Supports National Science Education Standards (NSES): 5-8:Content Standard A Science as Inquiry Standards:Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Supports National Science Education Standards (NSES): 5-8:Content Standard C Life Science Standards:Structure and function in living systems
Supports National Science Education Standards (NSES): 5-8:Content Standard C Life Science Standards:Population and ecosystems
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AbstractIn this activity, students will focus on some unique aspects of food webs in the vicinity of seamounts. They will be able to describe typical marine food webs, and explain why food is generally scarce in the deep-ocean environment. They will then discuss reasons why seamounts may be able to support a higher density of biological organisms than would appear to be possible considering food available from primary production at the ocean's surface. In addition to being tied to the National Science Education Standards, the hands-on, inquiry-based activities includes focus questions, background information for teachers, links to interesting websites, and extensions. Educational levels: Middle school
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PALS - Performance Assessment Links in Science1999-01PALS is an on-line, standards-based, continually updated resource bank of science performance assessment tasks indexed via the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and various other standards frameworks. The tasks, collected from numerous sources, include student directions and response forms, administration procedures, scoring rubrics, examples of student work, and technical quality data calculated from field testing. On-line rater training packets have also been created for some tasks. PALS is supported by a grant from the Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE) Division (Grant #: ESI-9730651) of the National Science Foundation. Educational levels: High school, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, Primary elementary
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Earth Update ActivitiesCarolyn Sumners; Patricia Reiff (2000-01-01)This site provides earth science student activities in PDF format, organized by grade level and national science and math objectives. Most of the activities use the data or images from Earth Update (available on the web or using the "Earth Update" CD-Rom). Activities include both inquiry-based and guided data exploration. Educational levels: High school, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, Undergraduate lower division