1. Alan Berkowitz
  2. http://www.caryinstitute.org/science-program/our-scientists/dr-alan-r-berkowitz
  3. Head of Education
  5. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  1. Vonceil Anderson
  2. Chemistry Curriculum Writer
  4. Baltimore City Public Schools
  1. Bess Caplan
  2. Ecology Education Program Leader
  4. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  1. Kevin Garner
  2. STEM Science Coordinator
  4. Baltimore City Public Schools
  1. Jonathon Grooms
  2. https://gsehd.gwu.edu/directory/jonathon-grooms
  3. Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy
  5. George Washington University

Integrating Chemistry and Earth science

NSF Awards: 1721163

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

Integrating Earth science into high school chemistry can help engage students with compelling local phenomena, especially in districts like Baltimore, MD, that are short on high school earth science teachers.  In the ICE project (Integrating Earth science and Chemistry), we are developing 3D, NGSS aligned curricula on ocean acidification (in Acids and Bases Unit), urban heat island and energy transfer at local-to-global scales (in Thermochemistry Unit) and the life and death of Baltimore’s mountains (in the culminating Earth Chemistry unit). Students design and carry out investigations in the local urban environment and lab, analyze large datasets from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study and other local science projects, and use conceptual and quantitative models to make sense of the physical science involved in these phenomena. Our video will highlight key features of the ICE curriculum in action in Baltimore City classrooms, and share insights into the promise and challenges of shifting to an emphasis on phenomena, integration of practices with concepts, and addition of Earth science to an already crowded chemistry curriculum.

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