Join WNY Master Teachers Mike Pawlikowski, MaryBeth Richey and Mary Plumb along with Dr. Jane Cushman learning about inquiry-based modules aligned to the Next Gen math standards. In each edition of our Math Teachers' Circle, we'll engage in some mathematical problem solving activities and introduce one inquiry-driven course module appropriate for a middle or high school mathematics classroom and specifically linked to the New York Next Generation Learning Standards. Food will be provided at each session.
Participants will learn about the scope and sequence of the new science standards, learn how to read the new Performance Expectations, and work in groups to explore P-12 learning activities that represent good science practices. Registration preference will be given to participants in the P-8 Science Minicourses.
Participants will continue to explore the scope and sequence of the new science standards and continue to practice using the teaching tools explored in the first workshop. Particpants will meet with thier specific grade levels and discuss current practices as well as explore sample assessments from other states. The Part 2 workshop is only open to participants who have completed the Introduction Workshop.
This minicourse builds on the ideas introduced in Landscapes I, II & III, as we explore the landscape of learning for algebra and the associated big ideas, strategies, and models. New participants are welcome- you need not have attended previous landscapes courses to register! Discussions will focus on fostering a conceptual understanding of equality and variable, the generalization of numeric relationships and properties, patterning, and functional thinking. Models from Landscapes I, II & III will be refined and developed to support a concrete-pictorial-abstract progression leading to deeper algebraic knowledge and understanding. Classroom routines (e.g. number/algebra strings), that foster algebraic reasoning and take advantage of the range of grade level perspectives represented will be featured.
Grades 5, MS
We will explore the small particle model of matter and how this model can be used to explain the characteristics of solids, liquids and gasses. We will also investigate physical changes versus chemical changes, and conservation of mass.
Grades 1, 3, MS
We will develop ideas about the role DNA plays in transmitting traits from generation to generation and discover why organisms are similar but not exactly the same as their parents.
Water, Water Everywhere
Grades 2, 3, MS
Teachers will explore where water is found on Earth as well as the forms water can be found in (solid or liquid) using graphs and models. We will also explore the amount of fresh water available on Earth as well as the water cycle.
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