Lesson Plans

Air is something that most of us take for granted! Remember that YOU are THE key!

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NTCAC RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

 

Drive Clean Across Texas for Teachers

 

TPWD Teacher Tool Kit

 

Free Online Experiments from PASCO

 

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A-I-R Workshop Models

Integrated Science Learning Environment (ISLE) Matrix. Nix & Ledbetter ‘feature’ the bold items to show different ways of introducing/supporting lessons. The point is to demonstrate how independent resources can be combined to make a point! The technology shouldn’t be ‘separate’ from the teaching – or the learning… Teachers can make a powerful impact by using the probe ware for demonstration purposes. We use as many sensors as reasonable to demonstrate the versatility of the products; similarly, we merge different types of activities from different study areas. Then, we discuss ways to expand ideas for student use when they (the teachers!) have the opportunity in their classrooms. 

 

Topic

Project Wild

PASport Xplorer

Penny Ante Science

NTCAC

SCIENCE education

History

CO2 sensor: cricket respiration ‘demo’

Inquiring minds (solids, liquids, and gasses)

Mission

Individual awareness

Microtrek treasure hunt (ecological knowledge)

Barometer sensor: current reading

Air Lift! (effects of air on an object)

Lesson 1: Where is the air?

Personal health

Quick-frozen critters (ecological knowledge)

Exercise heart rate monitor: Heart beat health

Motion sensors

Wind bag! (lung capacity)

Lesson 2: What do all those colors mean?

Lesson 5: What does dirty air do to my lungs?

Environmental impact

Environmental barometer (ecological knowledge)

Litter we know (sustainability)

Sound sensor: Noise pollution

Adaptation and survival (pepper moth population)

Air pollution (identify types and sources)

Lesson 3: What makes the sky dirty?

Lesson 6: Why can’t I go outside to play?

Human impact

Too close for comfort (sustainability)

‘Taking action’ (student involvement)

CO2 sensor: Indoor CO2 build-up

The rag man (class waste investigation)

Lesson 4: What can I do to help the air?

Responsible action

Prairie memoirs (social and political knowledge)

Checks and balances (sustainability)

pH sensor: Acid rain simulation

‘To Air Is Human’ TEKS correlation

TXU projects and other programs

 

science EDUCATION

‘How to use the Project WILD guide’

Electronic data collection

Community juggling (RNIX)

Teacher resource links

 YOU are THE key! Detailed Seminar Outline.

Time

Activity

8:30

Sign-in and set-up!

WELCOME

9:00

System dependencies and inter-relationships

 

‘Community Juggling’ activity

 

‘Heart beat health’ activity

 

Introducing ‘Andy Airedale’

9:30

Today’s agenda: Environmental literacy ð action

 

PASCO Xplorer probeware

 

Project WILD History

 

NTCAC Mission

UNDERSTANDING AIR

10:00

Seeing the invisible: experiential training models

 

‘Inquiring minds’ activity

 

Electronic data collection over time

 

Cricket respiration experiment (CO2 sensor)

 

‘Under pressure’ experiment (Barometer sensor)

 

‘Air lift’ make & take

INDIVIDUAL AWARENESS

11:00

Recognizing air as a natural resource

 

‘Microtrek Treasure Hunt’ activity

 

‘Where is the air?’ lesson 1

 

‘Wind bag’ activity

12:00

Personal health issues

 

‘What do all those colors mean?’ lesson 2

 

‘What does dirty air do to my lungs?’ lesson 5

 

‘Quick frozen critters’ activity

‘WORKING’ LUNCH

12:30

Reflection, review, and realization

 

‘Prairie memoirs’ activity

 

Electronic data collection over time

 

Cricket respiration experiment (CO2 sensor)

 

‘Noise pollution’ experiment (Sound sensor)

 

Tend to personal necessities

MONITORING QUALITY

1:30

Why worry about air quality?

 

‘Too close for comfort’ activity

 

‘Adaptation and survival’ make & take

 

Causes and effects of air pollution

 

‘What makes the sky dirty’ lesson 3

 

‘Why can’t I go outside to play’ lesson 6

2:30

Action-Interaction-Reaction: YOU are THE key!

 

‘What can I do to help the air’ lesson 4

 

‘The rag man’ activity

 

Indoor CO2 build-up (CO2 sensor)

 

Acid rain simulation (pH sensor)

 

‘Environmental barometer’ activity

BREATHING DEEPLY

3:30

Making a difference ~ success in your classroom and beyond!

 

TXU Clean Air program

 

Project WILD history & how to use the guide

 

Project website: http://www.utdallas.edu/~rnix/AIR

 

AIR spinner classroom reminder and activity

 

General science bundle drawing

4:00

Thanks, materials distribution, and farewells!