Synergistics Curriculum

  • Glen Ridge Public Schools –Science Curriculum 

     
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    Course Title: Synergistics          

     

    Subject: Science and Technology

     

    Grade Level: 5th and 6th   

     

    Duration: Approximately 40 days

     

    Prerequisite: None           

     

    Elective or Required: Related Arts Cycle

     

    Department Mission Statement: 

     

    The Glen Ridge Public School’s science curriculum seeks to inspire scientific literate citizens who will be able to complete in the technologically driven global community. Our program fosters a spirit of intellectual curiosity and collaborative problem solving that is innovative, hands-on, inquiry based and developmentally appropriate. This is done through the study of Life, Physical, Earth & Space, and Engineering Sciences. 

     

    Our students will use scientific methodology to evaluate and critique global issues. Students will be challenged and encouraged to take risks and develop critical scientific thinking skills. 

     

     

    Course Description

    With an ever-increasing demand for and usage of technology today, the Synergistics Lab offers students a hands-on experience utilizing technology tools to explore topics in science and technology. Appropriate yet high tech gear, computers, software, and hands-on lab experiences guide students’ learning. Problem solving strategies are an integral part of all eleven modules and apply to other classroom activities.

     

     

     

    Author: Ms. L. Ellersick

    Date Submitted: Summer 2014

     


    SYNERGISTICS

     

    Topic/Unit: Alternative Energy

     

     

    Approximate # of Days: 7 to 10

     

    Essential Questions: 

    What are the characteristics of renewable and nonrenewable energy resources?

    What are some traditional and nontraditional, or alternate, forms of energy?

    How can wind energy be used for the production of electricity?

    What is the role of the Sun in the production of energy on Earth?

     

    Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Learn the role the Sun plays in the production of energy on Earth. 

     (NGSS: PS3.D; NJCCC: 5.1 A, 5.1 B, 5.1 C, 5.1 D, 5.2 D, 5.4 A, 5.4 E)

    1. Perform an efficiency experiment using a wind turbine.

     (NGSS: ESS3.C; NJCCC: 5.1 A, 5.1 B, 5.1 C, 5.1 D, 5.4 E)

    1. Build a solar-powered model car. 

    (NGSS: PS3.B; NJCCC: 5.1 A, 5.1 D, 5.2 D, 5.2 E)

    1. Perform experiments using hydrogen fuel cell technology. 

    (NGSS: PS3.B; NJCCC: 5.1 A, 5.1 D, 5.2 A, 5.2 B, 5.2 C)

    1. Evaluate various energy resources and draw conclusions based on statistical data.

         (NGSS: PS3.B; NJCCC: 5.1 A, 5.1 B, 5.1 C, 5.1 D, 5.2 D)

     

    Common Core Standards:

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2
    • CCSS.MATH-CONTENT.5 NBT.B.7
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3.C
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2.C

     

    Interdisciplinary Standards:

    • Standard 9.1 21st Century Life & Career Skills
    • Standard 8.1 Technology Education

     

    Activities:

    Students complete three performance assessments.

    • Energy - investigate various energy resources and their classifications.
    • Solar Energy- name characteristics of solar energy, explain how a solar cell works, and put together a car powered by solar energy.
    • Fuel Cell Energy- explain how fuel cell technology functions and utilize a fuel cell to run a small motor and propeller.

     

     

    Enrichment Activities:

    • Power Up! A Game about Power Choices

    http://sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/powerup.html

     

    Methods of Assessments/Evaluation:

    Students are graded through an acquired point system. Each completed module yields a total of 420 points for the following categories:

    1. Attendance/Activity points-140 (20 points assessed for each of the major seven day’s worth of work, participation and daily tasks)
    2. RCAs-120 points (12 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each that must be researched)
    3. Post Test-100 points (10 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each)
    4. Assessment-60 points (points accumulated for completing major tasks and speech outline)
    5. Extra Credit- 10 points given for each Enrichment Question answered correctly

     

    Resources/Including Online Resources

    • Online Information: Supplied by Synergistic Learning Systems, a division of Pitsco Education
    • Teacher Webpage
    • Texts, Resources, and/or Literature:

         Alternative Energy Sources by Sally Morgan

     

     

     

    Topic/Unit: Audio Broadcasting

     

     

    Approximate # of Days: 7 to 10

     

    Essential Questions: 

    What are the different types of radio stations and formats?

