Activate Learning - Next GEN PET

Teaching & Learning — Module MI Cluster

Click on the activity titles below to view or download the activities in PDF format. The extensions below can be found on the Teaching & Learning Extensions page

Each Teaching and Learning activity and extension in the Module MI (Matter and Interactions) cluster is listed below, along with a brief summary, the NGSS alignment, estimated class time needed (for activities) and the format (for extensions), and the pre-requisite TL lessons (if any). Below each description is a suggestion for when you should conduct the in-class activity or assign the extension. There is a list of the NGSS science and engineering practices and the crosscutting concepts following the table.

Note that Extension O is a group project involving working with children. This project typically takes 2-3 weeks from initial assignment to the time the final individual and group reports are turned in. Although the physical science content (physical changes of matter) is associated with Unit PC, by the time students are done with the project, the class will (probably) be on a different unit. Thus, the follow-up Activity 11, where students reflect on their interactions with the children they interviewed, will not be connected to your current unit.

  Title NPG Modules NGSS Practices* NGSS CC# Time or Format Pre-req
Ext N Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information: Prep for Lesson 10 MI 8   Paper -
  This extension includes a video analysis of videos of elementary school children deciding on criteria for good quality play dough and communicating ideas about how to make play dough. It also introduces Practice 8, obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.
  Assign: After Unit PC A5, before TL A10.
A10 MI 8   20 min Ext N
  Next Gen PET students focus on NGSS Practice 8 (obtaining, evaluating, and communicating, information). They reflect how they engaged in this practice in Next Gen PET and how children engaged in this practice, and the ways that teachers facilitate children’s engagement in this practice. This also prepares them for the lesson they will facilitate as part of Ext O.
  In class: After Unit PC A5 and TL Ext N.
Ext O Creating and Communicating a Process MI 8   Child interview Ext C, A10
  Next Gen PET students conduct a short lesson with students where they make a non-Newtonian substance using cornstarch and water (oobleck). They practice helping children communicate ideas (Practice 8). They collaborate with group members to write a report synthesizing their work with the children.
  Assign: After TL Ext C, TL A10 and near the end of Unit PC.
A11 MI 8   20 min Ext O
  In class discussion and reflection on their interactions with children that the Next Gen PET students conducted as part of Ext O. Next Gen PET students identify how children effectively communicated their ideas.
  In class: After students complete all reports associated with Ext O children’s interview task.
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering).
  2. Developing and using models.
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations.
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data.
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking.
  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering).
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence.
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
  1. Patterns
  2. Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation,
  3. Scale, proportion, and quantity,
  4. Systems and system models,
  5. Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation
  6. Structure and function, and
  7. Stability and change.

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This project is funded by the National Science Foundation IUSE program, DUE-1626496. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.