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Participate in a Pilot Study of Biodiversity and Climate Change Curriculum Materials

Are you interested in participating in a pilot study of a new middle and high school curriculum designed to teach students about climate change and the impacts of climate change on biological communities? If so, the University of Michigan with support from the National Science Foundation developed a curriculum that fuses core science content with scientific practices in several important topic areas including weather and climate, the greenhouse effect, and the carbon cycle. This online curriculum includes a student-friendly species distribution modeling tool for teaching students about the effects of warming temperatures on biological communities.  Please visit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCFixtqlimg&context=C330a4d5ADOEgsToPDskLkdvhwqZom2y9VR6rkLC2v for a short demo video. All content in the climate change curriculum is aligned with the new K-12 National Common Core Standards for Science Education.

We are currently seeking middle and high school teachers from across the country to participate in the eight-week study, beginning any time during the 2012-2013 school year. While the curriculum activities have been designed to be completed sequentially, we realize that you may only be able to implement a number of them in your classroom. Thus, we are more than happy to discuss options as to how you can make the best use of the curricular activities in your classroom.

If you are interested, please visit: http://essentialscience.umich.edu/essentialscience/news_spotlight to view a recording of our most recent profession development further detailing the curriculum and to sign up using the Teacher Agreement Form.

 If you have any questions, please contact essentialscience@umich.edu. Thanks and we look forward to working with you!

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