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Nicole Webster

Manager of School and Youth Programs
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)
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Nature in my Neighborhood: Exploring global ecosystems and human impact-Lesson 3: Research the Right Way!

<p><em>Research the Right Way!</em> is part 3 of <em>Nature in my Neighborhood: Exploring global ecosystems and human impact</em> for DCPS 5th grade students as part of the Global Studies CI project.</p> <p>In this lesson students will:</p> <ul><li>Process, synthesize, evaluate and present information through research</li><li>Differentiate between credible sites and irrelevant sites</li><li>Determine what information is credible, relevant and age-appropriate</li><li>Compare a range of sources to determine most credible and useful information</li><li>Cite sources correctly</li></ul>
Nicole Webster

DCPS Rocks and Minerals Cornerstone

<p><strong>Grade 4: Rocks and Minerals</strong></p> <p>Rocks and minerals play an important role in the natural world and human society. This collection will allow you to step into the role of a museum geologist and help you learn how to closely examine a museum specimen. To start, look through the 12 specimens to learn more about their unique properties. Select your favorite and use your new knowledge to complete the student worksheet. <br /></p> <p><strong>Additional Resources in this Learning Lab</strong></p> <p><u>Videos</u></p> <ul><li>Rock Types: This short video with geologist Dr. Ben Andrews will take you through the 3 types of rocks.</li><li>Mineral Dependence: Gemstones to Cellphones: In this 30 minute video, Dr. Mike Wise will teach you about unusual rocks called pegmatites and the large mineral crystals they contain. Find out how you depend on pegmatites for everyday uses, such as operating your cellphone.</li></ul><p><u>Tours </u></p> <ul><li>Coming soon! A narrated virtual tour of the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals. Until then, <a href="">click here</a> for a self-guided virtual exploration of the hall!</li></ul>
Nicole Webster