Cris DeWolf

Hello! I teach Biology, AP Biology, Earth & Space Science, Astronomy, and Oceanography. I've been teaching now for 27 years. I am very active with the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association, currently as their past president. My profile pic is from my flight on SOFIA as one of the first two Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors. This is an amazing airborne infrared telescope.




Chippewa Hills High School

Recent Posts by Cris

Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:39 AM in STEM endorsement recommendations
Hi Brenda- There is an online program called the NASA Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate project, where you can also earn an optional Masters degree. I enjoyed earning this cdertificate, and have found it useful in my teaching - even though Michigan does not offer an endorsement in STEM education on our certificate....

Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:05 AM in What do you do when NGSS gets the science wrong?
I believe that the intent was that you share your post with the Biology forum in the Learning Center. Also, you are referring to the middle school standards in your original post. The intent of the NGSS is to help students develop conceptual understandings. Even at the high school level, assessment of the standards on energy for life does not include the steps of the biochemical pathways invol...

Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:36 AM in In search of: Easy to use alligator clip wires
Have you tried sliding the vinyl covers down the wire - off the clip? This makes it much easier for anyone to attach the alligator clip to something. Having the metal exposed you just have to be more careful about making contact with something you do not intend to.

Recent Reviews by Cris

Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:18 PM
5 Forensic Science Collection
We are in the process of designing a Forensic Science elective course in our department. We want to make it fun, engaging, and meaningful for our students. The activities in this collection will provide me with the tools I need to bring the department together as we explore our options. The Career of the Month and Careers in Science features will help our students see forensic science as a possible career path for themselves. There are also several useful labs included. I really like the one called Forensic Science Demonstration via Hawaii Five-O. The soil analysis they use there could also be extended to my Astronomy class when we talk about how rovers like Curiosity test for the presence of organics in the soil on Mars.

Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:51 PM
5 Heredity and Variation SciPack Review
This SciPack did an excellent job of challenging my current understanding of genetics and heredity. I teach Biology and thought that it would not require much thought. I was wrong. I would recommend this resource to anyone who would like either an in-depth refresher of modern genetics, or a deeper look at something they have a more limited background on.

Recent Public Collections by Cris

Two-Year Community: Integrating Reading Skills in an Introductory Science Classroom
Type: Journal Article

Primary Students and Informational Texts
Type: Journal Article

Climate Change

22 Resources

These will be used with my Oceanography students for a unit on climate change. They will also be shared with others who are looking for resources to teach about climate change.

Case Study: Ah-choo! Increased Risk of Pollen Allergies in the Northern Hemisphere
Type: Journal Article

Science Sampler: Global Warming Project
Type: Journal Article


9 Resources

A collection I plan on using with my Astronomy I students in the spring.

Asteroid Zoo
Type: User uploaded resource

Rosetta mission website
Type: User uploaded resource