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Site Purpose: Tell your students exactly why you have chosen this site and how it incorporates itself into the concept being studied. The better that they understand why they were directed to the site, the more effective your lesson will be.
In our study of temperature we notice high points
and low points in daily temperatures. Why do the hottest and coldest times
of the day happen when they do? You are going to this website to get data
to put into a spreadsheet to find the answer to this question. You will only
collect data for time and temperature. The simplest way to do this is to write
the numbers down on paper and later enter them into a spreadsheet.
Lesson Introduction: Set group size limits or establish roles at the start of this lesson. List here any classroom management details that will help this lesson run smoothly.
What causes our stresses? What makes them livable?
Can we eliminate any of our stress? You will work with a partner of your choosing.
Your task for today will be to use the lists and resources available to you
and come to an agreement on the three things that most cause you and your
partner stress, and then the three management techniques that you think will
be most helpful to your classmates in dealing with their stress. One of you
should be responsible for the things that cause you to stress, and the other
will be responsible for the ways to deal with stress. Do not be distracted
by other groups working around you on other topics related to stress. Work
in a positive manner with your partner.
Lesson Description: Give complete instructions to students regarding how the work is to be done. If an additional Internet site will be required for the completion of this lesson, include it in your instructions here.
Set up a journal page and make your guess about the following: (1) What hour of day is the hottest? (2) What time of the day is the coldest? After making your guess, visit the weather data site and record the temperature for each of the last 24 hours. Write the numbers down in your journal before entering them into the spreadsheet. If you want to copy the data and paste into Excel, you will encounter several difficulties. To see how to deal with these problems, download a sample spreadsheet. You may be able to look at the numbers you wrote in your journal and see a pattern. But, if you put your data into Excel and create a column chart, the pattern will be much easier to find.
Instructions for using Excel to produce your chart of temperature data
Enter the data into a spreadsheet
Final Product or Task: Tell students what they will produce as a final product. If you expect them to use a specific application or tool spell that out for them. For example; "You will use an Excel spreadsheet to calculate the speed with which a line of thunderstorms moved across a given state. Your results and to be reported with a one-page Word document on which you have inserted an image from the Internet."
Print your "24 hours of temperature data"
chart. Report the results of your inquiry on a one page MS Word document which
you will turn in with your Excel chart. Your report must include:
Conclusion: Associate this lesson with work that has gone before, or is to follow. Challenge your students to go further with this topic. If appropriate, list another Internet site.
Stresses affect you and I each day--(Only you know
quicker when my stress levels go up.) Use this site to learn how to control
your surroundings and the things that punch your buttons. Use the associated
links to learn more about how stress affects your total health, and your whole
well-being. With a little effort on your part, you may find that I can become
a bearable person in whose class you can come to learn and enjoy without the
usual stresses that everyday school life is bound to bring.
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