Science Second

5 Things you need to know and can share with others.

November 15, 2017

1. What Are Phenomena?

Phenomena are observable events that occur in the universe and that we can use our science knowledge to explain or predict. The goal of building knowledge in science is to develop general ideas, based on evidence, that can explain and predict phenomena. We want students to observe and explain phenomenon was well as design solutions. Students making sense of science through phenomena will provide the purpose and opportunity for students to engage in learning in authentic, real-world ways. We want students to ask questions and engage in the practices to make sense of the phenomena and make connections.

In the classroom, students can observe phenomena in real-life or via media like videos and images. Real-world data can be phenomena too!


Science Idea- Condensation is when water changes from a gas to a liquid.

Science Phenomena- Water droplets form on the outside of a water bottle.

Students should be able to make sense of phenomenon, but not immediately, and not without investigating it using the science and engineering practices. With instruction and guidance, students should be able to figure out, step by step, how and why the phenomenon works.

2. LSSS- What Is 3 Dimensional Learning?

The term "three-dimensional learning" refers to the three dimensions that support each standard's performance expectations. These three dimensions are:

  • Crosscutting Concepts
  • Disciplinary Core Idea
  • Science and Engineering Practices

Three-dimensional learning fundamentally shifts science education. Science is no longer seen as fact trivia, rote memorization, or a long list of science vocabulary. Instead, LSSS recognizes that while content-specific knowledge is important, it falls far short of what’s required to do science and engineering. students must be able to understand scientific concepts, use those concepts to investigate questions and solve problems, and recognize how those concepts connect to other concepts in other science disciplines and STEM fields.


At this point in our LSSS journey, we want teachers to:

1. Use the Caddo Scope and Sequence document to guide instruction.

2. Continue to understand and make sense of the Louisiana Student Standards for Science.

3. Move from content only science lessons and begin to create lessons that include 2 or 3 of the dimensions.

3. LEAP 2025 Science Field Test Webinars

Save-the-date for a series of LDOE webinars (January 9-11) concerning the new science field tests. Participants will learn information about the new science assessment vision, field test design, and item types.

● January 9, 2018: LEAP 2025 Grades 3-5 Science Field Test Webinar for Teachers

● January 10, 2018: LEAP 2025 Grades 6-8 Science Field Test Webinar for Teachers

● January 11, 2018: Biology Field Test Development for LEAP 2025 Webinar for Teachers

* I don't have times or specific webinar information yet. I'll definitely share with you once I have that info.

4. Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a global movement to help people worldwide become more aware of computer science. The event takes place during Computer Science Week,

December 4-10. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

Sign-up for the Hour of Code:

Check-out all of the new and cool Hour of Code Activities!

5. Slides Carnival (free)

Are you and your students creating awesome presentations using Google Slides and/or PowerPoint? If so, Slides Carnival is for you! Slides Carnival provide professional Powerpoint templates and Google Slides themes for presentations.


Important K-6 Science Dates

November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
November 30-December 2, 2017: NSTA's Area Conference in New Orleans

December 21-January 5: Christmas Holiday

December 4-10 Computer Education Week

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 16: Professional Development Day

May 4- Science Field Test for Grades 3-4 (paper-based)