Category Archives: high school

Biology EOC Study Guide 2012 (WA only)

The first Biology End of Course Assessment is about to be administered here in Washington state. Luckily, our friends at Seattle Public Schools have modified some existing tools from OSPI to create a handy study guide/review tool for teachers and students.

The Biology EOC Study Guide Contains:

– Performance expectations written as “I can” statements

– embedded links to online review tools

– essential questions and review of core concepts

REMINDER: this guide only contains life science concepts from EALR 4 you will also want to review Systems, Inquiry, and Application performance expectations.

You may also want to check out the Seattle Public Schools High School Science Wiki for other resources

Evolution in Medicine- A FREE Resource from NIH

NIH and BSCS have developed a new FREE resource for high school life science teachers- Evolution in Medicine. The materials can be accessed online, downloaded as a PDF, or you can order a hardcopy from NIH. Seems like a great life science supplement. You may also want to check into the archived webinar HERE.

The table below (from the NIH site) describes the units:

1. Ideas about the Role of Evolution in Medicine Recognize that understanding the mechanisms of evolution, especially adaptation by natural selection, enhances medical practice and knowledge. Using an evolutionary tree, explore how common ancestry shapes the characteristics of living organisms.
2. Investigating Lactose Intolerance and Evolution Understand that natural selection is the only evolutionary mechanism to consistently yield adaptations and that some of the variation among humans that may affect health is distributed geographically.
3. Evolutionary Processes and Patterns Inform Medicine Examine how health and disease are related to human evolution and understand why some diseases are more common in certain parts of the world. Analyze data and apply principles of natural selection to explain the relatively high frequency of disease in certain populations.
4. Using Evolution to Understand Influenza Understand how comparisons of genetic sequences are important for studying biomedical problems and informing public health decisions. Apply evolutionary theory to explain the emergence and spread of infectious diseases.
5. Evaluating Evolutionary Explanations Understand the importance of evidence in interpreting examples of evolution and medicine. Appreciate that natural selection and common ancestry can explain why humans are susceptible to many diseases.

NOVA: Hunting the Elements

The NOVA mini-series, Hunting the Elements is a fabulous excursion into the story behind matter. The site provides:

If you have an iPad, I highly recommend the FREE Hunting the Elements app.. you won’t be disappointed.

Watch the 2 hour Hunting the Elements on YouTube or embedded below;

Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits is project from the University of St. Thomas that provides lessons, materials, and video instructions for using salt dough and sugar dough to create parts of electric circuits. These materials seem like they would be appropriate for elementary circuit kits all the way up to high school and college electrical engineering courses.

My favorite part of this site is the inclusion of several clear and concise video clips that support a teacher in using the materials.. good stuff.

See the embedded TED Talk below where AnneMarie Thomas describes the circuits.

Scishow: Marie Curie

The story of Marie Curie as portrayed on Scishow 🙂

(This clip includes some PG language)

Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills

In a continuing effort to expand our thinking as science educators beyond the “scientific method”, I present another fabulous FREE resource from The Pacific Education Institute.. a handbook for Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills. The handbook contains units on:

  • Science Notebook—How do students record qualitative, quantitative, and sensory data?
  • Measure Time and Date—What are the different ways to record the time and date?
  • Estimate the Numbers of Animals in a Group—How can we accurately use estimation to determine the number of animals in a group?
  • Take Measurements and Estimate Size—How can we use actual and estimated size to identify an animal?
  • Focusing on an Animal—What is it like to be an animal?
  • Use Your Senses—How do animals use their senses to survive?
  • WANTED Poster—What are unique traits of different animals (or plants)?
  • Read and Use Maps—How do we know where we are?
  • Use Data to Answer Questions—How can data be used to answer questions?

This handbook is a great addition to The Field Investigation Guide.

FREE e-book: The Remarkable Life of Ruth Lillian Kirschstein, M.D.

The NIH SciEd Blog recently mentioned a FREE ebook that details the life of Ruth Kirschstein, M.D. This book describes the story of a pioneering female scientist who navigated the stereotypes and prejudices of being a Jewish woman in the US. Ruth became a contributor to the polio vaccine, the first woman to be an NIH director, and a champion of biomedical research. This is a wonderful story to share with students young and old.

Click HERE to download the book as a pdf, (MOBI) Kindle, or (EPUB) Nook/iPad.

Teaching Channel: Science Lessons

The Teaching Channel has a rich collection of K-12 video lessons and tools for all teachers. You will also find a variety of video lessons that would be useful for K-12 science instruction. Click HERE to see videos related to science.

The video lessons include topics such as classroom management, differentiated instruction, engagement, etc. Definitely worth adding to your bookmarks!

See the embedded Welcome to the Teaching Channel video and Content Differentiation in 3rd Grade Science below…


Study Science at Yale.. for FREE!

Open Yale Courses is an open source provider of free and open access to a variety of introductory courses at Yale University. Science selections include:

  • Astronomy
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

The course provides a syllabus, audio and or video of lectures, link to books used, downloads, and some even provide access to online study groups.

I can imagine these being useful to advanced science learners and even as a source of review or professional development for secondary science teachers.

The content is also available through iTunes and YouTube. See an introduction to Physics 200 below:

BLOSSOMS: Free STEM Lessons from MIT

BLOSSOMS (Blended Learning Open Source Science Or Math Studies) is a library of math and science video courseware from MIT. Currently there are over 50 FREE video-based lessons for high school students. Each 50 minute lesson includes video components, a teacher guide, and handouts for students.

Check out the Free Fall lesson on physics concepts HERE and embedded below.

For a more informative overview of BLOSSOMS read a blog post from the JOURNAL here.

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