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Where Risky Business Fits in the Curriculum:

In California beginning in the elementary grades, students begin to learn statistics and probability in mathematics. They take part in drug, alcohol, and tobacco awareness programs to learn how to make better choices when evaluating risks connected to using these products. This project supports these studies. This project is a way to integrate that material emphasizing engaged learning with the Internet. It is a unit that integrates mathematics, scientific and critical thinking, and health and safety. The project lasts a month requiring approximately an hour a day plus homework to complete.

Descriptions of how the authors taught the project.

A tutorial for teachers new to problem-based learning.

Alignment with National Science Education Standards: This project demonstrates some elements of the following:

Alignment with National Education Goals 2000: Students will develop the skills and knowledge needed to construct their own understanding of science, technology, and the world in which they live.

Authors: Bill Britton, Mohr Elementary School, Pleasanton; Diana Fong-Wedgwood, Edison Elementary School; Tim Perrotta, Cesar Chavez Middle School, and Steven Smith, Edison Elementary School.
Created for the NTEP II Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.
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