    What is the role of advertising in radio?

    What are the steps involved in using digital audio editing software to record and assemble a sample broadcast?

    How are radio waves and sound sent from the station to people’s radios in their homes and automobiles miles away?

     

    Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

          1. Use digital audio editing software to record audio.

          (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 A, 5.1 D)

    1. Use digital audio editing software to apply audio effects to a commercial. 

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 A, 5.1 D)

    1. Write and record a newscast introduction, a news story and a commentary. 

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Create music lead-ins and lead-outs for a radio broadcast. 

     (NGSS: PS4.C: NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Assemble media files created into one final broadcast. 

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Burn a final broadcast to CD. 

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

     

    Common Core Standards:

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2
    • CCSS.MATH-CONTENT.5 NBT.B.7
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3.C
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2.C

     

    Interdisciplinary Standards:

    • Standard 8.1 Technology Education
    • Standard 9.1 21st Century Life & Career Skills

     

    Activities:

    Students complete three performance assessments.

    • Making commercials- explain and complete the processes used to record a radio commercial.
    • News Stories- explain the difference between news and commentary and classify the types of news stories.
    • Final Broadcast- explain the importance of a carefully planned and practiced broadcast program and successfully create a CD of the final broadcast.

     

    Enrichment Activities:

    • Research and listen to the infamous 1938 Orson Wells “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast.

    http://archive.org/details/OrsonWellsMrBruns

     

    Methods of Assessments/Evaluation:

    Students are graded through an acquired point system. Each completed module yields a total of 420 points for the following categories:

    1. Attendance/Activity points-140 (20 points assessed for each of the major seven day’s worth of work, participation and daily tasks)
    2. RCAs-120 points (12 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each that must be researched)
    3. Post Test-100 points (10 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each)
    4. Assessment-60 points (points accumulated for completing major tasks and speech outline)
    5. Extra Credit- 10 points given for each Enrichment Question answered correctly

               

    Resources/Including Online Resources

    • Online Information: Supplied by Synergistic Learning Systems, a division of Pitsco Education
    • Teacher Webpage
    • Texts, Resources, and/or Literature:

               Technology Shaping Our World by Gradwell, Welch and Martin

     

     

     

    Topic/Unit: Applied Physics

     

     

    Approximate # of Days: 7 to 10

     

    Essential Questions:

     How can velocity and acceleration be defined and calculated?

    What is the relationship between gravity and acceleration?

    What are the relationships among frequency, pitch, amplitude and loudness?

    What are the steps necessary to hear sound?

    What is the difference between an insulator and a conductor?

    How does light travel?

    What are the various uses of lasers?

     

    Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Observe Newton’s law of inertia using an air track.

     (NGSS: PS2.A; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 D, 5.2 E)

    1. Use a digital interfaced sensing probe to complete experiments measuring heat and light.

     (NGSS: PS1.B; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 D, 5.2 E)

    1. Experience and understand the concept of data transmission using laser technology. 

     (NGSS: PS4.A; NJCCC: 5.1 A, 5.1 C, 5.1 D)

    1. Use an oscilloscope to measure and observe waves produced by an audio wave generator.

     (NGSS: PS4.A; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 D)

    1. Observe the concept of energy transfer. 

    (NGSS: PS3.B; NJCCC: 5.1 C, 5.2 D)

     

    Common Core Standards:

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2
    • CCSS.MATH-CONTENT.5 NBT.B.7
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3.C
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2.C

     

    Interdisciplinary Standards:

    • Standard 9.1 21st Century Life & Career Skills
    • Standard 8.1 Technology Education

     

    Activities:

    Students complete three performance assessments.

