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Geometry Curriculum For High School Students During A Summer School Program, Kyle E. Kucsmas Dec 2012

Geometry Curriculum For High School Students During A Summer School Program, Kyle E. Kucsmas

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This geometry curriculum project was designed to be used during a high school summer school credit recovery program. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), New York State (NYS) Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST), and the most recent addition of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCSL) harbor the foundations for each lesson. The curriculum presented will provide teachers with a condensed standards based instrument that can be utilized during a twenty-two day summer school geometry program which contains mathematical content, appropriate rigor, and opportunities for student growth. The curriculum is engaging, obtainable, cyclical, and diverse enough ...


A Compilation Of Rubrics To Be Used In Chemistry To Emphasize Argumentative Writing In The Science Classroom, Rachel M. Coon Dec 2012

A Compilation Of Rubrics To Be Used In Chemistry To Emphasize Argumentative Writing In The Science Classroom, Rachel M. Coon

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The new Common Core Standards for New York State and the Framework for K-12 Science Education Standards have a main focus on implementing argumentative writing into each content area. Some form of argumentative writing has always been used in the science curriculum through the creation of a lab report. However, an argumentative lab report must contain a counterclaim and specific sources of evidence to be considered a real argument.

An argument does not have to be as formal as a lab report. Arguments can be as informal as a journal article or a narrative story. As long as the main ...


A Compilation Of Literacy Strategies To Be Used In Science And Earth Science Units, Robert J. Atkinson Jr Dec 2012

A Compilation Of Literacy Strategies To Be Used In Science And Earth Science Units, Robert J. Atkinson Jr

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Today in Education, reform and change have taken a center stage above all else to ensure that students are receiving the most beneficial education possible. With these changes come new Common Core Standards focused on making students more college and career ready when they graduate high school. This project tackles that problem, and presents many literacy strategies that can be used in the science classroom to make students more college and career ready through science. The project highlights many units of science, and breaks down the units into meaningful pieces. The content standards and common core standards, objectives, essential questions ...


A Comparison Of Homework Practices In An Adolescent Mathematics Classroom, Brian Paganin Dec 2012

A Comparison Of Homework Practices In An Adolescent Mathematics Classroom, Brian Paganin

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Homework is an integral part of any successful classroom. It is important for educators to be cognizant of which homework practice will be most effective and efficient for their students. This allows the educator to make better decisions regarding other aspects of their classroom including planning, pacing, and curriculum, among other things. This project compares two different homework practices employed in an adolescent mathematics classroom. While there is no significant difference in performance for either method, the benefits of both are discussed.


Attitudes, Beliefs, And Perceptions Of College Level Students, Lindsay C. Weise Dec 2012

Attitudes, Beliefs, And Perceptions Of College Level Students, Lindsay C. Weise

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this research is to examine the attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of college level students enrolled in an algebra course at the community college level. A survey was given to measure mathematical attitudes, beliefs, and math anxiety. Significant findings were found when looking at the difference in prior mathematics courses, repeating college algebra, enrollment status, gender, and age. By identifying the preconceived notions and beliefs that students have about mathematics and their academic ability, a teacher can use this knowledge to better meet the needs of students.


Mathematics Curriculum Revised To Align To Common Core State Standards, Ashley Redino Dec 2012

Mathematics Curriculum Revised To Align To Common Core State Standards, Ashley Redino

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are the first set of national standards issued in the United States. Currently, all states are in the transition from implementing individual state standards to CCSS in ELA and mathematics. As the CCSS are being introduced and implemented into classrooms, educators are struggling to update or modify their current unit, based on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards, to align with the new national standards. This research provides an explanation of the changes that will occur due to the CCSS in a seventh grade probability and statistics unit. An updated unit ...


Developing Epistemological Values In Students Using Microsoft Excel(R) As A Software-Based Support Tool, David L. Peck Dec 2012

Developing Epistemological Values In Students Using Microsoft Excel(R) As A Software-Based Support Tool, David L. Peck

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis project addresses student epistemological values through technology and independent laboratories. The literature provides evidence that students show greater learning when they are prompted to reflect and develop these epistemological values (Davis, 2003 Demetriadis et al., 2011; Edelson & Kyza, 2005; Reiser & Sandoval, 2004). Furthermore, in conjunctions with research that supports prompting, other research advocates for the development and use of more modern technologies (Edelson & Kyza, 2005; Keengwe et al., 2008; Kuhn, 2001; Maddux, 1998). As such, my culmination project consists of two virtual “lab notebooks.” These notebooks are made using Microsoft Excel® and consist of several quasi-intelligent macros that not only provide instant feedback, but also help guide students through the experimental process in a way akin to inquiry. While a completed series of these notebooks ...


