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Software abbreviations: WP = word processing; SS = spreadsheet; DB = database; HS = HyperStudio; PP = PowerPoint

Communities (Gr. 3-4/SS/language arts)
When asked to compare St. Charles, Illinois, with communities around the world, students develop inquiry skills, use reference sources including the Internet and key pals to acquire knowledge about other communities in the world, use writing and drawing skills to create an electronic postcard, and use creative thinking skills to design a representative stamp.

The Velveteen Rabbit (Gr. K-3/internet /language arts)
This unit is used to supplement the teaching of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. It consists of four Internet activities in which the students explore the importance of childhood toys; the transformation from stuffed to real; and the value of friendship.

The Old Man and the Sea (Gr. 6-8/internet/language arts)
The first three activities of this lesson relate to sea turtle conservation. Activities 4 and 5 are about Joe DiMaggio, Santiago's hero. Sample questions from the lesson include: What can still be done to preserve endangered species? Why is it important to have heroes and role models in my life?

Grandfather's Journey (Gr.2- 3/internet/language arts)
This supplemental unit provides resources for students to focus on and explore an understanding of past and present, the location and interactions of people, place and environments specific to Japan, and the medium of watercolor.

Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor (Gr. 3/internet/language arts)
With the Internet, students will be able to embark on a journey to the ocean floor. They learn to read and write informational material, list facts, and write a simple informational paragraph. This is done within a fun and exciting trip through the ocean, visiting the animals and plants along the way.

Rhyming Poems/Poetry Anthology (Gr. 5-9/internet/WP/language arts)
In this lesson, students use the Internet to help create rhyming poetic forms. This includes Tercets, Couplets, Limericks, and Free Write Rhyming poems.

Creative Writing: Utilizing American Landscape Art (Gr. 4-6/WP/language arts/art)
This is an integrated art and language arts lesson plan. The students describe the Hudson River scene as portrayed by Cropsey; recognize characteristics of the Hudson River School tradition; observe how color and composition techniques create the mood of a painting just as composition and verbal color create the mood of a story; and discuss how Cropsey's painting differs from other interpretations of similar scenes.

Wacky Web Tales (Gr. 7/internet/language arts)
Activities at this site help teach the parts of speech using humorous stories. Students customize one of a variety of tales, such as "Things That Drive Me Bonkers." Labeled fields call for specific parts of speech. Students enter their own words then click on the "see your own wacky tale" button to read what they have created.

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Mathematics Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan Key: (Grade level/software/content area)

Software abbreviations: WP = word processing; SS = spreadsheet; DB = database; HS = HyperStudio; PP = PowerPoint

Graphing Polynomial Functions (Gr.7-8/WP/SS/math)
Claris Works is often used for its word processing features, but it is a wonderful tool to use for making graphs. Students create graphs of polynomial functions step by step. Accompanying lessons on linear functions and/or exponential functions can be used separately or to compare the three types of functions.

Lesson on Prime and Composite Numbers (Gr.3-5/internet/math)
The activities outlined in this lesson are intended for students to investigate the properties of numbers. Students can work independently or with a partner, or the activities can be completed with an entire class. After completing this lesson, students will be able to distinguish a prime number from a composite number using definitions and examples.

Architecture (Gr. 9-12/internet/draw/geometry)
This project can be implemented at any high school grade level where students have knowledge of geometry. Students work in groups to design specific parts of a recreation center. By choosing their area of interest, they will research and apply concepts of geometry.

I Feel the Need for Speed – A Roller Coaster Lesson (Gr.7-9/internet/math)
Students will understand and be able to calculate the speed, velocity, acceleration, and inertia of a moving object and to distinguish between distance and displacement. They will calculate the average speeds and accelerations of rides at Astroworld.

Prom Date (Gr. 7-9/SS/internet/math)
Students brainstorm about things they must pay for to go to the school prom, and then they make a list of their ideas. Working in groups of two, they make a budget for the prom costs, breaking it down into the cost of the clothes for a male and a female, the cost of the meal, the pictures, the limousine, the flowers, the tickets to the prom, and any other plans they wish to make. The overall costs of the evening for the entire class could be graphed, with the median, mean, and mode of the data displayed, using the graphing calculator, computer, or graph paper.

Descriptive Statistics – Central Tendency, Variation (Gr. 9-12/internet/SS/math)
This branch of statistics lays the foundation for all statistical knowledge, but it is not something that you should learn simply so you can use it in the distant future. Descriptive statistics can be used NOW, in English class, in physics class, in history, at the football stadium, in the grocery store.

