Professional Development August 23rd, 2016 Elementary Curriculum Day

Here is a Head's Up for the Planned Professional Development for K-5 Science for the Elementary Curriculum Day on August 23rd.
Sessions and courses are in the process of being posted on MyTalent and will also be posted on SignUp Genius.

Please remember that this is a required PD day for teachers, reserved for Central Office use to share resources all teachers need for 2016-2017 and
schools are expected to release teachers to attend district-wide professional development.

Discovery Education Science TechBook for Grades 3, 4, and 5 will be offered at Endhaven, Huntersville, and Barringer Academic Academy.
There will be three sessions in the morning from 8:00-11:00 AM, one for teachers new to TechBook (Getting Started), one for teachers who have been using TechBook for awhile ( Paper Slides and Board Builder), and one for teachers looking to take TechBook to the next level (Read, Write, and Talk Like a Scientist). The same sessions will be repeated in the afternoon from 12:30-3:30 PM.

Orbit Earth, a giant balloon that can only fit in the gym, will be featured at Barringer Academic Center. The 8:00-9:30 session will be for teachers in grades K-2; the 10:00-11:30 session is for teachers from in grades 3-5. Orbit Earth is a supplemental program and funding for the program may be available through the Arts and Science Council.

A Walk in the Woods, An Environmental Education Company, will host a session at Morehead STEM Academy, from 8:30-10:00 AM. The title of the session is "Hands-on Museum Based Science Programs With Live Animals" and it is appropriate for all grade levels PreK-5. Funding may be available through the Arts and Science Council.

The 2016-2017 SITE Elementary Science Leadership Cohort and K-5 Science Lab Teachers/Facilitators will meet from 12:30-3:30 PM at Lebanon Rd for an update on elementary science in CMS plus job alike sessions.

Paired Storybooks Aligned to Science Standards and Other Resources to Integrate Science and Literacy for K-2 will be hosted by Huntington Farms ES from 8:00-9:30 AM.

Paired Storybooks Aligned to Science Standards and Other Resources to Integrate Science and Literacy for 3-5 will be hosted by Huntington Farms ES from 10:00-11:30 AM.

STEMscopes will be featured at Palisade Park ES from 8:30-10:00 AM. STEMscopes is a supplemental program that is aligned to NC science standards and includes student handbooks, science kits, and on-line curriculum materials. STEMscopes is recommended for any school looking to add some sizzle to how they organize learning opportunities for their students.

The Caroina Aviation Museum will have an open house for preK-5 teachers from 9:30-11:00 and will feature hands-on activities plus a possible guest appearance from one of the survivors of the Miracle on the Hudson. The museum is a popular field trip for many schools in the Charlotte area so this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about that opportunity for your students.

5th Grade Science Summit held at Huntingtowne Farms ES on March 15th 2016


Here is the link for the information Peter Panico shared at the Summit Meeting. I will add more resources and links later for resources shared by other teachers who presented.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1tWHpWX4-FvuH1Ukn_RpNvRMDB1mVkovY5QIMIMjZzjg/edit?usp=sharing

Presentation to Catholic Schools of Charlotte Dioceses -- March 11th, 2016






This hyper-linked summary document includes emails for Wayne Fisher and Alisa Wickliff as well as links to the CMS Elementary Science Wiki Page, the CMS Elementary Science FaceBook Page,

the CMS Elementary Science Listserves, Science Resource Guides, and the Center for STEM at UNC Charlotte.

11th Annual K-12 STEM Conference at UNC Charlotte is January 5th, 2016

This is a list of the 40 sessions planned for the conference. There are sessions for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-5, and K-12. Many involve the integration of science content with literacy skills.


This e-Flyer has details about prices, program, lunch, etc. The cost to CMS teachers is $60 which includes a white table cloth, sit-down lunch with many door prizes.

LINK to GOOGLE DRIVE with Many of the RESOURCES shared at the Conference!

Link to K-12 STEM Conference Resources


Professional Development November 17th, Elementary Science Alliances


See the Science Alliance page for more details about locations, times, and programs planned for the monthly Elementary Science Alliances for November 17th.
However, there will be a special webinar available for teachers in grades 3-5 to learn more about the Discovery Education TechBook for Science.

The webinar will be on Tuesday, November 17th, from 4:30-5:30, and can count as attending a Science Alliance meeting by sending an email to w.fisher@cms.k12.nc.us to share how you use, or plan to use, DE Science TechBook in your teaching practice. You may participate in the webinar from any location, including home!

