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  1. Fifth and Eighth Grade Science Toolboxes Designed by Michigan teachers for Michigan students

  2. Toolbox Overview • Developed for the 5th and 8th Grade Science MEAP • Used to help teachers help students perform more successfully on the MEAP Science Assessment • Used to help teachers implement effective practices in Science Instruction

  3. Overview • All science toolboxes focus on benchmarks for Constructing New Scientific Knowledge and Reflecting on Scientific Knowledge • Students are given many opportunities to analyze data, make and interpret graphs, draw conclusions, prepare summaries of results, and use evidence to support claims

  4. When to Use • Each toolbox contains about 30 lessons • Pre-test to determine which lessons to use during the Fall review • Can begin the toolbox review at the end of the fourth and seventh grades

  5. Science Toolbox Contains • Pre-Assessment Guide • Life Science Toolbox • Physical Science Toolbox • Earth Science Toolbox • Videos • Some experiments were videotaped to help students better understand the concept and the context of the investigation


  6. Pre-Assessment Guide • Released Items from previous year’s MEAP • Use as a practice test for students • Use as a tool for teachers to decide which toolbox lessons should be used for review • Power Point with Questions • Use to review test-taking strategies and questions with students • Bubble Type Answer Sheet • Analysis Grid • Quickly find out students’ strengths and weaknesses

  7. Return Bubble Answer Sheet

  8. Return Analysis Grid

  9. 5th Grade Life Science Toolbox Provides lessons to review these topics: • Characteristics and functions of observable body parts • Characteristics of animals needed to survive • Plant and animal life cycles • Food chains and food webs • Heredity • Fossils • Camouflage

  10. 8th Grade Life Science Toolbox Provides lessons to review these topics: • Plant and animal cells • Classifying organisms • Photosynthesis • Fossils • Feeding relationships within food webs • Ecosystems

  11. 5th Grade Physical Science Toolbox Provides lessons to review these topics: • Forms of energy associated with common phenomena • Electrical circuits • Mixtures and solutions • Forces and motion • Magnetism • Simple Machines • Light and Shadows • Sound

  12. 8th Grade Physical Science Toolbox Provides lessons to review these topics: • Arrangement and motion of molecules in matter • Density • Electrical circuits • Elements, compounds, mixtures • Heat energy • Balanced and unbalanced forces • Simple machines • Motion of objects • Light and Sound

  13. 5th Grade Earth Science Toolbox Provides lessons to review these topics: • Earth materials • Conserving natural resources • Weather • Seasonal changes • Severe weather • Motions of the Earth and Moon • Characteristics of the Earth and Sun

  14. 8th Grade Earth Science Toolbox Provides lessons to review these topics: • Rock Cycles • Soil • Landforms and Topographic Maps • Movement of Water • Weather • Phases of the Moon and Eclipses • Seasons

  15. Format Day-by-day lesson plans • Benchmark, key concepts, and real-world contexts identified • Vocabulary • Key Question • Materials needed for the lesson • Procedure • Discussion • Resources

  16. St. Clair County RESA Toolboxes Designed to motivate students and inspire teachers