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Jordan needs to use ASL to communicate with everyone around him. Go to this link http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-layout/concepts.htm and ask students to learn how to sign a simple sentence of their choosing. Then, have each student sign their sentence and have the rest of the class guess what they’re signing.

*BIOMIMICRY PRODUCT BUSINESS PLAN (Naturalist, Logical/Mathematical, and Interpersonal)

Delilah Dobson uses a business plan to launch her successful ice cream business, A Cherry On Top. Ask students to develop a business plan based on a biomimicry product.

Have students pair up and brainstorm three to five topics that they have in common such as sports, music, food. Then, have them brainstorm three to five animals or plants. Do these plants or animals have a characteristic that would help students improve their ability to catch a ball, jump higher, or play an instrument? Have them sketch out their product and make a list of necessary materials. Then, have them research the cost of each material. How much would they have to charge for a single product to make a profit?

Biomimicry is the process of learning from and imitating nature’s plants, animals, and processes to create effective human technologies and designs. Here are some examples of biomimicry:

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The inventor of Velcro developed the two-part fastener system after studying burrs. Underneath a microscope he saw the burrs spires hooked onto any substance that had loops such as fabric, hair or fur. So he created one tape with hooks and another with loops.

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Engineers studied the different shapes of birds’ wings and the different speeds at which birds fly. They realized that the speed and the duration of each bird’s flight correlated with wing shape. Now airplane wings morph to affect the speed and duration of the aircraft’s flight.

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Architects studied termite mounds to figure out how the insects maintained a constant temperature inside their homes. Turns out the little buggers constantly open and close vents to manage the convection currents of air. These vents draw cooler air from the bottom of the mound while chimneys let the hot air escape. High-rise buildings that use a similar design use 10% less energy than similar-sized conventional buildings.

Check out these sites for more information:

http://brainz.org/15-coolest-cases-biomimicry/

http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/

2. *BUDGET BLUES (Logical/Mathematical)

Tess’s mom has financial woes. Give students a hypothetical life and monthly salary, and ask them to develop a feasible budget that provides for food, expenses, and shelter.

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