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  • Newark, DE
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Science Curriculum and Texts or Kits
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Looking for input in Science Curriculum. To meet 21st century needs, we need to enhance our current curriculum by doing away with the "big book". We are looking to using 'Kits" and smaller unit texts…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matt Gantner Aug 29, 2013.

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Matt Gantner replied to Elaine Maggioli's discussion Science Curriculum and Texts or Kits
"I use the text in its entirety during the school year.  The pearson text we have is based on the Indiana Standards and we are required by the state to test the students four times a year using Acuity by McGraw Hill.  Time wise it goes…"
Aug 29, 2013
Elaine Maggioli replied to Elaine Maggioli's discussion Science Curriculum and Texts or Kits
"Can I ask..how many "texts" do you typically cover in a year. Last year was our first year and we only got through Cells and Heredity and Diversity of Life (2 chapters). We did our own unit for ecology and then several dissections. Not…"
Aug 29, 2013
Matt Gantner replied to Elaine Maggioli's discussion Science Curriculum and Texts or Kits
"We use the Pearson interactive and have for the past 3 years.  We love it!  Great technology usage, good canned labs, and overall great text.  Way better than McGraw Hill!!"
Aug 29, 2013
Elaine Maggioli replied to Rhonda Pennington's discussion IPads
"Hello, I will be piloting iPads and Macbooks in my classroom this year. In order for my students to collaborate and present their work (lab reports, activities, projects, discussions) I was planning to make my wiki ( at wikispaces.com) as a…"
Aug 10, 2011
Elaine Maggioli replied to Angela Crawford's discussion Powerpoint presentations/podcasts
"Check out authorstream. Its a free site that allows you to upload powerpoint and create video file that can be placed in youtube or on a wiki! Here is the link: http://www.authorstream.com/"
May 16, 2011
Elaine Maggioli commented on Sarita Pillai's blog post Skype in the Classroom - New Global Community for Educators
"Found another site that connects teachers globally and can be used with Skype- see epals.com"
Apr 11, 2011
Daniel Toomey replied to Elaine Maggioli's discussion Science Curriculum and Texts or Kits
"Here is the link to SFAA, all text but a great resource:   http://www.project2061.org/publications/sfaa/online/sfaatoc.htm"
Feb 8, 2011
Elaine Maggioli replied to Elaine Maggioli's discussion Science Curriculum and Texts or Kits
"Thank you for all the help! I am looking at the SEPUP modules as another teacher also recommended them. I like the kit approach since it forces so much hands-on activities, but am concerned that there is not much reading resources. So I am trying to…"
Feb 7, 2011
Daniel Toomey replied to Elaine Maggioli's discussion Science Curriculum and Texts or Kits
"Greetings. We use SEPUP at our school for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Activity-based curriculum, and I supplement text with Science For All Americans. It is issues-based, so kids rarely ask why they need to learn whatever it is we are covering. Let me…"
Feb 7, 2011
Jessica Fries-Gaither replied to Elaine Maggioli's discussion Science Curriculum and Texts or Kits
"I'm glad to hear you're still planning on using texts - reading is still important in science, as long as it is used to confirm and extend findings from actual experiences. It sounds like you are going about this the right way in terms of…"
Feb 7, 2011
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Science Curriculum and Texts or Kits

Looking for input in Science Curriculum. To meet 21st century needs, we need to enhance our current curriculum by doing away with the "big book". We are looking to using 'Kits" and smaller unit texts (like Pearson's Interactive Science or Holt's Science Fusion) to cover the various topics. We want to address the topics first and then find the best resources/supplies to help us do this. We don't want to be locked into one text. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Any one using SEPUP?
Feb 6, 2011
Elaine Maggioli replied to Todd Williamson's discussion 7th Grade Weather Project
"If you are still looking to discuss weather, I will be starting my unit on weather around Feb 21, 2011. If you are interested we would love to SKPE with your class. I teach 6th grade Earth Science in Newark, Delaware. Email emaggioli@tisde.org"
Jan 24, 2011
Elaine Maggioli is now a member of Middle School Portal
Jan 11, 2011

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Which best describes your position?
Classroom Teacher (preK-12), Curriculum Coordinator
What discipline(s) do you teach?
Science
I need help with
Assessment/Testing, Classroom management, Content knowledge, Instructional strategies, Integrating technology
I can help with
Classroom management, Content knowledge, Instructional strategies, Integrating technology

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At 9:33am on January 11, 2011, Kim Lightle said…

Hi Elaine - Welcome aboard! I wanted to tell you a little about MSP2 - we are using this NING network as a place where educators can connect with each other (through answers to profile questions and the advanced Members search) and also as a way to connect educators with exemplary resources and professional development opportunities.
 
If you look on the Main page - you'll see MSP2 resources in the upper left hand box - we have resource guides where we have sifted and sorted and contextualized resources on topics important to middle school math and science teachers, an archive of all of our past webinars, the ability to search the MSP2 collection, and pages of teacher and student opportunities and grants. Our newest resource guides are Teaching With Trade Books which includes lessons for science AND math classes and Science Misconceptions.

We've got some great upcoming events - check them out in the Events section. We also have a MSP2 Book Club - our next book is Finding Mrs. Warnecke. You can read more about the book and find out when we are meeting by going to the MSP2 Book Club group.


We also have two free webinars on Thursday - one on Reader's Theater and Informational Text and one on Collaborating Classrooms. You can see more information about these in the Events section.


Please don't hesitate to post a question or comment. We are always looking for feedback and new ideas for PD opportunities and people who would like to present.
 
So glad you joined - Kim

 
 
 

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