ERIC Number: EJ707080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct-1
Reference Count: N/A
Planning Activities across the Curriculum: When Developing Items that Are Interdisciplinary, Care Must Be Taken to Ensure that the Activities Align with the Standards of All the Disciplines Involved
Hauser, Doug; Yuill, Ronald D.
Technology Teacher, v64 n2 p25 Oct 2004
At Tecumseh Middle School in Indiana the technology education teachers are part of a team consisting of language arts, math, social studies, and science teachers who work together on items of common interest and student needs. There is a scheduled period each day for instructors to meet to develop plans and activities to help students become more productive. Science teacher Doug Hauser wanted to develop an activity that would provide the students with hands-on, inquiry-based learning. He studied the Indiana State Science Standards and determined that the area least covered was physical science, specifically forces and motion. He remembered producing a Pinewood Derby Car when he was younger, and really liked its possibilities. He purchased two of the kits and started looking for grants to purchase kits for the students. This article describes the different activities that the students were able to perform with these car kits. The purpose of this article is to provide some ideas or methods to encourage students to try harder and learn more as they participate in class.
Descriptors: Student Interests, Technology Education, State Standards, Science Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, Classroom Techniques, Motor Vehicles, Physics, Grants
Publications Department, International Technology Education Association, 1914 Association Drive, Suite 201, Reston, VA 20191-1539. Tel: 703-860-2100; Fax: 703-860-0353; Web site: http://www.iteaconnect.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana