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This page first made public: Sep 18, 2014
Strengths of the Module
- Develop a deeper understanding of the process of science and how to foster that understanding in their students
- Engage in a data-rich activity that is well-aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
- Make an argument about the development of coastal communities based on evidence from sea level rise and tropical storm intensity
- Become familiar with high-quality, online resources for teaching Earth science
- Use Google Earth to measure distances, elevation, and areas
- Graph numerical data in Excel, and analyze the graphs for trends
- Use climate forecast models to make predictions
Supported Next Generation Science Standards:
Performance expectation: HS-ESS3-5. Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
Science and engineering practices: Analyzing and interpreting data
Cross-cutting concepts: Systems and system models; stability and change
Disciplinary core ideas: ESS2.D Weather and climate, ESS3.D Global climate change
Connections to nature of science: Scientific investigations use a variety of methods
Supported Earth Science Literacy Principles:
- Big idea 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans.
Supported Essential Principles of Climate Science:
- Essential principle 7: Climate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives.
Supported community developed, nationally-recognized Ocean Science Literacy Principles:
- Essential Principle 6: The ocean and humans and inextricably interconnected.
Addressed community developed, nationally-recognized Atmospheric Science Literacy Principles:
- ... 6: We seek to understand the past, present, and future behavior of Earth's atmosphere through scientific observation and reasoning.
- Mitigate risk and build resilience from natural and human-made hazards (AGI)
- Quantify consequences, impacts, effects (GSA)
A great fit for courses in:
- Secondary science methods*
- Earth science education
- Elementary science methods
- Nature of science
- Environmental studies
This module is designed for courses in Secondary Science Teaching Methods. Most colleges and universities that offer secondary teacher certification have such a course. Methods courses are taught commonly by faculty from a college/department of education (science education specialists), but may also be taught by disciplinary education specialists from science departments. The course typically focuses on instructional strategies appropriate for middle and high school science and usually includes designing (and sometimes peer-teaching) instructional units in the discipline for which the student is seeking certification. The course is usually taken after students have completed their disciplinary coursework and before student teaching. Students in methods courses commonly have widely varying academic backgrounds, with no to major expertise in any particular science discipline. For example, the pre-service Earth science teachers (with experience in many geoscience courses) may be classmates with pre-service physics teachers, who may have no geoscience experience. Therefore, this short module will introduce all pre-service secondary science teachers to the unique methods of geoscience and give them experience in embedding geoscience methods and content in interdisciplinary lessons.
Table of Contents
- Instructor Materials: Exploring Geoscience Methods module
Unit 1How Do the Methods of Geoscience Compare with THE Scientific Method? Unit 2Climate Change, After the Storm Unit 3Discovering Curricular Resources and Teaching Interdisciplinary Lessons that Incorporate the Methods of Geoscience
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