How Does Light Help Me See Things And Communicate With Others?
This first grade unit on light starts out with students exploring how many shapes they can see on different pieces of paper at various locations around their classroom when the lights are turned off. They are surprised to find that some of the shapes are not visible in these conditions This leads students to start wondering about other phenomena related to seeing in the dark, which in turn leads to new questions and design problems related to how they can make their room completely dark. (1-PS4, K-2-ETS1)
Why Is Our Corn Changing?
This second grade unit on plant growth starts off with students exploring the mystery of their harvest corn, something they initially saw as decoration, beginning to sprout what look like leaves and roots. Disagreements about how the corn is growing spark a series of questions and ideas for investigations related to what is causing this growth. (2-LS2)
Why Are There Different Plants Growing in Different Places?
[Coming Soon - anticipated release date: fall 2017] This second grade unit on plant reproduction and habitat, starts out with students exploring the kind of plants they find growing in different places around their school and neighborhood. Their initial explorations reveal some surprising places where plants are sprouting, as well as some areas where very few or none seem to be growing. This raises a series of questions and ideas for investigations to pursue related to why there are different plants growing in different places. (2-LS2, 2-LS4)