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Science Objects are two hour learning experiences teachers can use to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept. Teachers can access any topic “on demand” from the Internet. Topics are based on the science literacy goals in the national standards (NSES, Science for All Americans, Benchmarks, and the Atlas of Scientific Literacy) and tied to state standards.
Each Science Object provides an understanding of the science content by providing a structured set of learning experiences through simulations and practice assessments. Science Objects challenge teachers to explore and explain real world phenomena and are founded on the principle that learners must be challenged with a problem, observation, data, etc., in order to develop scientific understanding. Science Objects utilize the five phases of inquiry-based learning: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate
- Identify and describe biotic and abiotic factors that influence the size and growth rate of a specific population in a particular environment.
- Describe possible immediate and long-term effects on an individual population that exceeds the carrying capacity of its environment.
- Given a line graph displaying an individual population size and its rate of growth, infer the carrying capacity of the environment for that population.