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Components of an Investigation Narrative
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An investigation narrative is written whenever a public child welfare agency is alerted to a situation requiring further attention. The narrative tells the story of what actions occurred as a social worker interacted with a family or child on their path to gather evidence surrounding a reported incident.

This interactive activity provides a learner with an example of an Investigation Narrative taken from a vignette. Buttons on the left side of the document highlight sections of the narrative template, identifying what information is typically included in that section and showing an excerpt taken from the vignette. The goal for the learner utilizing this resource is to identify the structure of an investigation narrative and be able to explain the purpose or function of the highlighted sections / headings.

Subject:
Social Work
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)
Date Added:
08/24/2016
Conducting Scientific Research to Support a Claim
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How can we conduct scientific research so that we have evidence to support a claim?Students in this problem-based learning module are invited to design a testable question to guide Scientific Research, Evaluate the pH of various solutions, Identify Variables, Conduct a Scientific Investigation, and Analyze/Communicate results.    How can we conduct scientific research so that we have evidence to support a claim? Antacid tablets are a multi-billion dollar industry.  Claims are made regularly by certain brands that their extra strength tablets contain “DOUBLE the acid neutralizing power per tablet of regular strength antacids.”  How effective are antacids?  Are double-strength antacids twice as effective as regular strength antacids?  Have you ever noticed a parent/guardian/family member take an antacid tablet? Stomach chemistry is about acids and bases.  When the pH of a stomach is too acidic then it might make the person have a stomach ache.  In some cases “heartburn” or “acid reflux” are used as terms to describe the problems some people face.  Antacids are usually basic which, when taken, might help raise the pH level in a stomach thus making a person feel better.You are invited to design an investigation with a partner, or a team of 4 students, to test your own idea about the effectiveness of antacids.  The challenge?  Have a driving question, clear variable identification, and an analysis of your results.  Materials for your test will be provided to you by your teacher.  At the culmination of your investigation your design team will make a 30-second pitch on your phone to show at your family Thanksgiving meal to explain the benefits (or negatives) of using antacids, and how antacids work.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Physical Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network
Date Added:
11/21/2017
El Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor
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Conviértete en un detective para resolver el Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor! Actúa las pistas y saca conclusiones para resolver el misterio.

Cuando el detective Bentley no puede entender por qué su mochila huele mal, recorre los acontecimientos de su día para encontrar pistas. Asumiendo el papel de detectives, los espectadores representan los eventos del día de Bentley y usan pistas textuales para resolver el caso.

Objetivo de Aprendizaje:
Sacar conclusiones de los hechos presentados en el texto y respaldar esas afirmaciones con evidencia textual.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
Take The Stage
Date Added:
10/30/2019
Exploratory Investigation
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Scientists can spend years planning, conducting, analyzing, and publishing the results of their investigations. It’s not surprising that trying to design and conduct scientific investigations in a vastly shorter time span, can often be frustrating for instructors and students, and may lead to misunderstandings about how investigations are done. Students’ attempts at quick investigations are often messy, and data can be inconsistent and fairly inconclusive. But scientists often do “messy” exploratory investigations before doing a full investigation. The goal of an exploratory investigation is to observe and record basic patterns in nature, as well as to explore various methods and improve the ultimate design of an investigation. Exploratory studies can be “quick and dirty” but are important to understanding a phenomenon well enough to develop a testable question and appropriate methods for investigating. Similarly, the goal for students in this activity is not coming up with great data, but to observe and record patterns in nature, and to think about how the investigation could be improved in the future. After being assigned a general topic, such as “exploring where fungi live,” students brainstorm questions, sort questions as testable or not testable, plan a brief exploratory investigation, do it, analyze the results, discuss ideas, and brainstorm ways the investigation could be improved in the future. In a relatively short amount of time, we can give students an experience that’s authentic to field science, while emphasizing how this can lead to a more thorough investigation that answers important questions about the natural world.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Beetles: Science and Teaching for Field Instructors
Date Added:
05/06/2020
Faucet Flow Rate
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Students conduct experiments to determine the flow rate of faucets by timing how long it takes to fill gallon jugs. They do this for three different faucet flow levels (quarter blast, half blast, full blast), averaging three trials for each level. They convert their results from gallons per second (gps) to cubic feet per second (cfs).

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Bobby Rinehart
Karen Johnson
Mike Mooney
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Forensic Science In Action
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The goal of this project is to stimulate student's critical thinking and investigative skills. We will lead students in an investigative process utilizing Forensic Science to uncover and solve theft in the school building. Students will research forensic instrumentation. Next they will go into discovery and explore and design a basic fingerprinting tool kit. Students will get the opportunity to build their own prototype of their tools.

Subject:
Mathematics
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Tiffany Spencer
Date Added:
01/28/2016
Ice Balloons
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In this activity, learners will explore globes of frozen water to learn how to ask and then answer 'investigable' questions. The activity includes four short online videos: Introduction, Step-by-Step Demonstration, Going Deeper, and What's Going On. Also available are a concept map and a "Going Further" web page that suggests variations and extensions on this activity.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
National Science Foundation
The Exploratorium
Date Added:
11/07/2007
Introduction to Criminal Investigation: Processes, Practices and Thinking
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Introduction to Criminal Investigation, Processes, Practices, and Thinking is a teaching text designed to assist the student in developing their own structured mental map of processes, practices, and thinking to conduct criminal investigations.

Delineating criminal investigation into operational descriptors of tactical-response and strategic response while using illustrations of task-skills and thinking-skills, the reader is guided into structured thinking practices. Using the graphic tools of a “Response Transition Matrix”, an “Investigative Funnel”, and the “STAIR Tool”, the reader is shown how to form their own mental map of investigative thinking that can later be articulated in support of forming their reasonable grounds to believe.

