What’s Your Food Revolution?

The objective of this lesson is to educate students on healthy food choices.
Jamie Oliver is one of the many health food chefs that are challenging the Department of Education’s lunch foods. He recently came out with a U.S. version of his highly acclaimed U.K. show, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, where he visited Huntington, West Virginia, statistically one of the unhealthiest cities in the U.S. While he was there he tried to improve its residents’ eating habits by educating the towns residents through cooking classes, and showcases. In the second season Oliver visited Los Angeles, California where he continued his crusade to change school meals but was met with resistance.

When History Says “C’Mon Man!”

In this lesson students will research and take the “C’MON MAN” approach at describing world issues.

ESPN uses the phrase “C’MON MAN!” to point out head scratching mistakes and odd plays that took place in sports. Within this lesson students will research a specific moment in history that was questionable, a mistake or head scratch worthy.

Each historical moment could be randomly selected or chosen based on time period being studied in class at the time.

Watermark Mania! Hashtags and Social Media Marketing Campaigns

In this lesson, students learn about the different social media marketing strategies that television networks implement and discuss what their benefits might be. At the end of the lesson, students produce their own social media marketing campaigns for a specific television show in efforts to boost the network’s ratings.

Social networks have their throne on the Internet, but over the last couple of months, they have made their way to television screens everywhere. On popular shows such as Glee, The Voice, X Factor, and 106 & Park, the network staff includes a hashtag watermark (#AmericanIdol, #Glee, #TheVoice, #XFactor, etc.) on the lower sides of the screen to promote discussion about the shows on Twitter and other social networks. Also, the news and talk shows let viewers know that they have Facebook and Twitter pages that they can access.

Viscosity, Hydrogen Bonding, and Surface Tension in Puddle

In this lesson, students learn about viscosity, hydrogen bonding, and surface tension by examining a scenario based on the video game Puddle. In this game, players control a puddle of liquid and navigate an obstacle course by tilting the stage. A video of the game is used as an introduction to a diagram-aided discussion of viscosity (a physical principle that is important to Puddle gameplay) and its relationship to hydrogen bonding. The lesson closes with a fascinating water-droplet video that shows hydrogen bonding in action.

Evaluating The Academy Awards

The objective of this lesson is to have students create their own criteria that best evaluate the quality of films.

An Academy Award is arguably one of the most prestigious accolades any actor, director, screenwriter or producer can receive. Some of the most notable actors in film history have received an Oscar such as Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Aubrey Hepburn, and Sidney Poitier. Every year, The Academy awards nominations to the year’s most outstanding films.

But how does The Academy determine the winners of its awards? Students become The Academy in this lesson to develop their own criteria for award-winning films.

Classroom Top Chef: Making Healthier Eating Choices

The objective of this lesson is for students to understand the nutritional contents of food and how to make healthier eating choices.

Food labels appear on virtually every food item. We constantly see restaurants and food manufacturers churn out healthier food options. Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt and Lay’s Baked Potato Chips are both examples of food companies offering healthier options. Many of these companies have felt pressure to reevaluate their products and create healthier options. People like First Lady Michelle Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and chef turned TV personality Rachael Ray have all voiced their concern about the unhealthy food options available to the public and most importantly, the youth.

Comparative Hip-Hop Analysis

The goal of this lesson is for students to learn how to write a comparative analysis essay by comparing and contrasting today’s Hip-Hop with Hip-Hop from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The Thermodynamic Shake

In this lesson, the YouTube craze “The Harlem Shake” is used to introduce students to the concepts of entropy and enthalpy.