Earth Science

Engineering Encounters: Engineering a Model of the Earth as a Water Filter

This column describes creating a classroom culture for engineering. Noting the importance of infiltration in the water cycle and in the supply of essential groundwater led the authors to develop an engineering activity in which students are challenged to build a stackable filter using the Earth process of infiltration as a model.

Kilpatrick, J., Marcum-Dietrich, N., Wallace, J., & Staudt, C. (2018). Engineering Encounters: Engineering a Model of the Earth as a Water Filter. Science and Children.

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2018
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This column describes creating a classroom culture for engineering.

Scaffolding Scientific Thinking: Students’ Evaluations and Judgments during Earth Science Knowledge Construction

Critical evaluation underpins the practices of science. In a three-year classroom-based research project, we developed and tested instructional scaffolds for Earth science content in which students evaluate lines of evidence with respect to alternative explanations of scientific phenomena (climate change, fracking and earthquakes, wetlands and land use, and formation of Earth’s Moon).

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2018
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Critical evaluation underpins the practices of science. In a three-year classroom-based research project, we developed and tested instructional scaffolds for Earth science content in which students evaluate lines of evidence with respect to alternative explanations of scientific phenomena. This paper documents a quasi-experimental study where high school Earth science students completed these instructional scaffolds, including an explanation task scored for evaluative levels, along with measures of plausibility reappraisal and knowledge.

Writing a Scientific Explanation

American Museum of Natural History. (2018). Writing a Scientific Explanation. Retrieved from https://www.amnh.org/explore/curriculum-collections/integrating-literacy....

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2018
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This resource provides access to a classroom video of a lesson from the project's middle school ecosystems unit, and the related student scaffold and scoring rubric.

Disruptions in Ecosystems

American Museum of Natural History. (2018). Middle School: Disruptions in Ecosystems. Retrieved from https://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/middle-school-disruptions-ecosy...

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2018
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This resource provides access to the entire middle school ecosystems unit, along with the EQuIP review.

Classroom Videos from Disruptions in Ecosystems Unit

Kastel, D. (2017, August 25). Classroom videos from disruptions in ecosystems unit [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2017/08/25/ngss-from-theory-to-prac...

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2017
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This blog post includes the link to 4 videos of teachers using the project's middle school ecosystems unit.

Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the American Museum of Natural History

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Wallace, J. (2014, March). Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the American Museum of Natural History. Poster presented at the Noyce Northeast Regional Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

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Investigating science teaching core practices in high-needs urban settings

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Howes, E., & Wallace, J. (2017, July). Investigating science teaching core practices in high-needs urban settings. Poster presented at the 2017 NOYCE Summit, Washington, DC.

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Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the Museum

American Museum of Natural History. (2012, October 25). Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the Museum [Video File].

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2012
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Teachers learn to teach Earth and Space science through the American Museum of Natural History's Master of Arts in Teaching Urban Residency Program (MAT), the first urban teacher residency program offered by a museum. The MAT program is a unique 15-month fully paid teaching fellowship that includes learning experiences in the Museum's world-renowned collections and teaching residencies with experienced science teachers in partner schools.

MAT Graduates Reflect on Pioneering Program

American Museum of Natural History. (2013, December 23). MAT Graduates Reflect on Pioneering Program [Video File].

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2013
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In this video, find out more about the Museum's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program from five MAT graduates in the class of 2013, who are now teaching in New York City's public schools. The MAT program with a specialization in teaching Earth Science is a unique 15-month fully paid teaching fellowship that includes learning experiences in the Museum's world-renowned collections and teaching residencies with experienced science teachers in partner schools.

Teaching Science Teachers

Cascarano, C. & Koirala, S. [New York Times]. (2013, December 15). Teaching Science Teachers [Video File].

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2013
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New York Times Video on the American Museum of Natural History's master's degree program in teaching, part of a broad national campaign to add 100,000 science, technology and math teachers by 2021.

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