Author: Rob Gumpert

I teach science for for grades six through eleven in Tanana Alaska.

Teaching Watersheds

This site provides some basic information on how a watershed is delineated. It connects to prior knowledge by relating tributaries to the veins of a leaf. https://techalive.mtu.edu/meec/module01/whatiswatershed.htm

Alaska Mining Timeline

https://www.library.state.ak.us/goldrush/stories/timeline.htm This is a timeline about the Alaskan Gold Rush from 1849 to 1914. I would take excerpts from this, focusing on discoveries of mineral deposits, and have the students place them in order. This will connect prior knowledge and…

Rock Cycle

https://www.uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/ritter/glossary/o_r/rock_cycle.html This is a “no frills” image of the rock cycle, but I like that it shows all of the shortcuts through the middle, and includes terminology. I would have my students make the terms into manipulatives so they can…

Earth as art

This site contains a database of satellite photos that have aesthetic appeal as well as scientific value. I have found that associating a concept with a different area of study to be very helpful when introducing a concept to reluctant…