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Pedagogy in Action

The Pedagogy in Action collection provides educator-focused introductions to a range of teaching methods that promote engaged learning. It combines what, why and how information about the pedagogies with descriptions of real-world teaching activities that exemplify each method. The goal of the Pedagogic Service is encourage educators to reflect critically on their own teaching practices and to support them in exploring new pedagogies.

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2-Day Investigation of Soil Samples
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This activity is designed for a primary classroom (outdoors & indoors) investigation where students collect and investigate soil samples and describe the soils, looking for similarities and differences. Students develop a method of recording the data colleted and can present the information gathered.

Subject:
Ecology
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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
01/20/2012
4th Grade Students Investigate Electric Circuits Through Construction and Illustration
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As an activity related to FOSS unit Magnetism and Electricity, 4th grade science students use a computer download to explore electrical circuits and to generate illustrations of electrical circuits for physical models built in class

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Lorraine Aaland
Date Added:
08/16/2012
7th Grade Life Science at the Observatory: Life Throughout the Universe
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This classroom activity will show students that there is a lot we don't know about science, for example life throughout the universe. It will hopefully encourage students to question what we know and don't know, and exploration and study of the unknown.

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Brad Snyder
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Acceleration and Velocity Through Walking Using Paces and Excel
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Using students' step length to understand the relationship between distance, speed and acceleration. Includes graphing of data and interpretation of graphs.

Subject:
Physics
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Jamie Crannell
Date Added:
12/13/2011
Acceleration of a Wheel and Axle
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Students make a wheel and axle out of cardboard and a wooden dowel. It is rooled along a ramp made of parallel meter sticks, and the acceleration can be made small enough to make accurate measurements and calculations.

Subject:
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
12/09/2011
Accuracy and Precision Lab With Measurement and Density
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In this lab exercise, students practice correctly using measurement tools, recording data, calculating density, using significant figures, and exploring the concepts of accuracy and precision.

Subject:
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Chris Lenius
Date Added:
12/13/2011
Achieve New Heights: Go to the Rockies!
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Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students estimate travel times and costs of a driving/camping trip to visit national parks in Colorado.

Subject:
Mathematics
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Judy A. McIlrath
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Acid-Base Titration of an Eggshell
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This activity is acid-base titration lab where students determine the percent of calcium carbonate in an eggshell.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Jeff Ehmke
Date Added:
12/09/2011
The Activity Model for Inquiry: Reflective Writing Prompts
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Reflective writing is be a valuable communication tool between instructor and student that fosters critical thinking. When combined with a better model of the scientific method (the AMI) than the "standard" linear model, learners gain a better understanding of the process of science.

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Amy Ellwein
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Adjusting Your Water Heater to Conserve Energy
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In this lab-based activity the students will use their knowledge about the law of conservation of energy to explain the loss of heat by warm water to cold water. Then, the students will use these concepts to design and carry an experiment to determine the unknown temperature of a hot water sample.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Nour Sinada
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Administering Medications to Patients -- Calculating Dosages in the Clinical Setting
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Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Module. Students build a spreadsheet to calculate proper medicine dosages using the metric system.

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Shari Goldberg
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Adventures in ABC & 1, 2, 3
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This activity is an indoor/outdoor activity that incorporates both literacy and scientific observation to make an ABC book based on Antler, Bear, Canoe by Betsy Bowen. Family participation is encouraged.

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Julie Roettger
Date Added:
10/04/2011
Adventures in ABC and 1,2,3
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This activity is an indoor/outdoor activity that incorporates both literacy and scientific observation to make an ABC book based on Antler, Bear, Canoe by Betsy Bowen.

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
01/20/2012
Air Has Matter
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This is a series of activities demonstrating that air has mass, takes up space, and can exert a force on objects enough to lift them.

Subject:
Chemistry
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Caroline Sorensen
Date Added:
10/04/2011
Airplane Production: A Law of Diminishing Marginal Product Exercise
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Classroom experiment illustrating the law of diminishing marginal productivity through the production of paper airplanes.

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Tisha Emerson
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Allelopathy: Investigating the Detrimental Effects of Chemicals Released by One Plant on Another
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In this inquiry activity students work in groups to investigate allelopathy via research, using the scientific method to plan and carry out an experiment, and creating a formal written report and oral presentation.

Subject:
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
12/09/2011
American Politics Group Data Projects
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SETUPS (Empirical Teaching Unites in Political Science) data, published by the American Political Science Association, will be employed in group data analysis projects in an American Government class. Students then use results from these reports in composing an essay question on the course's final exam.

