Back in April, we hosted a Science Collaborative Workshop with 21 PreK-8 science teachers from 5 international schools. (Check out these previous posts if you’re interested in the planning process or my take-aways from organizing the event.) Since we all use the same AERO science standards, one of our goals was to work together to create standards-based science units that could be used as exemplars for other international schools. We nearly accomplished that in the span of the 3-day workshop, but making these units accessible (and legible) on a website took over a month of continued collaboration remotely (and a little bit of arm twisting on my part!)
I’m happy to announce that these exemplar science units are now published and freely available on our website www.AERO-Science.org. The seven units are:
- Forces and Motion (Lower elementary)
- Needs of Animals (Lower elementary)
- Landforms (Upper elementary)
- Electricity (Upper elementary)
- Chemical Reactions (Middle school)
- Plate Tectonics (Middle school)
- Cells (Middle school)
Please take a look and let me know what you think of our work! Each of the units was designed using the Understanding by Design approach and was a collaborative effort between teachers from different schools.
Next fall we will be holding a follow-up workshop at the NESA Fall Training Institute to continue and expand this collaborative project, so if you also teach at an AERO school, please join us!