The Physics of Angry Birds

The goal of this lesson is for students to explore and analyze graphs by comparing the constant velocity in the x-direction and acceleration in the y-direction through a live action reenactment of Angry Birds as a class experiment or through a video analysis of actual gameplay.

Are You Smarter than a 9-Year-Old? Using Caine’s Arcade to Teach Probability

In this lesson, students build their own cardboard arcade games that are fun to play and allow them to compare and contrast theoretical and experimental probability. They learn to understand that probability is a chance event between 0 and 1, explore the concept of approximate probability, find the probability of compound events, decide if a specified model is consistent with results, and analyze strategies using probability concepts.

Pass the Peanuts: Using 21st Century Skills For Real World Work Related Projects

Do you have what it takes to work with a group, to design a good product, in a limited time frame, these are 21st century skills employers look for! Students will work together on a math project to create an efficient way of packaging foam peanuts. In this lesson, the additional objective is to have students utilize the 4 C’s: communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking! Are you ready?

Asteroids, Meteors, Meteorites, and Meteoroids! From Sci-Fi to Reality

In this lesson, students will learn to differentiate between asteroids, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids, they will think about their definitions and representations in science and popular culture, and they will consider ways to go about further explaining these phenomena to an audience through a critical, creative-writing piece.

Lego Laws of Motion

This lesson uses Lego animation to walk students through Newton’s laws of motion.

The Physics of Star Wars

Although the Star Wars movies are believed to be some of the most amazing films ever created, they break the laws of physics on a regular basis. In this lesson, students watch a Star Wars movie and identify scenes that break the laws of physics.

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.

Evaluating Gun Violence in Rap Music

In this lesson, students join the national conversation about gun violence and gun control by writing a letter to a prominent rapper that addresses the artist’s content related to gun violence. Students and teachers also have an opportunity to develop campaigns to educate their communities and raise awareness about gun violence within the context of this lesson.