What are Teaching Boxes?

Teaching boxes are classroom-ready instructional units created by collaboration between teachers, scientists, and designers. Each box helps to bridge the gap between educational resources and how to implement them in the classroom. The Teaching Boxes contain materials that model scientific inquiry, allowing teachers to build classroom experiences around data collection and analysis from multiple lines of evidence, and engaging students in the process of science. - focusing on gathering and analyzing scientific evidence. All educators may use DLESE Teaching Boxes free of charge.

Teaching Box features:

We invite you to explore the Teaching Boxes linked above. As a result of the collaborative design process each box differs in scope and in how the information is presented. These differences have been preserved to enable user testing to inform us which design presents the best and most usable features. We welcome and value your feedback and questions.

About the Teaching Box Pilot Project

The Teaching Box Pilot Project is a partnership between the DLESE Program Center, UCAR; the University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley; the U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park; San Francisco State University, and several San Francisco Bay Area school districts. Funding for this project has been provided by the National Science Foundation.

Two objectives of the project are to prototype and evaluate:

In the 2004-2005 pilot project, seven teachers worked with DLESE Program Center staff and partners in the development and classroom testing of two teaching boxes. In 2005-2006, a new cadre of eight teachers from the San Francisco Bay Area developed four additional Teaching Boxes. The on-line tools used to create Teaching Boxes will be refined and made available to library users in the future.

Please contact us if you are interested in participating in the creation of Teaching Boxes or would like more information.


We could like to acknowledge these Teaching Box Project collaborators and partners:
Digital Library for Earth System Education: Shelley Olds, Lynne Davis, Holly Devaul, Marianne Weingroff, and Mary Marlino
University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, California: Judy Scotchmoor
US Geological Survey: Matt D’Alessio, Phil Stoffer, Joseph Kerski, Robert Ridky
Teachers from schools around the San Francisco Bay Area: Peg Dabel, Debbie Farkas, Rebecah Davis, Molla Huq, Bill McMillion, Anne Monk, Susan Sherman, Theresa Trejo-Mejia, Deborah Trimble, Lise Whitfield, Lisa Ernst, Jorge Goncalves, Eric Lewis, Dawn Rege, Suniqua Thomas
University of Colorado, Boulder: Huda Khan, Keith Maul, Tammy Sumner
San Francisco State University: Lisa White