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Making Data-Driven Decisions
Lesson adaptations to support social distancing.
Each week, we provide two new lesson opportunities. Some will be very easy to adapt to a distanced classroom setting. Some require a bit more thinking. We're here to help with that! Remember, you can skip any lessons you choose and still provide your students with a great mission experience. Even under normal conditions, it is rare that a class do EVERY lesson associated with a mission, so be kind to yourselves. Less really can be more!
That being said, I'll add to this page weekly so you can find adaptation ideas for the lessons you DO choose to do.
My all time favorite homemade play dough recipe is the one my mom used to make play dough for me as a child. She wrote the recipe out for me when I started teaching. I’ve yet to find one I like better!
Remote: This activity makes a great family project. The spine uses nine pieces of paper and the skull three more for 12 pages of fun and learning! Challenge students to work on this over time at home. Encourage siblings and adults help with the cutting and assembly. Make sure they share photos comparing their spine to things around their house and yard!
Remote: Tape yourself setting up a box with sand for exploration of wind erosion as described in the lesson materials. Then challenge students to build a similar device at home. The variety of box sizes and shapes, straws, and objects within the model should lead to some interesting follow up discussion! Bonus challenge: What can be used in place of the sand? Flour? Sugar? Potting soil? Be sure to celebrate the learning from models that “fail” as those are great learning opportunities!
Remote: If students have access to the food and seed cards, you can adapt the original game to be a table game a child can play with two or more household members.
Day 12: Publishing
In person with distancing: After a group planning session determine which students will make which elements for the final display. Students can complete components individually, then add them to the group display. Remember to share your results on the Publish It! page. We’d love to see what you create.
Remote: Instead of creating a physical poster, try creating a slide show or even a BitMoji style poster session. Students can take screen shots of the evidence or write and draw about it in their journals. Have students determine which elements they will contribute to the collective final display. Remember to include a statement of the hypothesis, a description of the testing method, the evidence collected, analysis of that evidence, and conclusions! We can’t wait to see what you create!
Here's one more tool for your digital learning tool kit!
We're trying something new for this mission! Each comic will have a Story Time with Beth and Curtis edition. As we create each video, we'll link it below and provide you with a Safe YouTube link to share with students directly or link to our Mini Mobile Headquarters! Want more Story Time with Beth and Curtis content? Click here!
Sounds Like FUN!
Sound effects are a great way to engage students in all sorts of reading skill work! I had an "ah-ha" moment early in my teaching career that showed me how powerful silly words and sound effects could be. Read on for some ways you can use sound effects to support YOUR students! Keep on reading for the story of my "ah-ha" moment.
Grades 1 and 2: Crazy dialog! Challenge your students to make up their own sounds for all of the critters in the comic. Have them use what they know about spelling to make up nonsense words for each kind of critter. While we have no evidence that any of these critters used verbal communication, we do know that some animals living today (including prairie dogs, dolphins, whales, and non-human apes) have their own sorts of language. What if the long extinct critters in the comic did too? What would it sound like? What would they say? How could those words be spelled? For added fun write these words in printable Post Its! Check out last week's comic tips post to get your template.
My Ah-ha Moment
Is There Enough Evidence?
The scientific method (or process) is not a simple linear progression. It is good to stop and think along the way! This week we are challenging you to take some time to begin analyzing the evidence. Let us know what your students are thinking about the evidence we have now by using our vote tool.
Student access made super easy!
School may look quite different to some of your learners this fall. We want to give you the tools to meet student needs no matter how (or where) they are learning! Each week, we'll post links to field videos on this page so you can push them to student devices or post to your learning management system without having to set up accounts or passwords for your students.
The internet is a wonderful way to explore the world, but kids need to be safe! That's why we're sharing links for our videos via Safe Youtube to support your distance learning this mission! You can send parents here to collect the links or copy and paste them and share via the platform of your choice. The videos are also visible by clicking on the video thumbnail. To ensure kids' safety, we advise teacher and parents not to share this page directly with your young students if they are unsupervised. Children should also be supervised if watching videos or livestreams directly on the site.
Thinking and Speaking
This week's comic features quite a few thought bubbles and provides a great opportunity to discuss the concepts of "saying" and "thinking" with students of all ages.
Let's Look for More Critters!
Active learning at every level!
PreK: Learning language of instruction is important for pre-readers. This week's comic has lots of opportunities to work with positional vocabulary like in, out, through, above, and behind. Show students the nine panel version of the comic and ask them to identify the following:
Grades 1 and 2: Not only pre-readers benefit from connecting motion to learning! Bigger kids reap the benefits too. Challenge your students to come up with a motion or gesture to match each sound effect. Project the comic for classroom choral reading or share the comic version in your remote classroom. Then, as the reading progresses, have students add their motions at the appropriate time. Not only does it reinforce comprehension, but it is a great way to focus and recharge young learners!
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!