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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (8 - 12)
Title: Attitude Determines Altitude
Description: This cross-curricular activity allows students an opportunity to practice their skills in math, science, language arts, and technology. As an extension to the ALEX lesson 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off, math and science teachers collaborate to allow students to apply their math skills in science class by calculating the altitude of a paper rocket. Students are given an opportunity to expand their literary knowledge by viewing an inspirational video clip by author, expert story teller, and NASA Rocket scientist Homer Hickam as he shares his adventures in rocket science growing up in the West Virginia coal mines.


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.


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.


Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or 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: Language Arts,Science
Title: Galileo and the Inevitability of Ideas      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Science
Title: Foucault's Pendulum       Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students learn how the motion of the Foucault pendulum proves that the earth is rotating. The lesson helps to expand students concepts of motion and gravitational force.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Ping-Pong Avalanches      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Science
Title: Rocket Launch      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Modeling Orbital Debris Problems      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Physical Education, Science
Title: Curve Balls      Add Bookmark
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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