Coweta Science Update

February 2020

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Using Phenomena in the Classroom

(K-12) The first step in the 5E method of science teaching is "Engage". One of the best ways to engage your students is to give them a phenomenon or phenomena to get them excited about the topic they are studying. The phenomenon and student generated questions about the phenomenon should drive instruction in the classroom. This moves instruction from learning about to figuring out making the learning process more natural for your students. You can learn more about using phenomena in the classroom from the DOE by clicking here. You can also find phenomena for your classroom at the Georgia Science Teachers Association Phenomena Bank. You can search for phenomena by grade level, standard, and element.
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Classroom Innovation Summit Call for Proposals

On Friday, May 29, Coweta County School System will host a Classroom Innovation Summit. The summit is designed to showcase innovative classroom practices and resources that any teacher could use to enhance their classroom. Session range from Google Classroom hacks to becoming a GMail ninja to PBIS best practices to classroom data hacks and many more! If you have an idea for a presentation please submit a proposal here! Session are 50 minutes long. Presenters get free admission, lunch, and extra door prize tickets. Know someone who should present? Share this with them!

Equity Instructional Planning Look-Fors

(K-12) Making science content more accessible to all students can be accomplished by using High Leverage Practices. These high leverage practices can be used in every classroom to assist students in learning the material. Some examples of high leverage practices are providing scaffolded supports, use explicit instruction, use flexible grouping, and use strategies to promote active student engagement. Want to know more? Click on this link to see the DOE's Equity Instructional Planning Look Fors document. You can also find it in the TRL under "Need to Know".

Science Self-Evaluation Checklist

These checklists are designed to allow students to self-assess their understanding. The checklists use student friendly science language that aligns with the Georgia Standards of Excellence for the different grade levels. Students use these lists to self-assess their understanding of a topic. Currently, there are 7 versions available. One version is available for Grade 3(S3L1), Grade 5(S5L3), Grade 7(S7L2), Grade 8(S8P5), Biology (SB1 options 1& 2), and HS Physical Science (SPS1). You can find the document here. You can also find it in the TRL under "Need to Know".
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Teach Engineering!

(K-12) Looking for that next great STEM challenge for your students? Check out teachengineering.org! If you're looking for something quick, check out the Sprinkles. Looking for a Maker Challenge? Maybe you need a whole unit plan? They have you covered! You can browse by topic or NGSS standard. Link your favorite high interest novel with an activity to bring reading, writing, and STEM together in your classroom. This is one of my favorite resources for STEM!!

Milestones Technology Enhanced Items

(5, 8, Biology, Physical Science) This year's Milestones tests will feature technology enhanced items that require student to manipulate something on their screen to answer a question. These types of questions have been on the math Milestones for several years and were field tested on the science Milestones last year. This year these items will count towards your students' scores on the test. You can see sample technology enhanced items by clicking here.
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Willy Wonka Revisited

(9-12) Spark conversation in high school classrooms about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); economics; and sustainability with this infographic based on the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Created at Advanced Technology Services, a manufacturing services company that uses data analytics and other tools to help businesses run more efficiently, the infographic revisits Wonka’s story and calculates the costs of bringing his world of pure imagination to life today. You can have students make their own infographics using Google Drawings or any of these resources.

Tour the Electromagnetic Spectrum

(1, 4, 8, PS, Physics) This multimedia resource introduces electromagnetic waves, their behaviors, and how scientists visualize these data. Most appropriate for middle and high school levels, the resource uses online videos, a book (in PDF format), a hands-on activity, a pictorial diagram, and examples of NASA science to provide a comprehensive description of each region of the electromagnetic spectrum.
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American Museum of Natural History's OLogy Website

(3-5) OLogy is a place where students ages 7–12 can learn about the brain, climate change, the Earth, water, and more. They can collect virtual cards and make projects with them. The site has kid-friendly interviews with scientists, games, activities, and quizzes. An Educator page tells how to use OLogy to support reading comprehension in your classroom.

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Bond Breaker Classroom Edition

(8-12) Middle and high school students can delve into the worlds of atoms, molecules, and chemistry research with this chemistry-themed puzzle game developed by the Center for Chemistry at the Space Time Limit (CaSTL) and TestTube games. The game combines rigorous science learning with gameplay, allowing students to manipulate protons, molecules, laser light, and more to solve challenging levels in a nanoscale world. The game can be played online or downloaded as an app for iOS and Android devices. In addition, lesson plans that guide teachers in using the game as a classroom teaching tool are available at http://bit.ly/35RkGAF. Lesson plans support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and cover topics such as chemical reactions, thermal energy and change of state, and Van der Waals forces (for the middle level) and thermal energy transfer, atomic and molecular interactions, and attractive and repulsive forces (for the high school level).

