[EDInfo] Teaching Resources at FREE: Science, Thanksgiving, Native American Heritage & More

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Teaching Resources at FREE: Science, Thanksgiving, Native American Heritage & More

Energy, the Wright Brothers, the physics of the F-15 plane, ways to support our troops, a science competition, a directory of space science teaching resources, the Old Mormon Fort of Las Vegas, the King of Prussia Inn (PA), and the Pope house of Raleigh (NC) are among the topics of 10 new resources at FREE, the website that makes teaching resources from federal agencies easier to find: http://www.ed.gov/free

     NATIVE AMERICAN heritage teaching resources are featured at
     FREE this month in honor of National American Indian Heritage
     Month:  http://www.ed.gov/free/past/2005/111.html

     "THANKSGIVING in American Memory" features a timeline of
     historical events (since 1541) that have produced the
     Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate today. (Library of Congress)

First Nation American Indian classroom
Resources found on the Educational CyberPlayGround.


"America Supports You"
     highlights what Americans across the country are doing to
     support our troops.  Learn about ways to let our servicemen
     and servicewomen know how much we appreciate them.  Send
     messages of appreciation and read responses.  See photo
     essays, newsletters, and a list of non-profit organizations
     dedicated to helping our troops and their families. (DOD)

"An American Success Story: The Pope House of Raleigh, NC"
     tells the story of Manassa Pope, the first black man to
     receive a medical license in North Carolina (1886).  After
     practicing medicine and helping establish a drug store and
     insurance company in Charlotte, Pope moved his family to
     Raleigh.  There he continued his medical practice, built an
     elegant house (equipped with the latest technologies) located
     in the best place allowed for a black family in a segregated
     city.  He later ran for mayor.  (NPS,TwHP,NRHP)

"At a Crossroads: The King of Prussia Inn"
     recounts the history of this inn, built originally as a
     farmhouse in 1719 at an intersection of two roads northwest of
     Philadelphia, not far from Valley Forge.  The inn provided
     hospitality to travelers when the colony was just a scattering
     of farms.  In part because of its location, it became a
     prosperous tavern, inn, and social center for the evolving
     community of the same name.  (NPS,TwHP,NRHP)

"The Old Mormon Fort: Birthplace of Las Vegas, Nevada"
     recalls the individuals and events leading to the creation of
     Las Vegas.  In 1855, Brigham Young sent 30 men to farm,
     convert Indians, and build a settlement along a trail to the
     Pacific. After the mission closed, a miner established a
     ranch, which grew to be the largest property in the county
     under later owner Helen Stewart.  With the coming of the
     railroad, Las Vegas became a town.  Railroad officials laid
     out a grid for the new city in 1905.  (NPS,TwHP,NRHP)


"Exploring the Extreme"
     provides lessons (K-8) on key concepts in the design of F-15
     fighter planes:  center of gravity; its relationship to thrust
     vectoring, pitch, and yaw; how thrust is created in a jet
     engine; how vectoring (directing the thrust from a jet engine)
     affects movement of a plane; and fuel efficiency and drag.

"Investigating the Climate System: Energy"
     offers lessons that focus on questions: Does ground surface
     influence temperature?  How important is water evaporation to
     the cooling of a surface?  If my town grows, will it affect
     the area's temperature?  Why are summer temperatures in the
     desert southwest so much higher than at the same latitude in
     the southeast? (NASA)

"Learning to Fly: The Wright Brothers' Adventure"
     sends students undercover to Dayton and Kitty Hawk to report
     secretly on the activities of two brothers who are making a
     big glider in their bicycle shop.  Students prepare by
     researching aviation history and then, posing as news
     reporters, interview the brothers (and neighbors).
     Instructions are included for building the Wright brothers'
     gliders and first plane. (NASA)

"NASA Educator Guides"
     offer lessons and activities for learning about aeronautics,
     clouds, energy, the electromagnetic spectrum, the
     International Space Station, Mars, microgravity, the moon and
     the Apollo missions, ocean winds, optics (light and color),
     planetary geology, rainfall, rockets, sun-earth connections,
     weather, the Wright brothers, and the brain in space. (NASA)

"National Middle School Science Bowl 2006"
     is two competitions:  an academic competition in which middle
     school students answer fast-paced questions about math and
     science and a model fuel cell car competition that challenges
     students to design, build, and race model cars.  In 2005, more
     than 2,000 students participated in 24 regional competitions.

"Space Science Education Resource Directory"
     helps find NASA space science resources for learning.
     Hundreds of resources can be sorted by science type (earth,
     physical, or space) or by grade range.  Topics include
     algebra, atoms, big bang, black holes, comets, cosmic
     distances, energy, force and motion, geometry, graphing,
     gravity, heat, light and color, measurement and estimation,
     planets, satellites, solar energy, solar system, space
     missions, stars, telescopes, and waves. (NASA)

DOD -- Department of Defense
DOE -- Department of Energy
FREE -- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
NASA -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NPS,TwHP,NRHP -- Nat'l Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places,
                 Nat'l Register of Historic Places

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