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.
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.
Part I Workshop: We will explore the scope and sequence of the new science standards, learn how to read the new Performance Expectations, and work in groups to explore learning activities that represent good science practices. 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.
Part II Workshop: Participants will meet with their 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.
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In this minicourse we will explore fundamental ideas related to the classification of 2-D and 3-D shapes, spatial orientation, and geometric reasoning. The landscape of learning related to the classification of shapes progresses from children’s early visual-based categorizations to an increased focus on attributes and properties within categories of shapes, and culminates in an understanding of the hierarchical relationships among different classes of shapes. Within this progression are important ideas related to the role of definition, and the nature and need for proof. A second area of focus will be on the landscape that maps the development of spatial reasoning and positional awareness. Content involving shape composition and decomposition, the specification of location using coordinate grids, transformations in the plane, and the Pythagorean theorem will also be explored. Our discussions will focus on sharing classroom practices that foster students’ growth across the landscape and take advantage of the range of grade level perspectives that will be represented. Concrete tools for thinking including tiles, blocks, sketches and drawings, shape sets, and geoboards, as well as apps and computer graphics and coding, will be an integrated in course activities.
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