ESI Day 2 Welcome/Introductions/SharePoint Nature of Science (NOS) . Goals of the Session. Participants will Pre-assess their understanding of the Nature of Science Explore the VA NOS aspects via an Investigation and a simulation
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Pre-assess their understanding of the Nature of Science
Explore the VA NOS aspects via an Investigation and a simulation
Be introduced to the VA NOS aspects that students in grades 3-6 need to understand
Learn about the need to be explicit with students and talk about strategies for making that happen in camp (and their classroom).
Each person should read their set of statements and sort them into agree with, disagree with, and not sure of.
Paper clip each stack together and put a sticky note on them so that you remember how you categorized them.
Share with your table group one statement you disagree with and why you disagree with it.
Whole group discussion
Observe and record your observations of the specimen.
What do you think this is? Why?
What other information would be helpful to refine your ideas?
With your group, use the available tools to make and record additional observations about your specimen.
Have your ideas about what this is changed? How? Why?
What other technologies/tools/tests would help us refine our ideas further?
What did you do as you were trying to figure out what this specimen is?
Did you have an initial idea before you got to examine it closely? Why?
Do we know how this became what it is? Could we find out?
Do we know why this became what it is? Could we find out?
The natural world is understandable
Science demands evidence
Science is a blend of logic and imagination
Scientific ideas are durable yet subject to change as new data are collected
Science is a complex social activity (endeavor)
Scientists try to remain objective and engage in peer review to help avoid bias
Scientific knowledge is the product of observation and inference.
Scientific laws and theories are different kinds of scientific knowledge
Scientists use many methods to develop scientific knowledge.
Scientific knowledge is subjective and culturally influenced.
NOS Implicit or Explicit
Implied but not plainly expressed
fully revealed or expressed without vagueness, implication, or ambiguity : leaving no question as to meaning or intent
For students to develop a fluency with the NOS, we need to be explicit.
Read each of the transcripts.
Is NOS explicit or implicit?
If NOS is implicit, how could you make it more explicit?
Identify which transcript models better practice for student learning of NOS.
How can we be more explicit?
How can we as teachers be more explicit?
How can we help our students be more explicit?
Review the prompts for each of the aspects of NOS.
In small groups, discuss how you might incorporate these into your teaching.
The Nature of Science from Scientists’ Perspectives
Revisit your cards from the card sort.
If your thinking has changed, move the card to the pile you think it belongs in now.
What do kids (4th- 6th graders) like? What engages them?
Science Tuesday Energizer
Brainstorm potential real world problems around our theme:
The Impact of Energy Extraction, Production and Use
Problem – Posed as a question
Continue to develop camp including student role, culminating activity and resources
Develop the Question Map
Level 1 – The problem written as a question
Level 2- Questions that arise from considering this question
Level 3- Daily questions that guide student activities (approx. 15-16)
Brainstorm activities to go with each question
Start writing lesson plans