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Ocean Sciences Teaching Video 1 - Teacher's Guide

Lesson Title: A Watered-Down Topographic Map
(NOAA OE Learning Ocean Science Through Ocean Exploration Lesson 2)

Grade Levels portrayed in the video: High School

School: Wando High School, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Teacher: Ms. Connie Leverett

Overview: As stated in the curriculum, the focus questions for this lesson are: How can a two-dimensional map be created showing the three-dimensional nature of a landform? What are topographic maps and bathymetric charts?

Actual Class and Lab Length: 90 minutes

Teaching Video Length: 35 minutes

Transcripts: Transcripts of video

Here is a packet of information that will guide you through the teaching video. These resources are meant to provide background information and supplementary materials to enhance your professional development experience of using the video.

1. Gain an overview of the project on the web and background research about using video in the classroom. You may want to learn more about the rationale and background research for this project. This project addresses the purpose of helping teachers learn more about teaching science through oceans and ocean exploration. It aims to use the medium of video related web resources to support teachers in their learning and teaching of ocean sciences.

2. Learn more about the NOAA OE curriculum

3. Read the lesson plan from the Learning Ocean Science Through Ocean Exploration Curriculum (printable version of this lesson, available in PDF format. This requires a free plug-in, Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be obtained at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html)

4. Standards

National Science Education Standards:

Content Standard A-Science as Inquiry

  • Ability necessary to do scientific inquiry

Content Standard D-Earth and Space Science

  • Structure of the Earth system

Content Standard E-Science and Technology

  • Abilities of technological design

Content Standard G-History and Nature of Science

  • Nature of science

5. Read the questions for discussion that can be used for your own individual reflection or for guiding dialogue in group professional development or academic course settings.

Guiding Questions for Use in Professional Development

  1. Which parts of the lesson were most engaging for the students?
  2. What did you perceive to be the greatest challenge in presenting this lesson to the class?
  3. What do you think were the most difficult concepts for students to grasp? Why?
  4. What could have been done to enhance students’ deeper understanding of the ocean science concepts being presented?
  5. In what ways and to what extent did the hands-on activities reinforce the ocean science concepts?
  6. Describe the role of the teacher in presenting this lesson. Do you have any observations about the teacher’s style of presentation?  Would you teach in this teaching style? Why or why not?
  7. Identify different teaching behaviors you observed during this lesson. What might you do differently and why? What are possible consequences of different teaching behaviors?
  8. In what ways did this lesson promote students’ inquiry based learning and critical thinking? Give specific examples of how inquiry was promoted.
  9. What background skills or information would you suggest for preparing the class?
  10. Did this teaching adequately incorporate the standards?
  11. What would you say was the value of incorporating internet activities? Would you do this internet research before, during or after the lab?
  12. How did this lesson compare with how you learned ocean science content?
  13. How did the social structure and atmosphere of the class reinforce the learning?
  14. What means of student assessment would you employ to check on the development of content knowledge?
  15. What were your impressions of the interaction between the teacher and students?

6. Links to Related Resources

7. Related NOAA OE lesson plans

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