What does the evidence show?
If you can't join us on February 12th, you can use the google slides version of our virtual poster to organize the discussion in your class whenever you choose. Just make a copy and go from there! The vote will remain active and open until March 24th so your students have time to do some quality thinking! We also hope you are able to share why your class voted the way it did on our Publish It page. Simply snap a photo or screen shot and upload your images! We'd love to see what your students are thinking!
Tips for Adapting Lessons for Distanced and Remote Learners!
Each week, we provide two new lesson opportunities. Some will be very easy to adapt to a distanced classroom setting while others may 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 does 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.
Remote: Send the blubber glove assembly directions home to adults. If they are unable to construct a glove, demonstrate the use of a blubber glove during your class meeting or with a video on your LMS. Then challenge students to create two or more insulating designs as described in the lesson and compare them to find the most effective solution. Encourage them to be creative in their materials choices and use what is on hand. Remember to check the recycling bin too!
Remote: Begin the lesson by brainstorming positive attributes about one another during a class meeting or through your learning management system. Students can use their classmates ideas to decorate their own “feet” at home. Encourage students to get creative with art supplies, try cutting up old magazines for collage or creating mixed-media feet using whatever is on hand!
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!
Share content though your learning management system
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 Video.link 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.
Classrooms are getting attention and accolades!
At the moment, students must fetch drinking water from a distant river; this causes illness and cuts into academic time, says Mr. Kegode.
View full story here!
Big decision about the last day!
You direct the mission!
Is it time to head to a new island?
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.
At any time during the process scientists might revise, circle back, or even abandon a line of inquiry all together. Furthermore, this way of thinking can be applied beyond science to support evidence based decision making in many aspects of life. To help you support your students in learning the components of this process, we've got some bonus materials to help you out!
Go2Science triples the number of classrooms using its unique approach to science learning
Increasingly, educators are realizing the value of science instruction in the early elementary years. Not only does it lay the foundation for future science learning but, when integrated across the curriculum, it also has an impressive impact on literacy and math achievement. When schools rapidly transitioned to remote learning in the spring, teachers using Go2Science felt they had a leg up.
Today, a growing number of PreK-2 homeschoolers and classrooms across Maine including the state's largest school districts, Lewiston and Portland have subscribed to this creative and engaging program. Districts such as RSU 2 and MDI were early adopters and quickly saw the value and quality of the program. The Perloff Family foundation was another early and ardent supporter, providing subscriptions to teachers across Maine, and also donating 3-D printers to the classrooms that brings a physical component to the instruction.
Kristen Tedesco, a 2nd grade teacher at Lyseth Elementary School in Portland relied heavily on Go2Science when her school closed due to the pandemic.
Susan Williams, the Director of Instructional Support and Educator Effectiveness at Lewiston Public Schools considers Go2Science an “awesome resource.”
The Go2Science team is striving to get their program implemented into classrooms nationwide. This winter, they will explore the Galapagos Islands looking for penguins, then, in the spring, travel to Namibia for a wildlife survey. In the fall, Go2Science will launch a research mission right here in Maine!
Go2Science was co-founded by longtime Maine residents Curtis Bentley, a scientist and attorney, and Beth Heidemann, an award winning teacher. Their goal is to create a paradigm shift in how science is taught in early elementary that could be used by anyone no matter where they live.
To learn more about Go2Science or join upcoming adventures, visit Go2Science.com.
Quality Over Quantity!
We love answering student questions! We know most kids love asking questions too. We've all known the child, however, who gets so excited questions they begin to ask questions indiscriminately. Our livestream sessions offer a great opportunity to focus on asking thoughtful questions. Here are some tips to help students ask fewer, but higher quality questions.
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!