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June 2014 PAESTAR

This month, we recognize Christopher Hartman, a math and science teacher at Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro, PA. Chris has consistently pursued professional development opportunities, such as the summer and academic-year programs offered through the Penn State Earth and Space Science Partnership. He also shows a strong commitment to the overall academic excellence of his students, having served as his school's Academic Challenge adviser since 2009.

News and Notes from PAESTA - June 2014

The June 2014 News and Notes from PAESTA has been sent out. You can view it online via this link.

An karst feature in Nippenose Valley, called a karst window.

"A karst window is a special type of sinkhole that gives us a view, or window, into the karst aquifer. A karst window has a spring on one end, a surface-flowing stream across its bottom, and a swallow hole at the other end. The stream is typically at the top of the water table. Karst windows develop by both dissolution and collapse of the bedrock. Many karst windows originated as collapse sinkholes." (from James C. Currens, Kentucky Geological Survey)

A Karst Window in Nippenose Valley

Spotted Dolphins and Spinner Dolphins

Listen Edition

From Listen Edition  --   Listen Edition provides free Daily Current Events in audio format to keep your classroom connected to the real world. The curated public radio stories are carefully chosen for relevance to your curriculum and relevance to your students. They come with provocative discussion questions and pre-made Socrative quizzes.

Using Grass For Electricity

Listen Edition

From Listen Edition  --   Listen Edition provides free Daily Current Events in audio format to keep your classroom connected to the real world. The curated public radio stories are carefully chosen for relevance to your curriculum and relevance to your students. They come with provocative discussion questions and pre-made Socrative quizzes.

One of the recent featured Daily Current Events available for free includes - Using Grass for Electricity.  

To The Moon!

Listen Edition

From Listen Edition  --   Listen Edition provides free Daily Current Events (link is external) in audio format to keep your classroom connected to the real world. The curated public radio stories are carefully chosen for relevance to your curriculum and relevance to your students. They come with provocative discussion questions and pre-made Socrative quizzes.

Science diaries improve student motivation in science

National Science Foundation

From NSF  --  Student interest and achievement in science drop precipitously during the middle-school years. But an National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded classroom study found that prompting middle-school students to write self-assessments of their mastery and interest in science improved their motivation to learn science. Increases in desire to master science concepts predicted content knowledge and collaboration in science.

AMNH's Evolution: An Online Course for Educators

American Museum of Natural History

Starting June 2, for four weeks -- How are all of the species living on Earth today related? How does understanding evolutionary science contribute to our well-being? In this course, participants will learn about evolutionary relationships, population genetics, and natural and artificial selection. Participants will explore evolutionary science and learn how to integrate it into their classrooms.

May 2014 Earth Science Week Update eNewsletter

Earth Science Week 2014

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) publishes a monthly eNewsletter titled The Earth Science Week Update (link is external).  The Table of Contents is listed below for the May 2014 issue (link is external).

This photo was taken in Cumberland Cemetery in Lima, PA.  This tombstone serves as an excellent example of a source for interdisciplinary studies for students.  Students studying Earth science can examine the rock type of the tombstone.  Biology/Life Science students can look at the dates of birth and death to examine human lifespan and longevity.  History students can look at the symbols and their meaning - in this case, the ship and date 1620 means that one of the people buried at this site is a descendent from someone that came over on the Mayflower.  Search the PAESTA Classroom for an exercise relating to a tombstone investigation with students.

 

A Tombstone for Interdisciplinary Study

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