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Biology is designed for multi-semester biology courses for science majors. It is grounded on an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features that highlight careers in the biological sciences and everyday applications of the concepts at hand. To meet the needs of today’s instructors and students, some content has been strategically condensed while maintaining the overall scope and coverage of traditional texts for this course. Instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom. Biology also includes an innovative art program that incorporates critical thinking and clicker questions to help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

Material Type: Full Course

Special Studies in Urban Studies and Planning: Economic Development Planning Skills, January (IAP) 2007

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Small group study of advanced subjects under staff supervision. For graduate students wishing to pursue further study in advanced areas of urban studies and city and regional planning not covered in regular subjects of instruction. This intensive and brief 4-day seminar, taught during MIT's Independent Activities Period in January, uses a case set in Hartford, Vermont to introduce economic development planning skills to students in the Master in City Planning (MCP) Degree Program. It introduces analytical tools that are used to assess local economic development conditions, issues, and opportunities as part of formulating economic development plans. The course is designed to provide MCP students with skills needed for applied economic development planning work in other courses, particularly Economic Development Planning (11.438) and Revitalizing Urban Main Streets (11.439).

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Seidman, Karl

3RC (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost)

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In this lesson, students expand their understanding of solid waste management to include the idea of 3RC (reduce, reuse, recycle and compost). They will look at the effects of packaging decisions (reducing) and learn about engineering advancements in packaging materials and solid waste management. Also, they will observe biodegradation in a model landfill (composting).

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Amy Kolenbrander, Janet Yowell, Jessica Todd, Malinda Schaefer Zarske

Introduction to Sociology 2e

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Introduction to Sociology is intended for a one-semester introductory sociology course. Conceived of and developed by active sociology instructors, this up-to-date title and can be downloaded now by clicking on the "Get this book" button below. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes sociology theory and research; real-world applications; simplify and debate features; and learning objectives for each chapter

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Eric Strayer, Faye Jones, Gail Scaramuzzo, Jeff Bry, Nathan Keirns, Sally Vyain, Susan Cody-Rydezerski, Tommy Sadler

Connecticut Model Science for Grade 3, Organism Traits, Unit 1 Overview: Organism Traits

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Unit Overview/Summary:  Summary  The unit organizes performance expectations with a focus on helping students build understanding of traits of organisms. Instruction developed from this unit should always maintain the three-dimensional nature of the standards and recognize that instruction is not limited to the practices and concepts directly linked with any of the unit performance expectations. Connections between unit Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs)  NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs ) are fundamental scientific ideas that form the content of an NGSS curriculum.  They cover four domains: physical science, life science, earth, and space science, as well as engineering, technology, and applications of science. NGSS core ideas represent the main domains of factual understanding that students should develop within each discipline.The idea that being part of a group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves, and cope with changes (LS2.D as in 3-LS2-1) connects to the idea that reproduction is essential to the continued existence of every kind of organism (LS1.B as in 3-LS1-1) through the concept of survival of organisms. Reproduction also connects to the concept of inheritance and that many characteristics of organisms are inherited from their parents (LS3.A as in 3-LS3-1). Other characteristics result from individuals’ interactions with the environment, which can range from diet to learning. Many characteristics involve both inheritance and environment (LS3.A as in 3-LS3-2).  All the previous concepts also connect to each other through the concept of patterns: patterns of reproduction and life cycles across organisms, and patterns of characteristics of organisms, both inherited and from interactions with the environment. The concept of patterns also allows students to begin studying the idea that scientists record patterns of the weather across different times and areas so that they can make predictions about what kind of weather might happen next (ESS2.D as in 3-ESS2-1). This idea will be further developed in subsequent unit. Unit Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs)The practices describe behaviors that scientists engage in as they investigate and build models and theories about the natural world and the key set of engineering practices that engineers use as they design and build models and systems.Instruction leading to this unit of performance expecations (PEs) will help students build toward proficiency in elements of the practices of developing and using models (3-LS1-1), analyzing and interpreting data (3-LS3-1 and 3-ESS2-1), constructing explanations and designing solutions (3-LS3-2), and engaging in argument from evidence (3-LS2-1). Many other practice elements can be used in instruction. Unit Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs)Crosscutting concepts have value because they provide students with connections and intellectual tools that are related across the differing areas of disciplinary content and can enrich their application of practices and their understanding of core ideas. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science.Instruction leading to this unit of performance expecations (PEs) will help students build toward proficiency in elements of the crosscutting concepts of Patterns (3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-1, and 3- ESS2-1) and Cause and Effect (3-LS2-1 and 3-LS3-2). Many other crosscutting concepts elements can be used in instruction. All instruction should be three-dimensional. 

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Connecticut Department of Education

7.1 Chemical Reactions & Matter Transformations

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To pique students’ curiosity and anchor the learning for the unit in the visible and concrete, students start with an experience of observing and analyzing a bath bomb as it fizzes and eventually disappears in the water. Their observations and questions about what is going on drive learning that digs into a series of related phenomena as students iterate and improve their models depicting what happens during chemical reactions. By the end of the unit, students have a firm grasp on how to model simple molecules, know what to look for to determine if chemical reactions have occurred, and apply their knowledge to chemical reactions to show how mass is conserved when atoms are rearranged.

Material Type: Lesson, Lesson Plan, Module, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Author: OpenSciEd