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Respond to Student Writing: Cell Phones

Use an interactive rubric to evaluate areas of strengths and weaknesses in a student's essay on cell phone use in schools. Then compare your responses to another teacher's.

Respond to Student Writing: Skates 280

Use an interactive rubric to evaluate areas of strengths and weaknesses in a student's essay on an experience at a skating party. Then compare your responses to another teacher's.

Respond to Student Writing: The Watch Glass

Use an interactive rubric to evaluate areas of strengths and weaknesses in a student's poem comparing school to a watch glass. Then compare your responses to another teacher's.

Responding to Works of Art

Learn how to respond to artwork by describing, interpreting meaning and evaluating effectiveness of the piece. You can modify the technique for your students.

Robots

The owner of a factory has two expensive robots to automate a manufacturing process. Use the topological concept of a configuration space to coordinate their actions and maximize their efficiency on the manufacturing floor.

Rock Cycle Assessment: Test Your Skills

Test your knowledge of rocks and the rock cycle. Take this 15-question test, review your correct and incorrect answers, and print out your assessment.

The Rock Cycle Diagram

Put your knowledge of rock types and geologic processes together to identify the different parts of the rock cycle. Answer a series of questions to complete the rock cycle diagram.

The Rock Cycle

Learn how to distinguish between types of rocks and discover how rocks change over time.

Running a Function Machine

The connected machine is a single function that takes an input, runs it through the network inside and produces an output. You control a network of function machines along with the input and the operation performed by each machine to solve problems.

Sampling Data

There are 20 chips in a container, some are red and some are blue. Take out a few chips and then, based on the chips selected, try to determine how many of each are in the container.

Sampling the Electorate

As the pollster for candidate Higgins, you need to know how she is faring with different groups. Read her political profile, view the demographic profile of the city, decide on the groups to poll, review the results and learn about random sampling.

Scaling the Area of a Community Garden

Calculate the area of a rectangle and a triangle as you change one or both of their dimensions. While looking at representations of several different rectangles and triangles, represent your findings in a table and determine if there is a pattern.

Sequence

Listen to an explanation about the series of events in Cinderella. Then look at some pictures where the story's events are all mixed up and put them in the correct order.

Setting

Listen to an explanation about Cinderella’s setting. Identify the story’s place and time.

Shadows

Can you judge an object by its shadow? Use your mental rotation skills to determine if a shadow can be produced by a particular shape.

Sharing Cookies

Each of three groups of students tried to figure out how five people can share eight cookies. Observe as the groups comes up with very different solutions.

Shotgun Sequencing

Understand how combinatorics is used in the "shotgun sequencing" of DNA. Create a directed graph to aid in sequencing of nucleotides.

Shrinking a Landfill

Shrink a community landfill by 10 percent with a budget of $50,000. Review each type of waste (food, glass, paper, etc.) and see how much reduction you can get for your money.

Sizing Up the Situation

It’s make or break time at the end of the campaign so you must read Ms. Higgins’ political profile, view the demographic profile of the city and decide how many people to poll out of the entire voting age population of 16,000 to get accurate results.

Skimming, Scanning, and Interpreting

Text accompanied by questions leads students through process of skimming (glancing through text for main idea), scanning (searching text for specific information) and interpretation (grasping and reacting to the deeper message).

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