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Table of Contents

Virtual Meetups Planning Resources for Teachers
Lab Safety Instructional Resources

Making the Case for Elementary Science

Professional Organizations
COVID 19 Resources


Science Newsletter 

Science Newsletter The Ohio Science Education newsletter provides timely information to science educators regarding important news from the Ohio Department of Education  professional development opportunities and classroom resources.

Sign up to receive the Ohio Science Education newsletter.
 

Virtual Meetups

Science Meetups 2020-2021 

The Science Team will be convening Virtual Science Meetups each month of the 2020-2021 school year. Each week will have a different focus of science instruction.  Information on other Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies Meetups can be found on the Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies' Resource Page. 


October through May schedule 

First Tuesday – The Nature of Science: Scientific Inquiry and Application 

Each month will focus on component of the Nature of Science, particularly those that are concerned with scientific inquiry and application.  Links to session recordings and resources may be found in the table below after the conclusion of the session. 

Join Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82261121814 


Second Tuesday – General Science Community Chat   

Join your science colleagues from around the state to share your thoughts relating to questions, challenges, successes and innovative ideas in our science classrooms,

Join Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88079078359 

Third Thursday - Science Education Council of Ohio Monthly Webinar

Join the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) for their Monthly Webinar series.  Each month will highlight a quality instructional material or idea for classroom instruction that will also tie in with the Nature of Science Concept discussed in the meetup during the first week of the month.  Details and connection information for the SECO webinar can be found on the SECO webpage. 

Fourth Tuesday – Grade Level Breakout Chats – (NO Breakout sessions in December/May) 

Teachers of each grade level or course will have the opportunity to meet in breakout sessions with other colleagues around the state; to share thoughts, ideas and questions more specific to their particular science classroom needs.

Join Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87929130312 

Virtual Meetups for Science Schedule

All Meetup session times are Eastern Standard Time.
 
Grade Band Topic Date Time Partner Link
K-12 The Nature of Science: Science Inquiry & Application First Tuesday of the Month October -May 3:30 SECO Join Here
K-12 General chat Second Tuesday of the Month  October-May 3:30 SECO Join Here
6-12 Grade Level/Course Networking Fourth Tuesday of the Month October - April 3:00 SECO Join Here
K-5 Grade Level Networking Fourth Tuesday of the Month October - April 4:15 SECO Join Here


Partnering Professional Organizations

Virtual Meetups Resources - the Nature of science 

Video recordings and resources; including powerpoint presentations and supplemental materials for each of the Virtual Meetups dedicated to The Nature of Science may be found by clicking the links below.

Recordings Program Date Resources
Asking Questions and Defining Problems September 15, 2020                    Asking Questions and Defining Problems 
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations October 5, 2020 Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Developing and Using Models November 3, 2020 Developing and Using Models
Analyzing and Interpreting Data December 1, 2020 Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking January 5, 2020 Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions February 2, 2020 Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information March 2, 2020
 
Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Engaging in Argument from Evidence/ Science is Open to Revision April 6, 2020 Engaging in Argument from Evidence/ Science is Open to Revision
Science as a Way of Knowing/Science as a Human Endeavor May 4, 2020 Science as a Way of Knowing/Science as a Human Endeavor


Virtual Meetups Resources - Choice boards

To learn more about Choice Boards and explore how the faculty at Genoa Area Local Schools have successfully utilized Choice Boards in their K-12 curriculum, access the Recording of the Ohio Department of Education's Virtual Meetup for Science: Choice Boards Examine the templates and slides offered by Genoa Area Local teachers, to inspire your efforts to incorporate choice boards into your classroom curriculum.  There are many examples provided for implementation across the curriculum and in all grade levels. 


COVID 19 Educational Resources
 

Ohio Science Standards COVID-19 Gap Analysis

The Science Standards COVID-19 Gap Analysis was created to assist educators in preparing instruction for the 2020-2021 academic year.  It will illuminate any gaps in learning that may have been created during the school building closure of 2020, in order to address them with students during the 2020-2021 academic year.  

Teaching Students About COVID-19

The Smithsonian Science Education Center, in collaboration with the InterAcademy Partnership and the World Health Organization, has created a free guide for youth called, “COVID-19! How can I protect myself and others?”   The purpose of this 7-lesson module is to help youth engage in hands-on activities that they can do at home with simple materials to help them understand the underlying science (and social science) of COVID-19. 

Supporting Students’ Science Learning During School Closures

Supporting Students’ Science Learning During School Closures – Council of State Science Supervisors created a guide to provide guidance around how to support student science learning during these unique circumstances. Here is the link to these documents translated to other languages.

 

Instructional Resources

Science Explorations To Do at Home

These investigations are designed to be completed in a home setting and are specifically targeted to each of Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science. These activities use easy to find, familiar household items. The projects are intended to be used by parents to supplement instruction in the classroom or for teachers to assign during remote learning, particularly for students who do not have access to online resources.  Be sure to follow pertinent safety considerations. Safety During At-Home Science Explorations
 
Grade Kindergarten Grade 5
Grade 1 Grade 6
Grade 2 Grade 7
Grade 3 Grade 8
Grade 4  


FLINN Scientific has created FREE At-Home Activities and At-Home Labs for students; including student and teacher guides.  

