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Robotic Hand Activity

Goal to Reach: Choose your own goal! Check one.

Create a hand that can hold 4 oz of water.  Create a hand that moves quick enough to sign three letters

Materials:

  • Cardboard
  • String
  • Plastic Straws

Estimated Time: 30 minutes

Learn about your hand! Questions to think about:

  • What are the straws acting like? 
  • What are the strings acting like?
  • How does your body pull strings? 

Challenge for Robotic Hand Station:

Find out which type of material makes the best string and which type of material makes the best hand!

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Rocket Ship Activity

Goal to Reach:  Make the rocket ship fly over your head by 1 foot!

Materials:

  • Plastic Straws
  • Thin Strips of Paper

Estimated Time: 5-10 minutes

Thinking about spaceships. What do you think is most interesting about spaceships out of this list?

  • They are fast.
  • They are heavy.
  • They are air tight.
  • They go up while gravity is pulling down.

Challenge for Rocket Ship Station:

Measure the height of your rocket ship flight by telling us what to do. Write down your measurement process in a table format like this:

Flight Attempt Measurement
#1
#2
#3
#4

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Balloon Car

Goals for Balloon Car Activity

Goal: Make a car that goes 4 feet.

 (Make sure forces are not pushing your car backwards!)

 New Words:

  • Axle – Connects 2 wheels
  • Force – pushes and pulls that move and stop things.

Materials:

  • Uninflated Balloon
  • Plastic Straw
  • Toothpicks
  • Plastic Toy Wheels

Estimated Time: 20 minutes

Challenge for Balloon Car Station:

Make your successful car as cheap as possible!

Cost of parts:

  • What is the cost of your first design?
  • What is the cost of your final design?
  • List the price of the parts that are no longer on your car.

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Rubric for using 3 Citations

This rubric is for using 3 details from the book to explain your artifact.

Attempt is missing or barely started.Paragraph is not supported by facts from the book. Only one fact cited from the text is used.Only two facts cited from the text are used.At least three facts cited from the text are used.
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Rubric for Well-Written Paragraph

This rubric is for how well-written your paragraph is.

Attempt is missing or barely started.Paragraph is disorganized, lacking main idea with supporting details and/or grammar inhibits a reader from understanding.Paragraph is somewhat organized, but main idea and details are not closely related or well-structured. Paragraph is clearly organized with a main idea and strong supporting details.
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Rubric for Making a Connection

This rubric is for how well you made a connection between a museum artifact and Frederick Douglass’ autobiography book.

Attempt is missing or barely started.The connection is unclear or misinterprets the book.The connection is vague or shows partial understanding of the book.The connection is realistic and well described.
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African American History & Culture Artifact

The National Museum of African-American History & Culture has amazing collections from a variety of eras of African-American life and culture. For this project, we will explore the 1850s collection (but please explore some other decades when you can!). 

You can see the collection by clicking “Date/Era” then “1850s” here:

https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/collection

Choose an artifact from the collection that has a connection to The Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Then, write a paragraph that explains the artifact you choose, how it connects to the book. Be sure to cite 3 details from the book in explaining your artifact. 

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Rubric for 5 Citations in Voices Remembering Slavery Essay

Essay is missing or barely started.There are less than 2 citations or the citations may be vague or unconnected to the essay’s main idea.There are only 2-4 citations that are clear and connected to the essay’s main idea. There are 5 citations that are clear and connected to the essay’s main idea.
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Rubric for well-constructed paragraphs in Voices Remembering Slavery Essay

This rubric is for how well-constructed the paragraphs of your essay are.

Essay is missing or barely started.Paragraphs are disorganized, lacking main idea with supporting details and/or grammar inhibits a reader from understanding.Paragraphs are somewhat organized, but main idea and details are not closely related or well-structured. Paragraphs are clearly organized with a main idea and strong supporting details.
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