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Journey 2050

(7-12) A multilevel farm simulation game and program focus on this question: How will we sustainably feed nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050? Targeted for grades 7–12, the simulation helps students learn to balance economic and social factors involved in sustainably feeding an increasing world population. The game is designed to complement learning standards in agriculture education classes and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); social studies; and geography programs. In addition, teachers can register at no charge to access lesson plans, videos, and other resources to deepen students’ understanding of the influence of agriculture in our communities and introduce new careers in the field.

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National Geographic Professional Learning Courses

(K-12) Designed for K–12 educators and offered several times during the year for FREE, these online courses provide teaching tools and content expertise from National Geographic on topics such as Mapping as a Visualization and Communication Tool in Your Classroom (all levels), Collecting Data to Explore Plastic Pollution in Our Communities (all levels), Teaching Global Climate Change in Your Classroom (middle level), Connecting the Geo-Inquiry Process to Your Teaching Practice (all levels), and Integrating Service With Learning Goals (all levels).


Teachers can receive graduate credit through a partnership with the University of San Diego (to learn more, visit http://bit.ly/32YdqlF). K–12 teachers can also take coursework to become a certified National Geographic Educator. Through this professional development program, teachers gain practice in generating classroom activities that are interdisciplinary and centered around real-world problems at local, regional, and global scales, as well as develop leadership skills and a nationwide network of committed colleagues dedicated to innovating across disciplines.
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Engineering for Good

(6-8) Developed by PBS Learning Media and KQED Teach, this three-week, project-based learning unit for middle level science classrooms focuses on developing solutions for negative impacts of plastics on the environment. The unit supports the NGSS and promotes the engineering design process as students define a problem, brainstorm solutions, develop prototypes, and iterate on their designs. The project culminates with students producing videos about their solutions to share with the community. In addition to lesson plans and videos, the unit instructs teachers on how to create digital media artifacts such as digital stories and data visualizations.

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National Geographic’s Water Cycle Resources

(5-12) At this National Geographic Resource Library website teachers will find a collection of vetted resources to deepen students’ understanding about condensation, precipitation,and weather patterns that are affected by, and a part of, the water cycle. Most appropriate for grades 5–12, the standards-supported resources include encyclopedic entries on various topics (e.g., Earth, types of precipitation, air, hydrosphere, and clouds), infographics (e.g., Urban Water Cycle), and classroom activities using interactive computational models exploring water’s movement above and below ground (e.g., Availability of Fresh Water; Using Groundwater Wisely).

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Wildlife Artifact Lending Library

(K-12) FWS’s National Wildlife Property Repository sponsors a donation program allowing K–college educators to borrow wildlife artifacts donated to or confiscated by the U.S. government, such as items made from (or suspected of being made from) endangered animals and plants. The items—which may include artifacts such as a sea turtle shell, fur pelt, reptile skin, and ivory bracelet—can be used to enhance instruction on wildlife conservation topics and scientific research.
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CCSS Science Teacher Directory

Help me to help you! Let me know who you are, where and what you teach. I'll share the directory with everyone so you can form your own learning communities. Just click on this link. Easy-peasy!
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Science Google Classroom Codes

Don't miss out on new resources and freebies! Join the Science Google Classrooms! Use the class codes listed below.


Elementary: uz7l4 (that's a lowercase L...not a 1)

Middle: wumkvdb

High: s0ei0d (those are zeros...not Os)

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Professional Learning Opportunities

Click on this link to see a list of the scheduled professional learning dates for science this year. Other dates for specific activities (Innovation Expo, Science Olympiad, etc.) will be scheduled and sent out via email and newsletter.
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STEM/STEAM Resources

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Upcoming Professional Learning

3rd Grade Science Professional Learning

Thursday, March 12th, 3-4pm

167 Werz Industrial Boulevard, Newnan, GA, USA

This teacher led session will feature lessons and resources to help you integrate science and literacy in the 3rd grade classroom.

Middle School Professional Learning

Thursday, March 12th, 4-5pm

167 Werz Industrial Boulevard

Newnan, GA

This teacher led session will include lesson plans and resources for all middle school science teachers.

Georgia Science Teachers Association Conference

Thursday, Feb. 13th, 8am to Friday, Feb. 14th, 4pm

801 Front Avenue

Columbus, GA

The best science professional learning event in Georgia! Registration: $160 for full conference. $85 for one day. For more info see the GSTA website.

Comments, Concerns, Questions?

Please contact Dr. Donald White with any questions or comments.
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