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Steven Schier
Date Added:
11/06/2014
The American Red Squirrel an Outdoor Inquiry Lesson
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This is outdoor activity involving students in gathering information on what an American Red Squirrel Eats and its interdependence with the coniferous forest.

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Analyzing Data on American Political Divisions
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Students conducted data analysis about American political divisions and created two papers from this data analysis. Sutdents were assigned to group projects involving data analysis assigned chapters in MICROCASE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, a textbook that includes access to a variety of datasets.

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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Steven Schier
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Analyzing Forces and Motion Graphs by Riding an Elevator
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This activity is an indoor lab where students will make predictions of what a force vs time and acceleration vs time graph will look like for a ride in an elevator going down and up. Students will collect data remotely using a Force Plate and accelerometer and then download the data to the computer for further analysis.

Subject:
Technology
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Kim Hoehne
Date Added:
12/09/2011
Analyzing pH: Comparing Citrus Fruits, Stain Removers and a Green Product
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This activity will introduce pH testing of cleaning products, citrus fruits, and then analyzes a mystery Green product. Students will compare and contrast findings to discover an earth friendly product.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Carol Hultman
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Analyzing the Motion of a Marble Down a Ramp
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This lab activity has students rolling a marble down a ramp to study position, velocity, and acceleration. Based on a experiment performed by Galileo.

Subject:
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Gavin Johnson
Date Added:
12/13/2011
Angular Momentum Experiment
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After using the historical development of concepts of conserved motion to develop introductory understanding, students are directed to a series of activities to gain a better understanding of momentum, conservation of momenta, angular momentum, and conservation of angular momenta.

Subject:
Technology
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
David Trapp
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Animal and Plant Cell Models: Research, 9M x 9M Construction and Cell Tour Given to Life Science Students
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Students build a 9 M X 9 M model of an animal or plant cell with cell organelles inside it and give cell tours to Life Science students. May be done as two large groups, or a whole class project.

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
12/09/2011
Applicable Stoichiometry: Combustion Reaction of Acetylene
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Practical lab into the chemical reaction between calcium carbide and water and the resulting ignition of acetylene gas.

Subject:
Chemistry
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Adam Gregory
Date Added:
12/09/2011
Application of oral history to economics: Family Economic History
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Application of Oral History to Economics: Family Economic History The assignment will connect an oral history approach to the examination of economic concepts such as opportunity cost of attending school, economic crises (inflation and unemployment, etc.), and standard of living over time. Particularly, students will interview parents, grandparents, or family members from older generations regarding the types of work they performed, economic decisions they have made, and the economic conditions while they were growing up. The project develops a student's ability to understand and integrate these concepts from a variety of perspectives and real world situation.

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Manijeh Sabi
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Archimedes and Pi
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Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Activity. Student build spreadsheets that allow them to estimate pi using the same iterative process as Archimedes.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Christina Stringer
Date Added:
11/06/2014
The Art of Observation
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Students improve their written observations by using their 5 senses and words that are relatable to others. Create statements that are based on observable facts in the natural world.

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Nikki Schilling
Date Added:
08/16/2012
Assessing earthquake risk: How often does the Big One occur?
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Students use spreadsheet tables and charts to explore the Gutenberg-Richter relationship between an earthquakes magnitude and recurrence interval.

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Tom Juster
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Assessing the Measurement and Validity of Ambiguous Concepts in Ethnic Conflict Datasets
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This assignment introduces students to commonly used datasets in ethnic conflict studies. It also encourages them to think critically about data quality and measurement challenges when using large datasets.

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Devashree Gupta
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Atoms and Molecules
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Both of these lessons are classroom activities that require students to build models that display understanding of atoms and molecules. One lesson is structured while the other is guided.

Subject:
Chemistry
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Carrie Robatcek
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Backyard Science...The Five Senses
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This lesson uses centers to reinforce the five senses incorporating backyard science in the wonderful world of nature.

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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Dawn Marie Penning
Date Added:
10/04/2011
Bacteria Growth Inquiry: Bodily Bacteria and Healthy Hygiene Habits
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In this inquiry activity, students generate investigable questions to explore the link between hygiene/cleanliness and bacteria growth/population. The students will present their conclusions, and video clips containing additional information will be discussed.

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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Krista Keller
Date Added:
08/16/2012
Bacteria in a Flask -- Spreadsheeting Population Density vs. Time
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Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students tabulate and graph data on bacteria density vs. time for a culture. Data start with innoculation and progress through the peak and decline.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Loretta Sharma
Date Added:
11/06/2014