Minds-on Activities for Teaching Biology The resources listed below include: minds-on, hands-on activities and minds-on analysis and discussion activities for teaching biology to high school and middle school students and students in non-major college biology coursesoverviews of important biological topicsgames for learning and review. Many of these activities are explicitly aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, as indicated by (NGSS) in the descriptions below and as described in Summary Tables and in the Teacher Notes for individual activities.
Atom Building Game Downloads/Resources: Instruction SheetPeriodic TableSample Investigation Helpful Tips Many teachers have suggested that the best way to store and keep track of the marbles is to put all of the same-colored marbles (from all game boards) in one large plastic bin or zip lock bag, and then provide only the number that students will need for a particular activity.
Detailed age map shows how Milky Way came together Using colors to identify the approximate ages of more than 130,000 stars in the Milky Way's halo, Notre Dame astronomers have produced the clearest picture yet of how the galaxy formed more than 13.5 billion years ago. Astrophysicist Daniela Carollo, research assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, and Timothy Beers, Notre Dame Chair of Astrophysics, along with research assistant professor Vinicius Placco and their colleagues published their findings in Nature Physics, including a chronographic (age) map that supports a hierarchical model of galaxy formation. That model, developed by theoreticians over the past few decades, suggests that the Milky Way formed by merging and accretion of small mini-halos containing stars and gas, and that the oldest of the Milky Way's stars are at the center of the galaxy and younger stars and galaxies merged with the Milky Way, drawn in by gravity over billions of years.
Perimeter Institute Perimeter researchers never stopped playing or asking questions. They know science is not a series of facts, but an ever-changing way of understanding our universe. Perimeter offers a range of free programs, contests, and resources designed to give students an unparalleled opportunity to learn, wonder, and ask questions of leading researchers. Together we can develop new ways of understanding reality.
Kesler Science Blog Super Secondary collaborators are eager to “thank you…thank you very much…” for ALL that you do to make the world a better place! So shake, rattle, and roll on High School Domains Model Course 1: Chemistry Skip to main content High School Domains Model Course 1: Chemistry This Chemistry model course map is the first in a three-year course sequence that uses a customized version of the Modified High School Domains Model from NGSS Appendix K as the instructional year end goals.
Educational Resources « Astronomical Society A Sampling of Hands-On Astronomy Activities from the ASP Jump into hands-on astronomy with these classroom tested activities from a variety of ASP programs Surfing the Solar System Surf the web to find the answers to a fun solar system puzzle for the whole family K-12 Online Astronomy Activities Navigate the tangled web of activities on the internet with this annotated list, organized by subject Spaghetti & Marshmallow Exercise Goal: To encourage students to work together to practice several design thinking mindsets: Radical Collaboration, Bias to Action, Build to Think, Failing Fast, Test and Iterate. Design Thinking Modes: Prototype, Test Difficulty: BeginnerDuration: 45 minutesGroup Size: Groups of 3-4, up to 40 participants WHAT is it? To encourage students to work together to practice several design thinking mindsets: Radical Collaboration, Bias to Action, Build to Think, Failing Fast, Test and Iterate. The Spaghetti Marshmallow activity is designed to get students working together to build and test their designs with an emphasis on radical collaboration and bias to action.
High School Domains Model Course 2: Physics Skip to main content High School Domains Model Course 2: Physics This Physics model course map is the second in a three-year course sequence that uses a customized version of the Modified High School Domains Model from NGSS Appendix K as the instructional year end goals.
Kesler-Science I have been a middle school science teacher for 5 years. I have taught all three grade levels and have loved every minute of it. I am also a host on the www.EduAllStars.com podcast and the genius behind www.geniushour.com Quantum Dots — Quantum Dot Pioneers What are quantum dots? Quantum dots are tiny man-made crystals. They are so small that you can’t see them with a typical microscope. New analysis adds support for a subsurface ocean on Pluto: Findings suggest other large objects in the Kuiper belt may also have liquid oceans beneath frozen shells A liquid ocean lying deep beneath Pluto's frozen surface is the best explanation for features revealed by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, according to a new analysis. The idea that Pluto has a subsurface ocean is not new, but the study provides the most detailed investigation yet of its likely role in the evolution of key features such as the vast, low-lying plain known as Sputnik Planitia (formerly Sputnik Planum). Sputnik Planitia, which forms one side of the famous heart-shaped feature seen in the first New Horizons images, is suspiciously well aligned with Pluto's tidal axis. The likelihood that this is just a coincidence is only 5 percent, so the alignment suggests that extra mass in that location interacted with tidal forces between Pluto and its moon Charon to reorient Pluto, putting Sputnik Planitia directly opposite the side facing Charon. But a deep basin seems unlikely to provide the extra mass needed to cause that kind of reorientation.
DESIGN SQUAD . Resources Skip Navigation PBSKids Go! Design Squad Focus on Physics: The Equilibrium Rule—A Personal Discovery Building an Understanding of Physical Principles Figure 1. Burl and Paul on a scaffold. Before college, I worked with master sign painter Burl Grey, who, like me, was passionate about science but didn’t study physics in high school. One day Burl asked which of the two ropes holding up our sign-painting scaffold (Figure 1) experienced more of the “stretching force” called tension. Burl twanged the rope near his end of the scaffold—like a guitar string—and I did the same with mine.