February 2011

Northampton County Schools

Roller Coaster Fun Students at WHES were delighted to have the opportunity to create a roller coaster with K’NEX. Upon completion of the attraction, students are learning various physics and math concepts using the ride. Students will explore components of speed, distance, and time as they investigate which elements of the coaster are fastest. Students will explore how mass impacts the speed of the car when it is released. Students will also examine what happens to the speed of the car when the angle of elevation is reduced and mass is added.

CES Students Create Wikis Students at CES are beginning to use PBWorks to create interactive Wikis based upon math objectives currently being taught in the regular classroom. The simplest explanation for a Wiki is to say it is a website combined with a Word document. The files can be

viewed just like a normal web site, but its effectiveness is best demonstrated when groups work collaboratively on the content of the site. One useful element of the Wiki is its ability to keep track of the history of a document as it is revised. Students will learn how to

create/upload videos to the website. In the videos, students are “teaching” math concepts and providing examples. The goal is for other students to be able to use these webpages as a remediation/review.

Multimedia Fun Students at GES are creating a multimedia project using a computer program called Photo Story. Photo Story involves using pictures to create a story. The students’ assignment is to create a country and include the following:  History- Explain the discovery and formation of your country.  Geography-Where is your country located? Create a political and physical map that shows some detail to your country. Include longitude and latitude and the name of the region/continent that

your country is located on.  C i v i c s / G ov e rn me n tCreate a form of government in your country. Compare your country to another country with that form of government.  Science/Math-Explain the weather in your country. Factual information needs to be used; the weather you mention must match the region you are in. Make a chart or graph that explains your weather.  Language Arts/MusicCreate a national anthem.

Brainteasers Students challenge their brains by solving “brain teasers” online. These brainteasers were designed to test the students’ logic and the ability to think laterally. Brainteasers teach students to think about problems or riddles from many different angles, to evaluate all of the given information, and to devise informed hypotheses in order to find solutions. By using this higher order thinking, or critical thinking, students apply those lessons to other subjects.