Curriculum Resources
Cambridge Rindge and Latin uses the Teaching for Understanding framework
for currculum development. Thus GK12 fellows work to create curriculum
modules in their subject areas that work within the framework. Below you
will find a sampling of the curriculum modules created by our fellows.
As more modules are created and made ready for distribution they will
be added.
We make these materials available in the hope that teachers and others
will find them useful in the classroom. If you have any suggestions, comments
or additions, we are eager to hear them. Please send
us email telling us which module you used or are considering using
and your thoughts, questions and/or suggestions about it. Where solutions
are included they are password protected. In order to receive the password
to view solutions, please email Kathryn Hollar at hollar@deas.harvard.edu
with a short explanation of why you would like access to the solutions.
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Teaching For Understanding Framework
Physics
 Natural Resonant Frequency Worksheet
 Description: Worksheet comparing natural resonant
frequencies of real world objects across many scales.
 Goal: Demonstrate that natural frequency is inversely
proportional to size.
 Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn
Worksheet
 Description: Worksheet to accompany lesson on
Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn, involving a simple realworld
engineering problem
 Sample Answers to "QuestionBox" Questions (set
1  set 2)
 Description: Examples of answers to "Question
Box" questions: Why do ears get damaged by loud sounds? / What's
the deal with global warming? / What is an Xray? / Why are ocean
currents important?
 Induction Lesson Plan
and Worksheet
 The lesson plan explains concepts such as the meaning of a magnetic
field, the forces on an electron moving through a magnetic field
(direction and magnitude), the magnetic flux through a closedloop,
and details Faraday’s Law of Induction. All of these concepts
are brought together through a brief description of how electric
motor’s work.
 The worksheet gives concept questions dealing with the concepts
described in the lesson plan.
 Moving Charge Lesson Plan
and Worksheet
 The lesson plan explains the concepts of moving charge and gives
a definition of electrical current. Electrical energy and power
is introduced and a discussion is given of how we are charged for
the energy we use.
 The worksheet contains a number of concept questions dealing with
the information given in the lesson plan. The worksheet also gives
a thought question about energy conservation (i.e. if you only had
100 kWh of power to use in a week, what appliances could you do
without) and a question dealing with the cost of running a computer
for a full year.
 Simple Machines Lesson
Plan and Activity
 The lesson plan gives a mathematical foundation to understand
how simple machines work. A brief discussion of the trigonometry
of right triangles and an introduction to vectors is given. It is
then shown how these concepts are used in analyzing an inclined
plane.
 The activity gives a brief discussion (as well as resources for
finding more information on) other simple machines: lever, pulley,
screwed, wheel and axle. The student’s assignment was to perform
a mathematical analysis similar to that given in the lesson plan
for the inclined plane for one of these simple machines.
 Nuclear Power Worksheet
 Goal: To learn about fission and power plants.
 Particle Accelerator Article
and Worksheet
 Goal: To learn about how particle accelerators
work and why they are used.
 Superconductivity Reading
and Worksheet
 Goal: To introduce students to the concept of
superconductivity.
 Wave Motion Activity/Project
 Wave Interference: Handout,
Worksheet, Worksheet
Solutions, Notes
 Goal: To learn about interference and standing
waves.
 Electoral College Worksheet
and Spreadsheet
 Foam Coasters
 Transistors
and Integrated Circuits
 Intro to Radio Propagation
 Description: Gives a brief introduction to how
communication takes places across a wireless channel. The concepts
of multipath and constructive/destructive interference of radio
waves are used to describe why wireless communication is so difficult
to do reliably.
 How WiFi Works
 Description: Gives an overall discussion of the
functioning of wireless local areas.
 How Cell Phones Work
 Description: Gives an overview of how cellular
telephones work, from splitting coverage area into cells to the
different techniques that have been standardized for use in cellular
systems. A discussion is made about legacy (analog) systems and
the migration to digital systems
Biology
Chemistry
 Element Facts
 Description: Element facts to be used in playing
elemento.
 Goal: To learn information about some of the
more common elements.
 Careers in Chemistry Presentation
 Description: Discusses possible jobs in chemistry
related fields as well as their education
requirements.
 Goal: to get the kids in chemistry classes thinking
about careers and college
Electrical Engineering
 Electric Generators Lesson
Plan and Worksheet
 Bits and Bytes
 Description: Gives an explanation of the way
that computers represent numbers and files in terms of base2 (binary)
numbers. A discussion is also made of the representation of characters
using their ASCII representations. This document is meant as a precursor
to the following document.
 Boolean Logic
 Description: Using the information presented
in the preceding document, Boolean Logic is introduced through truthtables
given for simple (NOT, AND, OR) gates. It is then shown how more
complicated functions may be produced using these elementary gates
(an example of a fullbinary adder is given). The document is concluded
with a discussion of the function of a flipflop (latch).
General Science/Teaching Interest
Computer Science
 Methods and Variable Scope in Java HTML
Presentation and Sample Program
 Description: An presentation illustrating how
variables are stored in memory as way of making understanding variable
scope more intuitive. The presentation is based on the short sample
program which calculates a person's recommended weight based on
their height. Note that the program uses Walter Savitch's utils
module to simplify user input, but it could easily be modified to
avoid this.
 Goal: To help students understand variable scope
and argument passing in Java.
 Digital Circuits and Logic Gates Handout/Worksheet
 Description: Detailed worksheet guiding a student
through understanding what digital circuits are and then through
how logic gates are used to build circuits that can accomplish realworld
tasks. This worksheet is also appropriate for physics students.
 Goal: To introduce students to digital circuits
and Boolean logic.
 Encryption: Caesar Cipher Handout
and Vigenere Cipher Handout
 Description: Introduces students to some basic
ciphers and the concept of encryption. Can be extended with a programming
exercise in which one or both are implemented. Can also be extended
with a discussion of publickey encryption works to provide the
encryption we use online today. Note that the examples and problems
given are best if they are customized to be phrases that are meaningful
to the students in the class.
 Goal: To introduce students to the field of encryption
and have some fun doing it.
