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Helping Bring the Sunshine - Inventing for the Protagonist

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Have you ever imagined what life would be like if you only could see and feel the sun once every seven years? How would you feel if you were alienated and ostracized because you are the only child on planet Venus who has memory of the sun. These are questions generated after reading Ray Bradbury’s All Summer in A Day. Students were asked to create an invention/concept that would assist the protagonist with their aforementioned conflicts. They created wonderful concept inventions by using the library makerspace which included Little Bits!

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Rachael L. Toy

Causes of the American Civil War: State Declarations of Secession

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Students will read the declarations of secession from each state joining the CSA. Students can be assigned to read all, a few, or just one. Students will then draft a statement summarizing the reason(s) the state is giving for secession. Students can write/share these with the class and then discuss any commonalities among the statements to determine the cause of the Civil War according the states that seceded.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Primary Source

Author: Jennifer Hayden

Given a Point and a Slope, Plot a Point

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In this activity, students will be randomly assigned a point and a slope. They will use a movable point to plot a second point and receive visual feedback via animation as well as explicit written feedback about the slope of the line they created. All starting points and target slopes are generated randomly, so students in the class are not likely to get the same problems within a slide. They will all be practicing plotting points given a slope.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment

Author: Javier Cabezas