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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).

Earth Science Week 2014 Essay Contest

Earth Science Week 2014

"Earth System Science in Today's World"

For students in grades 6-9
Deadline: October 17, 2014

Earth Science Week 2014 Visual Arts Contest

Earth Science Week 2014

"Earth's Connected Systems and Me"

For students in grades K-5
Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014

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

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest

Earth Science Week

AGI is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. The photography theme for this year is: "Connections in My Community."  Earth science is the study of the geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (living things). These spheres — or Earth systems — are continually affecting and influencing one another all around us.

Status of Geoscience Workforce 2014

Status of Geoscience Workforce 2014

From the American Geosciences Institute  --  The American Geosciences Institute's newest Status of the Geoscience Workforce Report, has just been published. The report shows jobs requiring training in the geosciences continue to be lucrative and qualified individuals in demand. Even with increased enrollment and graduation from geoscience programs, federal government projections still predict a shortage of around 135,000 geoscientists by the end of the decade.

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