Monday, November 28, 2011

Taking Control of Learning in Science Class

Students are in charge of the learning for the next few weeks in science class. Each group has a topic to explore (they got to choose) and then they'll demonstrate their learning. In education circles this is called "Student Directed Learning." I call it a great way to teach and learn in the 21st century.

So here's what I did...

The Michigan state standards for 5th grade that have to do with the topic of our unit, "Objects in the Sky," include the following big ideas:

  • Revolution and Rotation of the Earth
  • The Sun
  • The size of objects in the solar system
  • Gravity's effects on planets and the moon
  • Phases of the moon
  • Constellations & stars
  • Lunar and Solar Eclipses
  • Tides
  • Planets and the Solar System

Here's the search engine they're using to help their research. Using this will help narrow down the results. It only searches sites that I've picked out.

I can't wait to see what the students do with this. I think it will be tremendous.


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