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This lesson encourages students to read and comprehend news articles about science topics. It provides a means of familiarizing students with either the library, the internet, or various science magazines the teacher may provide. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This resource offers a collection of case studies for use in undergraduate science classrooms. It provides a sample of the recent attempts to introduce the method into the science classroom and a glimpse of its potential as seen through the eyes of some of its most ardent advocates. Designed to humanize science and to illustrate scientific methodology and values, the cases also develop students' skills ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Index / Bibliography, Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This article lays out a set of principles to provide guidance in the design of academic environments, communications, and products that cater to students with disabilities such as blindness, low vision, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, learning disabilities, and health impairments. The field of universal design can provide a starting point for developing an inclusive model for instruction. ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a new paradigm for teaching, learning, and assessment, drawing on new brain research and new media technologies to respond to individual learner differences. This document provides an overview of UDL, including how teachers can respond to individual differences in the way students learn, and neuroscience research into how individual brains process information. ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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LabWrite is an online resource designed to help students learn science by writing better laboratory reports. It is organized into four major parts, reflecting the chronological experience of the lab. PreLab asks students to respond to a set of questions that lead them through a scientific understanding of the lab before they actually begin. InLab provides resources and help for students as they set ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lab activity
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This activity introduces basic procedures involved in inquiry and concepts describing the nature of science. In the first portion of the activity, the teacher uses a numbered cube to involve students in asking the question 'what is on the bottom?' and the students propose an explanation based on their observations. Then the teacher presents students with a second cube and asks them to use the available ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This activity has students practice working together as a group to build a structure involving a textbook, a styrofoam cup, and a pencil. The rules of this task create a unique challenge for students. The builders are wearing blindfolds and the helpers, who are the only students who have seen the desired structure, cannot speak or handle the building materials. Consequently, the builders and helpers ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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In this activity students observe what happens when various amounts of water are poured into a black box and propose models to explain their observations. When water is poured into the funnel, students observe that sometimes water emerges through the outlet tube and sometimes it does not. Also, the amount of water that does emerge is not constant. Students share their initial ideas with others and ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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Assessments: Read (1)
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This resource warns against using pathetic fallacy and animism in the teaching of science. The author defines these terms and goes on to cite various examples of their use by college professors and other scientists. He suggests that any time a teacher uses words suggestive of human aspirations or emotions to explain the behavior of the inanimate natural world, there is trouble. His rule is that when ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This reference provides students with assistance in writing assignments. It offers samples of Science and Language Arts materials that focus on the writing process. Examples include investigation charts, a science rubric, and graphic organizers. There are also lists of transition words and phrases and persuasive writing signal words, a set of instructions on how to write a persuasive essay, and a ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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