Sunday, July 5, 2009

Robert Fitzroy (1805 - 1865) Was Born

Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy was the captain of HMS Beagle with during Charles Darwin's famous voyage, and as a pioneering meteorologist who made accurate weather forecasting a reality. He was an able surveyor and hydrographer and served as Governor of New Zealand from 1843 to 1845.

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Lesson Plan Information
Title: Tornado WebQuest
Objectives: By the end of this lesson, students will understand the follwing regarding tornadoes: Tornado terminology, Fujita scale, myths and mysteries, safety, webquest.
Grade Level: 5-8
Subject: Science / Meteorology
Materials: Computer with an Internet connection
Time Needed: One 50-minute class period
Provided by: The Educator's Reference Desk (Author: Louise Jaskoski)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day - 4th of July - 2009

In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.

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Lesson Plan Information
Title: The American Flag
Objectives: Students will be able to name the number of stars, red stripes, white stripes, and name what each represents.
Grade Level: K-2
Subject: Social Studies / Arts
Materials: Construction paper, glue, real American flag, index cards
Time Needed: Two 50-minute class periods
Provided by: HotChalk (Author: Rebecca Croft)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646 - 1716) Was Born

Leibniz was a German philosopher and mathematician who wrote primarily in Latin and French.
He invented infinitesimal calculus independently of Newton, and his notation is the one in general use since then. He also invented the binary system, foundation of virtually all modern computer architectures.
He was, along with René Descartes and Baruch Spinoza, one of the three greatest 17th-century rationalists philosophers. Leibniz also made major contributions to physics and technology, and anticipated notions that surfaced much later in biology, medicine, geology, probability theory, psychology, linguistics, and information science.

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Lesson Plan Information
Title: The Cylinder Problem
Objectives: Write the volumes of the cylinders as a function of radius and, using derivatives, find the cylinder with the greatest volume, given a fixed perimeter.
Concepts: Cylinder, dimension, area, circumference, height, lateral surface area, volume.
Grade Level: 11-12
Subject: Mathematics / Calculus
Materials: 8 1/2" by 11" sheets of paper, tape, ruler, graph paper, fill material.
Time Needed: Two 50-minute class periods
Provided by: The Math Forum