Modeling the Effects of Dam Removal on the Elwha River
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- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
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This page first made public: Dec 12, 2013
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5-8 History and Nature of Science
- The student will understand that communication is essential to science.
- The student will understand the process of scientific investigations.
- The student will understand that science is a way of knowing about the world that is characterized by empirical criteria, logical argument and skeptical review.
- The student will understand that scientific inquiry is used in systematic ways to investigate the natural world.
- The student will use multiple skills to design and conduct scientific investigations.
- The student will know that science and technology are human efforts that both influence and are influenced by civilizations and cultures worldwide.
- The student will understand how scientific discovery, culture, societal norms and technology have influenced one another in different time periods.
- The student will explore the structures and functions of Earth systems.
- The student will identify Earth's composition, structure and processes.
- The student will investigate the impact humans have on the environment.
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Determining whether students have met the goals
As part of the summer institute, teachers participated in the residency class activities and provided feedback, suggestions and curriculum connections. During and after each residency the Science Museum Teacher meets with the classroom teacher to reflect on the program and solicit suggestions for improvements. NCED and SMM staff will meet at the end of the school year to review teacher comments, revise activities, and identify new resources and activities to be included in next years program. The NCED Earthscapes Education program for schools that includes the river restoration residency program is completing the second year of three years of grant-funded programming.
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Acrobat (PDF) 159kB Nov28 05)
- Instructors Notes (Acrobat (PDF) 61kB Nov28 05)
- [file 'Solution Set']
- River Systems Introduction Slideshow - Draft 5/9/05 (PowerPoint 9.1MB Nov28 05)
- Movie of the Elwha Dam Removal Model in Action ( 16.9MB Nov28 05)
- National Center for Earth-surfact Dynamics Elwha River Research Slideshow (PowerPoint 17.5MB Nov28 05)
- SMM River Restoration Worksheets ( 8.6MB Nov28 05)
- Dam Removal Readings ( 25MB Nov28 05)
A comprehensive background of the Glines Canyon Dam removal can be found at: http://www.americanrivers.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ps_Elwha.
Additional teaching materials related to the Elwha River Case Study can be found at: http://www.nced.umn.edu/system/files/srn_05_fall.pdf and the archived NCED website.
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Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity, Project
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science