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Global Change Biology Service-Learning Project part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Service Learning:Examples
The class engaged in a service learning project to craft a draft sustainability vision for Carleton. The students worked in teams of 3-4 students and the statements that each of the teams developed were shared with the Environment and Technology Studies Program (ENTS) and the Carleton Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC).

Universcience-VOD- La plasticité du cerveau part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Coached Problem Solving:Examples
In this lab exercise, students of intermediate-level French will watch a short video on brain plasticity from the universcience VOD collection online.

Who Owns Rights To Pharmacogenetic Information? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Using Issues to Teach Science:Examples
This lesson guides students to examine the potential benefits, risks, and ethical concerns of designer drugs. Students begin by reading an article titled Ethical Issues in Pharmacogenetics by Carol Isaacson Barash, ...

Has Our Knowledge of Neuroscience Led to Ethical Dilemmas? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Using Issues to Teach Science:Examples
This is a lesson dealing with a new subdivision of bioethics called neuroethics. As our knowledge of the brain and nervous system expands, so do the ethical issues that result from this knowledge. This new area of ...

Human Cloning: Is it biological plagiarism? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Using Issues to Teach Science:Examples
This lesson guides students to learn the science behind cloning, explore the benefits and consequences of human cloning, and communicate their knowledge and points of view. Students begin by reading an article ...

Resources for using PhET simulations in class PhET Activities Database part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:PhET Interactive Science Simulations:Examples
The PhET Activities Database is a collection of resources for using PhET sims. It includes hundreds of lesson plans, homework assignments, labs, clicker questions, and more. Some activities have been created by the PhET team and some have been created by teachers.

Using Learning Assistants to Support Peer Instruction with Classroom Response Systems ("Clickers") part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Learning Assistants:Examples
Learning Assistants are used to facilitate student discussion in peer instruction during clicker questions (i.e., classroom response systems), by asking Socratic questions, emphasizing reasoning, and probing student thinking.

Various Group Activities Using Learning Assistants part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Learning Assistants:Examples
Undergraduate Learning Assistants have been used to facilitate group work in a variety of ways, such as in-lecture tutorials and worksheets, group work in required recitations, and group work in optional ...

Riparian Plant Lab part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
In this field exercise for an introductory environmental science course, students investigate plant cover and type in a riparian area using transects. The final assignment is a lab report that includes a summary data table, a graph of cover types along their transect and an analysis of riparian health.

Investigative Case - "Malama Keone'o'io" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students will learn techniques for conducting a local environmental assessment in an ecologically sensitive area. Identification of native plants and methodologies for sampling will be taught in the classroom and then reinforced in the field. The module also includes a community awareness and conservation aspect.

Investigative Case - "European Starlings and Woopeckers" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
An exploration into Niche Competition and Population Ecology

The Wingra Marsh: A Purple Population Problem part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students author a presentation to the Grounds Management Committee of their school giving their recommendation for the control of the invasive species purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) on campus.

Investigative Case: The Nancy Creek Challenge part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students examine a case study of fish kill in Nancy Creek and identify the environmental conditions that favor life in a fresh water ecosystem.

Investigative Case - "Rio Grande Wildlife Refuge" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
As professional ecologists working for the fish and wildlife service, students must develop a plan to manage a new wildlife refuge along the Rio Grande River. The fish and wildlife service plans to connect forest islands along the river, which will become not only a new refuge but also a "wildlife corridor."

Investigative Case - Living in an Alkaline Environment part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Living in an Alkaline Environment is a three-part interactive activity that explores the ecology and diversity of life in alkaline environments.

The Hobbit: When scientists disagree about the evidence part of Process of Science:Examples
This activity provides an excellent example of an active debate within the scientific community regarding a relatively recent human fossil find, Homo floresiensis.

Lab 4: Finding Coral's Ideal Environment part of EarthLabs for Educators:Corals
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives Corals, like other living animals, require a particular range of environmental ...

Lab 5: Exploring Factors that Impact Coral Health part of EarthLabs for Educators:Corals
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives In the previous lab, students explored the characteristics of the ocean ...

Lab 2: Anatomy of Coral part of EarthLabs for Educators:Corals
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives In this activity, students examine hydra, a fresh-water ...

Fisheries Unit Overview part of EarthLabs for Educators:Fisheries
The lab activities in this module were created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Why Teach about Fisheries? Fish are a vital part of the economy, food supply, and health of many nations around the ...