Learn about the NYS K-12 Science Learning Standards from those that know it best! There is an amazing lineup of talented science professionals to share their ideas and practices as you transition to NYS SLS. There are 21 presenters for every level K-12! There will also be over 20 vendors and exhibitors from local organizations.
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.
Click here to register for Landscapes I, II or I & II.
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