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.
Interactions and Energy
NYSSLS Grades K, 3, 4, MS
This is an exciting opportunity for teachers to explore ideas about interactions and how energy can exist in many forms. We will investigate how energy is transferred and conserved as object interact with each other. Teachers will use guided inquiry leading to deep understanding of the Disciplinary Core Ideas that underpin NGSS. [Note: This course is not intended for teachers with Physics certification.]
NYSSLS Grades 1, 3 and 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. [Note: This course is not intended for teachers with life science certification.]
Learn about climate change in our region and how to prepare for it, create space for climate dialogue, and hear from youth that are making a difference. The WNY Climate Conversations are an opportunity to discuss climate change and environmental justice with the people in our networks and communities. At the end of these presentations we hope participants will walk away with some tools and information needed to take action for climate justice and resilience in our Western NY!
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Dr. Darryl Tonemah is a nationally recognized trauma expert. He will provide attendees with tools to foster resilience. At the evening event Dr. Tonemah will be providing an overview of tools to foster resilience.
Matter & Interactions
NYSSLS Cross Cutting Concept: Energy & Matter; Grades 2, 5, and MS: PS1
This minicourse builds ideas about the nature of matter and interactions. 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. We will also explore the NGSS learning progressions and performance indicators in physical science.
Rocks & Minerals
Grades 2,3,4, and MS
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In this minicourse we will explore fundamental ideas related to linear, 2D and 3D measurement. The landscape of learning progresses from children’s early visual-based comparisons and quantification to an increased focus on the relationship between number and measurement including conservation, partitioning, unitizing and iteration. Activities will build on our work in Landscapes V as we delve into geometric contexts and explore paths and linear measure, turns and angle measure, area and surface area, volume, as well as distance in the coordinate plane including the Pythagorean theorem. 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, geoboards, as well as apps and computer graphics and coding, will be an integrated into course activities.
Landscapes I: Number Sense, Addition, & Subtraction
July 15 & 16
9:00 am- 3:30 pm
From counting and cardinality through place value, this mini-course will look at the big ideas relating to number, addition & subtraction from whole numbers to fractions, the strategies students utilize in developing those big ideas, and models that promote concrete understanding. 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. Number talks, number strings, tape diagrams, tools for thinking including the rekenrek and Digi-Blocks, all will be an integral part of the course as we consider how best to develop students conceptual understanding in concrete and pictorial representations and that lead to more abstract thinking. The content in Landscapes I will be the basis for development of ideas central to the focus of Landscapes II.
Landscapes II: Multiplication & Division
July 17 & 18
9:00 am-3:30 pm
Extending the discussion from Landscapes I, this mini-course will explore the landscape of learning for multiplication and division and the associated big ideas, strategies, and models. Discussions will include use of area models and number lines for developing pictorial representations across the grade levels, as well as number talks, number strings, and other classroom practices for thinking about multiplication and division. Partitive and measurement models for division will be developed and extended from whole numbers to fractions. 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.
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