Teacher-Friendly Guides

The Teacher-Friendly Guide™ Series

PRI is proud to offer a growing series of Teacher-Friendly Guides™ to Earth systems science. Written for educators as content resources and curriculum supplements, the Teacher-Friendly Guides™ are designed to facilitate inquiry-based education by providing educators with the background necessary to introduce scientific topics using familiar organisms and landscapes.

Why does this place look the way it does? The Teacher-Friendly Guides™ to Geology offer a comprehensive review of local and regional Earth science.  With a newfound understanding of local Earth science, students can open the door to inquiry by applying learned scientific concepts and principles to situations outside the classroom.
The Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Evolution Using Bivalves as a Model Organism provides the background to teach evolution using clams, oysters, and other bivalves. These familiar, attractive, and easily available subjects offer fascinating biological and cultural stories. The Guide was developed in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Science on the Half Shell: How and Why We Study Evolution.
The Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to the Evolution of Maize was developed in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Maize: Mysteries of an Ancient Grain.  As one of the best examples of crop domestication and an excellent example of genetic inheritance, teaching with maize crosses many levels—from biology and anthropology to the importance of scientific methods and the impact of women in science.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant nos. DRL-0733303, DEB-0732860, and DBI-0820619.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.