This lesson plan allows middle school students to explore gravity and the differences between Einstein’s Theory and Newton’s Theory on gravity. The class is divided into two groups – one doing Internet research and the other doing two hands-on experiments using readily accessible materials. The answers of the first group are to be posted are Nicenet (http://www.nicenet.org/), but could easily be shared verbally or in another wiki environment. The second group will compare and contrast the two experiments in a group discussion. Then, of course, the two groups will switch and try the other task. This lesson plan could be improved by the inclusion of some Internet links or additional information on the specifics of the gravitational theories and more elaboration on how the experimental results fit in with the objectives of the lesson. The two experiments have good explanatory material within the linked webpage.
Introduction: Who likes ice cream? Your homework is to decide what flavor ice cream best represents Theodore Roosevelt as president. Group Size: Whole class Learning Objectives: To critically analyze Theodore Roosevelt as a "radical conservative" using specific examles from his presidency. Guiding Question: If the presidents of the Gilded Age were considered "vanilla', what kind of ice cream would Theodore Roosevelt (the radical conservative of the Progressive Era) be? Materials: Knowledge of TR as a president/progressive. understanding of the bland/vanilla presidents of the Gilded Age. Procedures: After students have studied the Progressives on a national level have them formulate for homework (so they aren't put on the spot) what type of ice cream Theodore Roosevelt would be. Assessment: If students can explain why TR is the flavor they chose. They must have at least 2 concrete/historic examples from his presidency to back up their choice. Answer Key or Rubric: Chocolate chip is great b/c he was a "radical conservative", he was a Republican hence did not radically change any aspect of govt. but his Pure Food and Drug Act and Meat Inspection Act, Newlands Reclamation etc. did add progressive reform/change that could be represented by the chocolate chips. Otherwise the vanilla base of government remained the same. Rocky road is good too for the same reasons above but have students stay away from chocolate based ice cream because he wasn't a radical or even a "trust buster" but rather a trust regulator. Benchmark or Standards: Students have to have original answers with at least 2 historic examples to back up their answers.