MySci Instructional Materials
Our goals in developing the MySci units were three-fold:
- 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 on line in a format that 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.
Below is the scope of the MySci 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 access the MySci units from the Instructional Materials section of the Institute for School Partnership website.
Unit Building Blocks and Philosophy
MySci units connect students to problem-solving activities built around a project.