Science Department Meeting

22 Aug

AGENDA  August 22, 2013

1. Plan for 2013-14

Review of Essentials

FIVE E’s MODEL

Engage

Before starting a lesson or unit capture the students’ attention by “engaging “them. This can be achieved in a variety of ways, such as KWL charts or by reading fiction or nonfiction stories related to the subject. This is also the time to begin uncovering student conceptions, misconceptions, prior knowledge and experiences.

 

Explore

Once you have your students excited put that energy to work for you. Let them “explore”. This is the time for labs designed to “show, not tell” how things work. They will be amazed and full of questions about their results.

 

 

Explain

Students, not the teacher explain. The teacher is the facilitator, the guide to knowledge, not the giver. Lead open-ended discussions; provide web sites and periodicals, which lead to not only the answers, but to many more questions.

 

Elaborate

After students complete an inquiry-lab activity, sometimes they still may not have a clear understanding of what they were to learn. This is when the teacher needs to “elaborate”.  Design your inquiry-activity or project so that it will require more practice with the skills that you are aiming for, or want to expand upon.

 

Evaluate

There are a myriad of ways in which to evaluate students. There are times when paper and pencil are absolutely the best mode, but knowledge can be shown just as clearly with other authentic assessments such as a diorama, a flip and fold booklet, or a letter written to a friend to explain how to conduct an experiment.

 

Directed Inquiry

 

A Directed Inquiry activity begins each chapter.

 

  • Teacher guides students to explore science concepts through hands-on experiences, formulate and test hypotheses, and solve problems.

Teacher guides students to analyze and interpret data, synthesize ideas, build models and explain their conceptual understanding of scientific knowledge gained.

 

Guided Inquiry

 

A Guided Inquiry activity closes each chapter.

 

  • Students explore science concepts through hands-on experiences, formulate and test hypotheses, and solve problems in cooperative group(s).

Students analyze and interpret data, synthesize ideas, build models and explain their conceptual understanding of scientific knowledge gained in cooperative group(s).

 

Full Inquiry

 

Experiments and Science Fair Projects at the end of each unit provide opportunities for full Inquiry.

 

  • Students explore science concepts through hands-on experiences, formulate and test hypotheses, and solve problems independently.

Students analyze and interpret data, synthesize ideas, build models and explain their conceptual understanding of scientific knowledge gained independently.

 

IMPLEMENT WITH FIDELITY:

ESSENTIAL LABS

PACING GUIDES

New Ideas:

1. Applied Reading Skils

2. Vocabulary Development

3. Writing in Science

 

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