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OER Eval

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Learn how to use OER Common Common Core Alignment and Evaluation Tool to align appropriate resources to the Common Core State Standards, and to evaluate the resource against certain aspects of quality.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Velma English

Research Story: Entomology Detectives

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"Someone or something has been attacking the waxworm larvae in local corn and grass fields. GLBRC Entomology detectives want to find out who is responsible and thank them for their service..." This short reading and accompanying worksheet offers a window into how GLBRC scientists are investigating the insect populations in different crops and the services they provide to farmers. Research stories give students a window into the work of professional scientists and engineers. This allows students to see how the processes of school science are reflected in the real world while building literacy skills with science-specific content. This research story can also be used in conjunction with hands-on activities, such as Bug Biodiversity and Ecosystem Benefits, to illustrate how student investigations mirror actual science and real-world problems.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Reading

Arthropod Identification

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After researching the characteristics of arthropods, students observe arthropods in the field, analyze their data, and learn how to develop their own arthropod collection. The unit is designed to be completed in eight or more sessions. The comprehensive curriculum materials contain information for teachers, including activity tips and an overview of the characteristics that define arthropods.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Unit of Study

Butterflies and moths of North America

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A database detailing the distribution records for Lepidoptera of North America searchable by taxonomic group, region (down to county level) species. Species details include identification, life history, caterpillar hosts, habitat, range and conservation status and more. Although a "work in progress" the site is extensive and has a useful links page for Lepidoptera distribution data around the world. Also included is a good glossary page A valuable resource for Lepidoptera enthusiasts and academics alike.

Material Type: Data Set, Diagram/Illustration

Authors: Opler, Paul A., Pavulaan, Harry, Stanford, Ray E. (Ray Edmund)

How Mosquitoes Can Fly in the Rain

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In this lesson, we learn how insects can fly in the rain. The objective is to calculate the impact forces of raindrops on flying mosquitoes. Students will gain experience with using Newton's laws, gathering data from videos and graphs, and most importantly, the utility of making approximations. No calculus will be used in this lesson, but familiarity with torque and force balances is suggested. No calculators will be needed, but students should have pencil and paper to make estimations and, if possible, copies of the graphs provided with the lesson. Between lessons, students are recommended to discuss the assignments with their neighbors.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan

Author: David Hu

Studying Mammals: The Insect Hunters

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From pygmy shrews to armadillos, a wide range of mammals survive on a diet made up largely of insects. Many of these have fascinating adaptations suited to catching or rooting out their prey. In this unit you will learn about these adaptations, along with

Material Type: Reading, Syllabus

Mosquito Bytes

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As disease-infected mosquitoes expand their range, these bugs rise higher on the "menace to human health" list. What makes mosquitoes so perfect for disease transfer? Is global warming a factor? How is modern technology being harnessed to combat skeeters? National standards included for grades 5-12. Teacher resource page at

Material Type: Assessment, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: David Tenenbaum