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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Pyramids on the Nile
Description: As part of a unit on ancient studies, students will create a pyramid explaining the ancient Egyptian civilization.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Giver - Authority
Description: A unit lesson using the book The Giver by Louis Lowry that will have students be researchers and recorders in the process of finding information on Utopian societies, cults and authority. Students will complete a Powerpoint, Glogster, essay or news broadcast by the conclusion of the essay.  


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Classy Sports (Basic Spreadsheet)
Description: Students will be introduced to basic spreadsheet design. Students will learn basic spreadsheet formatting. Students will use formulas to calculate totals.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Spreadsheets -- A New Study Tool
Description: Students will learn to use spreadsheets to enter if-then statements that can then be used for study guides for any subject area. Students will create a generic spreadsheet that gives feedback when they enter a correct response to a particular question. They must understand the questions they are entering in order to enter the correct formula to get the desired feedback.


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Congress: Requirements for Office, Members Currently Serving in the United States Congress, and Characteristics and Experiences Needed for Election to Public Office
Description: The students will research and present a computer slide-show on the requirements of office of the Senate and the House of Representatives and a special focus on the two Senators and a House member from one selected state. The students will create an election brochure in which they themselves will run for one of the above offices.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Understanding Comics
Description: Using the book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud as the primary resource, this unit focuses on comics as a tool for communication. Students participate in activities which include journal and essay writing, a graphic organizer, and a distance learning field trip.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Camelot Times: Writing a Newspaper
Description: As part of a unit on Arthurian literature and medieval culture, students imagine they are reporters living in the realm of King Arthur and create newsletters/newspapers based on their study and research.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How Much Money Can I Make?
Description: This lesson is a technology-based activity in which students will research two careers they are possibly interested in pursuing. They will convert the average yearly salary of each career into an hourly wage and record their findings in a spreadsheet. They will calculate their weekly gross and net pay for each career choice.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: I've Got the Power: An Introduction to Powerful Presentations
Description: This lesson teaches students how to create a basic slideshow that includes inserting slides, using transitions, and adding animation to text. The lesson is taught as an "All About Me" presentation, but can be adapted throughout the year for students to present information in all subjects.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: An Author Study: Christopher Paul Curtis and his novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
Description: This five-day lesson will introduce the students to the author of the novel as the beginning of a unit. The students will conduct research to obtain biographical information about the author and read/analyze summaries and critiques of the author's writing. Finally, the students will create brochures or flyers to highlight the author as a guest at a mock author's conference.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: From Here to Technology
Description: Students will create a slide on an assigned topic that will become part of a class presentation. The class presentation will trace the evolution of the computer, identify the pioneers of technology, investigate the impact technology has had on the workplace and society, and examine how technology has influenced the course of history in geneeral. This project is a semester long assignment with required progress due each six weeks. Computer lab time will need to be made available either during or after school throughout the semester.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Spreadsheets 101
Description: This lesson introduces students to the function and use of spreadsheets. It includes a Power Point presentation (to be used by the teacher) as well as beginning student assignments.


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Personal Economics
Description: Students will be able to explain the various services available to protect consumer rights. They will develop a PowerPoint presentation in their student achievement teams which contains the required information along with a question section. This presentation will then be used in class for a review activity prior to testing.


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Computers Can Be a Real Pain
http://kidshealth.o...
This article discusses proper body posture while using a computer.

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Computers Can Be a Real Pain
http://kidshealth.o...
This article discusses proper body posture while using a computer.

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Computer Ergonomics for Elementary School Students
http://orosha.org/ce...
Computer Ergonomics is about things that you can do to make working on a computer more comfortable and better for your body, for example, wearing a bike helmet when riding a bike and a seatbelt when riding in a car are two simple things that you do to be safe. The Computer Ergonomics for Elementary School Students (CergoS) Web site will show you some simple and affordable ways to make sure that your body is safe and comfortable while using a computer.

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School Ergonomics Programs: Guidelines for Parents
http://ergo.human.co...
With the number of computers in classrooms increasing every day, many schools are beginning to institute ergonomics programs to show students, teachers, and parents how to reduce the risks of computer-related injuries.

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Nimble Fingers
http://www.nimblefin...
Free online typing program with varied skill levels.

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Learning Keyboard Keys
http://www.seoconsul...
This webpage takes the standard keyboard and breaks down the keys and explains the responsibility of each key.

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Typing Club
http://typingclub.co...
A touch typing tutorial to help you learn to type between 40-90 words per minute.

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Learn Touch Typing
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Sharpen your keyboarding skills by using this free website for accuracy and technique.

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