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Shake It Up Journal Article
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Shake It Up
By: Tatiana Gilstrap, Peter Sheldon, and Peggy Schimmoeller
Grade Level: Elementary School
If scientists know where earthquakes are most likely to occur, then architects and engineers can design safer buildings for such areas and potentially prevent some of the devastating aftereffects. Engineers have met this challenge through the design and use of gigantic shake tables to evaluate the stability of various structures. In this 45-minute lesson and activity, students learn how seismically safe buildings are designed. They also design and...  [view full summary]
If scientists know where earthquakes are most likely to occur, then architects and engineers can design safer buildings for such areas and potentially prevent some of the devastating aftereffects. Engineers have met this challenge through the design and use of gigantic shake tables to evaluate the stability of various structures. In this 45-minute lesson and activity, students learn how seismically safe buildings are designed. They also design and test their own buildings on shake tables. Following this lesson, students can analyze their construction and evaluate and improve their original design.
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Stepping Up to Science and Math: Exploring the Natural Connections (e-book) e-book
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Stepping Up to Science and Math: Exploring the Natural Connections (e-book)
Grade Level: Elementary School
Stepping Up to Science and Math invites you to step back and rethink the way you teach both of these essential subjects. Then it illustrates how you can step up the pace with Standards-based activities that make learning more effective and efficient. (You can even step outside the ordinary with new lessons featuring gummy worms, school buses, or the planet Mars.) Compiled from Science & Children, NSTA’s award-winning elementary school...  [view full summary]
Stepping Up to Science and Math invites you to step back and rethink the way you teach both of these essential subjects. Then it illustrates how you can step up the pace with Standards-based activities that make learning more effective and efficient. (You can even step outside the ordinary with new lessons featuring gummy worms, school buses, or the planet Mars.) Compiled from Science & Children, NSTA’s award-winning elementary school journal, Stepping Up gathers 21 articles that provide interdisciplinary options for linking inquiry-based activities to mathematics as well as other K-6 curriculum areas, such as language arts and social studies. The book is organized into three broad content areas based on subject matter or skills:

• Making connections among the basic process skills—such as linear measurement, data collection, estimation, and graphing—that underpin both science and math. Chapter titles include “Say Yes to Metric,” “Gummy Worms Measurement,” and “Weighing Dinosaurs.”

• Using scientific concepts as the core for authentic investigations that link to other disciplines. Titles cover “Crossing the Curriculum with Frogs,” “Real Earthquakes, Real Learning,” and “Mission to Mars.”

• Finding contemporary applications for scientific inquiry and experimentation to develop more advanced integrated process skills. Among the titles: “The Scoop on Science Data,” “Thinking Engineering,” and “Building Structures.”
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Shake It Up With Reading Journal Article
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Shake It Up With Reading
By: Lindsy Argus
Grade Level: Middle School
The author created a lesson in which students successfully practiced reading comprehension skills while developing an understanding of earthquakes.
The author created a lesson in which students successfully practiced reading comprehension skills while developing an understanding of earthquakes.
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Building Models to Better Understand the Importance of Cost Versus Safety in Engineering Journal Article
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Building Models to Better Understand the Importance of Cost Versus Safety in Engineering
By: William Sumrall and Michael Mott
Grade Level: Middle School
While some disasters involving engineered structures are due to events in nature (e.g., tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes), others may be caused by inadequate materials, design flaws, and poor maintenance. These catastrophes result in the loss of human lives and cost billions of dollars. In the set of lessons described here, students design a tower, select building materials, determine building costs, and identify safety concerns. Working in groups...  [view full summary]
While some disasters involving engineered structures are due to events in nature (e.g., tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes), others may be caused by inadequate materials, design flaws, and poor maintenance. These catastrophes result in the loss of human lives and cost billions of dollars. In the set of lessons described here, students design a tower, select building materials, determine building costs, and identify safety concerns. Working in groups with defined roles, students are actively engaged in project development, implementation, and evaluation.
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