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Math at the Core: Middle School

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Find out about Math at the Core: Middle School, a collection of over 400 digital resources aligned with graded 5-8 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, produced by a collaborative of public media producers.

Connecting the Lithosphere and the Biosphere

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In this video segment from Teaching Earth and Space Science, middle school teacher Karen Spaulding discusses the reasons why she likes teaching about relationships between science topics by making connections within the Earth system. She describes how students may not naturally make a bridge between topics and explains why she tries to link two ideas together explicitly, such as relating Earth events and the fossil record. Spaulding also describes how building these connections helps integrate students’ experience of the sciences across the grades.

Noah Waspe: 6th Grade | Inside the Classroom: ELA

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Go beyond the books in sixth grade. Hear Mr. Waspe explain the new focus on original writing skills that include narrative, argument and informational writing, plus important keys to success in independent writing.

Tara Gullett & Beth Hensley: 6th Grade | Inside the Classroom: Math

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Get real-world advice from the sixth grade math dynamic teaching duo, Tara Gullett and Beth Hensley. Watch students use multiplication and division to learn ratios, rates and proportions.

Testing Food Chemistry

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In this video segment from Teaching Middle School Life Science, teacher Nanette Respess talks about her students’ experience working in groups as they test liquids and foods for specific nutrients. She explains that group work gives her an opportunity to assess her students, most of whom have been building their scientific knowledge and habits of mind over the past three to four years. As she walks around the classroom, moving from group to group, she seeks to address student weaknesses she has noted in previous activities.

Assessing Prior Knowledge of Pond Life

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In this video segment from Teaching Middle School Life Science, master teacher and science education specialist Sally Crissman asks a small group of middle school students what they already know about pond life before starting a new investigation. Crissman emphasizes that assessing prior knowledge is an important part of the learning process. To do this, she asks students questions to gauge their understanding and experience with a subject, and may also have them make predictions about what they might observe. Crissman also talks about the effectiveness of regularly reviewing what students have learned with them before pushing their learning further.

Assessing Student Understanding of Crayfish

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In this video segment from Teaching Middle School Life Science, fifth-grade teacher Tracy Polte talks about how she assesses student understanding both during and after a classroom activity. During the activity, she is constantly assessing how well students work together in a group, whether they follow directions, and how they use their journals. Overall, she bases her assessments on the students’ actions during the experiment, their participation in classroom discussions, and the written work they produce.

SciGirls | Abby: Space Station Explorer

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Abby takes each adventure one step at a time, from doing math to exploring Chicago to sending bacteria to space!

Ranching in the Sandhills: A Day on the Switzer Ranch | Platte Basin Education

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This video showcases a typical day on the Switzer ranch where the entire family is involved in ranching operations.

The Sandhills prairie was long ago designated as a rangeland. That is, it was determined that its best agricultural use was for grazing cattle on the region’s abundant native grasses and other plants. There are more than 670 native species of vascular plants in the Nebraska Sandhills.

SciGirls | Dra. Isabel Rivera Collazo: Arqueóloga Ambiental / Environmental Archaeologist

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Dr. Isabel is an environmental archaeologist who enjoys working in science, discovering things, and creating knowledge.

NOTE: Video is in Spanish, with subtitles in both Spanish and English.

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