Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration

Join the celebration by creating paper butterflies that will migrate to their counterparts in Mexico for the winter. Children in Mexico who live beside the monarch's winter sanctuaries send them north in the spring.

Syntax Store

The colors listed in the boxes represent different parts of speech: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc. Figure out which colors represent which part of speech and then use the colors to create proper sentences.

Taxicab Treasure Hunt

To find a hidden treasure use taxicab geometry, a special kind of geometry that counts in city blocks. Pick an intersection, ask the computer how far it is to the treasure and get the distance using taxicab geometry.

Testing Your Measurement Bias

There are many sources of variation in data, including random error and bias. Observe the difference between error and bias in this line matching exercise.

Thinking About Slope

Explore the concept of slope. Ask yourself why the slope between pairs of points would change or why it would stay the same.

Three-Noodle Summary

Practice locating the median for odd and even data sets. Consider the information you can glean from a set of data even if you only have Min, Med and Max.

Timeline: Pre-Columbian America to 2005

This timeline gives a contextual view of major events from from Pre-Columbian America to 2005. Each period covers a unit in the America's History in the Making course.

The Towers Problem

Build as many different looking towers as is possible, each exactly four cubes high using two colors of Unifix® Cubes. Convince yourself and others that you have found all possible towers four cubes high and that you have no duplicates.

Transform the Rock

There are five processes that can change rocks over time. Pick the process that has changed each rock from one type to another and then identify the process that cycles each rock from magma to rock and back to magma.

Transforming a Circle

You can find the areas of different polygons by dissecting the polygons and rearranging the pieces into a recognizable simpler shape. Cut a circle into wedges and fit them together to form a crude parallelogram.

Trigonomic Functions

Use a trigonometry calculator to explore the ratios of sides of a right triangle. Do the sine, cosine and tangent have maximum or minimum values?

Tulip Gardens

Track tulip growth as the season changes from winter to spring. See how temperature, rainfall and sunshine affect growth and help scientists look for patterns of climate change.

Tungurahua Timeline

The Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador has gone through a series of active and dormant periods. Follow the volcano's activity from 1773 to 2000, including a scene of an explosive eruption in 1999.

United States History Map

Become a geography whiz as you learn how the United States was settled. Discover how the continent was irrevocably changed by European colonization, the events that caused the wholesale displacement and decimation of the land's original inhabitants, and how the 50 states came to be formed.

Units and Prefixes

Explore some common units and prefixes in the metric system. Then decide which metric units you would use to measure several displayed objects.

US History Map Assessment: Test Your Skills

Test how much you know about major U.S geographic features, Indian tribes, states and regions, European colonists and territorial expansion. View your correct and incorrect answers, and print out your assessment.

Using Hexominos to Manufacture Boxes

Which hexomino net wastes the least amount of paper and yields the most boxes per sheet? Comment on how concepts such as area, spatial visualization and relationships among geometric shapes are all involved in solving this problem.

Valuing Diversity in Learners

Study four types of learners (heritage language learners, those with learning disabilities, with different learning styles and in different levels)and the issues related to each. Read strategies of other teachers and describe strategies you might use.

Variation in Estimates

A computer can perform random sampling and estimation faster than you can. Use the computer to help you estimate a penguin population from computer-selected random samples.

The Village/State

Student groups have created ads for the new village/state they are creating to entice others to join them. Read one of the ads and work backwards through a series of prompts to determine the ad's audience, purpose, genre and theme.

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