Filling in the Gaps
Dates: See Below
Presenter: Linda Morris/ AIS
Description: This workshop will address the lessons from STC Units aligned with the Living Environment including: Organisms (July 15-19), Butterflies (July 15-19), Plant Growth (July 29-Aug. 2), Animal Studies (July 8-12), and Ecosystems (July 29-Aug.2)
Where are the gaps? and how do I fill them? Teachers in Grades 1-8 will identify gaps in the science curriculum and identify activities that may be used to fill those gaps.
Examples of assessments for major understandings in each lesson will be developed for teachers to access whether students are taking away what the lessons are expected to teach.
For topic on which Schenectady students perform below the 65% level on the ESPET 2001, teachers will design supplemental activities, including fun activities such as games to help their students develop the requisite understanding.
Teachers will be introduced to the Search It! Science Website that enables teachers to match their curricular needs with children's trade books.
Workshop: 6 Development of Supplemental Astronomy Unit
Dates: July 22, 23, 24
Presenter: Mary Ellen Graham
Description: An astronomy unit is missing in our elementary curriculum, however, it is included on the MST Standards. In an effort to address this gap, the science curriculum committee has recommended and received approval to add an astronomy unit in grade 3 beginning the 2002 school year. Participants in this workshop will create this astronomy unit to supplement the elementary science program at grade 3.
Workshop: 7 Introduction to Measuring Time
Dates: August 13
Presenter: Claire Godlewski
Description: With the addition of the new STC Earth and Space unit in grade 6, it is more appropriate for the STC Measuring Time unit to be moved to grade 5 to assist in student preparation in the area of Earth Science. The science curriculum committee has recommended and received approval on this change beginning the 2002 school year. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to become familiar with each of the lessons in this new unit. The focus will be on such topics as assessment, big ideas, and connections to both the NYS standards and other STC units. All grade 5 teachers are encouraged to attend this one day session in August.
Workshop: 8 End of Year an STC Unit Assessments
Dates: August 5 - 9
Presenter: Linda Morris
Description: Participants will review the performance on the Life Science pilot tests as well as the end of year pilots and modify for the 2002-2003 school year. This session will also begin the process of developing District-wide STC unit assessments for grades K-8 in the physical science taught at each grade level (Chem Tests, Electrical Circuits, Food Chemistry, Magnets and Motors and Energy, Machines and Motion), well as revising the pilot tests. Test items will be designed and reviewed in preparation for use in the fall of 2002
Workshop: 9 Microworlds
Dates: June 17
Presenters: Sharon D'Agostino
Description: The science curriculum committee has received approval of moving the STC Microworlds unit to the seventh grade beginning September 2002. This unit will be enhanced by combining classification units with examination of the Protists, Monerans, and fungi kingdoms with 400x microscopes.
Participants will explore the STC Microworlds unit and identify additional days to develop supplemental activities to enhance the unit in order to incorporate it into their Life Science curriculum beginning in the 2002-2003 school year.
Workshop: 10 ESPET and Intermediate Science Test Analysis 2002
Dates: August 26,27,28
Presenter: Sue Malinowski/Terri O'Brien
Description: This collaborative project will provide teachers in grades 1-8 with a template to enter data from the 2002 ESPET and the Intermediate Science Test. The data will be compared to the 2001 data to identify areas in need of instructional and curricular enhancement. Participants will develop a plan to take this data back to the building and share the findings with colleagues.
Workshop: 11 news Kindergarten Science Unit in Schenectady
Dates: August 20th
Presenter: Sharon D'Agonstino
Description: On May 22nd, all kindergarten teachers will have an opportunity to hear about the pilot units that have been field tested during the 2001-2002 school year. Based on the evaluation of these units a new unit will be selected for district-wide implementation beginning September 2002. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to become familiar with each of the lessons in the unit. The focus will be on such topics as assessment, big idea, and connections to both the NYS standards and other STC units.
Workshop: 12 Science Writing For ELA
Dates: July 22 - 25
Description: Reading is important preparation for writing and putting it on paper makes students' reasoning transparent thus integrating important English language skills in the context of coming to understand science principles. Our science units provide students with up-close and personal contexts for writing. This workshop will focus on using the concepts in these units to strengthen your students' writing, reasoning, and reading abilities and develop standards to evaluate performance.
Workshop: 13 Introduction to Earth and Space
Dates: June 26
Presenter: Claire Godlewski and Danielle Hartkern
Description: This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to become familiar with each of the lessons in the Earth and Space unit. The focus will be on such topics as assessment, big ideas, and connections to both the NYS standards and other STC units. All grade 6 teachers are encouraged to attend this one day session in June.
Workshop: 14 Designing a Supplemental Unit on Weather
Dates: June 27
Presenter: Claire Godlewski and Danielle Hartkern
Description: A supplemental unit on Weather will be designed to implement in grade 6.