Who are we? Science STARS!

Class two started with all of us getting up and moving! Sharon led us in energizers, and we learned that some people are better than others at counting while shaking their limbs.


Sharon helping us get moving!

1-Shake each limb 5 times to start and then do again, but also add 4x’s, 3x’s, 2x’s, 1x, increasingly faster.

2-Fruit salad dance, watermelon, pineapple, banana, fruit salad (song can be to any well known rhyme).

3-Stand shoulder to shoulder with eyes on floor, look up and directly at someone in the circle, if that person is not looking at you, stay in the circle, if that person is looking at you, you are out, repeat until last 2 people are standing

4-In circle with eyes closed, count one at a time and anytime two people talk at the same time start again (try to get to 9)

5-Group juggling, throw and say hi and their name, then the person says “thanks Ryan”, remember who you threw to, and then repeat

*can try with a second object to throw at same time


Energizers are fun for everyone!

April Shared Important Information For Us

East Considerations

-not too school-y

-prior knowledge

-age of students

-working toward an end (Collaborative Conversations)

-learning inventory “how do you best learn”

-establish norms (safe, respect)


Five E’s-an overview

Engage-settle into science mode (ex. Question prompted by a video, image, model)

Explore-Provide STARS first hand experience

Explain-Kids tell each other what they found, you identify the concepts they have been students

*a lot of research exists to support placing the explore before the explain

Extend-Apply to a new situation, use what we just learned in a new experience

Evaluate-Can happen at many points

*See Chapter 9 in Settlage and Southerland for more

Side note! Don’t ever stop reading Dewey!


We decided that Wegmans Hydroponic lettuce appears to be hydroponic (no soil)

We charted our 5 E’s for our lessons on Wednesday and then shared


Attendance Rooms

E107 (Logan)-Purple music (Ryan and Eric)

E111 (Tim)-Orange Vitamin C (Jessica)

E112 (Paul)-Red Muscle (Ceb)

E114 (Dan)-Blue Clean (Jill)

E116 (Laura)- Green Hydroponics (Tiarra and Alanna)

*3:40-come to Atrium for circle up each day

-Each day hang your poster of your progress

-Circle up and do chant by teams, each team responsible for one line

Investigate, Collaborate (Jessica) *teach week 2

Get Your Data… (Jillian) *teach week 3

Analyze, interpretize (Ceb) *teach week 4

Constructify the why (Eric, Ryan) *teach week 5

Evaluate, Communicate (Alanna, Tiarra) *teach week 6

*Each week one group will be responsible for teaching what their portion of the chant means


Guest STARS-Andrea (science of cravings) and Brianna (science of the chocolate chip cookie)

Helpful Hints Shared

-let the students drive the decisions

-bring in clear sentence starters to help support conversations

-level 3, 2, 1 explanations, a guide for what we expect of our studens

Level 1 response-statement only (“sugar makes a person hyper”)

Level 2 response-statement with reason (“eating candy raises a person’s blood sugar”)

Level 3 response-Statement with a reason described carefully (“eating candy raises a person’s blood sugar quickly because the glucose in the candy is a simple sugar”)


-procedure writing needs to be scaffolded

*at times you may choose to let them fail and determine what to modify next time

-better long-term planning (end of September, October, so it would help us keep focused)

-consider roles for each week


April’s point-how do we let kids fail so that they become really productive learning spaces

 Additional Suggestions From Theresa (13-14 cohort):

-Do more with less

-Find consistency in your lessons

-Be OK if your lesson doesn’t go well, you will learn more

-Know that student participation will look different, create a method for recording student’s questions and comments

-Don’t be afraid to make kids write, even if they don’t want to (tell a story using these words, revise previous ideas)

-Lesson plans will get easier



Readings Discussion

We brainstormed some norms!

-Looking at each other

-Respectfully push back

-Along the same lines

-Give credit

-Cite from work

-Link from previous

Theoretical Framework Assignments

-a statement about what you believe and understand about science and about science learning

* as you read and write, add your ideas and revise previous ideas, quotes

*this is not where you list implications for your practice

Each week-one page

Top portion, summarize readings

Bottom portion, theoretical framework

*for this next week you will only write claims and quotes, and we will build up to Theoretical framework

Assignments This Week

-lesson plan by Monday at 11 pm

-blog by Saturday

-summary of readings-10 claims and 5 quotes organized with 3-4 headings by Saturday

Video Club

Each of us will lead a week videotaping ourselves, writing a script, and analysis

*see syllabus for more details

Blogging and Snack

You will blog for the same class where you present your video, as well as bring snack

*next week “the guys” will bring snack


*observe what is in this box and DO NOT buy any more of these items (we really just need some fresh fruits or veggies)

Readings Discussion

Cobb and Hodge (April even showed their photos)

We discussed equity and culture, and specifically how we can impact motivation

Feeding off Jessica’s point about access and creativity, April posed to us, don’t we need creativity to be successful in science

Tiarra used Ryan’s point to share that we need our students to consider themselves as part of the science culture we are creating

Respect science and conform to it…”(Ryan)….”and change it” (Jill)

 Closure-what have you learned so far?

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