Cephalopod Lesson Plans
This collection of lesson plans, created by the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, highlights color change in cephalopods. This page provides links to each lesson plan, which are in PDF format and feature an informative, image-rich introduction followed by a hands-on laboratory activity. The lesson plans highlight cephalopod color change, vision, light quality, and light quantity.
What Are Some Factors That Affect Seasonal Patterns?
The purpose of this resource is to have students use GLOBE data and graphing tools to compare the influence of latitude, elevation, and geography on seasonal patterns. Students analyze the graph of the past year's maximum and minimum temperatures at their site. They compare this graph to similar graphs for two other sites and list which factors that might cause the patterns to be different and investigate one in depth.
ReSciPE Workshops: Scientific Inquiry in the K-12 Classroom
This half-day workshop was developed especially for scientists and science educators interested in contributing to K-16 science education. Workshop activities provide participants with an overview of the research base behind inquiry teaching and learning, an introduction to national standards for inquiry-based K-12 science education, and some hands-on examples of how inquiry can look in the classroom. This workshop is sponsored by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
Introduction to Business
BU100 - Introduction to Business The BU100 Introduction to Business course provides a fundamental working knowledge of the varied aspects of business and prepares you for future studies in more specialized topics within the subject area. You will increase your awareness of the overall environment and function of business as well as observe its contributions to society. This course also covers communication technology, globalization, and business ethics.
Investigation: How Faithful is Old Faithful?
In this investigation, students examine data from the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park in order to determine the predictability of its eruptions. The activity asks students to graph data in an appropriate fashion and then interpret those graphs in order predict how long one would have to wait for the next eruption. The activity also touches on how to determine the reliability of this prediction. This site includes teaching notes and tips, downloadable teaching materials and data
Hurricane Impacts on the U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Markets
This website contains official US energy statistics. The site provides reports summarizing Hurricane Katrina impacts on US oil and gas markets. The site contains shut-in statistics, Gulf oil and natural gas facts, price information, plus links to news, related data and references.
GEOLogic: Stream Discharge Rates - Rappahannock River Station
This webpage from SERC features GEOLogic questions, which are puzzles that were developed to support students understanding of geoscience concepts while challenging them to develop better logic and problem solving skills. In this example, students are asked to convert measurements in cubic feet per hour (cfh) to cubic feet per second (cfs) and then match up the names of the researchers measuring the flows at the river station with the correct flow rate. There is also a second part in which stude
Formulas for functions of two variables
This website features a chart of functions with two variables and the equations for their standard deviation. It is from the Engineering Statistics handbook whose goal is to help scientists and engineers incorporate statistical methods in their work as efficiently as possible. A link to tools and aids for using the handbook is provided.
Exploring Radiometric Dating with Dice
In this lab, students use dice to simulate radioactive decay. Students create a standard decay curve for a fictional element, calculate the half-life of this element, and, using the information their graph, "date" rocks that contain the new element. The use of dice has some advantages over similar exercises because the half-life is not immediately obvious to students and they will need to experimentally determine it. Learning goals, context for use, teaching tips, materials, assessment tips and
Chance Welcome Page
This site contains materials to help teach a Chance course, an NSF-sponsored quantitative literacy course that was cooperatively developed by the Chance Team. The goal of Chance is to make students more informed, critical readers of current news stories that use probability and statistics. Links to Chance news, the course, video and audio, teaching aids, and related resources are provided.
'Nature' in Relation to Outdoor Leisure
Producer (requires Internet Explorer) This learning object examines how we think about nature, in particular in relation to the meanings we invest in nature during our outdoor recreation. The object develops the theme that the ways we think about nature bear the marks of a range of intellectual and religious inheritances. It is these inheritances that allow us to think of ourselves as both separate from but engaged with nature. The complexities and implications of this relati
Rock Candy Crystals
Developed for third and fourth grade. Students will be introduced to the concepts of saturation (super saturation), evaporation, and phase changes. Each student will be given a paper cup, popsicle stick or wooden skewer, piece of string, sugar, and boiling water in order to create his/her own rock candy. Students will be able to chart the progress of the growth of their rock candy over time and use their data to create a graph. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student
Developed for second grade. Students will first hypothesize whether wheat bread or white bread will grow more mold. They will test the hypothesis using a simple and inexpensive set up. Bread will be placed in a plastic bag to be observed and never opened. Students will measure mold on a daily basis and record the data to graph later. Students will analyze the results when the experiment is complete. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas o
Higher Secondary Mathematics
This course discusses the following concepts: bases and indices; fractional indices; zero and negative indices; exponential equations; definition and laws of logarithms; equations involving logarithms; introduction to surds; linear equations and simultaneous equations.
Amazing Bean Races
Developed for fifth grade and above. Primary biological content area covered:; Plant growth; Seedling morphology; Hypothesis testing; Experimental design; Line graphing; Introductory statistics. Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the teaching of biology at the elementary level. Unless otherwise noted, the lesson plans have been tried at least
This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics
In the early 1960s, the emergence of the theory of plate tectonics started a revolution in the earth sciences. Since then, scientists have verified and refined this theory, and now have a much better understanding of how our planet has been shaped by plate-tectonic processes. We now know that, directly or indirectly, plate tectonics influences nearly all geologic processes, past and present. Indeed, the notion that the entire Earth's surface is continually shifting has profoundly changed the way
It's Your Time - Wilkes-Barre - Campus
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Electronic Statistics Textbook
This Electronic Statistics Textbook offers training in the understanding and application of statistics. The material was developed at the StatSoft R&D department based on many years of teaching undergraduate and graduate statistics courses and covers a wide variety of applications, including laboratory research (biomedical, agricultural, etc.), business statistics and forecasting, social science statistics and survey research, data mining, engineering and quality control applications, and many o
Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane Model
The EJS Rocket Car on an Inclined Plane model displays a car on an inclined plane. When the car reaches the bottom of the incline, it can be set to bounce (elastic collision) with the stop attached to the bottom of the incline. The car consists of the car body, two rotating front wheels, and two rotating rear wheels. The incline angle (in radians) can be changed via a textbox and the rocketâ€™s thrust can be changed via a slider. In addition the car can be dragged to its initial position. A
Multiple Coin Toss Model
The EJS Multiple Coin Toss model displays the result of the flipping of N coins. The result of each set of coin flips is shown by the image of the pennies on the screen and the complete results of the tossing experiment is shown on a graph of the cumulative probability of heads. The number of coins flipped, N, and change the "fairness" of the coin by setting the probability of a "heads" result, p, can be set via text boxes.