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.
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 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.
Edheads - Activate Your Mind! Classroom 2.0 Teacher Toolbox Home » Teacher Toolbox This page contains documents and links I used in teacher workshops I conducted as part of the NSF GK-12 Program at the Environmental Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, or referred to in training sessions I currently conduct for the National Math and Science Initiative. These files will be updated periodically as new workshops are developed. Although I am no longer formally associated with the Environmental Science Institute, I remain a strong supporter of their work. For more information on the Hot Science - Cool Talks outreach lectures, teacher workshops, and other programs, please visit the Environmental Science Institute website at www.esi.utexas.edu I do not post materials from the National Math & Science Initiative on this site. Editable 2013 AP Biology Syllabus in Pages (ZIP 961 KB)This is the original format. Editable 2013 AP Biology Syllabus in Word (DOC 0.99 MB) Editable 2013 APES Syllabus in Pages (ZIP 2.72 MB) What Is a Nanometer?
Earth Exploration Toolbook Awarded Science Magazine's Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE), September 30, 2011 AAAS Press Release What is the Earth Exploration Toolbook? Developed by teams of scientists and educators, the Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET) is a collection of online Earth system science activities. Each activity, or chapter, introduces one or more scientific data sets and analysis tools that enables users to explore some aspect of the Earth system. Within the context of a case study, each chapter guides users through a step-by-step process in which they access data and use analysis tools to explore real issues and questions in Earth system science. Who is it for? Earth Exploration Toolbook chapters are written to the teacher, generally at the secondary and college level. How can I learn more? Come on into the site!