innovative lesson ideas

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The challenge is to work with your partner to co-construct innovative, rigorous, engaging and effective lesson ideas using all you’ve learned this far and this common, high quality resource.

Post your ideas in the comments section of this post, so we can collect them all in one place.

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2 thoughts on “innovative lesson ideas

  1. TITLE: Creative Kids
    U: Students will understand that science requires creative thinking.
    A&A: After selecting three scientists they feel did scientific work that required creative, out-of-the-box thinking (e.g. Diane France solves mysteries by “reading bones”), students co-author an essay identifying contributing factors to this type of thinking (e.g. sense of purpose, tireless commitment).
    They use the findings from their “literature review” to collaboratively engage in brainstorming around a local, community-based problem. For example, algae accumulates at the beach front which affects water quality and ultimately the closing of the beach for swimming. The health department, who has worked for years to develop a model to predict contributing factors to environmental hazard of unhealthy swimming water, has no way of quantifying the amount of surface area the algae covers on a day-to-day basis. Students work to construct reliable ways to measure the surface area covered by algae. After testing their methods, they present their findings to a member of the local health department.

  2. TITLE: The Scientist behind the Scenes
    U: Students will understand the many ways the person of the scientist impacts the work of the scientist.
    A&A: While reading the scrapbooks and comic strips of the 10 scientists, students will note evidence of how personal factors impacted the science these scientists chose to engage in – (e.g. educational opportunities, family challenges, etc.). Students will interview a scientist from the community to uncover in what ways the personal story of the scientist impacted the work she or he did. Students will be asked to share their stories through 1) a comic strip; 2) an oral report; or 3) a movie documentary… to ultimately answer the question, “Why is it important that people with very different backgrounds and life experiences participate in science?”

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