    • Heat Experiment - explain a hypothesis, list the steps of the scientific method, and set up and complete an experiment.
    • Light Filter Experiment- set up and conduct light experiments and explore how tinted sunglasses filter light.
    • Laser Experiments- demonstrate the proper care and use of a laser and utilize on or more mirrors in the transfer of sound through a laser and photocell.

     

    Enrichment Activities:

    • View Bill Nye the Science Guy: Waves.

     

    Methods of Assessments/Evaluation:

    Students are graded through an acquired point system. Each completed module yields a total of 420 points for the following categories:

    1. Attendance/Activity points-140 (20 points assessed for each of the major seven day’s worth of work, participation and daily tasks)
    2. RCAs-120 points (12 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each that must be researched)
    3. Post Test-100 points (10 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each)
    4. Assessment-60 points (points accumulated for completing major tasks and speech outline)
    5. Extra Credit- 10 points given for each Enrichment Question answered correctly

     

    Resources/Including Online Resources

    • Online Textbook Information: by Synergistic Learning Systems, a division of Pitsco Education
    • Teacher Webpage
    • Texts, Resources, and/or Literature:

          Dictionary of Physics

     

     

     

    Topic/Unit: Computer Graphics and Animation

     

     

    Approximate # of Days: 7 to 10

     

    Essential Questions:

    How can the use of computers enhance products created by professional artists and animators?

    What steps need to be followed to produce an animated sequence using bendable cartoon figures?

    What steps need to be followed to produce an animated 3-D movie?

     

    Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Explore the process of graphic design. 

    (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Complete a portfolio of projects by using multiple software applications.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Create and produce animated sequences by using computer software.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Capture an image with a digital camera and manipulate the picture with morphing software.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Animate a 3-D scene containing several objects and a 3-D logo.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

     

    Common Core Standards:

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2
    • CCSS.MATH-CONTENT.5 NBT.B.7
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3.C
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2.C

     

    Interdisciplinary Standards:

    • Standard 9.1 21st Century Life & Career Skills
    • Standard 8.1 Technology Education

     

    Activities:

    Students complete three performance assessments.

    1. 3-D Basics- summarize the use of key frames and tweeners and construct a 3-D object complete with shaders and animation.
    2. 3-D Animation-explain the difference between using a modifier and direct manipulation of an object.
    3. Animation Projects- display four electronic portfolio items, explain grouping, list examples of practical uses for 3-D computer-generated logos, and explain the usefulness of virtual reality in today’s world.

     

    Enrichment Activities:

    • Explore the official site for Gumby, Pokey and pals by the creators.

    Learn about Art Clokey and his creations; see rare/new clips, etc.

    www.gumbyworld.com

     

     

    Methods of Assessments/Evaluation:

    Students are graded through an acquired point system. Each completed module yields a total of 420 points for the following categories:

    • Attendance/Activity points-140 (20 points assessed for each of the major seven day’s worth of work, participation and daily tasks)
    • RCAs-120 points (12 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each that must be researched)
    • Post Test-100 points (10 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each)
    • Assessment-60 points (points accumulated for completing major tasks and speech outline)
    • Extra Credit- 10 points given for each Enrichment Question answered correctly

     

    Resources/Including Online Resources

    • Online Information: Supplied by Synergistic Learning Systems, a division of Pitsco Education
    • Teacher Webpage
    • Texts, Resources, and/or Literature:

          The Joy of Mathematics by Theoni Pappas

     

     

     

    Topic/Unit: Engineering Bridges

     

     

    Approximate # of Days: 7 to 10

     

    Essential Questions: 

    What are the two types of forces exerted on a bridge?

    What are the two types of loads a bridge needs to withstand?

    How are an arch bridge and a cantilever bridge different?

    What are the relationships between design, structure, and strength of a bridge?

     

    Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Illustrate a bridge design and manufacture structural members.

