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Collection of Place Introduction to Biology
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This field study introduction to biology helps students answer the questions "What is biology" while looking at the biology that can be found in everyday surroundings.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
12/13/2011
Comparing Soil Samples from Different Locations
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In this field investigation, students compare various soil samples taken from specific locations. Students compare samples, record data, create a chart or graph, and journal.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Chris Bakke
Date Added:
08/16/2012
Creation of Dichotomous Keys From a BioBlitz
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This activity is a field investigation of the biodiversity in a given area. The exercise will give students experience making scientific observations and creating a dichotomous key.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Carl Pedersen
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Determining Bulk Density of Different Soil Samples and Data Analysis
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This activity combines field exercise soil collection with lab analysis of soil bulk density. Students develop a lab procedure to measure density and analyze data using Microsoft Excel computer software.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Leslie Kreller
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Disasters to Nature: Sensitivity of Ground-Water Systems to Pollution
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This activity is a field investigation where students will observe three areas with high sensitivity to pollution, and test water quality in two of the locations.

Subject:
Chemistry
Ecology
Geoscience
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
12/09/2011
Diversity of Life in Your Neighborhood
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This is a field investigation on diversity of life where students count the number of kinds organisms in two locations. Students report their results on posters and propose reasons why there might be difference in diversity between the locations.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Daniel C. Bearfield
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Ecosystem Change and Insect Visitation Rates
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This activity is an open-ended inquiry investigation in which students analyze and predict how an environmental change will affect the visitation rates of insects. Students will ask a question, develop multiple hypotheses, run a scientific investigation, and report their findings to their "colleagues".

Subject:
Ecology
Geoscience
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Justin McFadden
Date Added:
12/09/2011
Effectiveness of MN Dams in Water Retention/ Efectividad de Represas en Minnesota con Respecto a la Retencion de Agua
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This activity is a field trip investigation where students gather stream flow, volume, depth & height (area) data on Ramsey County dams (Keller and Round lake), interpret their findings and make in-depth observations in order to assess the effectiveness of dams through the season and estimate the life-span of the dams in years.

Subject:
Hydrology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Tania Ramos
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Examining Topography and Stream Discharge at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
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In this inquiry based geologic field lab students will be estimating and measuring stream flow. Students will also map out a full scale live topography map of a dry streambed to help them estimate flow discharge. Students will use their journals to record their hypothesis, lab report questions, graphed data and evidence to backs up their observations.

Subject:
Geology
Geoscience
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Todd Keonig
Date Added:
12/13/2011
Experiencing Newton's 3rd Law with Match Stick Rockets
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This is a field investigation where students experience Newton's 3rd law of motion.

Subject:
Physical Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Jason Morzenti
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Exploring Plants Through Hands on Exploration
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This activity is a field investigation where students gather information before and after learning about plants, which will allow you to compare the knowledge the previously know and have acquired through your teaching.

Subject:
Botany
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Bernadette Heaney-Deuel
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Exploring Sugarloaf Cove: Investigating the Geology of Lake Superior's North Shore.
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This activity is a field investigation where students make observations of the pebble beach, lava flows, and wetland restoration at Sugarloaf Cove to generate questions to be addressed throughout the earth science curriculum.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Matt Winbigler
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Field Activity:  Exploring Glaciers, Ancient Seas, and Volcanism
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In a field investigation to Interstate State Park, students determine lava flow boundaries and observe an ancient rift valley. They also examine differential erosion rates that create a waterfall, and examine the local basalts for evidence of glaciation, including the world-famous potholes.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Ann Berg
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Field Biology
Read the Fine Print
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This video segment from the teacher video series Learning That Works uses a case study to highlight the effectiveness of a project-based, real-world approach to teaching science.

Subject:
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Case Study
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003