Subject:
Criminal Justice
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Darryl Plecas
Rod Gehl
Date Added:
12/02/2019
Investigating Temperature: Using a Thermometer
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Students will record the temperature daily, using a bar graph, color coded bars. this monthly bar graph helps students understand phenology and interpreting graphs.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Colleen Fridlund
Date Added:
10/04/2011
Lights, Camera, Reaction
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First-year chemistry students learn the basics of chemical reactions, and then dig deeper to produce unique multimedia demonstrations that will be used in an educational instructional video for a cable channel. Online simulations and microscaled investigations allow students to study many reactions safely in a short period of time. Small groups of students are assigned one of five basic chemical changes (synthesis, decomposition, single displacement, double displacement, or combustion) for further investigation. After careful consideration, each student selects one reaction and demonstration that best illustrates the particular reaction, and develops a slideshow presentation that can be used in the final class video. As a final assessment, students are given a unique "recipe" for a set of reactants, and they are asked to identify the reaction type and the products that are likely to result.

This unit plan was originally developed by the Intel® Teach program as an exemplary unit plan demonstrating some of the best attributes of teaching with technology.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Clarity Innovations
Date Added:
10/24/2016
NGSS in Action: Science in the Schoolyard (Workshop 1 of 4)
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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)* call for students to use the practices, concepts and content of science and engineering to understand phenomena and solve problems that are relevant to their lives. Starting from a student’s own experiences and community makes the science meaningful and increases engagement while helping students understand how global issues like climate change are present and addressable in their lives. In this series (NGSS in Action: Science and Engineering in your Schoolyard) we examine how you can use the new science standards and your community to understand and address real world environmental problems and explore together how to integrate NGSS into your district’s classroom science units.Workshop 1: Science in Action Description: "Venture outside the walls of the classroom to find local environmental phenomena that can anchor your classroom science unit. Explore with us the big picture of Next Generation Science Standards’ “three dimensional” science learning and then get hands on with the Science and Engineering Practices as you use them to build an understanding of an example phenomenon in our 'schoolyard.' You’ll leave this workshop with ideas and examples you can use in your own classroom science curriculum."

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Emma Pesis
Brad Street
Date Added:
07/22/2019
Phenomenal Investigations Activity
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An adaptable exploratory and reflective activity that works with all ages and uses the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS*), Asking Question and Defining Problems Practice and one of several possible Crosscutting Concepts to explore students’ awareness, prior knowledge and cultural experiences related to a phenomenon or Disciplinary Core Idea .

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Emma Pesis
Brad Street
Date Added:
07/22/2019
Process reflection by social worker: separating fact and evidence from assessment and opinion
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In this interactive document a learner can read the case notes taken during an investigative interview. The interview can be viewed at . Reading through the document, the objective is that the learner listen to audio explanations of the social worker, considering why decisions were made to include, and to exclude, specific information. Hovering over a section of the document will darken that section of the text. Click on that section to hear what decisions the social worker made in an effort to clearly separate fact and evidence from assessment and opinion while writing her case notes.

Subject:
Social Work
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)
Date Added:
07/25/2016
River Flow Rate
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Students build on their understanding and feel for flow rates, as gained from the associated Faucet Flow Rate activity, to estimate the flow rate of a local river. The objective is to be able to relate laboratory experiment results to the environment. They use the U.S. Geological Survey website (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/rt) to determine the actual flow rate data for their river, and compare their estimates to the actual flow rate. For this activity to be successful, choose a nearby river and take a field trip or show a video so students gain a visual feel for the flow of the nearby river.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Bobby Rinehart
Karen Johnson
Mike Mooney
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Schoolyard Habitat Comparison
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This document provides a simplified version of an investigation that uses quadrats to compare habitats in your schoolyard. Depending on your focus, the activity can be adapted to compare the diversity or amount of ground insects, invertebrates or plants in two areas. Students use the Next Generation Science Standards’ Planning and Carrying Out Investigations practice and the Cause and Effect and/or Stability and Change crosscutting concepts to build understanding of the needs of animals, differences in ecosystems and/or change in ecosystems.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Emma Pesis
Brad Street
Date Added:
07/22/2019
Schoolyard Stormwater Walk Activity
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This is a mapping activity that uses the student’s schoolyard to investigate how rain/stormwater interacts with different surfaces and where stormwater problems may occur. Students use Next Generation Science Standards’ Science and Engineering Practices in a near-by, relevant place.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Emma Pesis
Brad Street
Date Added:
07/22/2019
Spider Investigation
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This activity is designed to be a follow-up to the Spider Exploration activity, and to be done with students who are excited about and interested in spider webs. It’s meant for instructors who want to help their students learn how to conduct a more formal and structured investigation. Students compare quantity of spider webs in two different plant communities. The basic structure of this investigation is pre-planned, but students discuss and plan how to make it a fair test with the least amount of bias as possible. Students also analyze their data, make explanations from their findings, discuss possible inaccuracies of their results, and reflect on science practices and investigation design.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Beetles: Science and Teaching for Field Instructors
Date Added:
05/14/2020
Unit 1, Lesson 3a Alternate Student Activity Sheets: Where are the bacteria around us?
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The following questions are ones that two classes of high school students in Novi, Michigan decided to investigate in fall of 2017 by taking swabs of surfaces in their environment and transfering what was on the swab to the surface of a Petri dish. Circle three of these investigations that you want to see the results for.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
08/26/2019