Juanita Constible, Luke Sandro, Richard E. Lee Jr., M.U. Ohio and Seen in The NSTA Science Teacher magazine
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- Consult text for several different strategies for shortening this lesson
- Additional format for lesson available at NSTA Science Teacher Magazine 2007.
- To supplement the Adélie penguin data set in the lesson, educator could add http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/adeliepenguins video.
About the Science
- The activity stresses the importance of evidence in the formulation of scientific explanations.
- Students investigate the ecological evidence/data sets (temperature data, numbers of breeding pairs of Adélie penguins, sea ice, precipitation, and krill densities) surrounding the decline in breeding successes of Adélie penguins along the western Antarctic peninsula.
- Data provided is from a credible source.
- Comments from expert scientist: This activity illustrates the interconnected nature of modern science requiring students to think about ocean, atmosphere, and biological processes.
- The link between the role of increased cloud condensation nuclei (due to reduced sea ice) and increased precipitation is not correct.
About the Pedagogy
- Uses a cooperative learning technique called a jigsaw.
- Background information for teachers is concise and accurate.
- A second version, printed in the NSTA's Science Teacher 2007, is a more polished version of this lesson, but it is not available online.
- Engaging format for students with a basic assessment component. Data analysis and the nature of science are emphasized within the lesson, familiarizing students with how scientists work.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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