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Each lesson begins with an investigative phenomenon that is used to pique students’ interest and drive instruction throughout the investigation.
Lesson 5’s Phenomenon: This model shows an organism that has not existed on Earth for thousands of years.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to explain the phenomenon.
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At the end of the lesson, students demonstrate what they’ve learned with Show What You Know and Making Sense of Phenomenon.
In unit 1, lesson 5, students fill in missing information for a conversation between a student and a scientist about species that no longer live on Earth. Then, they use the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning model to answer the question: What can we learn about an extinct organism through model?
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Each lesson includes a TCI assessment that addresses all three dimensions, uses diverse stimuli, and allows students to express understanding in multiple formats. You can use it as a formative or summative assessment to evaluate students’ ability to explain real-world data and phenomena. Want more flexibility with assessments? You can also create your own, or use shared questions from other TCI teachers.
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Super Simple Science investigations are bite-sized lessons that can be done in 30-mins or less. Each Super Simple Science lesson comes with an engaging lesson video for students to follow along as they conduct them in-class or at home. These lessons are perfect “Fun Friday” lessons and do not require special materials.
In lesson 2’s Super Simple Science, students learn about Tyrannosaurus Rex and how scientists are able to know what it looked like through study of T.rex fossils. Then, students find another dinosaur that interests them and draw ways that their dinosaur is similar to and different from T.Rex. They observe the patterns they see and share their findings with the class.
Students apply what they have learned in a hands-on Performance Assessment where they are evaluated across the three dimensions.
Unit 1 Performance Assessment: Researching How Columbian Mammoths Went Extinct
Take part in a paleontology dig. Use the evidence you uncover to find out why Columbian Mammoths died off.
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