October 1st, 2021

High School Resource: Classroom Idea: Quadratic Rocket Physics

High School Resource

Classroom Idea: Quadratic Rocket Physics

Physicists tell us that the altitude h in feet of a projectile t seconds after firing is h = -16t2 + vut + ho where vu is the upward component of its initial velocity in feet per second and h o is the altitude in feet from which it is fired. A rocket is launched from a hilltop 2400 feet above the desert with an initial upward velocity of 400 feet per second. When will it land on the desert? In this activity, discuss what the discriminant can tell you about the solution to this problem. Then use the quadratic equation to find the solution and explain your answer.

Related NY State Academic Standards: N-VM.1, N-VM.2, N-VM.3, and more!

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September 29th, 2021

Middle School Resource: Density by PhET

Middle School Resource

Density by PhET

This simulation will allow students to create a custom object to explore the effects of mass and volume on density, use the scale to measure the mass of an object, then hold the object under water to measure its volume. Students might explore the following questions:

  • Why do objects like wood float in water?
  • Does it depend on size?
  • Can you discover the relationship?
  • Can you identify all the mystery objects?

Using the simulation, students will:

  • Describe how the concept of density relates to an object’s mass and volume.
  • Explain how objects of similar mass can have differing volume, and how objects of similar volume can have differing mass.
  • Explain why changing an object’s mass or volume does not affect its density (ie, understand density as an intensive property).
  • Measure the volume of an object by observing the amount of fluid it displaces.
  • Identify an unknown material by calculating its density and comparing to a table of known densities.

Related NY State Academic Standards: MST4.I.PS3.1, MST4.I.PS3.1h, and MST4.I.PS3.1i!

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September 27th, 2021

Elementary School Resource: Introduction To Physical Science by Discovery Education

Elementary School Resource

Introduction To Physical Science by Discovery Education

In this activity, students will:

  • Understand the ideas of motion and force;
  • Describe Newton’s three laws of motion; and
  • Test Newton’s three laws of motion in a game of marbles

Related NY State Academic Standards: S.K.PS.2.1, S.3.PS.2.1, S.3.PS.2.2, and more!

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September 24th, 2021

High School Resource: Adventures in History Series: The Beginnings of Buffalo Industry

High School Resource

Adventures in History Series: The Beginnings of Buffalo Industry

Author Robert Holder chronicles the beginnings of the Buffalo industry from the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 through the early 20th century.

This pamphlet is one of twenty-seven volumes in the Adventures in WNY History Series, which were produced based on the collections and archives of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. The contents of the pamphlets, including the images, are copyrighted by the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. They can be used exclusively for educational purposes described under the federal copyright laws. Some original copies may be purchased from the museum shop.

This pamphlet is appropriate for students studying local and New York State history.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.4.6.f, SS.4.6.f.1, SS.8.2.b, and more!

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September 22nd, 2021

Middle School Resource: This Day in History: Erie Canal Opens by History.com

Middle School Resource

This Day in History: Erie Canal Opens by History.com

This resource describes what went into creating the Erie Canal and the benefits that came from building it.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.7.6, SS.7.6.b, and SS.7.6.b.1!

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September 20th, 2021

Elementary School Resource: Canal Map from New York State Canal System

Elementary School Resource

Canal Map from New York State Canal System

This is a website of New York State and highlights the Canal system. It is interactive as there are various features, such as lock locations and speed limits, that can be viewed. This resource is appropriate for grade level(s) 4.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.4.6.b, SS.4.6.b.3, SS.E.3.1C, and SS3.E.1C.04.01!

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September 17th, 2021

High School Resource: The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Books Should Be Free

High School Resource

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Books Should Be Free

This resource allows users to freely download Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab as an audiobook in mp3, iPod, or iTunes format.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.5, SL.11-12.2, and SL.11-12.5!

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September 15th, 2021

Middle School Resource: Genre Lesson: What is a Mystery? by ReadWorks

Middle School Resource

Genre Lesson: What is a Mystery? by ReadWorks

In this lesson, students will identify the elements of a mystery.

Related NY State Academic Standards: RL.6.1, RL.6.3, and RL.6.5!

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September 13th, 2021

Elementary School Resource: Wanted: Investigative Reporters to Predict and Solve Mysteries

Elementary School Resource

Wanted: Investigative Reporters to Predict and Solve Mysteries

In this activity, listeners will predict who stole Grandpa’s teeth after investigating the evidence in Grandpa’s Teeth by Rod Clement. Stop reading the story just after the mayor presents Grandpa with a new set of teeth. Ask students to write or explain orally whom they predict has stolen Grandpa’s Teeth and why they selected this character as the thief. Their explanations should also include supporting details from the story explaining why it is difficult to live without teeth. Students can empathize with Grandpa what a day would be like if they had no teeth in their mouths through oral discussion in peer literature circles or teacher directed discussion. Older students could create a problem/resolution web to organize their brainstorming ideas, then write a paragraph explaining what “a day without teeth” would be like and how they would cope. Students can then create Wanted Posters using appropriate vocabulary words as an extension activity to build vocabulary and stretch the imagination. This book is appropriate for grades Pre K – Grade 5.

Related NY State Academic Standards: RL.4.3, RL.4.11, RI.4.1, and more!

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September 10th, 2021

High School Resource: Right Triangle Side Length by The Shodor Foundation

High School Resource

Right Triangle Side Length by The Shodor Foundation

This interactive web-based resource helps students practice calculating the length of a right triangle’s leg.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 8.G.7, G-SRT.8, MST3.7.G.8, and MST3.A1.A.45!

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