Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:58 PM
Making STEM Projects Productive and Accessible
The Science Project Portfolio provides a detailed, step by step breakdown to shift the traditional Science Fair project into a continuous formative assessment to develop the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices. This article provides weekly breakdown of concepts and student tasks, printable resources to support each of these tasks and rubrics to assess. Milestones of project progress are peer-reviewed and detailed check-lists are provided to facilitate this, as well. This portfolio adaptation to the traditional process would be useful for Distance Learning, where pieces of the project can be addressed each week in a virtual class. This would also be helpful in scaffolding projects for SPED or ELL students.
Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:15 PM
Asynchronous Team Building!!
In searching for ways to build community with students that attend school on alternate days, this NGSS aligned lesson has it all. I am looking forward to using this as a kick-off to the Engineering Design Process and review of Simple Machines. The development of roles and communication between asynchronous groups will help to build community, as well. With the challenges of blended learning, and students from one class attending opposite days (A/B), this lesson allows the project to continue, despite limited in class time. The authors have provided a variety of resources to facilitate the lesson and keep the implementation work load down. Most of the supplies are likely to found in the back of your storage closets, as well.
Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:06 PM
Engaging! My students will love this!
The Bottle Flipping inquiry investigation incorporates a wide range of skills and is flexible. It would be a terrific way to start the school year, getting students to start asking questions, test and explore right away. It would also be a great summative following Force and Motion learning to apply their learning to design a solution to a problem. During Distance Learning, this could be adapted easily, as students could collaborate on-line and test at home (very little supplies needed).
NGSS aligned resources for Grades 6-8
Scope on Safety: Safety on the Move
Type: Journal Article
“Accelerating” Science Learning With Reading
Type: Journal Article
How do we create safe lab experiences during COVID-19
Safety Recommendations for Opening the New School Year
Type: User uploaded resource