All resources in Shaler Area School District

Reading Tutorials

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The Reading program is designed to: 1) Help adults at all levels become better readers and help non-native speakers improve their English vocabulary and reading comprehension. 2) Explore whole texts or focus on individual words in our video dictionary. and 3) Repeat an activity as often as you want, whenever you want, wherever you want.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Lecture, Reading

Physics of Roller Coasters

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Students explore the physics utilized by engineers in designing today's roller coasters, including potential and kinetic energy, friction, and gravity. First, students learn that all true roller coasters are completely driven by the force of gravity and that the conversion between potential and kinetic energy is essential to all roller coasters. Second, they also consider the role of friction in slowing down cars in roller coasters. Finally, they examine the acceleration of roller coaster cars as they travel around the track. During the associated activity, the students design, build, and analyze a roller coaster for marbles out of foam tubing.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Scott Liddle

Forensic Engineering: Learning from Failures

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What do collapsed buildings, infected hospital patients, and crashed airplanes have in common? If you know the causes of these events and conditions, they can all be prevented. In this course, you will learn how to use the TU Delft mind-set to investigate the causes of such events so you can prevent them in the future. When, for instance, hundreds of hospital patients worldwide got infected after having gall bladder treatments, forensic engineering helped reveal how the design and use of the medical instruments could cause such widespread infections. As a result, changes were made to the instrument design and the procedural protocols in hospitals. Learning from failure in this case benefitted patient health and safety across the world. After taking this course you will have an understanding of failures and the investigation processes used to find their causes. You will learn how to apply lessons gained from investigating previous failures into new designs and procedures.

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: Arjo Loeve, Karel Terwel, Michiel Schuurman

Principles of Economics

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Principles of Economics covers scope and sequence requirements for a two-semester introductory economics course. The authors take a balanced approach to micro- and macroeconomics, to both Keynesian and classical views, and to the theory and application of economics concepts. The text also includes many current examples, which are handled in a politically equitable way.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Amyaz Moledina, Andres Jauregui, Craig Richardson, Cynthia Gamez, Dan MacDonald, David Shapiro, Diane Keenan, Eric Dodge, Ralph Sonenshine, Steven Greenlaw, Timothy Taylor

Why We Remember the Holocaust

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The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. This video describes the Holocaust, Days of Remembrance, and why we as a nation remember these events. It is intended for both organizers and for general audiences.

Material Type: Lecture, Reading

Author: museum staff

Surviving the Holocaust

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“You don’t ever expect to be hauled out of your house, marched into a gas chamber, and be choked to death,” says Irene Fogel Weiss. Yet, that is exactly what happened to most of her family in the summer of 1944. Irene was thirteen at the time, and by several twists of fate, she survived. “There is a life force in all of us that you just want to live another day,” she says. “Let’s survive this. We have to survive this.” Irene shares her story of survival with hundreds of high school students every year. In this program, we listen in on her presentation to Woodson High School students as she shares a personal account of the events that lead to the Holocaust. She discusses her life as a child in Hungary, the changes she witnessed as the Nazis took power, and all manner of degradations imposed on the Jewish people.

Material Type: Lecture, Lesson Plan

Defying Genocide

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This collection of activities and resources is a companion guide for the 15-minute film Defying genocide. The history of the Holocaust and the 1994 Rwandan genocide illustrate the entire spectrum of human behavior, from unimaginable evil to extraordinary goodness. Through a study of the Holocaust, Rwanda, and genocide, students learn that genocide occurs because individuals, organizations, and governments make choices to participate, resist, or turn away. Students can also see that at the same time human beings have potential to inflict harm and suffering, they have the potential to rescue and to stand up against evil. The information in this packet is designed to help learners of grades 7 and up understand the context of the genocide in Rwanda and consider the actions of a few individuals who saved lives. In addition to background materials, a timeline, a map, and a vocabulary list, the packet provides activities for before and after viewing the film.

Material Type: Lesson Plan