- Planning for Engagement with big science ideas—the primer for learning about it.
- Planning for Engagement—the tool for designing your own units.
Designing lessons that use the 4 sets of core practices
Three of our four core sets of practices are about the enactment of lessons. If you are interested in learning to use the core (we hope you are), then we highly recommend reading the primer for each set of practices. This primer is a guide that explains the purpose of each practice, the sequence of how you’d engage with learners and their ideas, and suggested discourse moves. At the end of each primer is an explanation of where these practices came from in the research. If you are ever in a conversation with someone who wants to know “What is the research that backs this up?” just have them read the relevant primer. It’s all there.
Each of the three core sets of practices also comes with a tool that you can use to design your own lesson. So, to be clear, each practice has an introductory primer and then a tool.
- Eliciting Students Ideas —the primer for learning about it
- Eliciting Students Ideas—the tool for designing your own lessons
- Supporting on-going changes in students’ thinking—the primer for learning about it
- Supporting on-going changes in students’ thinking—the tool for designing your own lessons
- Pressing for Explanations—the primer for learning about it
- Pressing for Explanations—the tool for designing your own lessons
Tools that are helpful additions to the principal tools:
Card-sorting activity for unit planning
One of the activities you’ll have to do in “Planning for engagement with big ideas” is unpack the curriculum topics you have to address. Unpacking topics like “earthquakes,” “solubility,” or “cellular respiration” begins with identifying all the big and not-so-big ideas mentioned in the curriculum. It means seeing how they relate to one another, then figuring out which ideas are at the heart of really understanding the topic. We have a basic practice we use to do this, it’s called the Card sort. This activity is best done, of course with colleagues.
Explanation-to-activity tool for unit planning