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Lucking, Robert A.; Christmann, Edwin P.; Whiting, Mervyn J. – Science Scope, 2008
"Mashup" is a new technology term used to describe a web application that combines data or technology from several different sources. You can apply this concept in your classroom by having students create their own mashup maps. Google Maps provides you with the simple tools, map databases, and online help you'll need to quickly master this…
Descriptors: Maps, Internet, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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McCann, Florence; Pedersen, Jon; Falsarella, Carell; McCann, Patrick – Science Scope, 2008
This investigation was part of a multi-lesson unit that gave students direct experience using increasingly sophisticated tools to make more detailed observations and measurements of light. Through these lessons, students experienced a key aspect of the nature of science (McComas 2004), namely how scientists constantly refine and modify theories as…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Scientific Principles, Science Education, Observation
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Dirnberger, Joe – Science Scope, 2006
There is a commonality between methods that artists employ in portraying their subjects and the methods that those studying nature employ in learning about the world, and this similarity can provide encouragement in leading science students to study nature via art. In understanding how beneficial drawing can be to science, consider that both the…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Student Journals, Artists, Natural Resources
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Sterling, Donna R. – Science Scope, 2006
Using the seasons in the science classroom increases student observation skills as they focus on subtle differences such as shades of color and differences in structures. In this article, the author presents a variety of activities that can help students identify and demonstrate patterns and changes in leaf or plant development. The ability to…
Descriptors: Observation, Science Education, Classroom Observation Techniques, Science Activities
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Minogue, James; Guentensberger, Todd – Science Scope, 2006
One set of ideas at the core of the National Science Education Standards (NSES) Science and Technology Standards is that of engaging middle school students in activities that help them develop their understandings of technological design. More precisely, students should be able to identify appropriate problems for technological design, design a…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Education, Middle School Students, Secondary School Science
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Fetters, Marcia; Pickard, Dawn M.; Pyle, Eric – Science Scope, 2003
Points out the challenges teachers face in modifying science activities so that they are accessible to a wide range of students. Presents strategies and guidelines for adapting science activities for all but specifically disabled student populations. (YDS)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Strategies, Equal Education, Science Education
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Timmerman, Barbara – Science Scope, 2002
Points out old-dated information provided in textbooks and recommends using current events to close the knowledge gap between the real world and textbooks. Uses year-long journal writings in which students choose a science article and analyze it. Provides an example of the activity sheet. (YDS)
Descriptors: High Schools, Instructional Materials, Journal Writing, Middle Schools
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Fitzner, Kenneth – Science Scope, 2002
Uses print media resources with the science curriculum to connect science concepts to real life scenarios. Helps students with learning scientific vocabulary and concepts. (YDS)
Descriptors: Educational Media, Instructional Materials, Middle Schools, Newspapers
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Ashby, Susanne – Science Scope, 2002
Uses National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) posters and the information behind them as instructional materials to connect real world science to the classroom. Provides a list of resources. (YDS)
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Middle Schools, Printed Materials, Science Education
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Royce, Christine Anne – Science Scope, 2002
Points out the necessity of the proper usage of movies such as the selection of video segments illustrating science concepts against the issue of provoking violence among students. Describes available media resources for classroom use and the positive and negative effects of using movies for instructional purposes. (YDS)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Instruction, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials
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Laposata, Matthew M.; Howick, Tom; Dias, Michael J. – Science Scope, 2002
Explains the effectiveness of visual aids compared to written materials in teaching and recommends using television segments for teaching purposes. Introduces digitized clips provided by major television news organizations through the Internet and describes the technology requirements for successful viewing of streaming videos and audios. (YDS)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Internet
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Sterling, Donna R. – Science Scope, 2002
Introduces a Web-based, inquiry-oriented science activity on hurricanes in which students explore the website, conduct focused investigations, and report their findings. Presents simulations and scientific data available on the Web as instructional resources. (YDS)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Hurricanes, Inquiry, Internet
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Radhe, Sue Ellen; Cole, Lynn – Science Scope, 2002
Uses the science fiction television show "Star Trek" as an instructional medium to teach physics concepts. Includes suggestions on how to motivate students through "Star Trek" episodes and the Internet. (YDS)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Instruction, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Instructional Materials
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Rider, Steven – Science Scope, 2002
Presents research on different techniques to determine the level of understanding among middle school students regarding the phases of the moon. Quotes student responses to provide some insight into students' level of understanding of general knowledge about the moon, moon phases, and modeling the phases. Presents implications for teachers. (KHR)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Cognitive Development, Concept Formation, Earth Science
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Science Scope, 2002
Presents a list of outstanding science trade books published in 2001 for use in the K-12 grade levels. Includes the areas of archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology; biography; life sciences; integrated science; physical sciences; science related careers; and technology and engineering. Provides information on the books and the selection…
Descriptors: Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Sciences, Book Reviews
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