Adolescent Literacy Toolkit Adolescent Literacy Toolkit Science Lesson Plans, Narratives, and Literacy Q&A Lesson Plans and Narratives The goal of the sample lesson plans is to show content-area high school teachers how they can use literacy strategies to help high school students learn core content and concepts. The lessons are accompanied by narrative explanations that describe the lesson in action. Literacy Q&A Literacy experts answered common questions content-area teachers have about integrating literacy instruction into their daily practice. Elizabeth Birr Moje provided the answers to the Literacy Q&A for science. Elizabeth Birr Moje is an Arthur F. Science Literacy Q&A
Bootstrap Bootstrap leverages students' excitement around videogames to teach algebraic concepts through programming. "This program Bootstrap is the best thing that happened to my son Omari, in one week dealing with math and computer programing for video games, then a whole year of math in school. His excitement to continue programing and his newfound love for college level math is going to propel him in the upcoming year. Great job, Bootstrap. See you next Year." —Kalif A., NY What if a math class taught rigorous computer programming, using the concepts and content that are already in the book? Bootstrap is a curricular module for students ages 12-16, which teaches algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming. Our mission is to use students' excitement and confidence around gaming to directly apply algebra to create something cool. We work with schools, districts and tech-educational programs across the country, reaching hundreds of teachers and thousands of students each year.
Earth Science - Mrs. Barnett Dreyfuss Coloring Plates Activity (pdf) Natural Disasters Unit in class materials & Labs:Folding Fault Models (pdf)Earthquake Model (pdf) and the accompanying questions (pdf)Earthquake & Volcano Plotting (pdf or google doc)Gelatin Volcano Lab (pdf or google doc)Volcano Sizes Activity (pdf or google doc)Viscosity Lab (pdf or google doc)Natural Disasters Research Project (pdf or google doc)Types of Volcanoes Lab (pdf or google doc)Mapping Earthquakes & Volcanoes (pdf or google doc) Natural Disasters Homework Packet - due March 18th, 2013Guided Reading: Plate Tectonics (pdf or google doc)What Should You Do? Links:College of Geology in Chile (en Espanol)
Explore Biology | Teachers' Center | Biology Teaching Resources Welcome to the Teachers' Center at Explore Biology. Here you will find resources to help you teach biology at the high school level. Some of my Regents lectures are supported by Powerpoint presentations. If you are not familiar, Regents is a 10th grade very simplified introduction to Biology, that is limited by a state-wide exam. Check out what we're doing online to expand beyond the classroom to the virtual world -- to catch students wherever they hang out and entice them to think! These daily worksheets are aligned with the Raven (7th ed.) textbook. NOTE: I have moved all the molecule building activities over to AP Biology Lab & Activities Section Post-AP Activities -- what to do with the students after the AP exam Children's Book -- I have students produce a children's book based on one biology concept or subject. Summer Assignments Summer Assignment 2010 An archive of syllabi submitted for the AP audit to help you develop your own. A resource for AP teachers developing their curriculum.
Manipulatives neurons Elementary Curriculum Resources Energy Infobooks are the resource for many NEED activities and include an introduction to energy, information on major sources of energy, new technologies, energy conservation, electricity, climate change, and other energy information. They are available on four reading levels and are revised and updated annually. Blueprint for Success (e-publication) This essential gusdide helps educators develop effective energy education programs. It provides an outline of a basic energy curriculum unit and matrix of all curriculum options. also included within the Blueprint for Success is a sample work plan and suggestions for energy outreach activities to conduct other classes, schools, families, and communities. the Youth Awards Program Guide and Application Form can also be found in the Blueprint for Success. ElectroWorks Teacher GuideElectroWorks Student Guide This guide includes background information and hands-on experiments to explore the basic concepts of atomic structure and electricity.
CS in Science Code.org has partnered with the award-winning Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) to deliver a middle school science program consisting of four instructional modules and professional development for the introduction of computer science concepts into science classrooms within the context of modeling and simulation. The goal of the program is to situate computer science practices and concepts within the context of life, physical, and earth sciences, and to prepare students to pursue formal, year-long courses in computer science during high school. CS in Science is based on a crosswalk identifying areas of overlap between the NGSS and Computer Science Teachers Association K-12 Computer Science Standards. Download a brief or full description. Videos Curriculum Documents Module 1: Introduction to Computer Modeling and Simulation The Introductory module presents basic concepts in modeling complex systems through hands-on activities and participatory simulations. Crosswalks Irene A.
The Nature of Science (NOS) There is a growing recognition among teachers that we need to teach the "Nature of Science" (NOS). Ideally, this should begin in the primary grades and extend all the way through university. Teaching about the nature of science should not be restricted to students who major in science. Every student should learn about the nature of science. This is not controversial. One of the most important issues is the "Demarcation Problem." I've written extensively about this controversy. John Wilkins discusses the "Demarcation Problem"Territorial demarcation and the meaning of scienceScience Doesn't Have All the Answers but Does It Have All the Questions? That's not what I want to talk about today. The pedagogical literature generally ignores the demarcation problem and focuses on how to teach the nature of science (NOS) to students in traditional science classes. Description of science Science is an attempt to explain natural phenomena. Tentativeness Theory-laden (subjectivity)
The Biology Project Science Activities – Free Hands-on Science Activities for Kids Science is one of the few subjects that responds logically to the endless eager and curious questions that kids and students have. Science encourages kids to explore and reduces unnecessary engagements. Substantial physical energy is conserved while students work on science activities that can be channelized to achieve higher grades. They learn to ask, explore and infer from logical situations independently. Science Simplified: Fun and Simple Science Activities for Kids Science can be easily made fun for preschoolers, kindergartners and young kids. Learn Science the Fun Way with Cool Science Activities Benefits of learning science hands-on are incomparable to text book questions and regular assignments.
Instructables - DIY How To Make Instructions Earth & Space Science Essential Science for Teachers Exploring topics that range from soil to the solar system, Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science provides participants the opportunity to increase their science content knowledge and develop new understandings of how this content connects to K - 6 classrooms. The Geologic Timeline "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" is an age-old question. But, what about things that happened long before there were chickens OR eggs? For Further Information When you see the following icon in the video, click at left for "A Closer Look" This course is composed of eight sessions, each with a one-hour video program addressing a topic area in Earth and Space science that emphasizes the science content that is likely to be part of any elementary school science curriculum. Posing the question "What is Earth’s structure and its place in the universe?"
The Molecular Clock and Estimating Species Divergence | Learn Science at Scitable A recent study by Weir and Schluter (2008) demonstrates the use of different calibration techniques. To estimate the evolutionary rate of the mitochondrial gene encoding cytochrome b in birds, Weir and Schluter chose 90 different calibrations derived from dated fossils and from the formation ages of land bridges, oceanic islands, and mountain ranges. They then used a statistical method to check each of these calibrations and discarded 16 that were found to be inconsistent. Using the remaining 74 calibrations, the duo estimated that cytochrome b genes in birds evolve at an average rate of approximately 1% per 1 million years, meaning that any two bird species are diverging from each other at a rate of 2% per 1 million years. This has long been regarded as a standard quantity in genetic studies of birds and is known as the "2% rule." Weir and Schluter also noted that the rate of molecular evolution varies significantly among different bird species.