Red Light, Green Light
Building upon their understanding of forces and Newton's laws of motion, students learn about the force of friction, specifically with respect to cars. They explore the friction between tires and the road to learn how it affects the movement of cars while driving. In an associated literacy activity, students explore the theme of conflict in literature, and the difference between internal and external conflict, and various types of conflicts. Stories are used to discuss methods of managing and re
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Adapting to When Students Game an Intelligent Tutoring System
It has been found in recent years that many students who use intelligent tutoring systems game the system, attempting to succeed in the educational environment by exploiting properties of the system rather than by learning the material and trying to use that knowledge to answer correctly. In this paper, we introduce a system which gives a gaming student supplementary exercises focused on exactly the material the student bypassed by gaming, and which also expresses negative emotion to gaming stud
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Developing Questions for Gallery Walk to Engage Higher Order Thinking
This site from SERC's Starting Point explains best practices for developing Gallery Walk questions which involves preparing questions based on a lecture's central concept, issue, or debate. A variety of questions can be used but the technique seems to work best with higher order questions relating to analysis, evaluation, and synthesis; using Bloom's Hierarchy provides a guide for wording questions at various levels of abstraction. Examples of various types of questions including comprehension,
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Developing a Local Stratigraphy
In this lab activity students describe rock types in a variety of exposures to construct a regional stratigraphy. Learning goals, teaching notes and materials, equipment lists, and assessment recommendations are all provided on this website. Additionally, there are links to useful references and resources, including related field labs.
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Who Can Live Here? Life in Extreme Environments
Astrobiology in the Classroom leads students in the exploration of the limits of life on Earth to extend their beliefs about life to include its possibility on other worlds. In this four-part activity, students first explore the environments of several mammals and birds to better understand how living things and their environments interact and depend on each other. In the second part, students match bacterial types with their more extreme environments. Students discover that an environment's tem
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Cosmology 101
This is is a primer on scientific efforts to understand the origin, evolution, and fate of the universe. Among the questions it explores: What types of matter and energy fill the universe? What is the age and shape of the universe? How rapidly is it expanding? The website examines the Big Bang theory, as well as tests and limitations of the theory.
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EPR Basics and Application to Biology
This site contains a set of powerpoint slides that discusses the basic principles underlying electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The slides also present examples of the application of EPR to biological systems including organic radicals in proteins, paramagnetic metal centers and spin labels.
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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This website is a great resource for information on bridges. The site provides links to websites like PBS's Nova, where you can learn about different types of bridges and then test your knowledge by matching the right bridge to the right location (over a freeway, river, canyon or ocean waterway), or where you can read more about the forces, loads and materials that affect bridges. Another link takes you to Better Bridges, where you can find out how many bridges are in your state. Definitely a gr
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The Rock Cycle: Understanding the Earth's Crust
Teachers, are you looking for new activities to excite your students about the evolution of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks? This website, developed by the non-profit organization Math/Science Nucleus, provides numerous hands-on activities for each grade from kindergarten through sixth. The chemistry section deals with the mystery of why and how minerals and rocks are formed. The minerals segment provides students with an appreciation of the basic building blocks of rocks as well as
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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This online challenge activity introduces a gift-counting problem that requires students to organize information in a table and then to draw conclusions. The importance of organizing information for decision making is noted for census takers, librarians, and demographers. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site, where real-world uses of mathematics are emphasized. The solution hint suggests how to organize a useful table. Related questions ask stud
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Chemistry-Based QuickTime, Shockwave Flash, GIF Animations, and Streaming Audio
The Chemistry-Based QuickTime, Shockwave Flash, GIF Animations, and Streaming Audio Web site is provided to "support the teaching of concepts in chemistry in freshman through graduate level courses." Dr. Thomas Chasteen's site offers links to multimedia files related to chemiluminescence, gel electrophoresis, how a grating works, gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, titrations, atomic emission detector, and much more. The site is a good collection of helpful visual learning tools that chemi
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Combination locks : I forgot the combination! How many combinations will I have to try?
This activity asks the student to find the number of possible combinations for a lock showing the numbers 0 to 39. It is part of the Figure This! collection of 80 online mathematical challenges emphasizing real world uses of mathematics. The solution to the combination question applies the technique of using a smaller number of possible arrangements to study a problem. Students learn to use a tree diagram to model possible outcomes and explore the mathematical meaning of the term combination. Th
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Wind
This document examine wind power as an energy resource. The reading will define wind and discuss topics such as (1) The history of wind machines, (2) Today's windmills, and (3) Types of wind machines. This resource is structured as an informational handout to supplement your energy activities or to generate discussion questions. Copyright 2005 International Technology Education Association
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Biomass : energy from wood, garbage, and agricultural waste
This resource explores the non-renewable resource of Biomass. As a organic material, biomass stores sunlight in the form of chemical energy. Biomass fuels include wood, wood waste, straw, manure, sugar cane, and many other byproducts from a variety of agricultural processes. Other focal topics will include types of biomass and the carbon cycle. Copyright 2005 International Technology Education Association
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Cancer Biology 3 - Prof. Yi Li (Part 1)
The third cancer lecture for the Computer-Aided Discovery Methods course taught at Baylor College of Medicine. This lecture covers cancer stem cells, differentiation, metastasis, and cancer types by organ of origin.
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Create a Coral Reef
In this hands-on OLogy activity, kids learn about coral reefs by building a diorama that has models of different types of coral and other sea creatures. The activity opens with Amy O'Donnell, an educator at the AMNH, introducing kids to coral polyps and reefs. The illustrated, step-by-step directions show kids how to construct a diorama that contains models of a brain coral, a sea fan, a sponge, and sea anemones. It also includes Cool Coral Facts, a look at museum dioramas, and tips for "Taking
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Magma Generation
This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation covers the origin of basaltic magmas. Two types of basalt in ocean basins are compared (tholeiitic and alkaline). Composition of mantle-derived magmas and sources of mantle material are listed. Discussion of how the mantle melts, touching on the contribution of volatiles, pressure and composition, is included. The slide show includes figures comparing enriched vs. depleted mantle. This resource is part
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Igneous Rocks of the Ocean Basins
These lecture notes introduce magmatism and petrology as they relate to the oceanic lithosphere. The notes cover ophiolite sequences and types of volcanic settings found in ocean basins. A section about basalt includes discussion of location, composition and origin of mid-ocean ridge basalts. Ocean island basalts are further discussed with regards to occurrence, composition and origin. These notes include graphs, maps and phase diagrams. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection
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Geochemistry of Igneous Rocks
This website contains an abundance of data on the geochemistry of igneous rocks. The site provides very brief descriptions of many types of terrestrial and lunar igneous rocks, their regional distribution and classification, and examples of their geochemical trends and fingerprints. Graphs that plot the geochemical composition of both terrestrial and extraterrestrial igneous rocks are also featured. This site could be useful for upper level geology students doing independent research, as well as
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Faults
This site, which accompanies an introductory structural geology class at the University of Leeds, UK, contains information on faults. Topics include normal faults, thrust faults, strike-slip faults, faults and stress, and soft-linked fault systems. The site features explanations of the three basic types of faults with informative diagrams and a photo gallery.
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