Leverage Interest in Animal Behavior to Teach Physics by ltq19768

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									Leverage Interest in Animal
Behavior to Teach Physics
    Colleen McLinn, Ph.D.

        March 29, 2008
      Questions that will be
          addressed
• Why study birds and animal behavior?
• What science content and standards
  can I address using this approach?
      Questions that will be
          addressed
• What are effective strategies for
  incorporating multimedia in my lessons?
  Where can I find sounds and videos?
• Can I broaden participation in physics
  by highlighting connections to life
  sciences?
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
             “Interpreting and conserving
             the earth’s biodiversity
             through research, education,
             and citizen science focused
             on birds”

    Macaulay Library
A Digital Rich Media Archive of
       Animal Behavior
Facilitating K-12 Education
Many of our teachers
have asked us, “Isn’t
 there some way to
combine biology and
     physics?”
           Dr. Monica Plisch
           Assisant Director of Education
           American Physical Society
Why study birds and behavior?
       Approach: Strategic
          Partnerships
• Science content
  specialists
• Education and
  outreach
  specialists
• Teachers
• Students
Partnership with CIPT
             • Online lessons
             • Lending libraries
             • Workshops for
               teachers and
               students
             • 700 Teachers
             • 10 states and
               Singapore
 Partnership with WFL BOCES
• 25 component school districts in four counties
  in central New York
• Share and cooperate in programs and
  activities that would not be possible or
  economical on an individual district basis
          Guiding Principles

• 5 E’s instructional model
  – Engage
  – Explore
  – Explain
  – Elaborate
  – Evaluate
• Birds first!
Elementary examples:
What are birds’ physical
 adaptations and how
  does form relate to
      function?
Wing shapes and flight styles
Beaks as simple machines
Middle school example:
How do animals convey
 information through
   variations in their
        sounds?
Frequency, duration, amplitude
High school example:
How are animals like
     speakers?
Body size and wavelength
Body size and wavelength
High school example:
How are feather colors
      formed?
Light Waves and Feather Color
Light Waves and Feather Color
                Benefits
• Emphasizes connections among
  disciplines
• Conceptual introduction to math and
  graphical representations
• Cutting-edge and authentic science
  content
• Effective use of technology and rich media
• Appealing to more students (and teachers)
“I like this lab because it
  combined chemistry,
  biology, physics, and
 math. Just like the real
           world.”
               11th grade student
             Challenges
• Knowing where to start
• Striking the right level
• Accurately representing complex, real-
  world situations
• Keeping current on cutting-edge
  science
• Technology hurdles or snafus
            What Next?

                   Try it!
  Contact me for ideas or share yours:
           cmm252@cornell.edu
     birds.cornell.edu/macaulaylibrary
Partner with someone or get involved with
      a university outreach program:
            cns.cornell.edu/cipt
        Acknowledgements
• Sharon Bassage, Dr. Julie Nucci, Dr. Monica
  Plisch
• Dr. Jack Bradbury, Dr. Sandra Vehrencamp,
  Jesse Ellis, Karen Purcell, Jennifer Schaus,
  Mya Thompson, Dr. Jeffrey Werner
• Karen Balbierer, Jennifer Baxter, Tom Blon,
  Daena Ford, Gene Gordon, Amy Monachino,
  Brenda Neal, Jim Overhiser, Walt Peck, Buzz
  Putnam, Judith Swanson, Dave Zobel
• Linda and Bill Macaulay
             Photo Credits
• Thanks to T.G. Forrest, Russ Charif, Eric
  Liner, Erica Olsen and Gerrit Vyn for some
  images.
• Other images from the Visual Services
  collection at the the Cornell Lab of
  Ornithology, credit: Sidney Bahrt, Roseanne
  Caleca, Allan Cruickshank, Lang Elliott, Mike
  Hopiak, Judy Howle, Mary Kilgore, Patricia
  Meacham, Steve Sherrod, Laurel Williams
• Other photos by Colleen McLinn

								
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