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Modeling in Science & Mathematics Education
 
 
Explore new NSF-funded resources for teaching & learning modeling in both mathematics and science, the research behind these products, our video on scientific modeling (with almost 10K views!), and a blog that highlights the importance and challenges of modeling, especially during a pandemic! 
 
Featured Teaching & Learning Modeling Resources
 
 
Sensing Science through Modeling Matter (S2M2)
 
Grade Level: Elementary
Subject: Science (Physical Science)

The S2M2 curriculum unit consists of three discourse-rich, model-based inquiry kindergarten lessons (Models and Modeling, States of Matter, and Phase Changes) that align with core science ideas and skills.
 
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Journey to El Yunque
 
Grade Level: Middle
Subjects: Science (Biology, Earth Science)
 
Journey to El Yunque provides a set of free, web-based investigations in which students compare scientific models to long-term data about the rainforest and construct causal models that explain trends in the long-term data.
 
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Model-Evidence Link (MEL) Diagrams
 
Grade Levels: Middle, High
Subjects: Science (Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science)

Model-Evidence Link (MEL) diagrams are instructional materials designed to help students to purposefully evaluate connections between lines of evidence and scientific models in light of various alternative explanations.
 
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Tectonic Explorer
 
Grade Levels: Middle, High
Subject: Science (Earth Science)

Tectonics Explorer (TE) is a dynamic model of plate interactions on an Earth-like planet. In this web-based three-dimensional simulation of multiple plates, students can change the properties of plates such as density, direction of movement, and locations of plates and continents.
 
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AiMs Modeling Curriculum
 
Grade Level: High
Subject: Science (Biology)

The Deep Structure Modeling (DSM) project addresses the pressing need to more effectively organize science teaching and learning around “big ideas” that run through disciplines and includes a freely available two-week unit on teaching cellular respiration by modeling the big idea of energy.
 
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Easy Global Climate Modeling (EzGCM)
 
Grade Level: High
Subjects: Science (Earth & Environmental Science)

EzGCM is a climate modeling toolkit that allows students to examine climate change using the same tools and following the same scientific processes as climate scientists.
 
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In Case You Missed It
 
Spotlight on Early Childhood Education
 
This Spotlight features a blog on "What Is the Most Important Thing to Teach Toddlers About Mathematics and How Can this Best Be Achieved?" and information and products from 14 NSF-funded early learning research projects.
 
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COVID-19 and Online Learning
 
Access free online learning resources including activities, tools, and tips to support remote student learning and teacher development.
 
 
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