Category Archives: biology

WA Science Assessment Updates 2014

Hi all,

While we recently adopted the Next Generation Science Standards here in Washington (the state), we will still be operating our science assessment system under our 2009 Science Learning Standards for the next few years. This seems to have caused much confusion for folks. I’ve talked to several district and building leaders who thought that the Science MSPs and Biology EOC were being eliminated after this year.. not the case.

OSPI has recently uploaded the latest science assessment resources HERE. You will find:

Grade 5 Science Update: 2014 – NEW

Grade 8 Science Update: 2014 – NEW

Biology EOC Update: 2014 – NEW

Lessons Learned from Scoring Student Work: 2013 – NEW

Ocean Acidification- Seattle Times Article

The Seattle Times has an excellent 2-part article on ocean acidification. The article has many embedded video clips, photographs, and infographics. Check it out by clicking HERE.

WA State: FREE Science Workshop

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 1.13.23 PMPacific Education Institute is offering a FREE 2-day workshop on Project Learning Tree and Field Investigations. Not only is the workshop FREE- but teachers receive a $125 stipend for attending both days.

Who: 4th–‐8th Grade Teachers

Where: Girl Scout Office, Dupont, Washington

When: August 7 and 8, 2013 from 9:30–‐3:00pm

Click HERE for a flyer and registration information- limited to 30 participants.

Technology for Field Investigations: Scientist-Driven Technology Practices

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 12.15.06 PMOur friends at Pacific Education Institute have created yet another wonderful FREE resource for science educators. Technology for Field Investigations provides an overview for using technology to observe the natural environment, a variety of web tools, mobile units (apps and software), and much more. Click HERE to download the guide.

As we continue to understand and implement Field Investigations in WA State and as we move toward the Practices of Science and Engineering in the NGSS- this guide helps us to move beyond “the scientific method” and to build stewardship and systems thinking in our K-12 students.

This guide is a perfect companion to many of the other FREE guides from PEI such as the Field Investigation GuideFostering Outdoor Observation Skills, and Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigation Educator Guide. Enjoy and pass it on.

Using Technology to Connect Students and the Environment

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 9.28.07 AMNational Environmental Education Foundation just released an educator toolkit titled: Using Technology to Connect Students and the Environment. This will be a perfect set of resources to get prepared for Environmental Education Week April 14-20, 2013. Check out the site for lots of other resources for getting kids outside to do some science.

Click HERE to download the toolkit.

Click HERE if you cannot see the embedded video overview below.

FREE MIT Biology Course: 7.00x Intro to Biology

MIT and NSTA have partnered to offer a FREE 12 week online biology course specially designed for teachers who want to improve their life science content knowledge. The course will be supplemented by four NSTA webinars. This looks like a fabulous opportunity.

The course runs from March 5th to May 28, 2013 and you can jump in late.

Click HERE to get full information and to register. Also see the embedded video introduction to the course.

Crash Course: Biology

Screen Shot 2013-01-02 at 7.16.49 PMWould you (or your students) appreciate an online overview of biology created by the funny and talented Hank Green? Then check out Hank’s 40-part Crash Course in Biology. Each lesson consists of a short (10-15 minute) YouTube video. The entire course is 7 hours but can easily be searched and used by specific biology content. See That’s Why Carbon is a Tramp: Crash Course Biology #1 embedded below. This would be most useful for high school students or college students looking for a review or refresher of life science concepts.

By the way, Hank also has a Crash Course in Ecology.