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  • Lesson Plans

    Page | March 2020

    Daily Dos are sensemaking tasks teachers and parents can use to engage their students in authentic, relevant science learning.  Students actively try to figure out how the world works (science) or how to design…

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  • Lesson Plan 1: Earth’s Sensational Seasons

    Book Chapter | October 2018

    In this lesson, students explore the concept of the four seasons and how the changing seasons affect plant development. They will begin to understand that seasonal changes are caused by Earth’s tilt as it rotates around…

  • Lesson Plan 1: Forces Push Back

    Book Chapter | September 2018

    This lesson introduces students to the module and the culminating challenge of the module, the Swing Set Makeover Design Challenge. A video, discussions, and a trip to the school playground help students connect to the…

  • Lesson Plan 2: Slippery Slide Design

    Book Chapter | September 2018

    In this lesson, students investigate Newton’s laws of motion and apply their learning to make a more efficient ramp on which a car will travel. This learning activity is directly connected to the final challenge in…

  • Lesson Plan 3: Swinging Pendulums

    Book Chapter | September 2018

    In this lesson, students continue to explore the forces acting on swing set equipment and the motion that results. Science activities focus on balanced and unbalanced forces as demonstrated by pendulums. Lessons learned…

  • Lesson Plan 2: Our Container Garden–Design Time

    Book Chapter | October 2018

    This lesson introduces students to the engineering design process (EDP), the process they will use to design and create their container garden. In this lesson, students work through the first steps of the EDP to develop…

  • Lesson Plan 3: Our Container Garden–Planting Time

    Book Chapter | October 2018

    In this lesson, students continue to use the engineering design process (EDP) to create the class container garden. Students move into the Try phase as they construct the garden. Through the construction and planting of…

  • Lesson Plan 4: Swing Set Makeover Design Challenge

    Book Chapter | September 2018

    This lesson serves as the capstone of the module and challenges students to complete their swing set makeovers. The science and mathematics activities guide student teams through building a model of the proposed designs…

  • STEMonstrations aboard the International Space Station

    Journal Article | March 2020

    While many students may believe their teacher is from outer space … each spent about six months aboard the International Space Station … on Station. Not only were Acaba and Arnold teaching from space, but the whole …

  • Directed inquiry and three-dimensional learning

    Journal Article | March 2020

  • Designing Units and Lessons

    Page | March 2020

    will investigate those phenomena. What will they do in each lesson? Incorporate … questions to investigate? Will they plan and/or carry out an investigation … or communicate information? For each lesson, select the practice …

  • A Lesson in Geospatial Inquiry

    Page | November 2019

    create a lesson plan on Geospatial Inquiry, please refer to Figure 2 … create a lesson plan on Geospatial Inquiry, please refer to Figure 2 … create a lesson plan on Geospatial Inquiry, please refer to Figure 2 …

  • Authentic Assessment: Using 5-E Lesson Plan Development to Evaluate Science Content Learning With Preservice Teachers

    Book Chapter | February 2009

    In recent years, the value of using authentic assessments to evaluate student learning has been discussed at all levels. The use of authentic assessments, in the use of lesson plans, has proven to be a valuable tool for…

  • Yes, and Cross-Curricular Planning for Preschool

    Journal Article | August 2019

    integration is how you interact with children most of the time. Lesson planning … holding discussions, and inviting children’s input. You may plan to make …

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