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Subject: Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Human Body Inc.: What's an Arm and a Leg Worth?
Description: In this technology-based project, students will take on the role of a legal defense team and prepare the court defense for a body organ that is currently an employee of Human Body Inc.. Due to recent cost increases, the Human Body has had to fire workers. Assuming the role as lawyer, students' responsibilities are to conduct research, collect and analyze material, and produce an informative and explanatory multimedia presentation (PowerPoint, PhotoStory, Keynote, etc.) defending their body organ's position in the company and what would happen if their client were fired. In addition, they are to create a brochure, highlighting the trendy spots, the exciting activities, etc., of the body system in which the organ works, convincing the corporation of the importance in keeping their client. The students will present their case at an administrative hearing to the Human Body Committee (whole class), the corporate group who will decide the ultimate fate of the body organ.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 8), or Mathematics (6), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: You Are What You Eat
Description: Girls and boys explore the connections between a well-balanced diet and a healthy body. Students keep a food diary, then compare their diet to the recommended daily allowance of food servings. Students use Thinkfinity websites to examine and explore food labels and the nutrients in various foods. They examine their own diet and come up with a healthy eating plan that they can live with using the MyPryamid.gov website. Students will then research diseases in our society related to diet and nutrition and present their findings to the class in a presentation form of their choice. 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: Health, Science
Title: Blood Cholesterol      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about whether donating blood could actually be good for you. In the interview, Kirsten Alcorn, Medical Director of the Washington Hospital Center's transfusion service, discusses whether or not donating blood can help you get rid of cholesterol. 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



Subject: Health
Title: Coping with Changes      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to understand how the nervous system allows us to learn, remember, and cope with changes in the environment. The activities in this lesson introduce the nervous system, both in parts and as a whole. By learning about the whole system, students understand that the brain, spinal cord, and nerve cells are at the root of all other body functions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Nearsightedness      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students develop an understanding of why scientific investigations may yield varying results. Students examine the nature of scientific research in the context of research pertaining to myopia--or nearsightedness--a common condition that normally first appears in school-age children. Myopia provides an interesting context in which to examine the scientific world view, because though it is a very common condition, it is a topic about which there is still some scientific debate.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Sanitation and Human Health      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to develop an understanding of the impact of improved sanitation on human health. In this lesson, students learn something about the ways that sanitation technology has helped people by examining the history of sanitation in the context of disease outbreaks and comparing the quality of life in those times to that of today. By the end of this lesson, students should recognize that advances in health and human life expectancy have resulted in large part because of technologies that we now take for granted, such as modern waste-disposal, sanitary food handling, and refrigeration.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: What Happens in the First 9 Months?      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to familiarize students with the stages of human development during pregnancy. This lesson provides students with the chance to explore human development using Internet resources that contain text, drawings, photos, and video about human development.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Reading in the Dark      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the possible effects of reading in low light. 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: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Health
Title: Talking Lights      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about ideas to use the imperceptible flickering of fluorescent lights to transmit coded information. Such technology might be used to help blind people navigate unfamiliar buildings. 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



Subject: Science
Title: Snow Goggles      Add Bookmark
Description: The aim of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to illustrate how the scientific method can be used to solve different kinds of problems. As part of this lesson, students build snow goggles similar to those used by the Inuit peoples. Students also create their own version of the goggles to improve upon existing designs and compare the process used to invent snow goggles with that employed by designers of the MESSENGER spacecraft.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: The Beat of Your Heart      Add Bookmark
Description: This unit of five lessons, from Illuminations, gives students the opportunity to explore applications involving their own heart. The lessons, which span grades Pre-K-8, focus on measuring and data collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Health,Science
Title: Skin Deep Project      Add Bookmark
Description: This page, from Science NetLinks, offers an introduction to the Skin Deep Project, a collaborative effort between Science NetLinks and Neutrogena to develop standards-based teaching materials and educational components that explore the science behind skin. Some lesson overviews appear on this page, and more lessons will be developed as the project continues. The lessons, aimed at grades 6-12, help students take a closer look at the natural body armor and what can be done to keep it in top shape.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Health,Science
Title: What s Bugging You?      Add Bookmark
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, is used by students to explore foodborne illnesses. After reviewing some introductory questions, students read information from a Web site about food safety and foodborne illnesses and then assess their knowledge.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Health,Science
Title: All Systems are Go!      Add Bookmark
Description: In this tool, created by Science NetLinks, a fictional character, Arnold is missing a number of body parts. Students are presented with a body system and a variety of organs, which they drag and drop into Arnold s body. While this page links to the overview of the tool for grades 3-5, you can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation tools at the top of the overview.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks Weekly Science Updates      Add Bookmark
Description: Science NetLinks Science Updates are short audio clips about a variety of subjects related to science. Each clip is accompanied by a transcript and classroom lesson ideas. Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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