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Instructional Experiences That Align With Conceptual Understanding In The Transition From High School Mathematics To College Calculus, Carol H. Wade, Gerhard Sonnert, Philip M. Sadler, Zahra Hazari Apr 2017

Instructional Experiences That Align With Conceptual Understanding In The Transition From High School Mathematics To College Calculus, Carol H. Wade, Gerhard Sonnert, Philip M. Sadler, Zahra Hazari

Education and Human Development Faculty Publications

Using data from the first National study on high school preparation for college calculus success, the Factors Influencing College Success in Mathematics (FICSMath) project, this article connects student high school instructional experiences to college calculus performance. The findings reported here reveal that students were better prepared for college calculus success by high school instructional experiences that emphasized mathematical definitions, vocabulary, reasoning, functions, and hands-on activities. These findings serve to inform high school mathematics teachers about promising instructional practices. They can also inform teacher education programs about how to better prepare secondary mathematics educators to discuss conceptual understanding on the widely ...


Radioactive Decay, Ryan Case, Jayson Pritchard Jun 2016

Radioactive Decay, Ryan Case, Jayson Pritchard

Lesson Plans

The purpose of this model is to simulate the decay of radioactive nuclei to the stable isotope Lead-206. First and foremost, the model is designed to illustrate the concept of a half-life, which is the amount of time it takes for half a given quality of nuclei to decay to the next nuclei. In addition it also demonstrates that different radioisotopes have different half-lives than one another, and that the mass is conserved in nuclear reactions but not necessarily the number of protons, neutrons, or nuclei.


Insolation And Ecosystem, Margaret Allocco, Chris Haller Jun 2016

Insolation And Ecosystem, Margaret Allocco, Chris Haller

Lesson Plans

The purpose of this model is to demonstrate the impact of angle of insolation and precipitation on the health of a specific climate zone’s ecosystem


Exploring Density, Jamye Babocsi, Agnieszka Wallace Jun 2016

Exploring Density, Jamye Babocsi, Agnieszka Wallace

Lesson Plans

This density model is designed to allow students to explore how mass, volume, and temperature directly affect the density of an object or liquid


Biomagnification And Bioaccumulation, Grace Linder, Lauren Thresh Jun 2016

Biomagnification And Bioaccumulation, Grace Linder, Lauren Thresh

Lesson Plans

This computational model is intended to demonstrate how micropollutants effect ecology via the living environment concepts of biomagnification and bioaccumulation. Specifically, this model shows how concentrations of a micropollutant change throughout an aquatic food chain.


Chemical Weathering, Elizabeth Kreppel, Kaitlin Ordiway Jun 2016

Chemical Weathering, Elizabeth Kreppel, Kaitlin Ordiway

Lesson Plans

This model shows the effects of acid rain on different rock types.


Carbon Emissions, Breanna Hummel, Samantha Slossar Jun 2016

Carbon Emissions, Breanna Hummel, Samantha Slossar

Lesson Plans

This model demonstrates how a population affects the carbon emissions in a region.


Osmosis And Plasmolysis, Andy Bumstead, Anthony Raymond Jun 2016

Osmosis And Plasmolysis, Andy Bumstead, Anthony Raymond

Lesson Plans

This model simulates the processes of diffusion and osmosis in a plant cell


Titration, Ryan Case, Jayson Pritchard Jun 2016

Titration, Ryan Case, Jayson Pritchard

Lesson Plans

This model is meant to represent what is going on during a titration at the particle level


Decomposition And Growth, Margaret Allocco, Chris Haller Jun 2016

Decomposition And Growth, Margaret Allocco, Chris Haller

Lesson Plans

This model shows is a simple representation of decomposition and growth. As students move the arrow over different sprites in the model, the sprites will “talk” asking questions and providing information to the user.