               (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Assemble a bridge according to the design.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Convert the bridge design to a full-scale pattern.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Test the finished bridge on a Synergistic testing device.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

     

    Common Core Standards:

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2
    • CCSS.MATH-CONTENT.5 NBT.B.7
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3.C
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2.C

     

    Interdisciplinary Standards:

    • Standard 9.1 21st Century Life & Career Skills
    • Standard 8.1 Technology Education

     

    Activities:

    Students complete three performance assessments.

    • Designing Your Bridge- create three thumbnail sketches of possible bridge designs, choose a design, defend why that design was chosen, and draw a full-size pattern of the selected design.
    • Bridge Construction - demonstrate proper use of a Timber Cutter and begin cutting pieces for a bridge.
    • Final Assembly- meet  bridge building specifications and complete the bridge.

     

    Enrichment Activities:

    • Explore the PBS interactive site: Build a Bridge to determine which of the four types of bridges should cross four different spans.

               http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/build-bridge-p1.html

     

     

    Methods of Assessments/Evaluation:

    Students are graded through an acquired point system. Each completed module yields a total of 420 points for the following categories:

    1. Attendance/Activity points-140 (20 points assessed for each of the major seven day’s worth of work, participation and daily tasks)
    2. RCAs-120 points (12 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each that must be researched)
    3. Post Test-100 points (10 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each)
    4. Assessment-60 points (points accumulated for completing major tasks and speech outline)
    5. Extra Credit- 10 points given for each Enrichment Question answered correctly

     

    Resources/Including Online Resources

    • Online Information: Supplied by Synergistic Learning Systems, a division of Pitsco Education
    • Teacher Webpage
    • Texts, Resources, and/or Literature:

          Technology: Shaping Our World by Gradwell, Welch and Martin

     

     

     

    Topic/Unit: Engineering Towers

     

     

    Approximate # of Days: 7 to 10

     

    Essential Questions: 

    What are the two types of forces exerted on a tower?

    What are the two types of loads a tower needs to withstand?

    How do towers strengthen other structures?

    What are the relationships between design, structure, and strength of a tower?

     

    Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Illustrate a tower design and manufacture structural members.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Assemble a tower according to the design.  

    (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Convert the tower design to a full-scale pattern.

    (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Test the finished tower on a Synergistic testing device.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

     

    Common Core Standards:

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2
    • CCSS.MATH-CONTENT.5 NBT.B.7
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3.C
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2.C

     

    Interdisciplinary Standards:

    • Standard 9.1 21st Century Life & Career Skills
    • Standard 8.1 Technology Education

     

    Activities:

    Students complete three performance assessments.

    • Designing Your Tower- sketch several different tower designs, demonstrate an understanding of diagonals and triangles through thumbnail sketches, and choose one of the sketches.
    • Making Your Pattern- demonstrate the ability to transfer a thumbnail sketch to a full-size drawing.
    • Assembling Your Tower- complete construction of tower and ensure the tower specifications were followed.

     

    Enrichment Activities:

    • Explore four different interactive labs on the PBS site “Building Big.”

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildigbig/lab/index.html

     

     

     

    Methods of Assessments/Evaluation:

    Students are graded through an acquired point system. Each completed module yields a total of 420 points for the following categories:

    1. Attendance/Activity points-140 (20 points assessed for each of the major seven day’s worth of work, participation and daily tasks)
    2. RCAs-120 points (12 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each that must be researched)
    3. Post Test-100 points (10 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each)
    4. Assessment-60 points (points accumulated for completing major tasks and speech outline)
    5. Extra Credit- 10 points given for each Enrichment Question answered correctly

     

    Resources/Including Online Resources

    • Online Information: Supplied by Synergistic Learning Systems, a division of Pitsco Education
    • Teacher Webpage
    • Texts, Resources, and/or Literature:

          Technology: Shaping Our World by Gradwell, Welch and Martin      

     

     

               

    Topic/Unit: Flight Technology

     

     

    Approximate # of Days: 7 to 10

     

    Essential Questions:

     What are the four forces of flight?

    What is an airfoil?        

    What is Bernoulli’s principle and how does it affect the flight of an airplane?

    How can angular measurement and mathematical calculations be used to navigate and plot a course?

