Consortium for Ocean Leadership
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Activity takes one to two class periods.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Related ocean drilling activities and resources on paleoclimatology can be found at ANDRILL: http://www.andrill.org/flexhibit/index.html
- The headline where it says (Not for the science wimpy!) should be covered before photocopying. No need scaring students who don't love science.
- Showing a short movie about ocean drilling as an introduction to the topic could help engage students.
- At pre-college level, one may want to use AVID or UDL reading strategies for assisting students with comprehension.
About the Science
- The reports are on research into what the past can tell us about the present and future.
- Students write down from where in the world and which geologic time period cores originate. Puts articles and cores in context.
- Some of the articles contain brief (incomplete) citations of the original research.
- There is no guidance for the instructor or background support for the readers on these difficult articles.
- Comments from expert scientist: Students must work in groups to understand the material and reach conclusions about what they have learned before presenting these results to their peers.
- Students are required to read scientific literature and break it down into pieces: investigation question(s), hypotheses, and methods.
- Students must learn new scientific terminology and define it based on context prior to consulting a scientific dictionary.
About the Pedagogy
- Worksheet-based reading comprehension activity with short scientific articles and questions that are particularly penetrating or interesting.
- Reports are available as a single long pdf at http://www.oceanleadership.org/files/pdf-files/OceanDrillingProgramClimateChangeHighlights.pdf
- These articles can be read and analyzed independently during class or as homework. They can also initiate a lively and provocative class discussion.
- If groups discuss the same paper, there is potential for some peer learning.
- The basic intention is for students to learn how to read these kinds of papers with support from dictionaries, reference materials, and their peers.
- Good reading framework that could be adapted to other sets of scientific articles.
- No bibliography or references, beyond the articles being from Ocean Drilling Program, are provided. Since students are usually required to document sources, this should be done here as well to ensure and illustrate how to document credible sources.