Here is a flyer with more details about the Discovery Education webinar.

Professional Development October 7th, 2015 Early Release Day


This day is reserved for school use and the professional development offered is all school based. Discovery Education TechBook for Science and also Science A-Z professional development is available by request. Just email Wayne at w.fisher@cms.k12.nc.us.

Here is a Layered Curriculum to Model Strategies to Impact Teacher Practice and Increase Student Learning in All Subjects. I am available on a limited basis to do the same PD session at schools that would like to have a jump start for elementary science.


Professional Development August 19th, 2015 Elementary Curriculum Day


Here is a Head's Up for the Planned Professional Development for K-5 Science for the Elementary Curriculum Day on August 19th.
Please remember that this is a required PD day for teachers, reserved for Central Office use to share resources all teachers need for 2015-2016.

Discovery Education Science TechBook for Grades 3 and 4 will be offered at EE Waddell. There will be 2 sessions for each grade level, one from 8:30-11:30 AM and the same session repeated from 12:30-3:30 PM. Only one teacher at each grade level should attend a session. Principals will choose teachers to attend.
The MyTalent course number will be 415000. You may also use SignUP Genius to reserve a seat. You need a reservation to attend this session.

NOTE - all sessions fo DE TechBook PD on the 19th are posted on MyTalent except the 3rd grade AM session at EE Waddell. I am working on that now, but as a work-around, you can use SignUp Genius to reserve a seat for 3rd Grade AM EE Waddell.

Discovery Education Science TechBook for Grades 4 and 5 will be offered at Albemarle Rd ES. There will be 2 sessions for each grade level, one from 8:30-11:30 AM and the same session repeated from 12:30-3:30 PM. Only one teacher at each grade level should attend a session. Principals will choose teachers to attend.
The MyTalent course number will be 415000. You may also use SignUP Genius to reserve a seat. You need a reservation to attend this session.

Discovery Education Science TechBook for Grades 3 and 5 will be offered at Huntersville ES. There will be 2 sessions for each grade level, one from 8:30-11:30 AM and a repeat session from 12:30-3:30 PM. Only one teacher at each grade level should attend a session. Principals will choose teachers to attend.
The MyTalent course number will be 415000. You may also use SignUP Genius to reserve a seat. You need a reservation to attend this session.

Orbit Earth, a giant balloon that can only fit in the gym, will be featured at Palisades ES. The 8:00-9:30 session will be for two teachers from each school from grades K-2; the 10:30-12:00 session is for two teachers from each school it is suggested that one teacher be a 5th grade teacher. Orbit Earth is a supplemental program and funding for the program may be available through the Arts and Science Council.
The MyTalent course number will be 415018. You may also use SignUP Genius to let us know you would like to attend this session. Walk-ins welcomed!

A Walk in the Woods, An Environmental Education Company, will host two sessions at Morehead STEM Academy, one from 8:00-9:30 for two teachers from each school in grades preK-2, and a session from 10:00-11:30 for two teachers from each school in grades 3-5.
The MyTalent course number will be 415019. You may also use SignUP Genius to let us know you would like to attend this session. Walk-ins welcomed!

4th Grade Science - Balanced Literacy and Science Pilot Program - 8:30-9:30 and a repeat session 10:30-11:30 at Endhaven ES. This session features Ted Miracle, science teacher at Endhaven, and Carrie Alexander, Literacy Facilitator at Endhaven, teaming up to show how science content can be covered using the Balanced Literacy approach. The MyTalent course number will be 415020. You may also use SignUP Genius to reserve a seat. Limit 30 teachers.

2015-2016 Elementary Science Leadership Team and K-5 Science Lab Teachers/Facilitators will meet from 1:00-4:00 PM at Lebanon Rd for an update on elementary science in CMS plus job alike sessions. The MyTalent course number will be 415017. You may also use SignUP Genius to let us know you will attend.

The following opportunity is available to any CMS K-5 teacher.

Hello Elementary Science Teachers - Looking for a great and educational field trip for your students? Visit the recycling center in Charlotte
City of Charlotte in conjunction with Waste Management is offering funds to pay for field trip transportation to bring students to the new facility. The Environmental Education Center and Recycling Facility offers educational and “up close to the action” tours for all age groups throughout the year. Teachers and students can see firsthand where all the bottles, cans, and other recyclables go after the recycling trucks have picked them up curbside.