Sea Turtle Survival, Grace Linder, Lauren Thresh Jun 2016

Sea Turtle Survival, Grace Linder, Lauren Thresh

Lesson Plans

This model is intended to demonstrate the heavy predation and low survival rate of hatchling sea turtles


Firework Show, Kaitlin A. Ordiway, Miranda Wharram, Steven Lauffer Jun 2015

Firework Show, Kaitlin A. Ordiway, Miranda Wharram, Steven Lauffer

Lesson Plans

Our model allows student to create a firework show in order to distract zombies long enough to get food and get back to their home base. Students will use their knowledge of emission, light and energy to determine the best firework show possible.


Molecular Collisions, Kaitlin A. Ordiway, Miranda Wharram, Steven Lauffer Jun 2015

Molecular Collisions, Kaitlin A. Ordiway, Miranda Wharram, Steven Lauffer

Lesson Plans

Our model is designed to simulate molecular collisions and prompt students to question the factors affecting collisions. It brings together chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Through the sliders and monitors on our interface page, students will be able to observe as well as manipulate the factors that affect inelastic collisions between two different molecules. Using the known kinetic energy equations and the velocity found from the frames per second, students will be able to calculate the distance traveled.


Particle Transport, Samantha Slossar, Jamye Babocsi, Chuck Ko Jun 2015

Particle Transport, Samantha Slossar, Jamye Babocsi, Chuck Ko

Lesson Plans

The particle transport simulation is designed to help students gain a deeper level of understanding of the relationship between velocity and particle size. Students will be able to manipulate the velocity and particle size to see if the particle will move. The mathematical component will require the students to construct a particle graph using the simulator and Earth Science Reference Table (ESRT).


Sickle Cell Anemia, Joshua Dubay, David Krebs, Lauren Thresh Jan 2015

Sickle Cell Anemia, Joshua Dubay, David Krebs, Lauren Thresh

Lesson Plans

What is Sickle Cell Anemia?

The purpose of this model is to deepen student understanding of the human body through investigating the structure and function of red blood cells in the human circulatory system. The students will compare and contrast structure and function between normal red blood cells and sickle blood cells and will learn how disruptions in one body system can disrupt homeostasis in other body systems (conditions of stability and determinants of change). Students will engage in mathematics to support their observations and inferences founded within the simulation. Data will be collected to construct linear graphs and build ...


Tooth Enamel, Joshua Dubay, Lauren Thresh, David Kreb Jan 2015

Tooth Enamel, Joshua Dubay, Lauren Thresh, David Kreb

Lesson Plans

The purpose of this model is to demonstrate the natural phenomena of acid molecules eroding the enamel of an individuals tooth. Through this lesson students will identify pH levels of common acidic foods and drinks. Student will also determine the significance of saliva to the maintenance of pH of the mouth. Students will discover that the longer acidic molecules are exposed to the enamel of a tooth the percentage of healthy enamel on a tooth decreases. When healthy enamel is eroded, dentin is exposed, which gives teeth a yellow appearance. Students will use the model to compare the relation of ...


How Do Medications Work In Our Bodies?, Carolina Ramos, Morgan Sanford, Steven Lauffer, David Krebs Jun 2014

How Do Medications Work In Our Bodies?, Carolina Ramos, Morgan Sanford, Steven Lauffer, David Krebs

Lesson Plans

In this lesson plan, the student will use the AgentSheets model and identify a relationship between medicine compounds and the cell receptors, determine the success of a cell receptor binding to a medicine molecule by using the binomial probability equation and explain and justify their results publicly in a gallery walk.

Content Standard(s) addressed: NYS Living Environment Standards - 3.1a, 1.2j. Next Generation Science Standards – HS-LS1-2 NYS Chemistry Standards – 3.1ff Common Core Standards ELA-Literacy. RST.9-10.7 Mathematics Common Core- S-MD: 2,6,7, S-IC: 2, 5, F-IF: 4. Mathematic Practices- 1, 2, 4.

The primary file ...


From Garbage To Garden, Genevieve Criss, Marilyn Laistner, Kimberlee Parlatore Jun 2014

From Garbage To Garden, Genevieve Criss, Marilyn Laistner, Kimberlee Parlatore

Lesson Plans

This lesson plan is for a laboratory activity that begins with direct instruction, allows students to explore the simulation, and gives students time to work in groups to create hypotheses concerning the five factors of decomposition.