Pairing And Comparing In The Middle School Mathematics Classroom, Elizabeth A. Clark Oct 2012

Pairing And Comparing In The Middle School Mathematics Classroom, Elizabeth A. Clark

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study was designed to examine the effects of cooperative learning in the middle school mathematics classroom. This action research project seeks to answer the question of does cooperative learning improve academic performance of middle school mathematics students. The study took place in two parallel middle school mathematics classrooms in a district of New York’s Southern Tier. There was an experimental group and a control group. The experimental group participated in a pair and compare teaching strategy following daily independent practice of the day’s lesson, as well as an open ended group task. The control group did not ...


A Curriculum Project On Quadratics Aligned To The Common Core State Standards, Donovan J. Daily Oct 2012

A Curriculum Project On Quadratics Aligned To The Common Core State Standards, Donovan J. Daily

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project illustrates a process of designing curriculum for the study of quadratics in Algebra 1, in alignment with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. The process incorporates the body of research on student conceptions of quadratics and available techniques and technologies for the enhancement of student conceptions. The Algebra 1 course trajectory recommended by the Common Core is analyzed in light of the existing research, unpacked into learning objectives, and restructured to address key conceptual roadblocks synthesized from the research. The resulting curriculum capitalizes on technology, rich problem contexts, and students’ prior knowledge of linear relationships in order ...


Checking Middle School Mathematics Assignments For Completion, Kara K. Utegg Oct 2012

Checking Middle School Mathematics Assignments For Completion, Kara K. Utegg

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

“Checking Middle School Mathematics Assignments for Completion versus Collecting and giving Individual Feedback” is a thesis paper about the effectiveness of two different teacher methods of checking and assessing their student’s homework. The first method of checking is looking for completion of the assignment and the second method included collecting homework and writing individual feedback on the assignment and returning it to the students the following day. This research involved a suburban seventh grade mathematics classroom. It was determined, for this environment, that collecting and commenting on homework significantly increased student quiz performance scores.


Individualized Mathematics, Benjermin Giuliano Aug 2012

Individualized Mathematics, Benjermin Giuliano

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Given the high priority mathematics education holds in the United States, with regard to the importance of science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) employment, and the continued meager performance of students, a sense of pressure for meaningful reform continues to increase. The study investigates the viability and effectiveness of an individualized math program known as Accelerated Math™ (AM) by Renaissance Learning ™ (RL). The objective was to determine the worthiness and practicality of AM, as a computer-based individualized program, in becoming the centrally featured curriculum for mathematics education. The study focuses on two participants. One was female elementary teacher in the ...


The Stupendous Seismogram Study, Laura Arnold, Amanda Napieralski Jul 2012

The Stupendous Seismogram Study, Laura Arnold, Amanda Napieralski

Lesson Plans

This project addresses the following NYS Standards:

  1. STANDARD 1—Analysis, Inquiry, and Design: Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
  2. STANDARD 2 : Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information, using appropriate technologies.
  3. STANDARD 6—Interconnectedness: Common Themes : Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.
  4. STANDARD 7—Interdisciplinary Problem Solving : Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make ...


Blood Alcohol Content, Sarah Grossman, Nicson Martinez Jul 2012

Blood Alcohol Content, Sarah Grossman, Nicson Martinez

Lesson Plans

The way we can make use of this model in a classroom setting is by using it to explain to the students what Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) means, and how it affects the human body. The way this model works is the student will select a user to begin the simulation. Once they do that, the user character will appear in a party with a variety of drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. In this simulation the BAC of the user will increase by .05 (male) and .07 (female). If the BAC rate gets to .30 or higher, the user will ...


