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Mon, Oct 19, 2015 4:26 PM in Written in the Stars: Winter is Coming
I think having students observe the stars and constellations throughout the school year is a great idea. A possible way to do this would be to have the students keep a star and constellation watching journal that they are required to write in two times a week. Also if you can take a picture of the stars once a week or month at the end of the year you can track the movement of the stars w...
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Wed, Oct 14, 2015 5:28 PM in Earth Hour 2015
International "turn off the lights day" is a great attention grabber for students. A way to get students involved in this is to possibly ask them to bring in a picture of the area they are in when the lights are turned off and a picture of when the lights are on. These pictures can be used in class to present to idea of conserving energy. While looking at these pictures you can also pre...
Mon, Oct 05, 2015 11:22 AM in How do you take science home?
Getting students to take science home with them can be a difficult task. I would suggest for an environmental science activity during class to take students on a nature walk outside. During the walk ask students to pick up two things from nature. Have the students closely observe these objects in the classroom with magnifying glasses. Then ask the students to take a nature walk around th...
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Science 101: Why is Pluto no longer a planet?
Fri, Oct 09, 2015 10:00 AM Classification in Science
This article highlights the redefining of Pluto as a planet. Bill Robertson does a great job of explaining how and why Pluto is now classified as a Dwarf planet. He then presents an explanation for classification and its role in science. This is a great article that gives teachers a short explanation of the changing of Pluto's classification.
Fri, Oct 09, 2015 9:49 AM Problem Based Learning
"Community Based Engineering" is a great resource to add to your library. This article highlights how to conduct problem based learning with students to create a solution to a problem in the community. This article provides a step by step process teachers should use when beginning an activity that has a problem based learning activity for the students. I would recommend this article to anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge on getting the class involved in helping the community while learning.
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