v2.0 of the MS Sound Unit has been posted. This newest version of the materials was tested in field trials in eleven classrooms in fall of 2017. The newest release includes a full teacher guide and student activity sheets, along with a zip file of assessments and supplemental resources (videos, projected images, etc...)
The teacher lessons guides and student activity sheets and netlogo model and related resources are now posted along with storyline and skeleton for HS Chemical Energy.
The first 2/3 of the teacher lessons guides and student activity sheets for the MS Sound unit are now posted along with storyline and skeleton for HS Chemical Energy. The full set of both should be released within 3-4 weeks.
A third round of pilots (1.0 field trials) of the High School Chemical Energy Storyline are underway in MI and IL.
A third round of pilots (1.0 field trials) of the Corn Storyline was completed in MI this winter.
A third round of pilots (1.0 field trials) of the Light & Digital Storyline was completed in MI this winter. A fourth round of pilots (1.1 field trials) in IL nearing completion.
A second round of pilots (beta version) of the Middle School Sound Storyline was completed in IL this winter. A third round of pilots (1.0 field trials) has started in MI and another cohort of pilot teachers will be starting this pilot in IL as well in the coming weeks.
A second round of pilots (beta version) of the HS Evolution Storyline was completed in KT and CO recently. A third round of pilots (1.0 field trials) has started in MI and IL.
The site now includes our first two storylines to be featured.
Why is our corn changing?: A second grade life sciences unit in which students' own questions about something surprising that is growing leads to investigations of structure and function and what plants need to grow.
Why do some things get colder (or hotter) when they react? A high school chemistry unit in which students' questions about temperature change leads to investigations of what "connects" atoms to each other anyway, and what happens when these connections are broken or formed?
The Next Generation Science Storylines site is now live. We will be posting tools for creating and analyzing storylines, and example storylines, with lesson plans, of coherent units that reflect three-dimensional learning.