Create Your Own Celebrity Ice Cream Flavor!

Ben & Jerrys is one of the premier ice cream companies in the United States. They are constantly producing new flavors inspired by celebrities and current events. Ben & Jerrys has managed to remain on the cusp of creativity for over 30 years. The objective of this lesson is to teach students how to create a business plan for a new, creative product.

Using Social Networks to Provide Disaster Relief

The purpose of this lesson is to get students to think about how they can utilize a social network such as Facebook to help with physical disaster relief efforts, as well as to compare and contrast the differences between virtual and physical disaster relief efforts.

With the devastation of Hurricane Sandy at the end of October 2012, there has been a great deal of effort to provide relief to Sandy’s victims, especially in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey. Much of this effort requires physical involvement — people working at or near the areas most affected.

Obesity in America: A Plan to Get Fit Part 2

In this lesson, students continue to learn about obesity by exploring healthier food alternatives that taste just as good as “junk food.” In addition, students create a food plan based on the 60/30 model (60% carbohydrates/30% fats and proteins) that they will implement in their lives to lose weight and be healthier.

How to Create a Real World Lightsaber

This lesson explores the physics behind a lightsaber (the weapon of the Jedi in the popular Star Wars movie franchise), how to bend lasers, and how it is possible to craft a lightsaber. This lesson would fit nicely into a physics unit on light and lenses.

Knock, Knock. Who’s There? The Art of Creating and Delivering The Perfect Joke

The objective of the lesson is for students to create and perform their own comedy segments.

Some folks have it; some don’t. What is it that gives some people the ability to deliver jokes that have entire audiences laughing hysterically? Is it the energy with which they tell the joke, or is it their magnetic personality, or it a combination of both? Ever wonder who writes the jokes for your favorite comedy show or skit? Comedians like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Jerry Seinfeld didn’t just start out on their own shows but started off as stand up comedians or comedy writers.

LifeSaver Sparks

Wintergreen LifeSaver candies create a visible spark when chewed and broken apart. In this lesson, students investigate this phenomenon and learn about how it occurs.

Understanding Shakespearean Archetypes through Modern Day Rom-Coms

In this lesson, students will demonstrate their understanding of Shakespearean archetypes by applying them to modern day romantic comedies. They will learn about the traditional five act structure of and commonly used “stock characters” in Shakespeare’s comedies. They will then identify similar plot points and stock characters in a modern romantic comedy.

Writing Your Own “Epic Rap Battle”

In this lesson, students will demonstrate an understanding of two historical figures and their opposing ideologies by writing their own “Epic Rap Battles of History.” They will also exercise their debate and persuasive writing skills.

The Blueprint to Cuban Travel

In this lesson, students will explore US-Cuba relations of the past and present through the use of Jay Z’s song “Open Letter.”

After making a trip to Cuba with his wife Beyonce, Jay Z received criticism from politicians and lawmakers. In response to this criticism, he recorded a song called “Open Letter.”

Using selected lyrics from the song, students will be asked to analyze Jay Z’s rhymes and discover how his words are related to ongoing issues between the United States and Cuba. Students will also write their own open letters about US-Cuban relations.

The Science of the Mockingjay

Students learn about genetically modified organisms and the danger this type of research poses by looking at the Mockingjay in The Hunger Games and drawing connections to the real world.