The Economics of Chocolate

The concept of supply and demand is a key concept to understand the market economy. The relationship between supply and demands directly affects price and quantity of a good.

The objective of this lesson plan is to teach students the concept of supply and demand, as well as the effects it has on the economy.

Common Core Standards:
RST.9-10.10. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 910 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
RST.11-12.8. Evaluate the hypotheses, data, analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information
RST.11-12.9. Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

Motion Physics with Mario…and Portal

This lesson helps students develop a deep and meaningful understanding of motion physics by playing a video game mash-up of the classic Super Mario Bros. and the popular new wave game Portal. You can use the youtube video to give yourself some other ideas of ways the game can be used to illustrate physics concepts in the classroom. This game is a really great way to actually show students these forces at work with familiar and fun characters and games that they are sure to really enjoy.

What Can We Do About Gun Control Laws in the US?

In this lesson, students will brainstorm about what they can do to encourage the US government to enact stricter gun-control laws, and they will take action by engaging with the means of communication closest to them, and by getting in touch with their peers and political representatives. With what seems to be an increase in the frequency of mass shootings in the US, students have plenty of thoughts and reactions.

Skating and Angular Momentum

A lesson on angular momentum using figure skating and skateboarding to help students visualize this scientific concept.

Sonic The Physicist

Using the game Sonic Generations, students explore motion physics and come to understand basic forces of motion.

Relativity Rock

In this lesson, a techno/electronica music video is used to teach students about the theory of relativity, the concept of fusion, and how E=MC squared gives an explanation for how stars emit light.

Super Smash Physics

Students explore the connection between momentum and mass while examining the physics of the popular video game Super Smash Bros.

The Great Gatsby: Understanding Adaptation

In this lesson, students familiarize themselves with basic storytelling techniques and how they translate from text to film. They then pick one major theme from The Great Gatsby and explain how it is visually represented in Baz Luhrmann’s new film.