A rose by any other name...
Scientists call it the scientific method. The National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA) promotes the term scientific process. We like to call it the most powerful tool ever invented! No matter how you brand it, this process is the pathway to finding an emergent truth. A process for determining facts.
We have a series of mini posters that you can print and use any number of ways. You could make a jaunty two sided pennant banner by double side printing the posters on card stock, then attaching the posters to a sting or ribbon. Alternately you could bind it into a book and have children turn the pages and sing along to The Science Song!
We've also created some bonus journal pages for students to use during the mission or to structure their own inquiry. Big thanks to Super Teacher, Kristen Tedesco of Maine for her idea! She wanted her second graders to be able to follow the process along in their Go2Science journals!
Game Parts and More!!!
This week, we have two items that you can 3D print. The first one is the tiger sculpture we see on Thursday's field video. An easy way to get started is to download the file and print it out! Challenge students to make guesses about what might be printing and site evidence to support their ideas. We found this file printed best with linear supports.
The slideshow below shows you how to create linear supports
Resident Population Game
We have another series of files that will be needed for the lesson on Day 11 - The Resident Population Game. It will take some time to print out so we thought we would make it available now. We designed these files to work with standard size pattern blocks. It will take a while to print all the files, but that can help build excitement and anticipation! You can also let the students free explore the parts as they are printed so they can focus on learning the game when the time comes.
Here's one flow that might work for you:
All files are available to subscribers on the 3D Printed Wonders page for Mission: Tigers!
Here's how this week's lessons can help you address DCIs.
Day 1: To Thailand
If your second grade students need an opportunity to focus on landforms this lesson can help! Take time to look at maps, globes, and google earth. Discuss how these are models. You can even take it further by encouraging students to create their own 2D or 3D models.
Day 2: Market
You can emphasize the following kindergarten DCIs by allowing time during the planning phases to observe your local weather patterns and then make an appropriate plan for your market.
Next Generation Science Standards Topics for Mission:Tigers!
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) consist of three distinct but equally important parts or dimensions: Guiding Principles, Cross Cutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs). Outstanding instruction combines all three! Often programs or administrators focus on assessing and measuring one of these dimensions, the DCIs. These are the "topics" so to speak. It is important to expose children to many science topics and the DCIs are among them. However, I've often observed that when the focus is on assessing DCIs, the other dimensions can be pushed aside and when that happens an experience around a topic can become little more than a fun activity or craft project.
You may have noticed that we lead each Go2Science lesson with one of the Cross Cutting Concepts.
We also provide opportunities each school year to address the DCIs. If you join us for all three live missions this school year we will have lessons that help you address each DCI with your students, but most are not a "one and done" situation. By the end of the school year you'll have had the opportunity to focus on many DCIs multiple times and in new and novels settings so students can build a deeper and more connected understanding of these topics than if they'd simply worked through a series of lessons focused on meeting their grade level DCIs.
We understand that for you may wish to know which DCIs will be addressed when so we've created a spiffy spreadsheet for Mission: Tigers! It lays out which lessons provide opportunities to address which DCIs. This can also be helpful in deciding which lessons you might wish to do with your students. We hope it helps!
Help your students make an informed decision!
Student voice and choice increases student engagement. (Read more about THAT here!) Each week while a research mission is live, students have the opportunity to help shape the way the mission unfolds using our voting tool. This is an opportunity for collective decision making as each class gets one vote. We'll provide supplemental materials to support your students in making those tough decisions.
The first vote is about camera traps! We need to know if your students want us to use camera traps, also known as trail cams, as we search for evidence of a resident tiger population. Many researchers use camera traps to observe animals with minimal impact to the animals or their environments. What do your students think? Should WE use camera traps? You can download the T chart pictured here to help structure your class discussion. Feel free to add your own pros and cons during discussion. Remember to vote on either the livestream or vote page. You can even share those T charts on the Publish It! page so others know how and why you reached your decision.
Tips for reading instruction using our comic!
Wether you are working with pre-readers, emergent readers, or more fluent readers our comics can help support instruction! Read on for grade level specific tips for using this week's comic. Of course, you have readers of many levels in your room so the grade levels are just a general guide.
Kindergarten: Focus on letters and sounds in the sound effects.
Grade 1: Focus on speech bubbles and reading sound effects.
Grade 2: Focus on text panels and bigger words.
How can you be an official Go2Science Super Teacher?
What are the requirements to be a Go2Science Super Teacher?
If you think you meet the Super Teacher criteria send us an email telling us how and we'll we'll not only display this icon next to your name on our website, but also send you a spiffy digital badge you can add to social media banners, business cards, signature lines, and any other place you want to let people know you shine! PLUS our Super Teachers have more direct access to us.
Together we CAN make a difference!
Service learning is a huge part of what we do here at Go2Science. What greater purpose is there for learning than to do good in your local or even global community?
Two amazing teachers I know, Alex Harper and Koen Timmers, have teamed up for an incredible project that dovetails beautifully into service learning for Mission: Tigers! Their project is #PlantED. Their goal is to plant 1,000,000 trees by October 2019. If you can't plant a tree right now, sign up anyway and pledge to plant one when the weather is right.
You can pledge to plant by signing up here: http://plant-ed.net/#joinin
Take it further by creating a wishing tree: http://plant-ed.net/wishing-tree
They've even curated some additional resources and tips for you here: http://plant-ed.net/childhood. Be sure to check the links to books. They've compiled quite a collection!
Meet Beth and Curtis!
Presidential Award-Winning teacher and hula hoop fanatic, Beth loves bringing real world science to kids! Beth is fascinated by engineering challenges, technology, and outdoor learning spaces. After 25 years teaching kindergarten, she’s excited to share her passion and experience on-line with classrooms from around the world!