Lesson materials include a direct instruction PowerPoint, worksheets, and the Agent Sheets simulation model.

After the initial laboratory, students should have the skills to create a working, real life compost pile. Students should also be motivated to reduce their negative impact on the earth’s ecosystem.


Improving In Vitro Fertilization, Nate Butler, Steve Gertz, Nicole Cannavino, Christina Schaefer Jun 2014

Improving In Vitro Fertilization, Nate Butler, Steve Gertz, Nicole Cannavino, Christina Schaefer

Lesson Plans

This model on the factors affecting successful embryo implantation should be used in a lesson that is embedded in the reproductive system unit. The students should run the model about ten times and record their findings first, and then break off into groups and do essentially the same thing but with the use of a different model. The second model would be our “Velcro tennis” game. This game allows students to throw different Velcro tennis balls (or other) onto a board. They can then record the amount of times each ball sticks to the Velcro board. With this information they ...


Effectiveness Of Solar Roadways, Miranda Wharram, Katie Smith, Amanda Klein, Colby Lush Jun 2014

Effectiveness Of Solar Roadways, Miranda Wharram, Katie Smith, Amanda Klein, Colby Lush

Lesson Plans

This model represents what would happen if 4 households on a street all paved their driveways with the “Solar Roadways” solar panels. The purpose is to discover if this little neighborhood would create enough kWh with the solar panels to supply all 4 houses with enough electricity.

The primary file is a lesson plan, accompanied by supplemental files. In the supplemental zipped files, you will find:

  1. Student worksheets
  2. Lesson plan
  3. Powerpoint presentations


Safe Imaging Of Internal Organs, Stephanie Lash, Nathanial Burleigh, Katrijn Moulin Jun 2014

Safe Imaging Of Internal Organs, Stephanie Lash, Nathanial Burleigh, Katrijn Moulin

Lesson Plans

The purpose of this model is to demonstrate the common ion effect on the solubility of salts. In short the common ion effect states that the addition of a salt to a solution containing some common ion will decrease the degree of dissociation of a weak electrolyte in solution. This effect is especially important when creating the Barium contrast solution ingested by patients for some medical imaging procedures. The barium sulfate in this material is not harmful to the body, however some will dissociate into relatively harmless sulfate ions and toxic barium ions. In order to make the solution safe ...


Pathogen Transmission Rates, Nicole Scipione, Josh Dubay, Bridget Baxter, Jennifer Gardinier Jun 2014

Pathogen Transmission Rates, Nicole Scipione, Josh Dubay, Bridget Baxter, Jennifer Gardinier

Lesson Plans

This model would be used in a classroom to demonstrate the different methods of pathogen transmission. The accompanying worksheet contains questions for pre-assessment, activity, and post-assessment.

There are four different worksheets to represent the multiple modes of transmission. Each worksheet is designed to demonstrate a different mode of pathogen transmission and is will be utilized by a different group of students. Upon experimentation, students will export the data from the AgentSheets plots into Excel. Using Excel, students will be able to create graphs. After each group has created their graph and analyzed their data, they will present their findings to ...


Chemical Equilibrium Lesson Plan, Morgan Sanford, Bridget Baxter Jul 2013

Chemical Equilibrium Lesson Plan, Morgan Sanford, Bridget Baxter

Lesson Plans

This lesson has been designed to expose student to the Cellular Transport unit. This lesson is planned to have three major components. Prior to the lesson the students were taught about cellular membranes and the phospholipid bilayer. We will begin by introducing the topic of diffusion using a PowerPoint presentation, defining diffusion, and discussion of particle movement and kinetic theory. Within the presentation we will show a demonstration using agent sheets to model passive diffusion across a semipermeable membrane as well as osmosis. The second part is a laboratory component in which the students will complete a prelab handout to ...


