Graphing Density: Connecting Math and Science

Session # VI
CEU # 1688
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time: 4:00 - 4:45 PM
Room: 107

Students know that Density = Mass/Volume, but what does that really mean? In this hands-on session, we will explore density using minerals, water, sand, salt, wood chips, and iron filings. Participants will be engaged in collaborative problem solving activities including estimating, measuring, and ordering the masses of different mineral samples. Each group will then take four measurements of one substance and plot the data to construct a graph. Comparing the groups’ graphs will demonstrate the mathematical relationships between volume and mass as we calculate the density of each substance. This We Believe states that in developmentally responsive middle schools, the curriculum is designed to advance skills and knowledge and is clearly based on established standards. In addition, the curriculum must be challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant. This session aligns curriculum with science and mathematics standards, and it integrates two or more content areas.

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Geocaching as a Hands-On Integrated Activity

Session # 1
CEU # 1605
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time: 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Room: 202

The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how geocaching can be used as a tool to provide middle level students with hands-on activities that promote integrated learning. The international phenomenon of geocaching has gained much interest over the past few years. Many educators have enjoyed geocaching as a hobby and some of them have found creative ways to integrate this adventure into education. Geocaching is an activity that will excite middle level students and will provide opportunities for them to learn content. Participants will learn about geocaching and view examples of how geocaching has been used in education. A few unofficial geocaches will be placed outside of the building and participants will have the opportunity to seek these “geocaches” using smartphones and apps that can be downloaded at the time of the presentation.

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