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Dutta, Shuchismita; Eswaran, Subha; Sanelli, Anne; Bhattacharya, Meenakshi; Tempsick, Richard – Science Teacher, 2018
Molecular storytelling combines three-dimensional (3-D) structure visualization, chemical and biological knowledge, and multidisciplinary functional information from various bioinformatics data resources to generate new knowledge. It prepares students for independent and interdisciplinary learning, facile navigation of public databases to gather…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Story Telling, Visualization
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Ament, Caitlin Marie; Graham, Theodore J. – Science Teacher, 2017
This article presents a unit of study in which students examine skeletons and draw conclusions from the evidence they find in a simulated mass grave. The activity involves the foundation of forensic anthropology--interpreting the structure of skeletal remains to determine sex, age, height, and possible cause of death. Working through a series of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Anthropology, Evidence
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Nargund-Joshi, Vanashri; Bragg, John – Science Teacher, 2017
During the second industrial revolution (1870-1914), scientists moved away from trial-anderror methods to more systematically apply the principles of chemistry, physics, and biology (Mokyr 1998). The authors chose this period as the foundation of a project-based learning (PBL) unit integrated with the ninth-grade U.S. history curriculum (Thomas…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Student Projects, Active Learning, Industry
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Sturner, Kelly; Lucci, Karen – American Biology Teacher, 2015
This inquiry-based activity for high school students introduces concepts of ecology and the importance of data analysis to science. Using an investigative case, students generate independent questions about birds, access Cornell Lab of Ornithology online resources to collect data, organize and graph data using Excel, and make claims based on…
Descriptors: Data, Data Analysis, Science Process Skills, Ornithology
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Hartman, JudithAnn R.; Dahm, Donald J.; Nelson, Eric A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Studies in cognitive science have verified that working memory (where the brain solves problems) can manipulate nearly all elements of knowledge that can be recalled automatically from long-term memory, but only a few elements that have not previously been well memorized. Research in reading comprehension has found that "lecture notes with…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High Schools, Secondary School Science, Undergraduate Study