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Figure - A Model Of Three-Dimensional Science Learning, Ana K. Houseal Aug 2015

Figure - A Model Of Three-Dimensional Science Learning, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

The intersection of the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs), Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs), and Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) creates a space where three-dimensional teaching and learning takes place. Understanding how to identify and implement this type of learning is key to moving forward during this transitional time, between the release of the NGSS and its adoption and implementation in K-12 systems. This explanatory model of the Framework for K-12 Science Education/NGSS demonstrates what each of the dimensions might look like in classrooms, initially in isolation, then as pairs, and finally, combined. Understanding these connections and matching them to current classroom ...


Free-Choice Family Learning: A Literature Review For The National Park Service, Colleen M. Bourque, Ana K. Houseal, Kate M. Welsh, Matthew Wenger Jan 2015

Free-Choice Family Learning: A Literature Review For The National Park Service, Colleen M. Bourque, Ana K. Houseal, Kate M. Welsh, Matthew Wenger

Ana K Houseal

Learning in national parks often occurs in the context of family groups. Understanding the motivations, needs, and outcomes of family groups is critical to engaging a substantial portion of the National Park Service (NPS) audience. This literature review was prompted by an NPS initiative to improve lifelong learning. It explores research about the nature of family learning, factors that influence it, and recommendations for enhancing it. This review uses Falk and Dierking’s (2000) Contextual Model of Learning as a framework for understanding personal, sociocultural, and physical factors that contribute to family learning outcomes in free-choice settings. Recommendations for improving ...


Developing A Curriculum Framework For Yellowstone’S Youth Conservation Corps, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal Nov 2014

Developing A Curriculum Framework For Yellowstone’S Youth Conservation Corps, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

Yellowstone’s Youth Conservation Corps is a youth employment program founded on service learning concepts implemented through stewardship projects. Education is integrated into all projects through the Resource Education Curriculum (REC). To enhance the REC, in 2012-2013 a framework was created and implemented to assist in the development of 17 environmental educational (EE) lessons. Five major bodies of knowledge emerged: leadership, cultural heritage, stewardship, ecological relationships, and sustainability. These acted as a springboard for developing clear participant outcomes and a diversity of instructional strategies. The purpose of this session is to help strengthen interpretation programs by exploring a framework for ...


17. Sustainability Lesson #1: Perspectives On Sustainability, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

17. Sustainability Lesson #1: Perspectives On Sustainability, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

This lesson introduces various definitions of sustainability that youth will examine and discuss. They will conclude by creating a working definition of sustainability for the YELL-YCC.


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

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

Ana K Houseal

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

Ana K Houseal

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

Ana K Houseal

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

Ana K Houseal

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

Ana K Houseal

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

Ana K Houseal

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.


14. Stewardship Lesson #1: Connecting To The Land, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

14. Stewardship Lesson #1: Connecting To The Land, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

This lesson uses a variety of activities to explore what youth believe are the essential ingredients of stewardship. It also explores the importance of place in relation to stewardship.


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

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

Ana K Houseal

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

Ana K Houseal

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

Ana K Houseal

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

Ana K Houseal

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.


10. Leadership Lesson #1: Understanding Leadership Styles, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

10. Leadership Lesson #1: Understanding Leadership Styles, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

This lesson encourages youth to discuss the nature of leadership.


18. Sustainability Lesson #2: The Big Ideas Of Sustainability, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

18. Sustainability Lesson #2: The Big Ideas Of Sustainability, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

This lesson explores the main concepts of sustainability through various activities.


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

Ana K Houseal

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

Ana K Houseal

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

Ana K Houseal

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.


19. Summary Of The Weeks Focus Of Resource Education In Yellowstone’S Youth Conservation Corps, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

19. Summary Of The Weeks Focus Of Resource Education In Yellowstone’S Youth Conservation Corps, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

No abstract provided.


20. Yellowstone’S Youth Conservation Corps Resource Education Curriculum, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

20. Yellowstone’S Youth Conservation Corps Resource Education Curriculum, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

No abstract provided.


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

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

Ana K Houseal

Mammoth Hot Springs geologic background


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

Student Experience 06: Prolonged Observations, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

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".


02. Ecological Relationships Lesson #1: Observation Is A Skill, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

02. Ecological Relationships Lesson #1: Observation Is A Skill, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

This lesson consists of three activities that introduce youth to guided scientific inquiry. They will learn to make careful observations, ask questions, and create connections to their own lives while learning about the classification of abiotic and biotic factors in the natural world.


11. Leadership Lesson #2: Communicate With Clarity, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

11. Leadership Lesson #2: Communicate With Clarity, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

This lesson introduces youth to a powerful exercise that teaches them how to work together and communicate in groups.


06. Ecological Relationships Lesson #5: Wolf Reintroduction, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

06. Ecological Relationships Lesson #5: Wolf Reintroduction, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

This lesson introduces youth to thinking critically about wolves in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) while looking to resources to build their understanding of ecological and conservation issues.


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

Ana K Houseal

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.


04. Ecological Relationships Lesson #3: Clark The Nutcracker, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

04. Ecological Relationships Lesson #3: Clark The Nutcracker, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

This lesson introduces the art of creating a species account. The account identifies the important qualities of a species through a scientific drawing. This then leads to exploration of the interrelationship of the Clark’s Nutcracker (a type of woodpecker) and the whitebark pine.


09. Cultural Heritage Lesson #3: It’S A Dilemma- You Decide, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal Sep 2014

09. Cultural Heritage Lesson #3: It’S A Dilemma- You Decide, Kristen Schulte, Ana K. Houseal

Ana K Houseal

This lesson focuses on the difficulty of balancing a natural/cultural management decision while adhering to the National Park Service dual mission statement.