Digital Library for Earth System Education

    Using Data in Undergraduate Science Classrooms

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    Provides pedagogical insight concerning the skill of using data The resource being annotated is: http://www.dlese.org/dds/catalog_DATA-CLASS-000-000-000-010.htm

    A Study of Junior High Students' Perceptions of the Water Cycle

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    Provides pedagogical insight concerning learners' pre-conceptions and misconceptions about the water cycle The resource being annotated is: http://www.dlese.org/dds/catalog_NASA-Edmall-439.htm

    Students' Beliefs About the Role of Atoms in Radioactive Decay and Half-life

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    Provides pedagogical insight concerning learners' pre-conceptions and misconceptions about radioactive decay The resource being annotated is: http://www.dlese.org/dds/catalog_SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-453.htm

    Research on learning: Potential for improving college ecology teaching

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    Provides pedagogical insight concerning learners' pre-conceptions and misconceptions about ecology The resource being annotated is: http://www.dlese.org/dds/catalog_DLESE-000-000-003-202.htm

    What similar physical processes occur on both Earth and Mars?

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    This NASA Module investigation compares and contrasts physical processes that occur on Both Earth and Mars. Students are given unidentified images of Earth and Mars. Their task is to arrange the images into pairs that show evidence of similar physical processes. Then they identify each image as one of Earth or of Mars by comparing and contrasting physical features that they observe in the image pairs. It includes teacher background materials and an answer key where appropriate. Educational levels: High school, Middle school

    Leaf Classification

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    The purpose of this resource is to develop a classification system for a set of objects and learn about hierarchical classification systems. Any set of objects, such as insects or rocks, may be used as well. Educational levels: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

    Use of Instructional Technology as an Integral Part of a Non-Major Science Laboratory Course: A New Design

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    The use of instructional technology to learn and teach science is a natural approach for today's undergraduate. This online journal article discusses the advantages and outcomes of adding computers to a non-major laboratory to serve as the research laboratory notebook. The computers converted the course into a dynamic student- centered classroom. Cooperative teams became very active in doing inquiries, using the tools of technology to gather background information and presenting the information in a variety of forms. The article also provides student and instructor comments supporting the design of this new biology non-major laboratory course. Educational levels: Graduate or professional

    Relative Humidity Protocol

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    The purpose of this activity is to measure relative humidity using both a sling psychrometer and a digital hygrometer. Intended outcomes are that students learn to quantify humidity and that there is a limit to the amount of water vapor that the air can hold. Students gain insight into why rain drops and snow flakes form and why there is precipitation. Supporting background materials for both student and teacher are included. Educational levels: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school, Primary elementary

    Maximum, Minimum, and Current Temperature Protocol

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    The purpose of this activity is to measure air (and optionally soil) temperature within one hour of solar noon and the maximum and minimum air temperatures for the previous 24 hours. Intended outcomes are that students will learn to read minimum, maximum, and current temperatures using a U-shaped thermometer, understand diurnal and annual temperature variations, and recognize factors that influence atmospheric temperatures. Supporting background materials for both student and teacher are included. Educational levels: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

    What Can We Learn About Our Seasons?

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    The purpose of this resource is to have students develop a qualitative understanding of the characteristics and patterns of seasons and highlight the relationship of seasons to physical, biological and cultural markers. Students observe and record seasonal changes in their local study site. They establish that these phenomena follow annual cycles and conclude the activity by creating displays that illustrate the repeating pattern associated with the appearance and disappearance of seasonal markers. Educational levels: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school
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