Section for Teaching Guides
are some Frequently Asked Questions about the FRONTIERS teaching
guides. If your question is not answered here, please contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org
is a PDF?
PDF stands for "Portable Document Format." Using this format allows
you to be certain that the printed teaching guide will maintain
its original contents and layout, without concern for the type
of platform or computer that you use. We have also created our
new PDFs on a white background, eliminating the excessive use
of printer toner. All you need to do is download and install the
Acrobat Reader plug-in, click on the PDF icon, and you're
ready to go!
is the HTML version?
This version of the teaching guide looks exactly like any other
Web page. You may choose to browse though this version first before
deciding to print the PDF of a particular activity. Or you may
choose to print the HTML version of that activity right from your
do I print the Teaching Guide?
You have two options:
- You can choose to click on the PDF icon of the teaching guide
activity you desire. This will download the activity right to
your computer's desktop. (If you do not have Adobe
Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you will need
to take a few moments to do so before proceeding.) Next, just
open up the file you have downloaded and print.
- You can choose to print the HTML version directly from your
browser. Just print as you would any document and the contents
of the page on your screen will be sent to the printer. A disadvantage
to this method is that layout and contents can occasionally
be negatively effected depending on your browser or printer
is contained in this Teaching Guide?
Every SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS teaching guide contains four
activities. Three of these activities are hands-on science projects
that you can conduct with your students. Each activity is closely
linked to a segment of the program. Most are designed to take
up one classroom period and are geared towards middle school students,
except where noted. The fourth activity is a quiz about the contents
of the program. Just download the PDF version, photocopy and distribute
this quiz to your students.
Quizzes with 100% correct answers can be entered by teachers only
into our T-shirt drawing. FRONTIERS randomly selects 20 names
after each program. Send all correct quizzes in one envelope,
along with teacher's name, grade and course, school name and address,
where the students watched the show (home or school), and the
students' favorite segment. Mail to: FRONTIERS Quiz, Chedd-Angier
Production Company, 70 Coolidge Hill Rd., Watertown, MA 02472.