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.

Obesity in America: A Plan to Get Fit Part 1

In this lesson, students learn about one of the most dire epidemics in America today, obesity. Kids today have negative eating habits due in large part to all of the fast food around them. In order to lose weight and, more importantly, live longer and healthier lives, many youth have to make a change. For this lesson, students list foods that they eat daily and learn how to calculate nutritional values.

Who Do You Think You Are? Tracing Your Familial Roots

The objective of this lesson is to have students conduct an interview with a family member as well as learn about their family history.

Exploring and tracing family history – also known as genealogy – is the most personalized form of history. It passes from one generation to the next, allowing us to connect with our ancestors as well as providing us with knowledge of our culture or how we fit into the grander scheme of society. It is exceptionally self-gratifying to be able to trace our ancestral roots.

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.

“Vulcan?!?” What Would YOU Name Pluto’s Newly Discovered Moon?

In this lesson, students use facts about Pluto’s newly discovered moon to develop a name that they believe best suits this new space discovery. The name “Vulcan” won a recent online poll conducted by the astronomer who discovered the moon to become the moon’s new name. The name has not been officially adopted, however, so students are asked to come up with their own pop culture-related names that might better suit the moon based on facts students learn about it. Clips of Star Trek are used to teach about the name Vulcan and segue way into the lesson’s main activity.

Video Games and Literary Criticism

In this lesson, students engage with their favorite video games as literary works and write literary analysis essays critiquing and dissecting the literary aspects of their chosen games.

The Pixar Theory

This lesson will teach students key story elements such as main theme, personification and the concept of connected narratives and storylines by showing how all of the Pixar movies actually exist within the same universe. Jon Negroni developed what he calls The Pixar Theory, as a way to highlight how a single narrative ties all of the Pixar movies into one cohesive timeline with a main theme.

“After Ever After”: Analyzing Fairy Tales in the Modern World

In this lesson, students will use the YouTube sensation “After Ever After” as inspiration for writing their own realistic accounts of classic fairy tales and what might happen after their “happy endings.” They will incorporate research of current events to support their stories.

Dear Me: Writing a Letter to the Future You

In this lesson, students put a new spin on letters that celebrities like Seth Green, Jenna Elfman, Hugh Jackman and William Shatner contributed to the book Dear Me, A Letter to My 16 Year Old Self and write letters to their future selves.