The Education Center has an amphitheater for presentations. There is a safely enclosed viewing platform where visitors can see the recycling trucks tip the recyclables on the Production floor. Then everything is processed and baled, and loaded onto waiting tractor trailer trucks. The recyclables are transported to manufactures to be made into end use consumer products. Visitors then walk through an exhibit area with a variety of end use products.

A camera is set up in the amphitheater and visitors are featured on the movie screen to their surprise. With the upper grades, this camera is used as a question and answer time for students as if it is a local news program. A wonderful puppet show is presented to pre-K and elementary students. Paula Hoffmann is the tour and education coordinator. She is a former public school teacher from Kansas City, Kansas. The Recycling Center averages around ten thousand visitors per year.

The Education Center at the Recycling Cycle is inviting elementary teachers to preview the tour on Aug 19 at 10:00am. Preference for the funded field trip is given to the schools closest to the facility - Mountain Island, Oakdale, Whitewater Academy, Tuckaseegee, Hidden Valley, JW Grier, Billingsville, Westerly Hills.
Yes I want to visit the Recycling Center on Curriculum Day


"Best 5th Grade Science Ever!*" --- August 5/6 @ Endhaven ES

Here is the Agenda for the conference.


Here is the link to register for the Conference on SignUp Genius.

Green Teacher Network ---- August 19th, 2015 --- Workshop 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. Details on the GTN Webpage.

Here is the link ..... http://gtncharlotte.org/workshops.html


Regional:

11th Annual K-12 STEM Conference at UNC Charlotte, January 5th, 2016

Here is the link where you can register ..... http://cstem.uncc.edu/k-12-stem-teacher-programs/10th-annual-k-12-stem-conference

Design, Discover, and Differentiate! WWWD? What Would Wayne Do if he had a chance to lead a one hour breakout session for the TD Catalysts in CMS? --- Session at PDC, December 16th, 2014


Here is the handout that has links for many of the resources I shared on December 16th at the TD Catalyst meeting. If there is a resource not included, please email me at w.fisher@cms.k12.nc.us.


This is the handout that lists the Activities, Demonstrations, and Explanations shared at the breakout session. Most resources are hyper-linked to take you to the page or website where the activities can be located.


SITE K-5 Science Leadership Team --- Session at UNC Charlotte, October 19th, 2013


Use this Five Whys activity to help you think more deeply why you want to be part of the SITE K-5 Science Leadership Team.

This sample PRISM grant will give you an idea of how to write your own grant to compete for $3000 in materials, equipment, programs, and $1500 for professional development to build capacity for STEM at your school.

This timeline shows "Where We Were, Where We Are" with regards to growing capacity for STEM in CMS.

You can use this graphic organizer to help identify your strengths and also passions about being a STEM teacher. A good, short video to watch before completing the activity is the following ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcPKltwFEKk&feature=share&list=PLjx1KsM1_LfsM8_pcHWxFnm_mqA9Rnaoq


Layered Curriculum for Elementary Engineering --- Workshop at Lake Wylie, October 9th, 2013


This is the lesson plan format I used to organize this workshop.

This Layered Curriculum shares resources and activities to help K-5 teachers become more comfortable using engineering practices from the Next Generation Science Standards to excite their students about STEM.

This is the template used for the Frayer Diagram for the C1 layered activity.

This layered activity, C5, can be used as a pre-assessment or post-assessment. It's is based on the idea from Page Keeley's book "Science Formative Assessment, 75 Practical Strategies to Link Assessment, Instruction, and Learning.

I use this layered activity, C6, with K-2 classes when I am asked to present at school STEM Career Days.


Breakout Sessions for Literacy Facilitators Meeting September 5th, 2013



Use this Layered Curriculum to select activities about reading and writing in science. Note - the document is hyperlinked to make it easier to locate resources.


This Cover Sheet for RAW Science + four sheets of paper folded hamburger-style = My Science Notebook!


C1. Read the memo, participate in the whole group discussion, and in your Science Notebook, brainstorm ways that you can use science content to help students master reading and writing skills. Bonus - join an elementary science listserve!


C2 This file is from the website www.sharemylesson.com. Open the file and read at least five poems about animals. Write a poem about an animal that interests you.

ThreeWordsOneSentenceForceandMotion.docx
ThreeWordsOneSentenceForceandMotion.docx

ThreeWordsOneSentenceForceandMotion.docx
C3. "Three Words-One Sentence" is a good way to review academic vocabulary. Here is an example for force and motion and also ecosystems. You can challenge your students to choose their own three words. If done with some thought, this strategy can lead into a concept mapping activity for an big idea in science.

