Shalen Boyer

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Recent Posts by Shalen

Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:09 PM in Bottle Ecosystems
I like the idea of doing bottle ecosystems with my 7th grade students, but there are so many ideas out there I'm not sure where to start!  I'd like to have them complete a two tier ecosystem with a marine on the bottom and a terrestrial on the top.  Any advice? 

Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:42 PM in Stream Monitoring Field Trip & Ecology
I recently gained permission to take a group of students to a local state park to do some water quality monitoring and stream observations.  I'd love to incorporate ecology topics such as biotic and abiotic factors as well as ecosystems in the stream along with collecting pH and dissolved oxygen data.  How can I make the most of this opportunity for my students? 

Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:37 PM in Living vs. Nonliving things
I set out ten items around my room and the kids have to determine and explain if the item is non-living or living. For example, a candle that is burning, a seashell, an acorn, a beaker of baker's yeast that has been prepped ahead of time with warm water and sugar. Before I set them loose they have to come up with at least 5 "requirements" for the item to be living or non-living. After they've ma...

Recent Public Collections by Shalen

Teaching for Conceptual Understanding
Type: Journal Article

Using Concept Maps in the Science Classroom
Type: Journal Article

Interactive Notebooks

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“Scientific Writing”—A Course to Improve the Writing of Science Students: Stressing the English Language Component of Scientific Writing
Type: Journal Article

Student-Centered Notebooks
Type: Journal Article