesson. The Algebra 1 Extra Support Materials lesson helps students learn or remember a skill or concept that is needed to access and find success with the associated Algebra 1 lesson.
IM 9-12 Math, focuses on supporting teachers in the use of research-based instructional routines to successfully facilitate student learning. IM 9-12 Math, authored by Illustrative Mathematics, is highly rated by EdReports for meeting all expectations across all three review gateways. EdReports is an independent nonprofit that reviews K–12 instructional materials for focus, coherence, rigor, mathematical practices, and usability.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Module
Student Guide
Syllabus
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Author:
https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/curriculum/im-algebra-1-geometry-algebra-2-curriculum/
Date Added:
08/05/2020
Living in Washington: Geography, Resources, and Economy
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The unit is focused on the examination of geography in terms of “place.” Students dive into inquiry to answer the compelling question, What is unique about living in Washington? Through this question students will understand where and why people live in Washington State. Students will dive into the regions of Washington State and define it through many characteristics. Students will ultimately choose a region to become an expert on and communicate what makes that region unique. Each student’s performance task product will reflect choice and build upon student strengths according to their skill set.

Subject:
World Cultures
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
History
U.S. History
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Module
Primary Source
Reading
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Author:
Leslie Heffernan
Date Added:
08/10/2020
MLA Style
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A basic guide to the most common uses of MLA style, including color-coded example citations.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Student Guide
Author:
Sophie Forrester
Date Added:
08/10/2020
The Pocket Prof: A Composition Handbook
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Basic grammar, writing, and research advice including citation guides for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. This guide also covers the appropriate etiquette for college students to use when emailing instructors, as well as tips on writing résumés and cover letters.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Student Guide
Provider:
Kellogg Community College
Date Added:
01/01/2015