Western Washington University
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Observations and Measurements for Understanding Isostasy part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
This sample is the second of five learning cycles in the Investigating the Flow of Matter and Energy in Earth Systems curriculum. The sample is a sequence of activities starting with elicitation of the student's initial ideas about making observations of Earth processes, activities leading to a functional understanding of density and buoyancy, and finally application of these ideas to isostacy and global topography. Learn more about the course for which this activity was developed.
Western Washington University: Investigative Science part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
Investigative Science serves as an interdisciplinary capstone course for pre-service teachers who have completed the year-long Matter and Energy in Earth Systems, Physical Systems and Biological Systems sequence. It is a student driven course focusing on a theme designed to incorporate all the physical, earth and biological sciences into analysis of the theme. Students brainstorm questions around a faculty selected theme such as water. The physical, chemical, biological and earth science aspects of water would then be examined in a series of experiments designed by the students with guidance from a team of instructors. Light, air and carbon represent other themes from which students can choose. The students record their process of discovery in journals as practicing scientist would. For Dr. DeBari's reflections on the course and its design, see Investigative Science: Role in the Program.
Western Washington University: Matter & Energy in Earth Systems part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
Matter & Energy in Earth Systems is the earth science component of a series of courses designed to teach K-8 pre-service teachers fundamental content while modeling inquiry-based learning through an in depth understanding of the scientific method. Through this course and its companions, students develop a sense of how scientists think and learn by practicing these skills as content is learned. Tracking the movement of matter and energy through various physical, geological and biological systems provides a unifying theme across the courses with students focusing heavily on developing energy & matter diagrams. Learning to observe and emulate best practices on the pedagogical side of the sciences is also emphasized in this course for future teachers. All these experiences come together in the capstone Investigative Science course. For Dr. DeBari's reflections on the course and its design, see Matter & Energy in Earth Systems: Role in the Program.