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

November 13, 2018

K-2nd Grade Science

Rollin, Rollin, Rollin, Keep those Marbles Rollin: Implementing Engineering Standards in the K-2 Classroom
Instructor: Robert Sherriff, Churchill Middle School
We will experience a Kindergarten activity using a marble run sequence to explore K-PS2-2 “Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull”.
After the activity, in grade level groups K-2, we will review the K-2 engineering standards and discuss the ramifications for each grade level through the lens of a grade level activity PE.  Finally we will consider children’s literature that focuses on engineering.
NGSS: K-PS2-2

3rd-5th Grade Science

Clean Your Room! Doing Chores With Newton
Instructor: Kent Peterson and Lorrie Hammond, Peregrine School
Most children are expected to help out around the house.  The purpose of this workshop is to provide elementary science teachers with ideas for integrating the idea of "doing chores" with Newton's First Law.  The workshop will include hands on activities, inquiry-based investigations, and collaboration opportunities that investigate the links between common house hold chores and Newton's First Law, and also ways in which these chores can be done more efficiently and effectively!
NGSS: 3-PS2-1

Earth Science

The Upper and Coming Crust
Instructor: Ingrid Salim, SASP Teacher Leader
What is the earth made of?  How do we know? What did its surface look like a million years ago?  What will it look like in another million years?  Participants will trace the historical conclusion through evidence that the earth's surface is always changing, model energy flow through the earth's interior by analyzing seismic waves and considering mechanisms for energy transfer. Participants will leave with a lesson sequence for the following NGSS, as well as a engineering challenge mitigating the impact of seismic waves on humans.
NGSS: MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3

Life Science

The Living Earth: A solution to integrating Earth Science standards into high school biology classrooms
Instructor: Chris Griesemer, UC Davis
Many high schools around the state have chosen to adopt a three-course model for NGSS alignment that integrates earth science into biology, chemistry and physics courses. We'll explore the integration of earth science into high school biology through a phenomenon that spans more than one discipline and instructional unit and will walk away with a better sense of which DCIs from earth and life sciences are best integrated across a curricular year.

Physical Science

Physics in the Universe
Instructor: Mike Hotell, West Campus High and Brian Ellis, Natomas Charter School
Is your district using an NGSS three-course high school model with earth science integrated into Biology, Chemistry, and Physics?  Is your district still deciding what approach to take? We have started down the path of creating and implementing a Physics in the Universe course that is NGSS-aligned and model-focused.  You will engage in sample lessons and the presenters will share what they have learned thus far.
NGSS: HS-PS3-1, HS-PS3-2, HS-PS3-3

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.