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.
Part II Workshop: 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. 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.
Participants will learn the basics of computer science through design challenges that integrate elementary math and science. Solutions will include building interactive physical systems using software and hardware that can sense and respond to the world. In this first coding and robotics minicourse participants will start “Thinking like a Computer!” using Scratch and Makey Makey interfaces to design solutions to engineering challenges.
Adaptations and Ecosystems
In this course teachers will explore how animals and plants have adapted over time. We will also explore how energy moves through an ecosystem and how a healthy ecosystem relates to adaptation.
Water, Water Everywhere
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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For teachers who are interested in jumping in to implementing NYSSLS in their classrooms but aren’t sure where to start or are feeling overwhelmed when looking at the NYSSLS documents.
Unit 1 “Origins of the Universe” from the New Visions Curriculum will be used as a model of implementing the NYSSLS shifts. Each 5E lesson plan as well as the anchoring phenomenon and performance task will be explored in depth while modeling the student learning routines and teaching strategies found within the curriculum. You will leave ready to use these ideas in your classroom while still preparing for the Regents Exam in June.
The content in Landscapes II will be the basis for development of ideas central to the focus of Landscapes III. That said, new participants are welcome! We will build on previous work with multiplication and division as we explore changes to traditional instruction on fractions in the Common Core standards. For example, we will explore the new conception of fractions as measures, unit fractions as building blocks for fractions and whole numbers through the processes of partitioning and iterating, and the conceptual underpinnings of fraction arithmetic. We will also examine how models such as number bonds, ratio tables, bar models and area models naturally extend from whole numbers to fractions.
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