At the very least, I like to see my students be able to apply their new knowledge as a summative assessment at the end of a unit. Better yet, provide a way for students to show me what they have learned by creating something new. A project where students include their new learning and additional new research to tackle a new problem.
Spheres of Activity for Scientists and Engineers
Looking at the Indiana State Science Standards in a New Way
Engineers use the knowledge of the natural world to build, design or maintain tools we use.
Definitions from Google
Why Connect the Standards?
Allen, R., (2008). Green light classrooms: Teaching techniques that accelerate learning. Victoria Australia: Hawker Brownlow.
"When teachers relate the skills they teach to the personal lives of their students, they are engaging in real-life teaching."
Breaux, A., & Whitaker, T. (2006). Seven simple secrets: What the best teachers know and do. Larchmont, NY: Eye On Education.
"Having students build models is a good way to assess their level of understanding of scientific principles and physical laws while simultaneously exploring, experimenting, and having fun."
"Many students learn best with hands-on activities that enable them to manipulate physical objects and concepts."
"The brain remembers best those visuals that are concrete and can be touched and manipulated."
Jensen, E., (2008). Brain-based learning: The new paradigm of teaching (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin
Engineering is the real-life application of science.
Pairing the Standards By Grade Level
Applying what they learn helps students see the relevance of their learning. Teaching the standards in tandem also increases the cognitive rigor by using additional resources to apply and create as an extension to the science lessons.
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Students could create: