Teacher’s Guide

Teaching Suggestions for
Under Pressure

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"The Powers of Pressure," pg. 6
"How Signor Torricelli Discovered Nothing," pg. 9
" ‘Weighing In’ on Atmospheric Pressure" (People to Discover), pg. 11
"Water Served with Pressure," pg. 12
"Taking the Ultimate Plunge," pg. 16
"Going Up: Life in the Death Zone," pg. 19
"Squeezed to the Extreme," pg. 22
"My Goldfish Is a Submarine" (Activity), pg. 25
"Candy Can Be a Gas!" pg. 27
"Fire and Ice: Cool New Designer Diamonds Are Hot," pg. 28
"Let’s Play with Pressure!" (Activity), pg. 34
"Pipelines and Pressure: The Story of Maple Syrup," pg. 36
"In a Balloon" (Brain Strain), pg. 39
"Pressure? Don’t Tell Me About Pressure!", pg. 40
"A Lunar Eclipse and a Meteor Shower!" (What’s Up and Planet Watch), pg. 42
"Prairie Dogs Under Pressure" (Animal Angles), pg. 49
Think Tank (Discussion Starters to Use Before Reading the Magazine):
  1. What does "pressure" mean to you? Brainstorm all of the different uses of the word in a word wheel. Then make a list of the situations in which pressure can be felt, observed, or measured. Compare your lists with the subjects of the articles in the magazine.
  2. What experiments have you seen or done with pressure? Have you ever conducted the "egg into the bottle" experiment, flown paper airplanes, or built a Cartesian diver? Try to recall what these experiments revealed about different kinds of pressure.
Classroom "Syzygy":     Talk, Connect, Assess
Pg. 12 – "Water Served with Pressure" pg. 28 – "Fire and Ice: Cool New Designer Diamonds Are Hot"
Far Out!: Moving Beyond the Magazine (including a sparkling trivia quiz . . . answers below!)
Marilyn Monroe song title

Community Connection: Contact an acupressurist, cardiologist, massage therapist, chiropractor, podiatrist, or orthopedic surgeon. Ask the expert to speak to your class about what his or her practice has to do with pressure.

Romantic singer and songwriter of the 1960s and 1970s

Whole-Class Project: Have a "Maple Syrup Party." Decorate with a bulletin board that shows how pressure gives us maple syrup. Cook and eat maple syrup treats. Compile and publish a book of maple syrup recipes. Write and perform skits and songs to show where maple syrup comes from.

Surfer’s paradise

Small-Group Activity: Break the class into teams of two or three students each. Ask each team to plan and demonstrate an experiment to show some physical effect of pressure. Teach the scientific principle underlying the experiment to all class members.

Mr. and Mrs. Sixtieth

Large-Group Collaborative Activity: Break the class into three groups to organize a "Moon Day" celebration for a class of younger students. Let one group present pictures and diagrams of the moon’s surface, showing your audience what features to look for during a lunar eclipse. Challenge the second group to demonstrate how the moon orbits the Earth and how a lunar eclipse occurs. The third group can prepare a moon-based "scavenger hunt," compiling a list of items for teams in the younger class to find. Examples might include a recording of "Moon River," a pair of old moon boots, or clip art of the "Man in the Moon." End your "Moon Day" festivities with prizes for scavenger hunt winners — perhaps "Moon Pies" if you can find them.

(Answers: "Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend"; Neil Diamond; Diamond Head; Diamond Anniversary)