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Applying Lessons Learned to the Volcanic Risk at Mt. Rainier
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In this jigsaw-method activity on subduction zone volcanism, students apply lessons learned ...

In this jigsaw-method activity on subduction zone volcanism, students apply lessons learned from four historic eruptions to the volcanic hazards associated with Mt. Rainier in the Pacific Northwest.

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Education
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Laurel Goodell
Laurel P Goodell
Assessing the Learning Process
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Assessment, like instruction, needs to be geared toward various learning styles, and ...

Assessment, like instruction, needs to be geared toward various learning styles, and teachers can create rubrics for ongoing assessment that keep a formal daily record of what students are learning. Traditional styles of teaching focus almost exclusively on auditory presentation of material to students Š—” in other words, lecturing. KŠ—–12 education is moving away from that traditional model towards methods of teaching that address childrenŠ—Čs multiple intelligences and are appropriate to different types of learners, not only auditory learners. But although weŠ—Čve come a long way in how we teach students, we havenŠ—Čt always made great strides in how we assess them. Most assessment still takes the form of quizzes, tests, and written homework, which work best for students who are the strongest verbal thinkers. Portfolios play only a small role, and even they only begin to address the various learning styles. If weŠ—Čre going to teach in a way that addresses all learning styles, shouldnŠ—Čt we also assess that way?

Subject:
Algebra
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Articles & More
Author:
David Walbert
Gretchen Buher
Being Aware of Health Care: Using Cooperative Learning to Synthesize and Communicate U.S. Health Care Reform Issues
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This is a three-part project spanning five weeks that uniquely interweaves individual ...

This is a three-part project spanning five weeks that uniquely interweaves individual and cooperative learning in the context of health care reform and the 2008 United States presidential campaign.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Jennifer Rhoads
Birds' Bills
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Students compare and contrast birds' bills and compare them to household items.

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Biology
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Sharon J. Vick, Stevens Elementary School, Dawson, MN
Sharon Vick
Vick, Sharon
Book Buddy Biographies: Intermediate and Primary Students Working Together
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Students create a personalized biography for their reading buddy, and each child ...

Students create a personalized biography for their reading buddy, and each child is the author, illustrator, and editor.

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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ReadWriteThink
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ReadWriteThink
Book Clubs: Reading for Fun
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This lesson describes how small groups of students can plan meetings to ...

This lesson describes how small groups of students can plan meetings to discuss what they've read in a "just for fun" book club they've organized - and that they control.

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Building a Learning Community: Crafting Rules for the Classroom
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Students will learn to mind their ps and qs in this lesson ...

Students will learn to mind their ps and qs in this lesson on etiquette and appropriate behavior in the classroom.

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Building Classroom Community Through the Exploration of Acrostic Poetry
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What do your students think about each other? Find out as you ...

What do your students think about each other? Find out as you teach them the concepts of acrostic poems and challenge them to write an uplifting acrostic about a classmate.

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
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ReadWriteThink
Bumps and Buckles: A Lesson on Motion
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This activity is a guided discovery where students gather information on how ...

This activity is a guided discovery where students gather information on how to add a seat belt to a clay figure that is sitting on top of a toy car. The clay figure should stay in place when it hits a speed bump placed after a ramp.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Calibrated Peer Review: Discovering Dinosaurs
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In this activity, students write an essay on the history of scientific ...

In this activity, students write an essay on the history of scientific discoveries in the field of dinosaur paleontology. The essays are then evaluated via Calibrated Peer Review. On this Starting Point page, users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Amanda Palmer-Julson
Elizabeth Heise
Calibrated Peer Review: Introduction - Why Study Geology?
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In this activity, students read an article entitled "Why Study Geology?", then ...

In this activity, students read an article entitled "Why Study Geology?", then write an essay addressing points listed in the Writing Prompt. After this, students are introduced to the process of Calibrated Peer Review and evaluate their papers. On this Starting Point page, users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered.

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Amanda Palmer-Julson
Elizabeth Heise
Calibrated Peer Review: Kerguelen Plateau, Southern Indian Ocean - Geologic History of A Large Igneous Province
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This activity explores the significance and geologic history of the Kerguelen Plateau ...

This activity explores the significance and geologic history of the Kerguelen Plateau Large Igneous Province, as revealed by Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Legs 120 and 183. After examining all the source material, the students write an essay addressing the important points that they have learned. The Calibrated Peer Review interface is then used to give feedback on the essays. On this Starting Point page, users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered.

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Elizabeth Heise
Calibrated Peer Review: Petroleum Geology of the Persian Gulf Region
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In this assignment, students explore the origin and distribution of oil and ...

In this assignment, students explore the origin and distribution of oil and gas in a region of global significance. Also included are the geologic history and the socio-political and environmental issues associated with hydrocarbon exploration and production. Students then walk through an online case study and write an essay addressing important points that they have learned. The Calibrated Peer Review interface is then used to give feedback on the essays. On this Starting Point page, users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Case Study
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Elizabeth Heise
The Candle Icebreaker
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Small groups of students examine a candle to consider its chemical properties. ...

Small groups of students examine a candle to consider its chemical properties. Class discussion follows to consider macro vs. molecular events, energy, phase changes, etc.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Project Kaleidoscope
Author:
Dave Blackburn
Chasing the Dream: Researching the Meaning of the American Dream
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By conducting interviews, sharing and assessing data, and writing papers based on ...

By conducting interviews, sharing and assessing data, and writing papers based on their authentic research, students reach their own conclusions on the meaning of the American Dream.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Sociology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Collaborating on a Class Book: Exploring Before-During-After Sequences
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Students and the teacher produce a class book through a group-writing activity, ...

Students and the teacher produce a class book through a group-writing activity, focusing on a basic before-during-after sequence of events.

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Collaborative Decision Making: NASA's Deep Impact Mission
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The NASA's Deep Impact Mission is used to teach collaborative decision making. ...

The NASA's Deep Impact Mission is used to teach collaborative decision making. This Starting Point Teaching Collection page describes the highly-developed unit plan involving collaborative problem solving using data. The subject is the launch of a probe to investigate the composition of a comet. The students will engage in quantitative risk analysis, role-playing, persuasive writing and speaking, and group decision-making procedures. The students will study the objectives and the risks of the project and make decisions about how to deal with them from the perspectives of NASA scientists, engineers, and members of the public involved with the project. On this page, teachers can find learning goals, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment hints and references and resources dealing with this exercise. It also describes the context in which the unit is best used.

Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Rebecca Teed
University of Maryland
Compare and Contrast Deciduous and Evergreen Trees
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This activity consists of classroom lessons where children observe tree leaves and ...

This activity consists of classroom lessons where children observe tree leaves and compare and contrast those leaves leading to an understanding of the terms deciduous and evergreen (and also coniferous). They then use that learning to help them identify the kind of tree based on samples on a chart.

Subject:
Botany
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action