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Ana K Houseal

STaRRS Expedition: Yellowstone! Curriculum

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Student Experience 14: "So What?", Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Student Experience 14: "So What?", Ana K. Houseal

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This activity is designed to encourage students to question their own learning and the implications that learning has to them as well as to the broader community. For example: How will this knowledge, these skills and these concepts influence individual lives and the life of the community? What impact does this have on the environment? The activity also helps teachers to reflect about the relevance of lessons within their own curriculum and appropriateness of their teaching strategies. And it is a way for students to take the concepts and apply them in new ways making them more relevant.


Student Experience 03: Photo Points, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Student Experience 03: Photo Points, Ana K. Houseal

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Students learn about using photogrammy (making multiple identical images of a location taken with a camera whose relative position is known to a certain degree of accuracy) to monitor change over time. This set of activities within the following lesson will help students learn about the process of collecting identical images and its importance, and practice collecting images from set locations, first in their own environments and then in the field. With this background, students can participate in photo point data collection during their expedition on Geology Day, and have a better understanding of the importance of this data collection ...


Student Experience 02: Powers Of Ten Background, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Student Experience 02: Powers Of Ten Background, Ana K. Houseal

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Powers of Ten (P10) refers to scale. This scale can be an excellent tool to use when framing observations. In other words, P10 is a way of putting objects being observed into context using size as the focal point. Once students understand the terminology, it can be used to both communicate and focus attention.


Student Experience 11b: Mammoth Hot Springs Microbe Wheel, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Student Experience 11b: Mammoth Hot Springs Microbe Wheel, Ana K. Houseal

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Mammoth Hot Springs Microbe Wheels.


Student Experience 12: Using The Ir Thermometer To Develop Answerable Questions, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Student Experience 12: Using The Ir Thermometer To Develop Answerable Questions, Ana K. Houseal

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Students learn about and use IR thermometers in the classroom or some place on the school grounds to develop answerable questions. After developing the questions, they perform brief investigations to answer their questions and share their findings with their classmates.


Student Experience 04: Mammoth Hot Springs Photo Points, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Student Experience 04: Mammoth Hot Springs Photo Points, Ana K. Houseal

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Photos taken over time from set photo points can help to increase understanding of terrace formation and concretely map the movement of microbial communities. Now, and in the future, researchers can use these high quality photos to help answer questions about things such as microbial mat migration, possible shifts in water flow, and formation of terracing through travertine precipitation/deposition. In the meantime, visitors and students will have access to these photos and can compare visible changes themselves.


Background 4: Student Experience Lesson - Systems Study, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Background 4: Student Experience Lesson - Systems Study, Ana K. Houseal

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This lesson helps students observe, integrate and articulate their knowledge of a familiar earth system by considering how the different parts of the system interact to keep it in balance. Students first explore the word “system” and then apply the concept of systems to a familiar natural environment. Students will create a collage that is a representation of this system through discussion, further inquiry, and investigation.


Student Experience 08: Starrs Temperature Tools, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Student Experience 08: Starrs Temperature Tools, Ana K. Houseal

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Students get a chance to use various temperature tools to explore the Celcius temperature scale. They also will explore the differences in the temperature tools and determine and share with the whole group which tools are appropriate for measuring temperature in different situations.


Background 3: Microbiological Communities In Mammoth Hot Springs, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Background 3: Microbiological Communities In Mammoth Hot Springs, Ana K. Houseal

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Microbial Communities in Mammoth Hot Springs Background


Student Experience 07: What's In The Bag?, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Student Experience 07: What's In The Bag?, Ana K. Houseal

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This is a "black box" activity. Students use their sense of hearing, touch, and smell to figure out what objects are contained in their paper bag.


Background 6: Student Experience Lesson - Facies Modeling Using Video, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Background 6: Student Experience Lesson - Facies Modeling Using Video, Ana K. Houseal

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Background for Student Experience Lesson: Facies Modeling Using Video


Student Experience 10: Grid Protocols, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Student Experience 10: Grid Protocols, Ana K. Houseal

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Students will use specific protocols and equipment to systematically collect comprehensive data from a single location at a single point in time.


Student Experience 13: Student Driven Research, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Student Experience 13: Student Driven Research, Ana K. Houseal

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In groups of 4-5, students develop answerable quesitons about MHS, and design their investigations and data collection procedures. Next, they carry out their investigations in the field during the expedition, perform simple data analysis, and present their findings and challenges to authentic audiences both at E:Y! and back in their own communities.


Background 1: Mammoth Hot Springs Background, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Background 1: Mammoth Hot Springs Background, Ana K. Houseal

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Mammoth Hot Springs geologic background


Student Experience 06: Prolonged Observations, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Student Experience 06: Prolonged Observations, Ana K. Houseal

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Students participate in an exercise conducting a prolonged observation of a known object. Students will compare how their observations change as the observation time passes. This activity meant to teach the importance of careful, sustained observation as a "scientific tool".


Student Experience 09: Social Applications For Power Of Ten (P10), Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Student Experience 09: Social Applications For Power Of Ten (P10), Ana K. Houseal

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In this lesson, students are asked to observe and record their observations of an object at a specific distance, either moving away from or toward at specific powers of ten intervals. Discussions of their observations may help students to see how detail changes with perspective, and how different jobs, including science, might require focus on different powers of ten.


Student Experience 05: The Candle, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Student Experience 05: The Candle, Ana K. Houseal

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Sometimes objects turn out to be something other than what we think we are observing. Learning to make careful observations provide the basis for students to engage in further observations of objects that are both familiar and unfamiliar. In this lesson, students make observations while the teacher manipulates an object that appears to be a candle. This leads to the exploration of the differences between observations and inferences.


Background 5: Student Experience Lesson - Labeling Facies, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

Background 5: Student Experience Lesson - Labeling Facies, Ana K. Houseal

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Background for Student Experience Lesson: Labeling Facies