Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Reading & Writing in the Disciplines
This course provides teachers and literacy coaches with an overview of disciplinary literacy, essential concepts related to proficient reading and writing, and general instructional practices that support literacy development indicated by the Common Core and NGSS.

Web Sites

Amusement Ride Accidents
News about accidents and injuries related to amusement park rides.

Background information and historical facts about carousels.

How Rollercoasters Work
TLC article on how rollercoasters work.

The Physics Classroom
An online physics tutorial written for high school students.

Principles of Aeronautics: Forces and Motion
Lesson plans and experiments that illustrate Newton's laws of motion.

History of Roller Coaster Innovations
Information about roller coaster history and selected rides.

Roller Coaster Database
A searchable database of roller coaster statistics, covering more than 450 rides.

Theme Parks
About.com's guide to theme parks, including links to background information and parks.



The American Amusement Park Industry: A History of Technology and Thrills, Judith A. Adams. Twayne, 1991.

The Incredible Scream Machine: A History of the Roller Coaster, Robert Cartmell. Amusement Park Books, 1986.

Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher, Richard Feynman. Addison-Wesley, 1996.

The Great American Carousel: A Century of Master Craftmanship, Tobin Fraley. Chronicle Books, 1994.

Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide, Karl F. Kuhn. John Wiley & Sons, 1996.

Scream Machines: Roller Coasters Past, Present, and Future, Herma Silverstein. Walker, 1986.

The Roller Coaster Lover's Companion: A Thrill Seeker's Guide to the World's Best Coasters, Steven Urbanowicz. Citadel, 1997.

The Illustrated Guide to the World's Biggest and Best Roller Coaster and Thrill Rides, Mark Wyatt.
Random House, 1996.

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Exhibits Information and Credits
Information on the exhibit and the creators

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