MySci Instructional Materials
Introduction to MySci
The goals of the MySci program:
- To provide an engaging and assessable set of instructional units aligned with the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.
Each unit emphasizes the scientific and engineering practices, focuses on a core disciplinary idea appropriate for the grade level, and encourages students to make connections about the cross-cutting concepts that unify the study of science and engineering. The learning progressions are intentional and enable students to build on prior knowledge.
- To encourage and model best practices in instruction.
The units use the Five E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) Learning Cycle as the instructional model for its lesson plans. This perspective assumes the students are actively engaged in the learning experience. In addition, each unit (1) integrates science, engineering, literacy, and mathematics; (2) encourages student dialogue and collaboration; (3) encourages the use of multiple methods for formative assessments; and (4) uses a project-based approach to encourage students to apply their knowledge to real world problems.
- To provide a forum for teachers to share and interact in order to continually improve the project.
The MySci units are available online. MySci encourages all teachers to share their creative adaptations, additions, and recommendations. Instructional materials can be fluid, living documents that, unlike textbooks, can be continually improved and adapted based on user feedback.
Learning the MySci Way
MySci was launched in 2005 by Washington University in St. Louis with generous funding from the Monsanto Fund. MySci’s mission is to empower schools to cultivate curiosity-driven education, by providing educators with teaching strategies, interactive learning modules and ongoing support, with the goal of transforming classrooms into learning labs. The MySci program has a history of collaborative partnerships with community organizations directly involved in science education in the St. Louis area, including the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Zoo, and the St. Louis Science Center, and STEM faculty at Washington University. MySci is dedicated to instilling a love for science in students by working closely with teachers and leaders to enhance student learning through hands-on, investigative resources and support.
MySci’s unique design makes it one of the most flexible science curriculums available. The lessons and activities of the units are integrated across subject areas and are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Missouri Learning Standards. Each unit or module emphasizes scientific and engineering practices, focuses on core disciplinary ideas appropriate for the grade level or grade band, and encourages students to make connections about the crosscutting concepts that unify the study of science and engineering. The learning progressions are intentional and enable students to build on prior knowledge. Every unit or module is designed around a grade appropriate, real world question that students answer as they apply what they learn throughout the unit or module in their culminating project or performance.
Below is the scope of the MySci K-5 units across science content areas and elementary grade levels. The units may be sequenced in whatever way best fits within school or district curricula. Use the link below to preview the MySci units from the Instructional Materials section of the Institute for School Partnership website. If you are a current MySci partner, please visit the MySci Partners Page to access your units.
The MySci 6-8 program is designed to engage students in authentic science learning centered around relevant and rigorous driving questions. Below is the scope of MySci 6-8 modules across science content and middle school grade levels. The modules may be sequenced in any way that fits best with school or district curricula. If you are a current MySci partner, please visit the MySci Partners Page to access your modules.
MySci understands the demand on teachers’ time and resources. We strive to provide high-quality STEM-focused instructional materials, including kits, in a format that allows teachers to implement best practices. We individualize according to what will best serve a school or district; offering needs assessment, professional development, and ongoing support for teachers. Every unit and module includes online curriculum, student handouts, a pre/post assessment to measure your students’ learning, NGSS and MLS alignment, the materials that you will need for each unit organized by lesson, and professional development for teachers and on-going classroom support throughout the units.
What Makes MySci Different?
- We are local.
- We are for and by teachers, developing and piloting with teachers, having the resources and backing of university faculty to vet the science concepts embedded in the units.
- We deliver – materials, curriculum, professional development, and classroom support.
Become a Partner
If you are interested in partnering with the MySci program to support STEM teaching and learning in your school or district, please reach out to us. We’d be happy to show you all our program has to offer!
Washington University in St. Louis Institute for School Partnership
Campus Box 1137, One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 935-6846
Fax: (314) 935-8764
MySci Resource Center
6601 Vernon Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 935-9856