WOW lessons are designed for infusion into the existing science curriculums
for college freshmen and advanced high school students. The lessons use
the aquatic environment and real lake data to explore basic science concepts
through two different approaches: a directed study "Studying" and
an inquiry "Investigating" approach. The directed studies allow students to apply and learn concepts
through direct, guided experience.
The inquiry lessons provide a more open-ended opportunity for students
to discover the same concepts.
Each teacher's lesson (list below) plan provides
general direction for guiding students to understand the topic through
study and the inquiry
approach. Student lessons are organized into a thinking framework of
components that are critical for improving scientific and technological
literacy: knowledge base, experimental design, data collection, data
management and analysis, interpretation of results, and reporting results.
The teacher lesson plans follow the same format.
Lesson titles are simple and descriptive so that you may easily find
useful materials. We recommend you begin by reviewing the student lessons
that may be appropriate for your class. When you've found a student
lesson to use, return to the menu below to review the associated teacher's
plan. There are tutorials to help you and your students get familiar
with the site, they may be accessed from the menu below, or at the
top of any 'teacher' page.