     

    Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Design and construct an airfoil.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Produce and measure lift of an airfoil.

               (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 E)

    1. Observe and understand Bernoulli’s principle by using a wing tester device. 

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 E)

    1. Explore the basic principles of aerodynamics by operating a flight simulator.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 A, 5.1 D, 5.2 E)

    1. Use a navigation plotter to determine the direction and distance for a flight plan.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 DC, 5.1 D)

     

    Common Core Standards:

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2
    • CCSS.MATH-CONTENT.5 NBT.B.7
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3.C
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2.C

     

    Interdisciplinary Standards:

    • Standard 9.1 21st Century Life & Career Skills
    • Standard 8.1 Technology Education

     

    Activities:

    Students complete three performance assessments.

    • Basic Aerodynamics - identify Bernoulli’s principle and the effect of velocity on pressure and the effects and factors of stall, force and lift of an airfoil.
    • Wing Testing- design, build, and test a wing using a wing tester.
    • Navigation- demonstrate an understanding of how to calculate distance in nautical and statute miles and identify necessary tools during a flight.

     

    Enrichment Activities:

    • 18 great resources (flight simulators, plane designs, forces of flight, etc.) can be explored on Kids Love 2Learn.ca site.

    http://www.2learnca/kids/listSciG6.aspx?Type=57

     

    Methods of Assessments/Evaluation:

    Students are graded through an acquired point system. Each completed module yields a total of 420 points for the following categories:

    • Attendance/Activity points-140 (20 points assessed for each of the major seven day’s worth of work, participation and daily tasks)
    • RCAs-120 points (12 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each that must be researched)
    • Post Test-100 points (10 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each)
    • Assessment-60 points (points accumulated for completing major tasks and speech outline)
    • Extra Credit- 10 points given for each Enrichment Question answered correctly

     

    Resources/Including Online Resources

    • Online Textbook Information: Supplied by Synergistic Learning Systems, a division of Pitsco Education
    • Teacher Webpage
    • Texts, Resources, and/or Literature:

          Technology: Shaping Our World by Gradwell, Welch and Martin     

     

     

     

    Topic/Unit: Forensic Science

     

     

    Approximate # of Days: 7 to 10

     

    Essential Questions: 

    What is forensic science?

    How DNA?

    How can DNA be extracted from a sample?

    How has DNA sampling been used in forensic science applications?

    How do fingerprints differ?

     

    Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Create a scaled drawing of a crime scene. 

    (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Collect and analyze fingerprints.

     (NGSS: LS1.A; NJCCC: 5.1 C, 5.1 D)

    1. Gather, process, and analyze trace evidence, including hair and fiber evidence.

     (NGSS: LS1.A; NJCCC: 5.1 C, 5.1 D)

    1. Extract DNA from a given sample and explore the process of DNA fingerprinting.

     (NGSS: LS1.B; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Identify the structure of a DNA molecule. 

    (NGSS: LS1.A; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 A, 5.3 A)

    1. Complete a chromatography experiment. 

    (NGSS: PS1.A; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 A, 5.2 B)

    1. Conduct an evaluation of a crime scene document.

               (NGSS: PS1.A; NJCCC: 5.1 C, 5.1 D)

    1. Utilize inductive and deductive reasoning. 

    (NGSS: LS2.D; NJCCC: 5.1 C)

     

    Common Core Standards:

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2
    • CCSS.MATH-CONTENT.5 NBT.B.7
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3.C
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2.C

     

    Interdisciplinary Standards:

    • Standard 9.1 21st Century Life & Career Skills
    • Standard 8.1 Technology Education

     

    Activities:

    Students complete three performance assessments.

    • Forensic Science 101 - define forensic science, explain Locard’s exchange principle, and create an accurate crime scene sketch.
    • DNA Fingerprinting- explain the relationship among DNA, chromosomes, and genes and explain the concept of DNA fingerprinting.
    • Identifying a Prime Suspect- explain deductive reasoning, identify a suspect, and explain evidence that supports this suspect’s identification.

