About the instructors of this Course:

Derek Girman

Dr. Derek J. Girman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Sonoma State University (SSU) and Faculty Advisor and instructor for the life science section of NBSP. He has a range of experience with teacher training and K-12 education including: 1) he has taught Summer Instiutes for elementary school teachers since 2000; 2) he is the University advisor and a curriculum developer for the Piner High Biotechnology and Medical Science Program, 3) he is on the SSU Teacher Education Council; and 4) he is a member of the Single Subject Advisory Committee for the SSU School of Education. At SSU Derek teaches a variety of courses including: Non-Majors Biology; Diversity Structure and Function; Vertebrate Biology; Mammalogy; General Genetics; Evolution; and Conservation Genetics. Derek’s specific area of study is in the field of Conservation Genetics and Molecular Ecology where he has more than 25 publications (see below). Girman has established, and directs the Core DNA Analysis Facility at Sonoma State University and has several grants from the National Science Foundation, California Department of Fish & Game, and the National Marine Fisheries Service to support his students’ research.

Sean McNeil

Life Science Open Institute Summer 2003
Dates: July 7-11, 2003

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30-9:30 Introduction: Organization, Review and Discussion of Science Standards Activity: Photosynthesis/ Respiration Activity: Meeting the needs of animals - Respiration Activity: Meeting the needs of animals - Digestion

Greenhouse tour: Diversity in plant strategies

9:30-10:30

EcologyActivity: Using Ants to study patterns

Activity: Photosynthesis/ Respiration

Activity: Meeting the needs of animals - Circulation

Activity: Meeting the needs of animals - Digestion

Greenhouse tour: Diversity in plant strategies
10:30-10:45 Break Break Break Break Break
10:45-12:15 Pre-exam Ecology and Ant lecture
Ecosystems and statistics

Overview: Photosynthesis/ Respiration

Meeting the needs of animals: Circulation

Activity: Meeting the needs of animals - Digestion

Activity: Touch tranks - Diversity of Animal systems
12:15-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00-3:00

Energy
Food webs

Activity: Using Ants to study patterns

Activity: Plant Growth

Experiments

Water, Light, gravity graphing and charting

Activity: Diet and feeding structures

Activity: Expanding Eggs

The big picture: Pedagogical techniques and overview of the 5th Grade Science Exam

3:00-3:15 Break Break Break Break Break
3:15-4:30

Scientific Methods Activities - Were we doing science?

Group work: Use publishers texts to look at concepts

Overview: Plant Growth Experiments Water, Light, gravity

Group work: Use publishers texts to look at concepts

Overview: Diet and feeding structures

Group work: Use publishers texts to look at concepts

Overview: What do expanding eggs have to do with Kidney function?

Group work: Use publishers texts to look at concepts

Group work: Use publishers texts to look at concepts

Summative Assessment and Evaluation

 

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