|Course Description: In this course, participants will have the opportunity to develop their content knowledge of Earth Science and their understanding of how to develop students’ Earth Science content knowledge. Through hands-on lab experiences and simulators, we will explore patterns in the life cycle of stars and the forces that determine any given star’s fate. Participants will write explanations of star phenomena based on data they collect, in alignment with CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.2 (Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.).
All of the resources that participants will learn about are freely available on the New Visions Earth Science site (earthscience.newvisions.org). As such, this course serves as an introduction to using the resources on this site (or as a refresher for those participants who have used the site in the past). Participants will have time to process their use of the curriculum resources, including discussing their analyses of data, debriefing their in-class experiences, experiencing group learning routines, and reflecting on how they might use the resources with their own students. To ensure that participants understand the rationale for this curriculum design, we will learn about the theory behind the 5E Instructional Model, including its connection to science literacy practices.