October 16, 2018

K-2nd Grade Science

Matter and Engineering
Instructor: Sarah Caves and Megan White, Stonegate Elementary
Explore the properties of matter while problem solving for a mission on Mars! (Presented at Super SIRC – May 2018)
NGSS: 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-2, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2

3rd-5th Grade Science

Birds of a Feather
Instructor:
Tanya Kumar and Lorie Hammond, Peregrine School
Discovering our backyard ecosystems piques our curiosity and engages us to extend the familiar into deeper scientific investigations.  In this workshop we will develop ideas to enable elementary students to closely observe birds - a common component of their everyday environments - to make inferences and ask questions about their observations, and to relate and extend their observations and inferences to scientific principles of ecology and evolution.  The goal of these activities is to foster teachers' and then students' sense of connection with, as well as their understanding of, their natural environment.
NGSS: (3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1)

Earth Science

Determining the "Best" Energy Resource for your Community
Instructor: Amy Burke, Laguna Creek High School
Evaluate competing energy resources by taking into consideration a range of constraints, including regional availability, reliability, cost to benefit ratio, aesthetics, and environmental impact.  Then use this evidence to construct an explanation for the energy resource you think would be best for your community.
NGSS: HS-ESS3-1; HS-ESS-3-2; MS-ESS3-3

Life Science - UPDATED!

Meiosis
Instructor: Heather Park, Yuba City Unified School District
Walk through building a model of gamete formation that can be used to explain why sometimes siblings are so much alike and other times so different. This process will engage students' prior knowledge to build new science ideas through a series of lessons.;

Physical Science

Confused by Forces: Common Misconceptions about Forces & Newton's Laws
Instructor: Scott Richardson, Davis Senior High
Why does my stomach feel so funny on a roller coaster?  How does a rotating space station simulate gravity?  It’s all about forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion.  Students are great at memorizing these laws… but are notoriously bad at understanding and applying them correctly.  Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and misconceptions when you teach this topic.  Help your students understand what we really mean by a “force” and how we can begin to explain the motion of objects around us by understanding forces.
NGSS: MS-PS2, HS-PS2

December 11, 2018

K-2nd Grade Science

Patterns of the Sun, Moon, and Stars
Instructor: Kelli Quan, Elk Grove Unified School District
Bring the universe and its stars into your classroom by creating a classroom planetarium experience.  Have your students observe the motion of the sun, moon, and stars as we fast forward through time.  Formulate possible claims that explain our observations and test your ideas with an online simulator.
NGSS:1-ESS1-1, 1-ESS1-2

3rd-5th Grade Science

Me and My Shadow
Instructor: Nancy Ludu and Emily Lambert, Isabelle Jackson Elementary
In this workshop teachers will learn how to collect data to show patterns in the changes of shadows throughout the day and night, and how to represent those changes graphically.
NGSS: 5-ESS1-2

Earth Science

Co-Evolution of Earth’s Atmosphere and Life
Instructor: Amy Burke, Laguna Creek High School
Through the use of ancient geological evidence, students will be able to construct an argument to communicate that the evolution of earth’s atmosphere was directly impacted by the evolution of photosynthetic life. (Presented at Super SIRC May 2018)
NGSS: HS-ESS2-7

Life Science - UPDATED!

Designer Babies and Genetics
Instructor: Steven Ramsay, Laguna Creek High School
Using argumentation to teach different genetic misconceptions such as inheritance of diseases and multiple genes vs one allele. Main part of lesson is a structured debate on the pros and cons of designer babies and using genetic modification to cure diseases. Students will read articles and do research into different types of genetic modification and its possibilities. .
NGSS: HS-LS3-1, HS-LS3-2

Physical Science

Design Your Own Crumple Zones
Instructor: Ben Fell, Sacramento State University
Design a solution to minimize whiplash during a car accident. Use smart phones to collect data on a model car’s collision against an immovable object.
NGSS: MS-PS2-1, HS-PS2-3, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, HS-ETS1-2, HS-ETS1-3

January 29, 2019

K-2nd Grade Science

A K-2 Design Challenge for Examining Human Impact on Ecosystems
Instructor: Jenna Porter, Sacramento State University
Engage in an engineering design challenge that addresses the biological impact of climate change on ecosystems. Workshop will emphasize the Crosscutting concept of Structure and Function.
NGSS: K2-ETS1-2, 1-LS1-1, 2-LS2-2

3rd-5th Grade Science

Making Waves
Instructors: Megan White and Sarah Caves, Stonegate Elementary
Students will build a model by exploring concepts such as wavelenth and amplitude through hands- on data collection.  Student generated questions lead to experiments in motion and a practical assessment.
NGSS: 3-5-PS4-1, 3-5-ETS1-1-2-3

Earth Science

Ice, Ice, Baby
Instructor: Deanna Mino, McCaffrey Middle School and Leah Wheeler, Galt Joint Union Elementary
Students will develop a model in order to explain the drastic decrease of Artic Sea Ice over the last 40 years. Students will explore how an increase in global temperature has negatively affected Earth’s Albedo Effect.  Students will also explore how human activity has affected arctic sea ice and will design a solution to lessen a negative human impact.
NGSS: ESS2-4, ESS2-5, ESS3-3, PS3-3

Life Science

Outbreak! Bark Beetles in our Forests
Instructor: Corinne Lardy, Sacramento State University
Bark beetles are attacking forests across the Western United States and Canada, resulting in the death of many trees. Participants will construct an argument based on evidence for the cause of the recent bark beetle outbreak and use a computer model to explore the effect of rising temperatures on the number and intensity of bark beetle outbreaks over time. (Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops.)
NGSS: MS-LS1-5, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5, HS-LS2-1, HS-LS4-5

Physical Science

Chemistry of the Earth Systems: FCUSD’s Implementation of NGSS and the CA Framework in the 3-Course Model
Instructor: Kristy Guarenti, Folsom High School
Chemistry teachers in FCUSD collaborated on essential standards and sequencing in order to include Earth Science Standards into the Chemistry curriculum.  We will share our course sequence, related standards, experiences implementing Chemistry of the Earth System, and a model lesson from the sequence.