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Apollo 13 - Making Connections
Laura Harris
Mathematics




Unit created on 11/7/1999 EST.
Last modified 1/18/2000 10:11:00 AM EST.


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Fundamental Understandings (help)


The students will view the movie Apollo 13 and make connections that will help them understand the importance of good problem solving skills, accuracy in calculations and good communication skills.


Technology ISTE Standards (info) 


Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity. Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity. Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, preparing publications and producing other creative works. Students use technology to locate, evaluate and collect information from a variety of sources.

Information Literacy Standards (info) 


The student who is information literate: Standard 1 Accesses information efficiently and effectively, as described by the following indicators: 1.recognizes the need for information: 2.recognizes that accurate and comprehensive information is the basis for intelligent decision making; 3.formulates questions based on information needs; 4.identifies a variety of potential sources of information; 5.develops and uses successful strategies for locating information. Standard 4: Pursues information related to personal interests, as described by the following indicators: 1.seeks information related to various dimensions of personal wellbeing, such as career interests, community involvement, health matters, and recreational pursuits; 2.designs, develops, and evaluates information products and solutions related to personal interests. Standard 9: Participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information, as described by the following indicators: 1.shares knowledge and information with others; 2.respects others' ideas and backgrounds and acknowledges their contributions; 3.collaborates with others, both in person and through technologies, to identify information problems and to seek their solutions; 4.collaborates with others, both in person and through technologies, to design, develop, and evaluate information products and solutions.

Relevance (help)


All students can benefit from an appreciation of problem solving skills, accuracy and communication skills. These skills are not necessary only in mathematical and scientific careers. They are essential in any career choice. This unit will help students gain an understanding of the importance of these skills and their role in everyday life.

Assessment (help)


The students' progress will be observed in their participation in class discussions and specifically in the assessment of their follow up activities.

Components (help)


1. The class will read and discuss the Film Study Guide and the Follow-up Activities so the students will be familiar with the questions and activities. 2. The students will watch Apollo 13 and answer the questions on the Film Study Guide. Film length : 2 hours 20 minutes Due to the differences in lengths of classes, each teacher will need to set the specific time frames for the particulars of his or her schedule. It is suggested that the film be viewed in segments that allow for discussion after each segment. 3. After viewing the movie and discussing the responses to the questions on the study guide, the students will choose two activites as specified on the Follow-up Activity Worksheet. 4. The students will be given one week to complete their follow up activities. At that time, they will present their work to the class.

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Workforce Competencies (info) (help)


Standard Title: INFORMATION MANAGERS (3.1) Students locate, comprehend, interpret, evaluate, maintain, and apply information, concepts, and ideas found in literature, the arts, symbols, recordings, video and other graphic displays, and computer files in order to perform tasks and/or for enjoyment. Standard Title: EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS (3.2) Students communicate in English and other languages using information, concepts, prose, symbols, reports, audio and video recordings, speeches, graphic displays, and computer-based programs.
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