Science

Launching a Unit on Electric Circuits

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In this video from Teaching Elementary Physical Science, watch how fourth-grade teacher Linda Block has her students surface prior knowledge before beginning a unit about the principles of electricity. Block describes beginning the unit with a questionnaire about familiar examples of electricity, then moves on to introduce the students to more complex content. In addition, she assesses their understanding of the content by having them create posters.

MEECS Energy Resources l Earth as an Apple: Video Lesson 10

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This lesson develops the concept of an ecological footprint through a demonstration with the Earth as an apple. (This video lesson highlights activities 1, 2 and 3 from lesson 8 of the MEECS Energy Resources Unit.)

MEECS Energy Resources l Hydro Power: Video Lesson 3

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Students will identify how hydroelectric facilities use water pressure to work. They will make a makeshift dam using common household materials to help them understand how the water pressure is harnessed to turn a turbine. They will discuss how water pressure, the flow of the water, and distance using gravitational force creates electricity.

MEECS Climate Change l Climate Change in the News: Video Lesson 10

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Students examine news sources and compare the type of coverage climate change receives as well as the objectivity of the sources. (This video lesson highlights activities 4 and 5 from lesson 14 of the MEECS Climate Change Unit.)

Toxic Tag l MEECS Water Quality: Video Lesson 10

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Students investigate aquatic food chains in the Great Lakes and how some contaminants can bioaccumulate in Great Lakes and inland lake fish through participation in a game called Toxic Tag. (This video lesson highlights activity 5 from lesson 9 of the MEECS Water Quality Unit.)

 

Teaching Planetary Sciences - Eclipses

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This is the third in a series of three professional development videos that correspond to lessons taught by Andrew Cloud, an Earth and Planetary Sciences teacher. Andrew’s class, a mixture of 9th and 10th graders, is an inclusion classroom he co-teaches with Barbara Brochstein.

In this lesson, Andrew introduces the concept of eclipses. He asks for student volunteers to represent the Sun (holding a flashlight), the Earth, and the Moon. He then asks the class to think about the order in which the volunteers should be assembled to create the conditions for a lunar eclipse to occur. The demonstration was reinforced by the use of the “Lunar Eclipse Essentials” video. In a final activity, students drew diagrams to illustrate a Lunar Eclipse and a Solar Eclipse.

Dealing with Controversy

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This video segment from Teaching Evolution Case Studies features teachers from around the country who discuss the controversies and challenges they face teaching evolution in public school classrooms. It highlights how teachers handle questions and criticisms from both students and parents. It then focuses on a specific case in Merrimack, New Hampshire, in which teachers and a school district addressed the controversy.

MEECS Energy Resources l Michigan's Energy Mix: Video Lesson 2

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Students will categorize Michigan’s energy resources in to renewable and non-renewable resources while working in pairs. (This video lesson highlights activities 1 and 2 from lesson 2 of the MEECS Energy Resources Unit.)

 

Measuring Land Use and Land Cover l MEECS Land Use: Video Lesson 2

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Students compare two air photos of Shelby Township, MI. The students compare, contrast, and use evidence from the air photos to explore the changes in land use over time. (This video lesson highlights activities 3 and 4 from lesson 1 of the MEECS Land Use Unit.)

 

MEECS Water Quality l Serial Dilution: Video Lesson 5

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Students perform a serial dilution to observe that even an extremely small concentration of a contaminant can still pose a threat to human health. (This video lesson highlights activity 5 from lesson 6 of the MEECS Water Quality Unit.)

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