Shalen Boyer

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Recent Posts by Shalen

Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:01 PM in Three types of Rocks--Igneous, Metamorphic, Sedimentary and Minerals
I usually teach rocks and minerals as two seperate units.  Otherwise, students tend to use the terms interchangably.  For rocks I do a "great rock hunt" where students use a dichotomous key and find the rock that matches it. I purchased the rock samples from a geologist out in California.  His student sample sizes are huge!  Use the link below to access his site.  If he doesn't have what you are ...

Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:21 PM in Volume and Water Displacement
I'm looking for a way to add some interest to teaching volume by water displacement.  My students have done the tradional style of dropping a rock, toy, and other irregulary shaped objects into a graduated cylinder than then calculating the volume.  Any suggestions for adding phenomona to this activity? Has anyone ever tried having student volunteers determine their volume using a tub of water...

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? 

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