xolp - home Hands-on Activities for Teaching Biology to High School or Middle School Students by Drs. Ingrid Waldron and Jennifer Doherty, University of Pennsylvania The expression "hands-on, minds-on" summarizes the philosophy we have incorporated in these activities - namely, that students will learn best if they are actively engaged and if their activities are closely linked to understanding important biological concepts. Many of our activities are explicitly aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, as indicated by (NGSS) in the descriptions below and the links to the right. To accommodate limited budgets, most of our activities can be carried out with minimum equipment and expense for supplies. Additional resources for teaching biology are available at More Minds on Activities for Teaching Biology. Read More Intro and Biological Molecules Is Yeast Alive? Students evaluate whether the little brown grains of yeast obtained from the grocery store are alive by testing for metabolism and growth. Enzymes Help Us Digest Food(revised, July, 2016) Who Took Jerell's iPod?
Van de Walle Professional Mathematics Series Volume 1 Blackline Masters Click the link below to download PDFs of all the Blackline Masters for Volume 1. Please note that this will take approximately 1-2 mintues for a dial-up connection. All BLMs Click the links below to download PDFs of specific Blackline Masters for Volume 1. To Download: PC: Right Click the link and choose "Save Target As" from the dropdown menu. Parents' Guide to the CCSS Currently, each state has a separate set of education standards, lists of skills that students are expected to do by the time they graduate each grade. However, in response to concerns about American student achievement and just how prepared students are for college and careers, education leaders in 48 states, along with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), have written a set of standards for student across the U.S. The common core state standards were released in 2010. Now, 44 states are working to implement them by 2013-2014. Here’s what you should know and how to help your child prepare for the common core: The Common Core Standards are State-Driven The common core state standards are a set of learning skills that all American students should achieve, not a federal curriculum. The Standards are a Progression In general, standards set a progression of skills that students learn as they move through school. Focus on Informational Text
Tasks, Units & Student Work - Common Core Library Keywords (optional) Enter keywords (e.g., K.OA.3, informational text, arguments, quadratic equations, etc.) Grade (select at least one) Subject (select one) NYC educators and national experts are developing Common Core-aligned tasks embedded in a unit of study to support schools in implementing the Citywide Instructional Expectations. Educators may choose to adopt these resources in their entirety or adapt the materials to best address students’ diverse needs. Search a growing assortment of Common Core-aligned tasks, units and student work by keyword, grade level, subject area and Common Core Learning Standard. The components of the Common Core-aligned tasks with instructional supports include: Unit overview and task description Teacher-annotated student work representing a range of performance levels Rubrics used to assess student work Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles Other instructional support materials NEW!
How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class Have you ever plunked yourself down in a staff meeting where some of your colleagues were, for lack of a better phrase, not paying attention? Grading homework? Having private conversations? Texting? As we know all too well, kids aren't a whole lot different than adults: If they aren't absorbed by what's going on, they'll find something else that interests them. Getting all your students focused, eager, and on task at the beginning of class is challenging enough. Still, unless you manage to capture and keep students' focus, whether at the beginning of or midway through class, the engine of student learning that you are trying to drive simply isn't even in gear. From Dead Time to Active Learning I call this lack of engagement dead time. I have come to feel that dead time is so pernicious that I will do everything I can to prevent even the hint of an outbreak. They call students at Level 4, the lowest level, the work avoiders, and on level 3 are the halfhearted workers. Building Your Arsenal
Free printable math teasers and puzzles Printable Math Brain Teasers Students love doing math puzzles and brain teasers. We have puzzles in 4 difficulty levels. Level 3 and 4 can be quite challenging and can also be used for high school math students. All our puzzles are printable and come with answers. Math puzzles and brain teasers are fun and good! By solving math puzzles and brain teasers students are actively developing analytical and problem solving skills. Math teasers can be used as warmers, homework or remedial learning and teaching materials. The puzzles on this site are based on the following math topics: - multiples and factors - even and odd numbers - addition and subtraction - number patterns - multiplication - prime numbers - exponents Are math puzzles come with answers and can be very challenging.
Common Standards Ignite Debate Over Prereading Published Online: April 24, 2012 Published in Print: April 25, 2012, as Common Standards Ignite Debate Over Student 'Prereading' Exercises Sparked by the Common Core State Standards, teachers and literacy experts are arguing about the role of a time-honored pillar of English/language arts instruction: classroom activities designed to help students understand what they are about to read. The attacks on—and defenses of—"prereading" are unfolding largely in cyberspace, through online forums, blogs, and email exchanges. What's triggering them is educators' reactions to the new standards and two key explanatory resources created by their architects: a set of "publishers' criteria" and videotaped sample lessons. That trio has created an impression in some quarters that the intent of the standards is to "ban"—in the words of one blogger—prereading and instead ask students to approach texts "cold," with no upfront assistance. Interpreting the Standards Publishers' Criteria Mr. The K-2 criteria Mr.
Global Community Project: Literature Circles Students work in small groups reading a novel and assuming various roles in the Literature Circle in order to demonstrate their understanding of the novel and share... Project: Email Exchange Students will engage in an ePals email exchange, practicing the skills of collaboration and communication while building friendships and learning about the daily lives and cultures of others around the world. Collaborative Detective Story Students will compose a collaborative narrative short story while creating international friendships and a great story to share. 21st Century Learning Tools Project When students are a part of an online collaborative learning community, powerful learning takes place. Monster Writing Project Students attempt to recreate the monsters based on the description they received from other ePals. Project: Theme Detectives Is it just a funny talking spider or do his antics serve a deeper cultural purpose? Project: Biographies: Explorer Expedition