ALEX Classroom Resources

ALEX Classroom Resources
Subject: Arts Education (4 - 7), Mathematics (6)
Title: Drum-Beating & Foot-Stomping
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ket-6dance/drum-beating-foot-stomping/
Description:

Students will watch African dance and identify tempo. Three options are provided for this lesson depending on the class time allotted. The options include recording heartbeat at rest, calculating tempo in terms of stomps per minute, and choreographing an original dance with tempo changes.

Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7)
Title: The Lowdown | Interpret Data With Graphs, Percents, Rate and Ratio: California Agriculture in a State of Drought
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/mkqed.math.rp.parched/interpret-data-with-graphs-percents-rate-and-ratio-california-agriculture-in-a-state-of-drought/
Description:

In this infographic, learn about the impact of drought on agriculture in California. In the accompanying classroom activity, students use the information on one of the infographic graphs to compare the share of production value to the share of water usage for different crops and consider the implications for the choice of crops to grow in times of drought. To get the most from this lesson, students should be comfortable interpreting percentages and double bar graphs and familiar with ratios and rates.

Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Real-World Ratio and Rate Reasoning: How to Power the Skate Park
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/mwnet-math-rp-solpow/real-world-ratio-and-rate-reasoning-how-to-power-the-skate-park/
Description:

The CyberSquad works with an area to figure out how to power a skate park using solar panels in this interactive from WNET. In the accompanying classroom activity, students view and analyze a series of video clips from Cyberchase and complete an activity using area and ratio. Students take what they’ve learned and put it to the test by designing their own solar power dream house. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.

Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Ratio StudyJam
URL: https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/math/algebra/ratio.htm
Description:

In this interactive activity, students will be led through steps to generate ratios in word form, fraction form, and ratio form. There are teaching activities as well as practice activities available. A handout that reviews the steps taught during the activity can be printed. After utilizing this resource, the students can complete the short quiz to assess their understanding.

Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Math + Arts: Drum-Beating & Foot-Stomping
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ket-6dance/drum-beating-foot-stomping/
Description:

This is a free resource from PBS.  Teachers will need to click on Procedure to access the directions for the activity.  Note: Sohu/African/African-American Culture has been substituted for Drum-Beating, Foot-Stomping African.

There are three options for this lesson, depending on class needs and time available:

1. Frame, Focus, and Reflection: students will watch "E Sin Mi D’Africa" and DanceSense from 8:04- 8:34 and record their own heartbeats at rest.
2. Short Activity: students will watch "Sohu/African/African-American Culture" and calculate the tempo of different portions in terms of stomps per minute, perform two movement sequences, and record their heartbeats after each sequence.
3. Project: students will choreograph an original dance workout with specified changes in tempo and level and teach it to their peers.

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