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Glaciologist in Action (Lab)
Students participate in a hands-on lab in which glacier (ice) effects on the Earth’s surface is demonstrated.
Newton's Second Law
Students will work in partners to investigate Newton’s second law by testing a series of experiments with varying conditions.
How Newton's Laws Apply Every Day
Students collaboratively determine how the characteristics of a real-world job correlate with each of Newton’s Laws and why that is relevant to their own lives.
Convergent Plate Boundaries
Students will design and test models that will identify crustal features formed by convergent plate boundaries.
Full Speed Ahead
Students will use hover pucks to measure speed over a distance of six meters. Once speed has been calculated, students will determine velocity using the same data. Finally, students will be able to label all points of acceleration.
Save the Factory!
Students will design an experiment to test the outcome of friction in force and motion. The students will create an inclined plane demonstrating their knowledge of mechanical energy and the effects of gravity on an object. Students will use previous knowledge of friction to complete their task of stopping their object. Critical thinking skills will be the focus of the lesson as students will have to utilize their scientific problem-solving skills to make decisions regarding their experiment.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Vertical Alignment
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Consumers and Producers
Students will investigate various ecosystems to determine what producers and consumers are, as well as their needs within an ecosystem.
6 Section 2: Education Laws and Rules
This section provides an overview of general state and federal education laws and rules related to work-based learning (WBL).
5 Section 4: Local School Policies
This section discusses local school policies pertain to work-based learning (WBL), as well as how those policies are typically applied in Texas high schools.
5 Section 3: Texas Education Agency Rules Impacting Work-Based Learning
This section describes Texas Education Agency (TEA) rules related to work-based learning (WBL), with an emphasis on Section V of the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) and rules regarding career preparation and practicum courses. In addition, it provides a brief overview of career and technical education (CTE) funding and coding guidelines.
4 Section 7: Training Plans for Career Preparation and Practicum Courses
This section explains what a work-based learning (WBL) training plan is, how it is used, why it is important, and how to correctly complete it.
6 Section 5: Workplace Laws and Rules
This section describes workplace laws and rules that must be considered when overseeing student work-based learning (WBL) experiences and where to find additional information and resources related to the laws and rules.
7 Section 6: WBL Training Sites
This section explains how to identify and select appropriate training stations for students’ WBL experiences, and ensure that training sponsors understand their responsibilities.
6 Chapter 6: Stoichiometry
In this chapter, students are introduced to the mole, mass relationships, and stoichiometric calculations with balanced equations.
2 Chapter 10: Light
In this chapter, we discuss visible light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation.
6 Chapter 3: Kinematics
In this chapter, we analyze the motion of constantly accelerated objects over time in terms of displacement, velocity, and acceleration.
4 Section 8: Recordkeeping and Documentation for WBL
This section describes the records that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires work-based learning (WBL) teacher-coordinators to verify, produce, and/or maintain to comply with federal and state laws and policies.
8 Section 9: Timeline for Implementing an WBL Program
This section explains the critical tasks and typical timeline for implementing work-based learning (WBL) in career preparation and practicum courses.
10 Section 10: Classroom Tips for WBL
This section explores some classroom practices that experienced work-based learning (WBL) instructors recommend for implementing the classroom component of WBL. Learners will learn strategies that will help them establish expectations, manage the WBL classroom, work with special populations, and much more.
5 Section 12: Preparing WBL Students for Life After Graduation
The primary purpose of career and technical education (CTE) is to prepare students for life beyond high school by helping them develop the academic, technical, and employability skills needed to pursue their chosen career. Participating in a work-based learning (WBL) experience is a major milestone on a CTE student’s career pathway. This section describes the WBL instructor’s critical role in preparing students for the transition from high school to the next phase of their life journey. It includes the definition of “college and career readiness,” a description of post-secondary opportunities for students, and a list of recommended WBL activities for students.