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Saturday, March 3 • 9:00am - 9:45am
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Addresses NGSS HS-LS2-6   The goldenrod gall fly is one of the most abundant insects yet least-noticed insects in North America.  Their larvae are everywhere and provide a plethora of scientific concepts to use in your classroom.  In this session we will explore what a gall is, why are they a good food web model, dissect galls. collect data on their contents, analyze the data to published scientifc reports on the web, and contruct a scientific argument.  We will share how we use talk moves with class discussion to promote student thinking and improve our students ability to think about data and use math and construct questions. Participant will have the opportunity to practice dissecting galls and identifying their contents.  Lastly, we have been exploring some really promising ideas on we might make this even better!

Presenters
avatar for Eddie Johns

Eddie Johns

Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
This is my eighth year teaching at the high school level. For the past four years I have taught Biology and Chemistry at Cedar Springs High School. Before working at Cedar Springs I was an Academic Interventionist and teacher at Houghton Lake High School for four years.
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Steve Vree

Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
I have been a science teacher for 15 years. I learned about this Goldenrod Gall activity during my Ecology Lab at Western Michigan University. I have since then adapted it for use in my own high school classrooms and it has been very useful for building my students abilities in... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Michigan 3 Radisson Hotel

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