     

     

    Enrichment Activities:

    • CSI: Web Adventures

    http://www.forensics.rice.edu/

     

    Methods of Assessments/Evaluation:

    Students are graded through an acquired point system. Each completed module yields a total of 420 points for the following categories:

    • Attendance/Activity points-140 (20 points assessed for each of the major seven day’s worth of work, participation and daily tasks)
    • RCAs-120 points (12 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each that must be researched)
    • Post Test-100 points (10 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each)
    • Assessment-60 points (points accumulated for completing major tasks and speech outline)
    • Extra Credit- 10 points given for each Enrichment Question answered correctly

     

    Resources/Including Online Resources

    • Online Information: Supplied by Synergistic Learning Systems, a division of Pitsco Education
    • Teacher Webpage
    • Texts, Resources, and/or Literature:

                Forensic Science edited by Stuart H. James and Jon J. Nordby

                Forensics for Dummies by D. P. Lyle, M.D.

     The Forensic Science of C.S.I. by Katherine Ransland

     

     

     

    Topic/Unit: Robots

     

     

     

    Approximate # of Days: 7 to 10

     

    Essential Questions:

     What are some of the roles that robots play in our everyday lives?

    What are the parts of a robot?

    What is artificial intelligence?

    What is a robot’s work envelope?

    What are some of the significant events that robots have played in history?

    What is the importance of robotics in the development of manufacturing?

    What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing robots?

     

    Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Use a computer to program and operate a robotic arm. 

    (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 E)

    1. Use a joystick to manipulate a robotic arm to perform selected activities. 

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 E)

    1. Navigate a Cartesian coordinate system while playing a game with the robotic arm.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 E)

    1. Simulate work on an assembly line.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 E)

    1. Operate a robot in a remote location and direct it via a televised image.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 E)

     

    Common Core Standards:

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2
    • CCSS.MATH-CONTENT.5 NBT.B.7
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3.C
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2.C
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.G.A.1

     

    Interdisciplinary Standards:

    • Standard 9.1 21st Century Life & Career Skills
    • Standard 8.1 Technology Education

     

    Activities:

    Students complete three performance assessments.

    • Exploring Robots- learn several uses for robots and give one example of a repetitive job that a robot might perform.
    • Programming SAM- demonstrate the process of teaching SAM a series of moves and complete and save a logical series of programmed movements.
    • Rooster Challenge - maneuver the Rooster robot using the Radio Control System.

     

    Enrichment Activities:

    • Robotic Online Virtual Exploration Rover from NASA

    http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/robotics/home/ROVER.html

     

    Methods of Assessments/Evaluation:

    Students are graded through an acquired point system. Each completed module yields a total of 420 points for the following categories:

    • Attendance/Activity points-140 (20 points assessed for each of the major seven day’s worth of work, participation and daily tasks)
    • RCAs-120 points (12 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each that must be researched)
    • Post Test-100 points (10 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each)
    • Assessment-60 points (points accumulated for completing major tasks and speech outline)
    • Extra Credit- 10 points given for each Enrichment Question answered correctly

     

    Resources/Including Online Resources

    • Online Information: Supplied by Synergistic Learning Systems, a division of Pitsco Education
    • Teacher Webpage
    • Texts, Resources, and/or Literature:

          Technology: Shaping Our World by Gradwell, Welch and Martin

     

     

     

    Topic/Unit: Rocketry and Space

     

     

    Approximate # of Days: 7 to 10

     

    Essential Questions: 

    How did the development of rocketry affect history and the United States space program?

    What are some of the scientific principles that relate to rocketry and space flight?

    What are some of the parts of a model rocket?

    Which of Newton’s Laws of Motion pertain to the flight of a model rocket?

     

    Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

    1.    Give details surrounding the history of U.S. space exploration.

            (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 C)

    2.    Construct a model rocket.

            (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    3.    Identify the scientific principles as they relate to rocketry and space flight.