Corny Equations with Computers and Calculators (Gr. 9-12/internet/math)
Students are challenged to determine the most profitable way to grow corn. This involves calculating the percentage of corn yield loss at different stages of growth and determining the economic returns of corn at various yields and various market prices.

The Tides of Change (Gr.9-12/internet/math)
This lessons deals with collecting data, charting data, and interpreting data, based on the changing ocean tide.

Discovering Growth Patterns (Gr.7-9/internet/SS/pre-algebra)
The differences between linear (arithmetic) and exponential (geometric) growth functions are emphasized in this lesson. Students collect data and make pattern predictions from four specific sites on the Internet. The collected data is graphed using a spreadsheet.

How Popular Is Your Favorite Site? (Gr. 7-12/internet/math)
The students keep track of the number of visitors to their favorite web site each week. The data are plotted on a graph so students can analyze growth patterns. They determine if growth is linear, exponential, logarithmic, etc.

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Science Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan Key: (Grade level/software/content area)

Software abbreviations: WP = word processing; SS = spreadsheet; DB = database; HS = HyperStudio; PP = PowerPoint

Wildlife Trade (Gr. 9-12/internet/science)
The goal of this lesson is to have students investigate wildlife trade and endangered species. The students use telecommunications to gather data and for collaborative research with experts. They use multimedia technology to report and present the process and results of their research.

Air Pollution Project (Gr. 9-12/internet/science)
Students will investigate the problem of air pollution in a given location and research possible solutions using a variety of tools (laboratory technology, Internet resources, multimedia technology, etc.). They will select the best solutions and present them to the class with the results of their research.

Space Program (Gr. 7-8/internet/science)
This is a collaborative, 7-to-10 week investigation of space stations and their impact on our lives and the world. At the conclusion of the lesson, students will demonstrate knowledge of measurement and ratios/proportions.

Water Quality (Gr.6-8/internet/science)
In these lessons, students increase their understanding of factors affecting environmental quality of a stream, including the interdependence of organisms and human-induced hazards. Students will learn how science and technology are used to solve local, national, and global environmental problems.

Rainforests (Gr. 3-6/internet/science)
This is an interactive, interdisciplinary, thematic project about the destruction of the rainforest and the search for possible solutions.

Climate (Gr. 3-6/internet/science)
This lesson explains what climate is and why it's related to weather. It also looks at seven different regional climates in the continental United States.

Exploring Meteorite Mysteries (Gr. 7-12/internet/science)
The study of meteorites provides a unifying theme that links almost every aspect of Earth and planetary science with mathematics, physics, chemistry, and even biology. This educator guide provides information and activities related to meteorites and their origins, whether it be Mars, asteroids, or the moon.

Cancer Therapy and Physics (Gr. 9-12/internet/physics)
Students use Internet information to study pros and cons of different types of cancer therapy and cancer treatment and apply their knowledge of electricity and magnetism, high-energy physics, and radiation as they explore and defend their preferred method of therapy. Results are placed on a web page.

How Do We Inherit Our Biological Characteristics? (Gr.9-12/internet/PP/Science)
In this lesson, students investigate an inherited disease and prepare a "story book" about the disease. The investigation includes medical information important for people with this disease so that they can live a healthy and prolonged life.

Homer's Hill (Gr.9-12/internet/geology)
This Internet-based activity engages students in solving the following problem: A movie producer is making a sequel to Dante's Peak called Homer's Hill. In order to create the most realism, there will be several on-location volcano sequences and real volcanic technical information that will be used in the script. Where should the film be made?

There is No Place Like …Space (Gr.7/internet/science)
This is a collaborative, seven-to-ten week investigation of space stations and their impact on our lives and the world. At the conclusion of the lesson, students demonstrate their knowledge of measurement and of ratios/proportions.

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Social Studies Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan Key: (Grade level/software/content area)

Software abbreviations: WP = word processing; SS = spreadsheet; DB = database; HS = HyperStudio; PP = PowerPoint

It's a Small World (Gr. 4-5/internet/social studies/math/language arts)
This lesson involves students in interactions with other students from across the globe. The students investigate their languages to find similarities and differences.

Chesapeake Bay (Gr. 4-6/internet/social studies)
The intent of this project is for students to assume the roles of scientists and explore the various Internet links about the Chesapeake Bay.