NSTA has created a collection of at-home activities titled the Daily Do. These Daily Do activities are useful for classroom teachers as well as parents to keep their students engaged in meaningful science lessons and experimentation.  NSTA members have unlimited access to the Daily Do activities.  Non-members of NSTA are also granted access to these activities, however individuals are limited in the number of times they may access within each month.

Resources Created by Outside Organizations

These resources were created by other professional organizations, many of which are outside Ohio, and are not guaranteed to fully align to the Ohio Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science. When reviewing these resources, educators can use the standards, content elaborations and expectations for learning contained in the Model Curriculum to help make determinations on whether to use the materials with their instruction.
 
  • cK-12 - The cK-12 Foundation provides a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts from arithmetic to anatomy.  cK12 integrates with many Learning Management Systems including Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas and Edmodo
  • Concord Consortium – Virtual guided STEM lessons to engage students in scientifically accurate models and activities.
  • The Cornell Lab – Citizen Science Projects to connect students to the world of birds.
  • Ohio Department of Education STEM Resources - Resources and activities for  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math integration
  • Ohio Division of Wildlife - Part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, this Ohio agency provides current information and data on Ohio's wildlife species, as well as classroom resources for teaching about Ohio wildlife; including activity guides, field guides, guidance on developing a WILDSchool Site, Project WILD Curriculum Resources, Project Based Learning resources, and their Chat with a Biologist program. 

 

Lab Safety

Science Laboratory Safety

As Ohio students return to school for the 2020-2021 school year, it is imperative to ensure that student safety and well-being are accounted for in all learning environments. The Ohio Learning Standards for Science recognize the importance of providing opportunities for students to engage in inquiry-based activities, which focus on the science and engineering practices and the nature of science.   These opportunities provide equitable learning experiences that enhance student performance.  To provide for opportunities for students to engage in these activities in a safe manner, the Vermont Agency of Education has issued guidance and suggested protocols pertaining to laboratory safety for science classrooms.  This document details a risk assessment, as well as protocols for social distancing in the science classroom, student and staff hygiene and appropriate disinfection of equipment and work stations.  This guidance is also congruent with what is necessary for Ohio science classrooms and educators  to provide safe spaces for students to engage in scientific inquiry and investigations as well.  

NSTA has also created a science classroom safety page which includes a position statement on the liability of classroom teachers, a position statement on safety and school science instructions, and other resources for science classrooms. 

 

Making the Case for Elementary Science

Speaking Up for Elementary Social Studies and Science, YouTube presentation by Nell Duke, Universtiy of Michigan, about the importance of teaching Social Studies and Science in the elementary grades.


Planning Resources for Teachers

Curriculum Analysis 

Curriculum analysis documents provide a tool to closely review current instructional resources to ensure alignment with the expectations of Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science.

Curriculum Analysis Grade K  

Curriculum Analysis Physical Science 

Curriculum Analysis Grade 1 

Curriculum Analysis Biology 

Curriculum Analysis Grade 2

Curriculum Analysis Chemistry 

Curriculum Analysis Grade 3 

Curriculum Analysis Environmental Science 

Curriculum Analysis Grade 4

Curriculum Analysis Physics

Curriculum Analysis Grade 5

Curriculum Analysis Physical Geology 

Curriculum Analysis Grade 6 

Curriculum Analysis Human Anatomy and Physiology

Curriculum Analysis Grade 7

Curriculum Analysis K-12

Curriculum Analysis Grade 8

 
 

Instructional Implications 

Instructional implications documents are intended to provide an overview of the most significant shifts in content or instructional focus between the 2010 and 2018 standards. Teachers or district teams are encouraged to examine these changes more thoroughly using Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science. Advanced science courses at the high school level are not included in these documents because there were limited changes to the content in those courses. 

Grade K Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version

Grade 7 Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version

Grade 1 Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version

Grade 8 Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version

Grade 2 Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version

Physical Science Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version

Grade 3 Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version

Biology Instructional Implications 
Section 508 Version

Grade 4 Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version

Grades K-10 Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version

Grade 5 Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version

 

Grade 6 Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version

 

 

Vertical Alignment Example  

The vertical alignment document provides one example of an overview of the K-8 progression within each topic area. This document is a high-level view and cannot serve as a substitute for the breadth of information provided in Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science. The information provided is not sufficient to adequately plan instructional details of lessons or units. Please refer to the intended uses in the introduction to this document. 

Planning Resources from Outside Organizations

  • Science Education Council of Ohio – This state science teachers organization provides resources to support the instruction of Ohio’s Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science. From now until June 15th all SECO resources will be available at no cost.
  • Understanding Science – The University of Berkeley provides resources to understand the nature of science.

 

Professional Organizations

Environmental Education Council of Ohio
Science Education Council (SECO)
National Science Teaching Association
 

Last Modified: 11/10/2020 3:16:47 PM