Tools

This page will introduce you to the kinds of tools that are available on this site. The tools in the gallery below were created over the past five years in collaboration with classroom teachers who have used them successfully with students. You can also upload your own tools for other teachers to use, just create your own teacher page if you haven't already, then open your page and select Add a tool. Below, there are four broad types of tools that you can search for; click on any of these to learn more about the tools (the planning tools were designed by us after a thorough review of the literature on teaching and learning, all the rest by our colleagues in schools): Also check our "How do I...?" page for quick reads on modeling, use of evidence, making thinking visible, direct instruction, group work, anchoring events, more...
Claim-evidence-reasoning template for high school
This is a template to help high school (or middle school) students to get practice at identifying a claim, selecting evidence, and writing up the reasoning for the link between the two. The sentence frames in the left hand column … Continued
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3 Student roles to facilitate discussion about text
This tool helps students in small groups discuss a text. It also helps them learn how to do this more independently over time if it is used routinely. The beginning assumption in using this tool is that you have given … Continued
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All-in-One Curriculum - Microworlds Grade 5
5th Grade Unit Plan for Microworlds - Food Poisoning Phenomenon
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All-in-One Curriculum - Sound Energy Grade 4
4th Grade Unit Plan for Sound Energy - Singer Shatters Glass Phenomenon
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All-in-One Curriculum - Motion & Design - Grade 5
5th Grade Unit Guide Complementing STC Motion & Design kit - Skateboard Jumping Phenomenon
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Writing Springboard
Writing Springboard scaffolds students to push for writing "why" level evidence-based explanations.
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Discussion Stoplight
Highlights the kinds of contributions students make in a discussion and how they relate.
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NGSS Unit Plan Template
Standards based instruction and assessment planning tool for model based inquiry units.
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Structured Talk PDSA/ Data Snap tool
Plan-Do-Study-Act tool for improving rigorous and equitable discussions.
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Sticky Note Student Feedback
Peer review and critique routine that engages students in providing written feedback to peers and then partner talk to revise work in light of peer feedback.
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Food Chemistry Unit Plan Starter
This is a draft to an elementary Food Chemistry unit plan.
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Claim Evidence Reasoning Sentence Starters
These sentence starters help students coordinate evidence with their ideas as they explain the phenomenon.
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Discussion Diamond
Individual and group accountability creating a written artifact of group talk.
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Scaffolding Students’ Written Explanations
Questions to consider when designing tasks or scaffolds for students' written explanations.
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Four Corners Discussion
Technique that supports students in articulating and potentially revising their reasoning.
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Magnetic Science Storyboard
Features of the Magnet Model: • Manipulate parts. This magnet board allowed students to manipulate characters and slide them around on the board to illustrate their ideas while they narrated their science story. A variety of magnet characters were available … Continued
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NGSS unit planning guide
Compact and integrated unit planning guide for ambitious science teaching of the NGSS
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Making Responsive Instructional Decisions
A reflective tool that helps you make instructional decisions that respond to and build on student activity.
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Crosscutting Concepts graphic organizer
A blank table for students to learn about and record their ideas about the NGSS crosscutting concepts.
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Crosscutting Concepts graphic organizer
A blank table for students to learn about and record their ideas about the NGSS crosscutting concepts.
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All-in-One Curriculum - Magnets & Motors
Magnets & Motors curriculum guide designed for use with 6th graders. Phenomena: Junkyard magnet and shake flashlight
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All-in-One Curriculum – Circuits Grade 4
Unit guide for the STC Circuits Kit revised to meet Next Generation Science Standards
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CAP Writing
Interdisciplinary literacy tools are vital means of achieving equity in STEM. CAP Writing is a tiered approach to literacy for reluctant writers. Designed to engage authors using essential questions about content, audience and purpose, users then navigate their thinking and … Continued
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Citizen Science Data Sheet
I utilize this data sheet with my seventh graders. We collect data for GLOBE, CoCoRaHS, and the NASA SMAP Mission weekly. All data is recorded on this sheet. The sheet must be printed on 11 x 17 paper.
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Science Journal Rubric
Science Journal Rubric
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Abiotic vs Biotic Data Sheet
Abiotic vs Biotic Factors Data Sheet
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Mass Lab - Old School vs New School
Balance Scale vs Digital Scale
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Introduction to Volume Lab
Introduction to Volume - Data Sheet
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A/B Partner Talk Protocol
This protocol was developed to scaffold equitable partner talk for how/why reasoning. It reinforces a culture of student talk in which ideas about science are worth probing, expanding, critiquing, and revising. This protocol has been particularly useful for teachers who … Continued
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5th Astronomy Unit Guide
Includes links to complete 138 page unit guide as well as folders of downloadable and editable documents
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Structured Talk for How and Why Reasoning Change Package
The "Structured talk for how and why reasoning" change package provides an overview of the practice and how it supports student reasoning, tools teachers have used, and practical measures teacher have collected to deepen and localize the practice.
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Supporting ELL explanations
Scaffolding for ELLs and others on writing causal explanations. Developed by colleague Melissa Braaten of University of Colorado
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Classroom observation tool
5point observational tool for four science teaching practice and two ELL practices.
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Studio Model Template
Professional learning model for improving AST practices
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