Harriet Tubman (Gr. 6-8/internet/social studies)
This unit provides Internet resources for 8th grade students who read "Harriet Tubman: Guide to Freedom," an excerpt from Ann Petry's biography Harriet Tubman. During these activities, students explore the culture and contributions of Black Americans.

Exploring Maps (Gr. 7-12/internet/social studies)
Students learn basic map skills and see how maps can answer fundamental geographic questions: "Where am I?" "What else is here?" "Where am I going?" The maps and activities can be used in geography, history, math, art, English, and the sciences.

Lewis and Clark Expedition (Gr. 6-8/internet/social studies)
The activities and lesson plans developed for this Web site comprise a multidisciplinary unit that uses television and computers as learning tools in the subject areas of science, mathematics, social studies, and language arts. The classroom activities parallel the four-hour television documentary "Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery."

Select a Lawmaker (Gr. 12/internet/social studies)
This lesson guides students to explore the process of lawmaking as affected by special interest groups; understand the range of perspectives within political parties; gain experience in oral presentation; gain experience in reading and using primary documents such as legislative bills; and to explore various social and political differences in the population.

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt (Gr. 7-12/internet/social studies/LA)
During the Great Depression, thousands of young people wrote to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for help. They asked for clothing, money, and other forms of assistance. This site presents some of these letters, Mrs. Roosevelt's response, and lesson plans for integrating this material into the middle and high school course of study.
All of these activities can be used in a U.S. History or American Civilization class, and several are suitable for a U.S. Government class.

Searching For China (Gr. 7-12/internet/geography/social studies)
By completing this WebQuest, learners achieve the following: develop an interest in China; learn information about six key aspects of Chinese culture; formulate and support an argument from one of the six perspectives.

Quest for Liberty (Gr. 9/internet/social studies)
This unit explores World War II. It focuses on the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, and highlights five topics: U-boats & Submarines; Invasions of Normandy: Internment of Japanese-Americans; Battle of the Pacific; and Dropping of Atomic Bomb.

Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan Key: (Grade level/software/content area)

Software abbreviations: WP = word processing; SS = spreadsheet; DB = database; HS = HyperStudio; PP = PowerPoint

Prairie Dog Development (Gr. 4-6/internet/social studies/science)
The problem that students face in this unit is the commercial development of 40 acres of a prairie dog community. Student teams develop an Environmental Survey, an Environmental Impact Statement, a blueprint of their proposed development, and a statement of social and economic benefits for the community.

Solar System Adventure (Gr. 4-6/internet/WP/language arts/science)
Writing a science fiction story is not only fun, but a great way to learn about science. For this activity, students learn about the solar system and our galaxy from World Wide Web sites and write a science fiction story based on what they discover.

Coaster Connections (Gr. /9-12/internet/math/science)
What science and math concepts exist in a roller coaster? In this lesson students will enter the world of roller coasters via hands-on activities, Internet information, online experts, and computer simulations.

Native American Lesson (Gr. 4-6/internet/social studies/geography)
In this lesson, students learn about the five Native American regions. Student groups choose a region to study and then create a representative legend book.

Bigger Than a Bread Box (Gr. K-1/SS/WP/internet/math/language arts)
In this lesson, students use listening and observation skills to gain understanding and communication skills to share ideas. They apply the concepts and procedures of mathematics to solve a problem involving what to do with "lots" of boxes brought in by each student.

Front Page News: The Oregon Trail and the California Gold Rush (Gr. 6-9/internet/WP/language arts/social studies)
The purpose of this WebQuest is to have students research an event that took place during the Westward Expansion: either the Oregon Trail or the California Gold Rush. After students have completed research on the event that they choose, they will write a front page article for a newspaper.

Supplying Our Water Needs (Gr.9-12/internet/WP/science/social studies)
Students assume the roles of consultants and create a proposal to solve the following problem: Your consulting group has been commissioned to determine who should be awarded the contract for the large-scale diversion of water from water-rich regions of North America to water-poor areas experiencing growth in population and industry.

The Brain (Gr. 7-12/internet/science/health)
Contains lots of activities and resources for the K-12 classroom.
It includes references related to behavioral studies, health, science, and technology standards.

Revealing Einstein (Gr. K-8/internet/social studies/language arts/science)
This site provides several links with information about Einstein. Included in the links are animations, a timeline, a downloadable time traveler game, a teacher's guide with classroom activities, and much more. Standards included are K-4 history, language arts, science, and world history.

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