Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum


Citizen Science Tuesday: Monarchs Journey North


Written by Lisa Feldkamp, senior coordinator, new science audiences, The Nature Conservancy Reposted with permission from Cool Green Science, The Science Blog of The Nature Conservancy (October 21, 2014) What is Journey North and Why Should You Participate? Migrating monarchs are one of nature’s wonders — they can travel up to 500 miles in just three days on their 2,500 mile journey from Mexico to Canada and back again over the … [Continue reading]

Teach Your Students to Argue Effectively


Have you ever met anyone with uninformed opinions? Didn't it make you want to explode (or at the very least, lament the decline of mankind by eating pie)? Reasoning is one of our most powerful assets. As teachers, we have the opportunity to prepare students for a good old-fashioned banter. We need to teach students how to effectively argue so that they can engage in productive thinking and be active citizens of their communities. Otherwise, we … [Continue reading]

Ocean Science: Exploring the Depths (Part II)


Ocean exploration has sparked humans’ imagination for centuries. Current news stories about ocean issues tend to focus on problems like over-fishing, pollution and climate change, but new discoveries are also expanding our knowledge of ocean life forms and processes. Here are some examples that probe below the surface. Marine biodiversity: The oceans contain an astonishing range of life forms. The Census of Marine Life, a decade-long project … [Continue reading]

Ocean Science: Start Shallow, Go Deep (Part I)


While memories of the beach are still fresh in students’ minds, ocean science offers many hooks for seasonal lessons in all of the sciences. Oceans cover more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface and contain 97 percent of all water on the planet. But according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the lead federal agency for protecting and managing the ocean, more than 95 percent of the underwater world has yet to … [Continue reading]