## DISCOVER> DiscoverySchool.com NEWS: Dec. 17, 2003

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• Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 10:13:34 -0600

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Subject: DiscoverySchool.com NEWS: Dec. 17, 2003
From: Maria_Shook@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 10:59:59 -0500

Teacher-to-Teacher - Fresh ideas to enhance learning
December 17, 2003

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Today's Military: See It For What It Really Is
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THEME OF THE WEEK: FORCES & GRAVITY
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** ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK **
Roller Coasters & Physics: Making the Connection

Often the key to student interest in any science topic is to make a real-world
connection. Ask your students to list their favorite amusement parks and roller
coasters. With little or no difficulty they will be able to brainstorm many
locations.

From this listing you can take the classroom discussion into the world of
"roller coaster physics." The g forces experienced by roller coaster riders are
the result of unbalanced forces. The seats of the roller coaster cars create
these forces as they push against the riders to change their direction at the
bottoms of hills and around curves and loops. Loops and corkscrews are vital
because they act as safety factors. Their purpose is to slow the rider down
enough to help keep the g forces of the ride from becoming too extreme.

Edited by Contributing National Faculty Teacher: Pam Thomas

** PUZZLE OF THE WEEK **
Hand out this printable puzzle about forces and gravity.

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ON CABLE IN THE CLASSROOM
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** NEXT WEEK ON ASSIGNMENT DISCOVERY **
Assignment Discovery airs weekdays at 9 a.m. ET/PT, 8 a.m. CT, and 10 a.m. MT
on the Discovery Channel.

WORLD HISTORY THEME WEEK
http://school.discovery.com/ontv/themes/f2003_worldhistory.html

From the beginning of prehistoric human history to the end of the Cold War,
survey the rise of civilization and nations. Travel to Africa to meet our
shared ancestor; examine power and ritual in Asia; explore life in the trenches
for soldiers during "The Great War"; and witness the fall of czarist Russia and
Germany's Berlin Wall.
Airs: Week of 12/22/03

Monday 12/22:
Toward Civilization
Before We Ruled the Earth: Explores the lives of prehistoric humans and the
tools they used. Out of Africa: Examines evidence in our genes that humans
share a common ancestor. Secrets of the Iceman: Following the discovery of a
5,300: year-old body, scientists try to piece together who he was by reenacting
his final day. The Nile: Where Egypt Began: Examines the birth and growth of
the Egyptian civilization along the banks of the river Nile.
Airs: 12/22/03

Tuesday 12/23:
Destiny Determined: Power and Ritual In Asia
Behind the Great Wall: Explores the history of the Great Wall of China and the
Dynasty of Qin Shi Huangdi. Story of the Silk Road: Examines the history of the
Silk Road, trade, and the Han Dynasty. Secrets of the Samurai: Explores the
science and technology of Samurai swordmaking and the Japanese history of
ritual. Between Two Cultures: Japanese in America: Meet Japanese students
living in America and the problems they encounter living with two sets of
cultures.
Airs: 12/23/03

Wednesday 12/24:
World War I and Its Aftermath
Rise of Nationalism: Explores the growth of nationalism in the early 1900s by
focusing on oppression in Czarist Russia. World War I: Explores the causes of
"The Great War" and what life was like for a solider fighting in the trenches.
Death from Above: The Red Baron: Using forensic evidence and detective work,
scientists recreate the last flight of the Red Baron to determine who shot down
the German flying ace. Communism and the Soviet Union: Explores the fall of
czarist Russia and the birth of Communism.
Airs: 12/24/03

Thursday 12/25:
World War II
Fall of the Third Reich: Explores Adolf Hitler's underground bunker and the
attempts to erase it from history. Triumph at Normandy: Examines how concerted
Allied military activity drove the Nazis from the coast of France. Days of
Dust: Shows how the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl affected Americans
before the United States became involved in World War II. In Memoriam: The
Holocaust: Examines the Nazi's coordination of the Holocaust and conditions
inside the concentration camps.
Airs: 12/25/03

Friday 12/26:
Cold War Into Guerrilla War
Escape From Berlin: Tells the history of the Berlin Wall and the East Germans'
attempts to flee into the West. Showdown: The Cuban Missile Crisis: Explores
how movement of nuclear weapons to Cuba increased tensions between the U.S. and
the former Soviet Union. The First Woman in Space: Examines the role of women
in the Soviet space program. Democracy Triumphs: The Korean War: Examines how
the United States attempted to contain Communist influence in Asia.
Airs: 12/26/03

** NEXT WEEK ON TLC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL **
TLC Elementary School airs every Friday at 6:00 a.m. ET/PT, 5:00 a.m. CT, and
4:00 a.m. MT on TLC.
http://school.discovery.com/ontv/tlc.html

Friday 12/26:
GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTH AMERICA
A continent of extremes, South America has rivers, mountains, and pampas that
cover a wide range of terrain. Brazil's Carnival: One of the biggest festivals
in the world, the Carnival celebrates the history, religion, and culture of
this diverse country. Making a Living in Peru: Innovative ways to use natural
resources are helping Peruvians out of poverty. Santiago: Chile's Capital City:
A bustling metropolis in the shadow of the Andes, Santiago is a center for
business and culture. But like other modern cities, it struggles with pollution
and related problems.
Airs: 12/26/03

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