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UNSW : UNSW Atmosphere Study Guide
Atmosphere Study Guide 2 The Atmosphere Study Guide is designed to help Australian high school teachers engage and involve their students in the Earth’s atmosphere over a number of lessons. The notes are a standalone teaching tool that will guide students through a variety of activities and experiments that relate to the Earth’s atmosphere, and will leave them with a deeper understanding of how it works, why we need it and how our actions can affect it. The notes are supplemented with articles from Cosmos magazine, which add relevance to the topic and give students a broader understanding of the implications of the latest atmospheric research. The guide also shows students what a real life atmospheric researcher does and shows them the type of career they could have if they are interested in atmospheric science. The notes offer both variety and flexibility of use for the differentiated classroom. Teachers and students can choose to use all or any of the five sections – although it is recommended to use them in sequence, and all or a few of the activities within each section. The guide will employ the ‘Five Es’ instructional model designed by Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, an educational research group in Colorado, U.S. It has been found to be extremely effective in engaging students in learning science and technology. It follows a constructivist or inquiry based approach to learning, in which students build new ideas on top of the information they have acquired through previous experience. Its components are: Engage Students are asked to make connections between past and present learning experiences and become fully engaged in the topic to be learned. Explore Students actively explore the concept or topic being taught. It is an informal process where the students should have fun manipulating ideas or equipment and discovering things about the topic. Explain This is a more formal phase where the theory behind the concept is taught. Terms are defined and explanations given to models and theories. Elaborate Students develop a deeper understanding of sections of the topic. Evaluate Teacher and students evaluate what they have learned in each section. HOW TO USE THE GUIDE INTRODUCTION TO THE GUIDE THE ‘FIVE ES’ MODEL Created by Sally Parker and Kate Anderson Editor Fiona MacDonald Designer Lucy Glover Sub-editor Myles Gough Editor-in-Chief Wilson da Silva Publisher Kylie Ahern The Atmosphere Study Guide is produced by COSMOS magazine for the University of New South Wales. © 2011 Luna Media Pty Ltd, all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner or form for commercial purposes or outside of an educational setting. COSMOS, The Science of EverythingTM is protected by trademarks in Australia and the U.S. This guide was first published on 26 April 2011. RESOURCETEACHER’S About the guide