            (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 E)

    4.    Observe rocket aerodynamics and flight by launching a model rocket. 

            (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D, 5.2 E)

     

    Common Core Standards:

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2
    • CCSS.MATH-CONTENT.5 NBT.B.7
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3.C
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2.C

     

    Interdisciplinary Standards:

    • Standard 9.1 21st Century Life & Career Skills
    • Standard 8.1 Technology Education

     

    Activities:

    Students complete three performance assessments.

    • Lift-Off Game - identify how to access shuttle program terminology and information, and verbalize information gained about the shuttle program.
    • Rocket Kit Assembly - attach fins to the body tube, cut out and assemble the parachute, install the engine mount, and assemble the rocket.
    • Rocket Flight- properly prepare parachute, insert engine and igniter and attach rocket launcher for flight of rocket.

     

    Enrichment Activities:

    • Use this launch simulator created by the Air Force.

    http://a1.g.akamai.net/f/1/15157/1h/dodairforce.download.akamai.com/15157/airforce/videos_more/interactive_features/v0041/games/game_launchARocketIntoSpace/

     

    Methods of Assessments/Evaluation:

    Students are graded through an acquired point system. Each completed module yields a total of 420 points for the following categories:

    1. Attendance/Activity points-140 (20 points assessed for each of the major seven day’s worth of work, participation and daily tasks)
    2. RCAs-120 points (12 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each that must be researched)
    3. Post Test-100 points (10 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each)
    4. Assessment-60 points (points accumulated for completing major tasks and speech outline)
    5. Extra Credit- 10 points given for each Enrichment Question answered correctly

     

    Resources/Including Online Resources

    • Online Textbook Information: Supplied by Synergistic Learning Systems, a division of Pitsco Education
    • Teacher Webpage
    • Texts, Resources, and/or Literature:

          The Pitsco Rocket Kit Booklet

     

     

     

     

    Topic/Unit: Video Broadcasting

     

     

    Approximate # of Days: 7 to 10

     

    Essential Questions: 

    What are some of the types of video and film productions?

    What is the role of mass communication technology in today’s society?

    How do public service announcements differ from other forms of video production?

    What are some of the main parts of a video camera?

    What is the difference between analog editing and digital editing?

     

    Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:         

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of storyboarding and effective script writing.

               (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Create a public service announcement.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Write a storyboard, then videotape and edit a public service announcement. 

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 D)

    1. Study the effects of video in his/her own life and use this information to produce a persuasive PSA.

     (NGSS: PS4.C; NJCCC: 5.1 C, 5.1 D)

     

    Common Core Standards:

    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2
    • CCSS.MATH-CONTENT.5 NBT.B.7
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6RP.A.3.C
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2.C

     

    Interdisciplinary Standards:

    • Standard 9.1 21st Century Life & Career Skills
    • Standard 8.1 Technology Education

     

    Activities:

    Students complete three performance assessments.

    1. News Brief- write a news brief about a current event; record, edit, and export the news brief.
    2. Record/Edit PSA- record and edit digital elements to create a final PSA video.
    3. Video Production- merge video clips to create a final production.

     

    Enrichment Activities:

    • Grab a video recorder or utilize the video mode an IPad and create a video diary.

     

    Methods of Assessments/Evaluation:

    Students are graded through an acquired point system. Each completed module yields a total of 420 points for the following categories:

    1. Attendance/Activity points-140 (20 points assessed for each of the major seven day’s worth of work, participation and daily tasks)
    2. RCAs-120 points (12 multiple choice questions worth 10 points for each that must be researched or mathematically calculated)
    3. Post Test-100 points (10 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each)
    4. Assessment-60 points (total accumulated for completing major tasks and speech outline)
    5. Extra Credit- 10 points given for each Enrichment Question answered correctly

     

    Resources/Including Online Resources

    • Online Information: Supplied by Synergistic Learning Systems, a division of Pitsco Education
    • Teacher Webpage
    • Texts, Resources, and/or Literature:

       The Dictionary of New Media by James Monaco

       Basics of Video Production by Des Lyver and Graham Swainson

       Newnes Guide to TV and Video Technology by Eugene Trundle

       Lights, Camera, Action by Lisa O’Brien