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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
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Activities and Labs
Assessments
Case Study
Instructional Material
Readings
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:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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.

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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Readings
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
Collaborative Stories 1: Prewriting and Drafting
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Students hone their teamwork skills and play off each other's writing strengths ...

Students hone their teamwork skills and play off each other's writing strengths as they participate in prewriting activities for a story to be written collaboratively by the whole class.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Collaborative Stories 2: Revising
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Using a collaborative story written by students, the teacher leads a shared-revising ...

Using a collaborative story written by students, the teacher leads a shared-revising activity to help students consider content when revising, with students participating in the marking of text revisions.

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
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:
Education
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Comparing Two Leaves
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This is an inquiry where students will be comparing and contrasting two ...

This is an inquiry where students will be comparing and contrasting two different types of leaves with a partner.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Kong Yang Glacier Hills Elementary Eagan, MN
Yang, Kong
Concept-Centered Teaching, Spring 2006
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Used for students receiving Advanced Placement credit and transfer credit. Program of ...

Used for students receiving Advanced Placement credit and transfer credit. Program of study or research to be arranged with a Department faculty member. Written report required. Permission of Department required.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kosinski-Collins, Melissa
Constructing New Understanding Through Choral Readings of Shakespeare
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After reading "The Tempest" or any other play by William Shakespeare, students ...

After reading "The Tempest" or any other play by William Shakespeare, students work in small groups to plan, compose, and perform a choral reading based on a character or theme.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Construction of a Complex Machine Through Classroom Collaboration
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Successful completion of this cooperative learning activity requires the active involvement of ...

Successful completion of this cooperative learning activity requires the active involvement of the individual, the small group and the entire classroom (collaboration). The goal is to make a simple task as complicated as possible by constructing a single complex machine.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Assessments
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Gartner, Joe
Joe Gartner
Context-Rich Problem for Cooperative Group Problem Solving - Electric Force
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Context-rich problem for electrostatics in an introductory physics class. The instructional setting ...

Context-rich problem for electrostatics in an introductory physics class. The instructional setting uses cooperative group problem solving.

Subject:
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Teaching and Learning Economics (SERC)
Author:
kenneth heller
Kenneth Heller
Cooperative Learning
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This site from SERC's Starting Point features cooperative learning, a method that ...

This site from SERC's Starting Point features cooperative learning, a method that incorporates interdependence, interaction, individual accountability, interpersonal skills, and group processing. Information and links on reasons this is an efficient teaching method, how to include it in the classroom, related resources, and examples are also included.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Readings
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Cathy Manduca
Rebecca Teed
Cooperative Learning Exercises to Teach the Gains from Trade
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This is a cooperative learning exerise that allows students to learn about ...

This is a cooperative learning exerise that allows students to learn about comparative advantage and the gains from trade.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Dan Marburger
Cooperative Learning and Elementary Classrooms
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This article highlights the five essential components of cooperative learning, provides a ...

This article highlights the five essential components of cooperative learning, provides a quick overview of the research behind the strategy, describes three of the most common types, and offers ideas on how to get started using cooperative learning at the elementary level.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
Counting GDP
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Working in small groups, students determine how 18 items are included in ...

Working in small groups, students determine how 18 items are included in GDP (or if they are excluded.) Cards turned over one at a time encourage participation by all group members.

Subject:
Education
Economics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Mark Maier
Creating an Online Community Through Electronic Portfolios
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Students publish their work in an electronic portfolio, which enables them to ...

Students publish their work in an electronic portfolio, which enables them to respond to each other's content online.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink