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Lesson Plans (17) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Unit Plans (1)  Podcasts (11) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet.
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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (9 - 12)
Title: Automotive Brake Service-inspecting and Machining a Disc Brake Rotor Off the Vehicle.
Description: The proper inspection machining or refinishing of disc brake rotors ensures quality brake repairs with little to no opportunity for returns for customer complaints. This lesson will teach inspection, measuring and machining techniques and procedures.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (9 - 12)
Title: Automotive Brake Service-inspecting and machining a disc brake rotor on-the-vehicle
Description: The proper inspection machining or refinishing of disc brake rotors ensures quality brake repairs with little to no opportunity for returns for customer complaints. This lesson will teach inspection, measuring and machining techniques and procedures.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: How High Did My Rocket Go?
Description: This is a lab in which the students will calculate the height of an air or water rocket by using trigonometry.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Force and Motion
Description: In this lesson, the students will work across the curriculum using technology, business education, and mathematics. They will form a company and use the physics of force and motion to build a hovercraft. The students will use this experience to apply to 'real life' business situations.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Designing a Rube Goldberg Machine
Description: In this lesson, students will apply their knowledge of complex and simple machines to designing a Rube Goldberg Machine. Students will calculate the mechanical advantage of 3 of the simple machines in their design. Students should also relate Newton's 3 Laws of Motion to their machine.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Discovering Earth's History
Description: This lesson introduces the basic principles that are used to interpret geologic time. It associates the relationships between the rock record and historical events that created the landforms on our planet. It explains how the rock record can be interpreted by geologists.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Graphing Gallery Walk
Description: In this lesson, students will participate in a gallery walk to realize the vast amount of information found in a graph. Students will make notes of the graphs as they rotate through the gallery. At the conclusion, students will create a story from an assigned graph.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Plate Tectonics
Description: This lesson culminates the hypothesis of Continental Drift and Sea floor Spreading into the Plate Tectonic Theory. The students will be able to recognize that our planet is ever changing. They should be able to analyze the forces which create destruction on our planet are directly related to its shifting surface.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Motion in One Dimension
Description: This hands-on exercise allows students to view and calculate the various factors involved in one-dimensional motion. Students will use remote control vehicles to illustrate the linear motion. Students will use the information gathered from the motion of the remote control vehicles to solve various equations for velocity, acceleration, distance traveled, or time. Students will then represent the relationships between these factors graphically.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Gas Pressure
Description: This lesson is a demonstration lecture that defines gas pressure in terms of force, explains how pressure is measured, and defines and converts units of pressure. Students will create a slide show presentation on a gas and its uses in science, medicine, or technology.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Energy and Work Amusement Park Style
Description: This is a lesson presenting energy and work. It covers: types of energy, forms of energy, work, law of conservation of energy, and renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. In the activities section, one will find links to Internet sites that explore concepts of energy and work. Interactive labs are also included in this lesson. The lesson can serve as a student-led or teacher-led lesson. It gives a brief statement of facts; therefore, the teacher must provide expansions, if needed. The expansions could come from the Internet sites since many of them go into more detail about the concepts. The teacher will also be expected to supply some form of assessment for the lesson.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Physical Education, Science
Title: Curve Balls     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the mathematics behind baseball pitching. Mathematician Chuck Romine discusses a new mathematical model that describes the trajectory of a curve ball. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Rocket Launch     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore design considerations of model rockets. They consider how model rockets are similar to real rockets (in design and flight), as well as how they are different due to the constraints placed upon them such as size and intended user.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Science
Title: Galileo and the Inevitability of Ideas     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students develop an understanding of the historical significance of Galileo's scientific achievements. They examine the values underlying historic choices by debating the merits of the earth-centered Ptolemaic System and the sun-centered Copernican System.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Ping-Pong Avalanches     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how ping-pong balls may help the science of avalanche prediction. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Modeling Orbital Debris Problems     
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students examine the problem of space pollution caused by human-made debris in orbit to develop an understanding of functions and modeling. The lesson gives students an opportunity to use spreadsheets, graphing calculators, and computer graphing utilities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Fuel-saving Speed     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the ideal vehicle speed for the best fuel efficiency. Oak Ridge National Laboratory engineer Brian West describes the relationship between engine efficiency and drag. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Aerodynamics and Flight
Digital Tool: The Aerodynamics of flight Video
Digital Tool Description: OpenEd is a database of videos, assessments and other resources available for teachers who are using the College and Career Readiness standards. While this learning asset only references one video, the website is searchable by standard and has the ability to create an account and archive resources. The specific video describes the element of flight and will allow the students to make adjustments to their model as they watch.


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Title: Creating a Rube Goldberg Contraption
Digital Tool: YouTube video
Digital Tool Description: This video will model for students how to create their own Rube Goldberg contraption culminating project using simple machines.


ALEX Podcasts


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The Physics of Football
Overview:
This podcast tells about the physics that are applied in the game of football: Momentum, acceleration, and force.


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The Roller Coaster
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This podcast shows some of the science and history of roller-coasters.


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Planet Gravity project
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This podcast was designed to cover the force of gravity. The purpose of this particular podcast is to compare weight on the various planets as a result of the force of gravity on a mass.


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Archives Aeroflyer
Overview:
Learn to make an Archives Aeroflyer with a step by step video and included handouts. 


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Balanced & Unbalanced Forces 2
Overview:
This podcast is one in a series of podcasts designed to introduce and explain forces in our world.  This particular podcast teaches the difference between balanced and unbalanced forces including a demonstration of how to calculate each.  The students also show combined forces and how to calculate them.


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Newton's Second Law
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This podcast is part of a series of podcast designed to introduce and explain forces in our world.  This particular podcast focuses on Newton's Second Law of motion and the students use real life application and demonstration to explain this law.  They also demonstrate the math skills needed to explain what is happening in Newton's Second Law of Motion.


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Nuclear and Gravitational Force
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This podcast is one of a series of podcasts that are designed to teach about the forces in our world.  This particular podcast focuses on gravitational and nuclear forces.  The students discuss Universal Gravitation, and nuclear forces and demonstrate each in the podcast.  They also define the unit for force.


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Types of Friction
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This podcast is designed to introduce and demonstrate the common types of friction.  Teachers and students alike will enjoy the descriptions and demonstations presented by students to assist with the understanding of the various types of friction forces encountered in our world.


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Physical Education, Science
Title: Curve Balls     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the mathematics behind baseball pitching. Mathematician Chuck Romine discusses a new mathematical model that describes the trajectory of a curve ball. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Ping-Pong Avalanches     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how ping-pong balls may help the science of avalanche prediction. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Fuel-saving Speed     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the ideal vehicle speed for the best fuel efficiency. Oak Ridge National Laboratory engineer Brian West describes the relationship between engine efficiency and drag. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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