pHun with Acids and Bases!

Acid/Base Overview The science text book used in the classrooms are so focused on facts and terminology that they fail to engage the students in allowing them to view and value the science of the everyday working world. I have gathered some science resources that provide real world connections of acids and bases in every […]

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[VIDEO] The Chances of You Being Famous

Publication date: February 2014 Publisher: BuzzFeed Description In this short video (approximately two minutes), social news organization BuzzFeed questions 10-12 year olds about their future goals. The number one response from the children was to become famous. The video includes the statistics that an individual will become famous followed by statistics for other goals such as […]

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Ratio Rumble

Ratio Rumble Overview Many students report a lack of interest in mathematics. Students often wonder how the topics they have learned in class will be useful in the world around them. However, ratios are present in everyday, real world situations. Making connections to the real world through topics that the students are already familiar with […]

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The Human Body System

The Human Body System Overview The study of the human body system is the topic in biology that students are most excited to learn about. Students can most relate themselves to this particular subject because of the interest they have in their own bodies. The body is composed of eleven different organ systems. Each system carries […]

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Wonders Beyond The Solar System

Feravolo, Rocco , , Publication date:1968 Publisher: Dodd Mead Available in the VCU library Flesch–Kincaid 9.4 Description This is an older, basic astronomy text that covers the origins of the universe, celestial bodies, stellar distances, some history of astronomy and the basics of studying the stars from Earth. The book is full of illustrations and […]

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The Big Bang

The Big Bang Overview Cosmology is the study of the origins of the universe. Currently, most cosmologists support the Big Bang theory, although nobody was around at the time to witness it. The theory states that when the universe began around 15 billion years ago, it was the size of a grapefruit. Inside this super-dense […]

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Kipling, Rudyard , , Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid 5.6 Description Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, written by Rudyard Kipling, is a story set in India about a mongoose who is taken in by a family when they find him stranded after a flood. He is excited about his new surroundings and begins making friends with the garden animals when […]

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Slaves Picking Cotton

Ballou, Maturin M. This 1858 wood engraving was published in Boston by Ballou’s Pictorial Drawing- Room Companion Description In the Old South enslaved African Americans performed many tasks. Not only did major crops vary from region to region, slaves worked in mining, manufacturing, forestry, and other nonagricultural pursuits. Yet most slaves cultivated and harvested cotton […]

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Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

Author: Sacks, Oliver Publication date: 2001 Publisher: Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York Flesch–Kincaid 12.0 Description Uncle Tungsten is a non-fiction memoir, written by Oliver Sacks about his boyhood experiences of exploring chemistry. The book’s title comes from Sacks’ Uncle Dave, who owned a business that made incandescent lightbulbs using tungsten […]

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Prosperity and Despair: Civil War and Reconstruction

Prosperity and Despair: Civil War and Reconstruction Overview The Civil War and the years of Reconstruction that followed are linked together in American history producing a period, which embraced both prosperity and despair, triumph and failure, and jubilation and disappointment. These eras not only overlap in time, as the war stretched from 1861 to Union […]

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