Coweta Science Update

January 2020

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GA DOE Science Updates

(K-12) The Georgia DOE has released a brief update video. Included in the video are:

  • New High School 4th Science Standards
  • Assessment Updates (includes technology enhanced items)
  • Instructional Supports for Struggling Students
  • Equity for Instructional Planning "Look Fors"
  • New Reading, Writing, & Science Video Series
  • Online Professional Learning
  • And More!

Use this link to access the webinar. Look for another webinar coming in early 2020.

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(K-12) The GA DOE has released a document that addresses some of the frequently asked questions regarding the GSE science standards. The FAQs address standards in grades 2-8, high school biology, chemistry, environmental science, physical science, and physics. You can access that document by clicking here.

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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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World Moon Project

(4-12) The World More Observations of Nature (MOON) Project is a collaborative, global, science inquiry that teaches students around the world how the Moon works from both a local point of view and a global perspective. Designed for grades 4–8 but open to all ages, the semester-long project (about 15 weeks) coordinated by Texas Tech University provides opportunities for students to record daily observations of the Moon, discuss Moon observations with classmates, and write summaries of Moon observations on specific dates in the lunar cycle. Students then compare their summaries with data summaries written by students observing the Moon in other parts of the world on the same dates and look for global patterns in the observations. (For example, students discover that observers all over the world see the same lunar phase on the same day, but the orientation of the illuminated side of the Moon varies from place to place.) Visit the project website for participation details and to find project resources, such as a Teacher Handbook, a Student Handbook, an information sheet, How the MOON Project Works; and more.
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SENSE IT Project Curriculum

(6-12) Developed with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Student Enabled Network of Sensors for the Environment using Innovative Technology (SENSE IT) project is a one-of-a-kind environmental monitoring program best for middle and high school levels. Unlike most school-based water quality testing programs, which provide probes and other tools as part of a kit, the interdisciplinary SENSE IT curriculum integrates science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles seamlessly into classroom learning as students build, test, deploy, and interpret their own environmental sensor network from scratch. Through four learning modules, students develop deeper understanding of the environmental quantities being measured and gain real-world experience using the “tools of the trade” of research scientists and engineers. The modules are very flexible—they can be used effectively in both middle and high school classrooms, as well as in after-school programs and in many disciplines, including pre-engineering, general science, algebra, physics, biology, chemistry, and Earth science.
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(K-12) User-generated videos, reviewed and approved by scientists—that’s what you’ll access through ScienceHack, a unique search engine just for science videos. With videos from a wide range of science topics and subjects (e.g., physics, robotics, civil engineering, chemistry, biology, computer science, space, how it is made, green energy, psychology, mathematics, and nature), the data base is likely to contain something of interest for educators of every age and level, K–college. As an example, browsing the Nature category turned up finds as varied as footage of a Venus Fly Trap in Action and an encyclopedic entry on the Formation of a Thunderstorm. Teachers can also check out the Latest Videos section, which features the newest resources contributed to the data base.
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Garbage Dreams Recycling Game

(6-12) The Garbage Dreams game helps middle and high school students (grades 6-12) understand the enormity of the world’s garbage problem and how recycling not only makes ecological sense but also economic sense, too. The game was developed to accompany a PBS documentary about the Zaballeen, a group of people in Cairo, Egypt, who survive by collecting and recycling the city’s garbage. To play the game, students take on the role of the Zaballeen—to sort, process, and profit from the garbage collected in from Cairo’s neighborhoods. Through gameplay, students discover the benefits of recycling on the environment and learn about different materials that can be recycled. In addition, students learn about different business strategies for recycling, such as hiring workers, acquiring tools (trucks), and recycling in different neighborhoods. Visit the website to play the game, watch the documentary, and access additional materials on the topic, including lesson plans, background information on recycling, and film trailers.

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(8-12) PhysClips is a set of multimedia resources to teach physics at the high school and introductory college levels. Developed by the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales in Australia, the resource addresses three main areas of physics—mechanics, sound and waves, and light—and provides resource collections for other topic areas, such as thermal physics and electricity and magnetism. Essentially each PhysClips chapter is a multimedia tutorial on a single physics topic. The chapters are illustrated with film clips of relevant physics demonstrations and include animations and diagrams explaining the topic’s key concepts. Students can watch the tutorials as a topic overview, or teachers can download the individual elements of each chapter to incorporate into their own instruction. Visit the website to access the resources and view an introductory video how to use PhysClips effectively in the classroom.

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CeMaST STEM Resources

(K-12) The Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST) at Illinois State University offers a wide variety of STEM curricula and opportunities for K–12 educators and students. For example, the Creative Core elementary science curriculum supports the Next Generation Science Standards and includes a selection of lessons for ELL learners and an extensive assessment data base. Real Science: Pathways to the Next Generation Science Standards—a science curriculum with editions for middle level and high school—presents lessons showcasing real-world applications of science, introducing students to potential careers in forestry, nuclear power, wastewater treatment, genetic testing, and other fields. In addition to curricular resources, the site presents science opportunities for both K–12 students and adults. For example, the Redbird Chopper Challenge (all ages) involves student teams in building and customizing a full-size wooden motorcycle.

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K–12 Weather and Data Activities

(K-12) Scientists and teachers developed these K–12 weather resources using data from Oklahoma Mesonet, a network of Oklahoma-based environmental monitoring stations, and the National Weather Service. Most appropriate for middle and high school levels but adaptable for younger grades, the resources include lessons and information about careers in meteorology. Of particular interest are the Bellringers, short classroom activities that provide practice in working with real data and interpreting weather-related graphs, tables, and maps. Longer data-interpretation activities are available in the Study Tools section. In these classroom activities, student read about specific weather phenomena (e.g., fog, ice, watering, soil moisture, severe winds, and other topics), then answer a set of data-related questions based on the article content.

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(K-12) Young Minds Inspired (YMI)—a leading provider of educational outreach programs for preK–college audiences—offers standard-based study guides to engage students of all levels in dynamic learning experiences outside of the classroom. The guides tap into popular culture and address STEM skills, health and safety, sports and fitness, and other subjects. For example, the STEM skills guide Inspiring Imaginations (preK and primary levels) features a series of science learning activities using the popular toy Play-Doh, while the guide Hurricanes (elementary and middle levels) is based on a film of the same name and features hands-on activities, experiments, and internet-based research to help students understand the far-ranging impact of these storms on our ecosystem. The Merchants of Doubt (high school and college levels), another movie-based STEM skills guide, helps students learn to distinguish between truth, propaganda, and misinformation.

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Jeopardy Labs

(K-12) With JeopardyLabs, website creator Matt Johnson makes it easy to create customized jeopardy games for topic review without PowerPoint. K–12 educators and other users can browse the site’s more than two million pre-made games, edit games to suit specific content needs, or build new games from scratch. To build a new game, users create a unique password and then follow simple onscreen prompts to complete the game template (e.g., title, category, questions, and answers). When the template is completed, the game becomes part of the site's data base and users receive an internet link to the game, which students can then play in the classroom or at home.
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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

2nd Grade Science Professional Learning

Thursday, Jan. 9th 2020 at 3-5pm

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 2nd grade classroom.

HS Biology Professional Learning

Thursday, Jan. 9th 2020 at 4-6pm

167 Werz Industrial Boulevard

Newnan, GA

This teacher led session will include lesson plans and resources for high school biology teachers.

Georgia Science Teachers Association Conference

Thursday, Feb. 13th 2020 at 8am to Friday, Feb. 14th 2020 at 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.