Therefore, as I tackle the new units of study, I am laying a path of study and investigation that includes the following.
- Create a Sensational Science website to host all the information.
- Read a number of science and science education summary articles to create framework for learning.
- Carefully read the Massachusetts' Science Frameworks and related information. Place K-5 Standards for each strand on the website.
- Study and read the Next Generation Science Standards.
- Write a grant for tech/engineering supplies for Lego Mindstorms or a related unit.
- Research and potentially plan a three-part Museum field study experience for teachers and students to inform all of us about specific science standards in a dynamic learning space.
- Take the past science MCAS tests and attend to the specific kinds of questions and responses necessary to do well on those tests (see below).
- Research what good science writing looks like and how it is organized.
- Studying the lives and work of famous scientists today and in the past with a biography framework.
- Set up the classroom with a student-friendly maker station and STEAM supplies, science bulletin boards, book area, and other useful science supplies.
- Begin the year with a get-to-know-each-other science unit focused on vocabulary and the environment.
- Create a routine for science study and meet the challenge of trying to fit all the science and math standards and teaching points.
- Incorporate expected newly designed science units, software, and strategies introduced early in the year.
Sample Science MCAS Questions