“How do you give a eulogy for someone you never met?” I picked a Polish immigrant as my silent hero. He was a true stranger at first, but he had a story and I was going to find it. Continue reading
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Student Reporting Labs STEM Lesson Plan: Climate Change, Salmon and NOAA
In this PBS Student Reporting Labs video, Oregon teens consult government agencies on the consequences of unchecked human actions on the natural environment. Problems associated with warming waters, climate change, and suburban development, brings the expression “think globally, act locally” home with the very real impacts on the commercially important sock-eye salmon of the Pacific Northwest. Students are exposed to the work of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the research and resources they provide. Continue readingagricultureartbiologychemistrydroughtearth scienceecologyenvironmental sciencefishNOAAoceanographysalmonScienceSocial StudiesSRLstudent reporting labs
Gerrymandering and partisan politics in the U.S.
The practice of drawing congressional district lines to benefit one political party over another is known as gerrymandering and dates back to the 19th century. Continue readingCivicsDemocratic PartyDemocratsElection 2016gerrymandergerrymanderingGovernmentRepublican PartyRepublicansSocial Studiesstate legislature
Debating Our Destiny: Do Presidential Debates Matter? – Lesson Plan
The presidential debates have been an important part of the U.S. election process for decades, but how much do they really influence voters? In this lesson, students will watch video clips from PBS NewsHour’s “Debating Our Destiny” with Jim Lehrer, which includes famous debate moments as well as interviews with the candidates themselves. Continue readingCivicsdebatingDonald TrumpElection 2016Hillary ClintonJim LehrerLee Banvillepresidential debatesSocial Studies
Where do the presidential candidates stand on education?
As Election Day approached, the candidates running for president have made and effort to appeal to parents, teachers and students by showing them where they stand on education.CampaignDonald TrumpeducationElection 2016Hillary Clinton
Candidates cite security qualifications after weekend attacks
Following pipe bomb attacks over the weekend, the presidential candidates each took a moment to assure voters of their national security qualifications. Continue readingCampaignElection 2016extremismterrorist attacks