Middle School Scientists Curriculum
Research is easier than you might think! We are all researchers. Every time we ask a question, we gather information to help make good decisions. Come find out how Glacier Bay researchers are making good decisions for your national park with the following science curriculum. Enjoy!
Research and resource management are essential to the National Park Service (NPS) Mission :
Researchers at Glacier Bay study natural, historical, geological, and cultural resources, in order to make well informed management decisions based on solid data. The Middle School Scientists Project was designed to help teachers and students learn and appreciate the value and importance of this research and how it helps fulfill the NPS Mission.
There are six, 7-10 minute videos that introduce Glacier Bay scientists as they conduct their research and interact with local middle school students. These videos were produced in "question and answer" format to allow teachers to pause and solicit answers from their students. They may also "stand alone" by introducing the topic and encouraging further discussion. The accompanying investigations can be used together or individually to support each topic. Either way, we hope you find this curriculum useful and beneficial.
This curriculum was developed for middle school teachers to be used in combination with six interactive videos as a resource aide in the classroom. Although designed as a project sponsored by Glacier Bay National Park and The Ocean Alaska Sciences and Learning Center in Kenai, AK, the information is applicable anywhere in the country. Each curriculum guide follows a format that is intended to be user-friendly and resource-rich: a unit overview provides general information concerning the specific topic and three follow-up investigations supplement each video. National Science Education Standards, a glossary, and additional resources are also provided.
For additional information concerning other curriculum materials, contact
or on the web at www.nps.gov/glba
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