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Session 8 - Tallahassee STEM: Leveraging Relationships to Increase Achievement and Engagement Jamestown Schools Jamestown, RI

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What to expect 1.Introduction 2.What is SAMS 3.Evidence 4.Sample unit 5.How to create your own 6.Hands on activity 7.Q and A

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Jamestown School Jamestown, RI www.jtownscience.blogspot.com

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Jamestown Lawn School is: Grades 5-8 On an island in Narragansett Bay, RI Has ~200 students A military community (War college in Newport) Strongly supported by community

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Increasing students familiarity with the role of mathematics in science is central to developing a deeper understanding of how science works. A Framework for K-12 Science Education

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Science and Math Scholars Goals: Increase student interest and achievement in math and science (rigor) Integration of math and science Use of common language Use of common methods Making connections obvious to students(relevance) Following common formats Hands on

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Where is the Relevance? University and Community Partnerships

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Evidence of Success Where we get our data: New England Common Assessment Program (RI, NH, VT, ME) 33.2 % increase in science NECAP 2008-2011 (RI avg. increase = 7%) 16% increase in math NECAP 2008-2011 (RI avg. increase = 11%) 93 % of 8 th grade students proficient or above in NECAP writing (RI avg. increase = 61%)

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Evidence of Success SAMS end of year survey 90 % of students reported that their interest levels in math and science increased 95 % of students learned about possible math and science careers they may want to pursue Scholastic Math Inventory - avg. 110 Quantile growth 100% of students report that SAMS is fun!

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Essential Practices in Math and Science NGSS Asking Questions Developing and using models Planning and carrying out investigations Analyzing and interpreting data Using mathematic and computational thinking Constructing explanation and designing solutions Engaging in argument from evidence Obtaining,evaluating and communicating information Common Core Makes sense of problems and persevere in solving them Reason abstractly and quantitatively Construct viable arguments and critique reasoning of others Model with mathematics Use appropriate tools Attend to precision Look for and make use of structure Look for and express regularity in repeating reasoning

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Sample SAMS Unit Balloon Project

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Interdisciplinary Team Project (8 th ) Components: History – timeline, context, connections ELA – poetry, persuasive writing Math – geometry, volume, ratios Science – STEM, weather and density Art – drawing, design

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5 th and 6 th Graders 4 th grade 8 th Grade Across the Grades

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Balloon project (8 th Science) Design Construct Measure and calculate Fly/data collection (qualitative and quantitative) Data presentation (graphs, future design, height calculation) Data analysis

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Volume and Surface area calculations in math

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MathScience &

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Calculate Balloon Height (science and math) Use formula and data Tan ɵ = Opposite/Adjacent ɵ OPPOSITEOPPOSITE Adjacent height = (tan ɵ) (adjacent) + 0.5m

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Writing in Science Based on work done by Betsy Rupp Fulwiler

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How to create and teach a unit on your own Steps to follow: Pick a topic that you already do Define expected outcomes Turn outcomes into questions List investigations that could answer the question Pick an investigation you like List needed information (Cont)

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How to create and teach a unit on your own (continued) Give directions Do activity Draw and label Group discussion (Fulwiler strategies) Write reflection Personal connection

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Template for science journal Essential question that will be answered Vocabulary/concepts Directions Drawings and notes Reflection questions Personal connection

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Template for math entry Done in Problem Solver notebook Problems are cut and glued Solved using common format

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Writing in Math and Science

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Assessment Sticky notes Highlighter Turn in parts Participation rubric Use to do final project Self assessment Portfolio

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Hands on Activity How to make a clinometer Index card, straw, string, washer, protractor

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Make your own clinometer 1.Tie string to washer 2.Tape straw to top of index card 3.Tie string to index card

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Questions ?

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Links Handouts and templates www.jtownscience.blogspot.com Contact us Kaczynski.jim@jamestownschools.org Alfred.nick@jamestownschools.org Reynolds.sandra@jamestownschools.org

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Electricity (7 th ) Review of 4 th grade units on circuits Investigate magnets and motors Museum of Science Trip Alternate Energy investigations

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Other connections Boston Museum of Science URI Drifters Science enrichment Math enrichment

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Real world connections Density MIT Museum of sci Drifters Sci enrichment Math enrichment

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