Nitrogen Cycle & Photosynthesis, Laura Spaman, Paige Whitney Jul 2012

Nitrogen Cycle & Photosynthesis, Laura Spaman, Paige Whitney

Lesson Plans

The Chemistry Lesson involves teaching how chemical reactions occur in nature, conservation of mass/matter, examples would include the nitrogen cycle, carbon cycle, water cycle, etc. Model exemplifies a simple version of the nitrogen cycle. The Living Environment lesson would involve simple diffusion explanations, cellular processes, photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Model exemplifies diffusion of gases involved in photosynthesis and the photosynthetic process as a whole in a simplified sense. The goal of the Earth Science lesson is to illustrate the molecular interactions in the nitrogen cycle and photosynthesis, and help students understand the molecular interactions of processes that are understood ...


Ideal Gas Law, Daniel Burdette, Todd R. Thompson Jul 2012

Ideal Gas Law, Daniel Burdette, Todd R. Thompson

Lesson Plans

We created models with interactive physics, agent sheets, and excel and also found a web based application which could be used cohesively in a classroom to help students visualize the principles of the ideal gas law. The interactive physics and agent sheets models that we created represent what happens to a gas when it is compressed. The excel workbook helps the student understand the math behind the ideal gas law, and helps the student understand relationships of variables in an equation. The web based application mimics a physical experiment which displays the basic concepts of the ideal gas law.

This ...


Be The Solution To Water Pollution, Alexa Cavalli, Jeremiah Johnson Jul 2012

Be The Solution To Water Pollution, Alexa Cavalli, Jeremiah Johnson

Lesson Plans

For our Noyce Scholarship Project we have chosen to apply our newly acquired modeling techniques to create a several day long exploration-based lesson on water pollution. We choose this topic because the study of pollution is relevant both to the Living Environment and Earth Science curriculum as dictated by the New York State Standards. We have integrated many activities in order to create a lesson that will effectively educate all students on the subject of water pollution, regardless of their background knowledge or learning style. We first created a basic model for water pollution using Agents Sheets™; this model simulates ...


I Prefer To Be On Empty, Timothy Chichester, Patrick Cost Jul 2012

I Prefer To Be On Empty, Timothy Chichester, Patrick Cost

Lesson Plans

Since the Industrial Revolution, the world has become increasingly dependent on the use of fossil fuel as a source of energy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) the United States consumed seven billion barrels of petroleum in the year 2011 (EIA, 2011). This accounts for 22 percent of the total world’s consumption of petroleum per year. However, the United States only makes up five percent of the world’s population. With such high demands for oil, the United States imports almost half of its oil from other countries around the world. With the transportation of large ...


Don't Break The Chain, Bridget Cooney, Nicole Sciandra Jul 2012

Don't Break The Chain, Bridget Cooney, Nicole Sciandra

Lesson Plans

The simulation that we created in Agent Sheets entitled Don’t Break the Chain is a multi-faceted tool for any classroom. It covers a variety of topics in Biology including ecosystems, food chains, invasive species, habitat destruction, and population growth. Students can better understand how living things in nature are connected and how human’s actions can affect the environment.

One of our goals was to provide students something to look at that enabled them to see how different species rely on each other for survival. We also wanted students to be able to manipulate different factors that could change ...


Reproductive System, Jourdan Giambona, Amanda Williams Jul 2012

Reproductive System, Jourdan Giambona, Amanda Williams

Lesson Plans

Our model would be utilized as a virtual lab in a sixth grade classroom. The agent sheets simulation would be set up previously so the kids can just play, observe, and interpret the model. In addition to following the simulation, the kids will also be given an excel worksheet. The worksheet includes tables to record data and questions about the experiment. In addition to learning about the biological component of sexual reproduction, there are many mathematics/statistics components of the lab. For example, the students will calculate the average number of boy versus girl babies based on their own experimental ...


A Look At Ability Grouping Vs. Cooperative Learning, Laura Martin May 2012

A Look At Ability Grouping Vs. Cooperative Learning, Laura Martin

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In a continuous effort to improve teaching methods, research studies have been conducted to gain understanding with regard to grouping students. Multiple studies confirm that students who are grouped with others of the same ability level will most likely work at similar speeds. This allows educators the opportunity to utilize enrichment or remediation strategies where needed. Similarly, cooperative learning groups, where students work together to accomplish goals, is found to be a means by which students are encouraged to develop independent thinking and problem solving strategies, both important life skills. This thesis project explores several questions - What is the ideal ...