Zombie Apocalypse (Biology Lesson Plan), Colby Lush, Arcangell Flores Jul 2013

Zombie Apocalypse (Biology Lesson Plan), Colby Lush, Arcangell Flores

Lesson Plans

Objectives: Students will be able to use a model of a zombie outbreak to collect data, organize data on an Excel sheet, create a scatter plot with data, and analyze/interpret what the created graphs mean, as well as a couple sample graphs. It seeks to answer the question, “What is the projected human casualty rate?”

Main Activity: Students will run the model on Agentsheets to collect raw data, then record that data onto an Excel sheet, and plot graphs of the data to identify patterns.

Science and Engineering Practices: lesson outline as utilized with this model

1. Asking questions ...


Bacteria Growth Lesson Plan, Nathan Butler, Matthew Cummings Jul 2013

Bacteria Growth Lesson Plan, Nathan Butler, Matthew Cummings

Lesson Plans

In this lesson’s activities, students will use scientific inquiry, computer modeling, and graphical analysis in order to extend concepts from a specific lesson example to broader general trends and themes in biology. The following criteria are from The Living Environment Core Curriculum, from the University of the State of New York and the New York State Education Department:

STANDARD 1

Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.

STANDARD 4

Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living ...


Cancer Growth Lesson Plan, Katie Smith, Mackenzie Meyer Jul 2013

Cancer Growth Lesson Plan, Katie Smith, Mackenzie Meyer

Lesson Plans

Students will explore a cancer simulation model utilizing a worksheet. Most students have known someone who has had cancer. This lesson is designed to introduce students to the behind the scene components and facts related to cancer. Students will understand how cancer will keep growing until treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation is used to shrink the tumor or kill the cancer. The cancer simulation game will allow students to role play and act like a natural killer cell that can kill a cancer cell. Students will be able to understand what their friend, family member, or acquaintance may have ...


Lake Pollution, Caleb Stewart, Tagen Vanartsdalen Jul 2013

Lake Pollution, Caleb Stewart, Tagen Vanartsdalen

Lesson Plans

This lesson discusses chemistry as it relates to real life environmental problems by stressing how concentration and rate of diffusion are key factors of pollution in bodies of water. This lesson allows students to gain familiarity with computational thinking. Students who have experience with this simulation will have a simple unintimidating introduction to computational science. Math skills will be assessed and strengthened through calculations and experience with the excel program.

The primary file is a lesson plan, accompanied by supplemental files. In the supplemental zipped files, you will find:

  1. Student worksheets
  2. Lesson plan
  3. Powerpoint presentations


Contagion Lesson Plan, Nicole Scipione, George Fadden Jul 2013

Contagion Lesson Plan, Nicole Scipione, George Fadden

Lesson Plans

This model would be used in a classroom for both the exposition and reinforcement of a topic. This model would be used to determine which type of disease is more contagious (bacterial or viral). This model would also be used to reinforce the scientific method. The questions on the accompanying worksheet follow the format of the scientific method.

Two extra agents, the nurse and immunity, were created to be used in the following lesson (vaccines and antibodies). These agents can be easily drawn in to the worksheets and we have ensured that their behaviors function as they should.

The primary ...


Soil Erosion: Slope Lesson Plan, Heather Ryan, Nicole Cannavino Jul 2013

Soil Erosion: Slope Lesson Plan, Heather Ryan, Nicole Cannavino

Lesson Plans

The soil-slope erosion model will be used in conjunction with Excel to demonstrate how slope affects the overall soil loss. Students will control the model by control the frequency of rain from the clouds, making it an interactive model.

The primary file is a lesson plan, accompanied by supplemental files. In the supplemental zipped files, you will find:

  1. Student worksheets
  2. Lesson plan
  3. Powerpoint presentations


Half Life Demonstrations Using Agentsheets, Nathaniel Burleigh, Kimberlee Parlatore Jul 2013

Half Life Demonstrations Using Agentsheets, Nathaniel Burleigh, Kimberlee Parlatore

Lesson Plans

This model demonstrates the concept of half life decay via the AgentSheets modeling tool. Various rates of decay can be simulated in the model.

The primary file is a lesson plan, accompanied by supplemental files. In the supplemental zipped files, you will find:

  1. Student worksheets
  2. Lesson plan
  3. Powerpoint presentations