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Summer Workshop Series: A Walk Down Sensory Lane

Science | June 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Summer Workshop Series: A Walk Down Sensory Lane

Young children love learning about the natural world. And, as educators, we want students to care about the world by studying and learning from it. But a nature study may only happen on a field trip or through the lens of a class-made biosphere. The schoolyard itself or a walk along the school boundaries doesn’t […]

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Videos for Observing Patterns in Nature

Science | June 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

Videos for Observing Patterns in Nature

Working with pattern blocks, tangrams, and 3D shapes are part of every elementary teacher’s geometry curriculum. But have you ever gone outdoors and observed nature’s design? The natural world is filled with geometric patterns. The sunflower, pine cone, and pineapple are examples where you’ll see the Fibonnaci sequence. Lightning, arteries, and river deltas are examples […]

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Five Resources for Exploring the Backyard

Science | June 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Five Resources for Exploring the Backyard

Some of the best adventures take place in our own backyard! This summer, motivate your intrepid backyard explorers with PBS LearningMedia’s collection of free lesson plans, videos, and interactive games that explore the buzzing, slithering, burrowing world of insects and critters. Use these resources to enhance everyday learning opportunities and to reinforce key concepts in […]

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PD Module #3: Videos for Science Education (self-paced)

Science | June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

PD Module #3: Videos for Science Education (self-paced)

As science educators, we know how important critical thinking and new technology skills are in the scientific community. The ability to question and make sense of the world around us is a skill we value highly in the scientific world. We recognize that if our students are going to become the next scientific innovators and responsible citizens, they need, skills to gather and evaluate data, make informed decisions, and communicate their ideas to others.

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Top Five Videos to Teach Sounds in Nature

Science | May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Top Five Videos to Teach Sounds in Nature

When you hear crickets chirping or birds tweeting, do you wonder what it all means? From orcas and shrimps to beetles and chimpanzees, every species communicates verbally or non-verbally to transmit information to others. The cues could signal courtship and mating, the approach of predators, territorial boundaries, a food source, or pure joy. To the […]

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From Criminal Investigations to the Climate Crisis: Biotechnology Classroom Resources

Science | May 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

From Criminal Investigations to the Climate Crisis: Biotechnology Classroom Resources

Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field that uses research tools from biology and chemistry to find solutions to current scientific problems. Some biotechnology professionals look for the genetic basis of disease or factors that affect lifespan. Others focus on solving food shortages, the climate crisis, or criminal investigations. There is a broad assortment of biotechnology […]

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Ecoliteracy Conference: May 4, 2013

Science | April 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ecoliteracy Conference: May 4, 2013

Are you interested in having students learn outdoors–beyond the classroom walls? The Bay Area’s diverse ecological landscape is an ideal place for students to develop their understanding of the environment, its importance to our lives and our effects upon it. Join SFUSD and the San Francisco Science, Sustainability, Stewardship (4S) Collaborative as they host the […]

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Do Now #74: Earth Day

Science | April 13, 2013 | 277 Comments

Do Now #74: Earth Day

The first Earth Day celebration was held on April 20, 1970. Its founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson, developed the idea over a seven-year period after he realized that political leaders were not making environmental issues a priority.

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KQED and CUE Partnership

Science | April 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

KQED and CUE Partnership

KQED is proud to announce a new educational partner in Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc. The two non-profit organizations are excited to begin working collaboratively on resources and programs that will reach a larger audience of educators and students both in Northern California and beyond. KQED is a leader in distributing valuable educational programming on air and […]

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Do Now #73: An Acidic Ocean For All?

Science | April 10, 2013 | 24 Comments

Do Now #73: An Acidic Ocean For All?

Over the past hundred years or so, the ocean has absorbed the carbon dioxide (CO₂) released into the environment from burning fossil fuels. Absorbing these emissions makes our oceans more acidic. This change in the ocean’s pH level is called ocean acidification.

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