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  • Understanding Science: An overview
    To understand what science is, just look around you. What do you see? Perhaps, your hand on the mouse, a computer screen, papers, ballpoint pens, the family cat, the sun shining through the window …. Science is, in one sense, our knowledge of all that — all the stuff that is in the universe: from the tiniest subatomic particles in a single atom of the metal in your computer's circuits, to the nuclear reactions that formed the immense ball of gas that is our sun, to the complex chemical interactions and electrical fluctuations within your own body that allow you to read and understand these words. But just as importantly, science is also a reliable process by which we learn about all that stuff in the universe. However, science is different
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  • Adolescent Literacy Instruction - Links to Strategies for Reading
    Anticipation Guide; Brainstorming; Cloze; DR-TA; Guided Imagery; Graphic Organizers; GRP (Guiding Reading Procedures); Hot Seat; Jigsaw; KWL; KWL Plus; KWLS; Most Important Word; Phony Document Strategy; PReP; Probable Passage; Question/Answer Relationships (QAR); Quick Writes; Reading Response Journals; Reciprocal Teaching; ReQuest (Reciprocal Questioning); RRI (Rapid Retrieval of Information); Save the Last Word for Me; Say Something; Semantic Maps; Somebody Wanted But So…; SQ3R; Story Impressions; Theme Search; Think-Aloud; and TOAST (Test, Organize, Anchor, Say, Test)
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  • Estimating Population Density & Size in the Field
    Interactive field tutorial for Techniques for Estimating Population Density and Size
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  • Global Garlic Mustard Field Survey
    Welcome to the Global Garlic Mustard Field Survey! a collaboration between scientists, educators and you Many invasive species, like Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), are threatening the world's natural resources, but the abundance of invasive species can vary dramatically over space and time. Scientists still do not have a good understanding of why this is so. Through large-scale sampling, scientists can identify areas that differ in the intensity of invasion and try to understand why these differences exist. We can also compare this to variation in the native range. This may be crucial to researching new methods of control, but a large project like this could cost millions of dollars and years of work. Through the use of a simple, standardized protoco
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  • Science Case Studies and Problem Based Learning: Studying Problems Using Prior Knowledge, Experiences, and Reasoning
    The use of case studies in science is actually a group of methods used to stimulate student critical thinking and inquiry learning. Science case studies can be complex or they can simple in design. The important component of any case study is to engage students in the learning process as they use problem based learning strategies to solve the case. Case studies in science are appropriate for all grade levels in science education. The degree of difficulty increases with grade level. This is due to students relying on their prior knowledge and experiences in science, which influences their reasoning ability.
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  • Teaching With Great Lakes Data
    Welcome to Teaching With Great Lakes Data. Choose among Great Lakes data sets, teaching methods and tools or lessons and activities. Any of these resources may be incorporated into your curriculum and are multidisciplinary. All the materials on this website are free. * Encourage students to develop higher-level thinking skills using real data. * Enhance teaching skills through guided inquiry methods. * Explore dead zones, climate/weather and fish habitat in the Great Lakes.
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