ThreeWordsOneSentenceEcosystems.docx
ThreeWordsOneSentenceEcosystems.docx

ThreeWordsOneSentenceEcosystems.docx
C4 Work with one or more partners to select, rehearse, and perform one of the 25 Science Plays for Emergent Readers. Identify the NC Essential Standard in Science that is most closely aligned to the science content in the play.


C5. This activity works well as a pre-or post- assessment. At the end of the year, I suggest having students work in pairs to complete a "Last Word" activity for each of the major science concepts in 5th grade: Force and Motion, Ecosystems, Weather and Climate, and Human Body Systems.


C6 This word building activity was shared by Becky Worlds at a Literacy Facilitator's meeting in 2012. If you scroll down to the bottom of the Resource for Teachers page, Becky has shared other vocabulary strategies.


C7 I made this Forces on a Plane probe as a pre-assessment for a field trip by a group of 5th graders to the Aviation Museum near the airport. I shared it initially on this page as part of the documents we posted from the 2011 5th Grade Science Conference.


C8 Use this Frayer Diagram, or other versions, to assess student understandings of science concepts.

Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
C9 Go to the link above, navigate to "Stories for Students", select a story, list the three formats in your Science Notebook, and explain why you chose your story.



B1. These are templates from the book, "Writing Strategies for Science" published by Shell Education.


B1. Use this activity for Contract B1 of the Layered Curriculum. It is a free download from the Shell Education website.


B2 Picture Perfect Science. Find the link for "Picture Perfect Science and the Common Core" on the website. Browse the list of books and select one book to recommend to teachers at your school that they could use to connect science to literacy. Explain your selection.


B3 Write a paragraph, about 150 words more or less, on the topic "The important thing about reading is science is ...." or "The important thing about writing in science is ...". Turn in your paragraph as a "ticket-out-the-door". Class responses will be converted into a Wordle.


B4 Work in teams of three to play three rounds of Science Sketchers. Modify the rules to include five terms in five minutes.


B5 Complete this feedback form and turn in as a "ticket-out-the-door".

The following two activities/resources are also useful to help integrate science content with reading and writing.


This file is from the website www.sharemylesson.com.


This file is from the website www.sharemylesson.com.

SITE K-5 and Elementary Science Lab Teachers/Facilitators - August 19th, 2013 @ Lebanon Road

We had 65+ teachers meet to learn how to use use Learning Centers ( also called Stations) to create a student-centered classroom where students have choices as to how they learn, work at their own pace to assume ownership of their learning, yet are held accountable for what they learn. The following files list centers that Darlene will use the first few weeks of school to help students explore the nature of science, learn how to use science tools, and just allow students to have fun doing science.

If you are interested in using a stations-approach to organize learning opportunities for students, email Wayne Fisher at w.fisher@cms.k12.nc.us for more details. Because of the interest by the teachers in using stations/centers with their students, we may offer additional sessions as part of the Elementary Science Alliances at Lebanon Road ES.











Curriculum Day for LIFT Year-Round Schools July 18th, 2013


This is the agenda for a one hour PD session with teachers in grades 3-5 at Bruns, Druid Hills, Thomasboro, and Walter G Byers to share with them information about elementary science in CMS.

This is a Layered Curriculum used to model the layered curriculum approach to organize instruction to create a student-centered learning environment where students have choices as to how they learn, but are also held accountable for what they learn.

YouTube Video on Passion. This is the link to the 5 minute video on Passion shown at the start of the PD session.

New Teacher Orientation August 11-16, 2016


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcPKltwFEKk&list=PLjx1KsM1_LfsM8_pcHWxFnm_mqA9Rnaoq
This link is to an uplifting, five minute, video about being passionate about teaching students.

300 Potential Teachers This short video is motivational for teachers at all grade levels!


This document has hyperlinks to the Elementary Science Listserves, Science Resource Guides, and notes and quotes about teaching. It is also Contract C1 for the Layered Curriculum example used for the July 18th Curriculum Day above.

These ABCs of Elementary Science in CMS will give teachers a broad overview of how elementary science is organized and supported in CMS.

This Elementary Science Help Sheet includes links to the NC Department of Public Instruction Science Wiki and emails of teachers at each grade level who will gladly offer advice about resources and activities to excite students about science.


This Update for Elementary Science in CMS for 2016-2017 has hyperlinks to the Elementary Science Listserves, the Science Wiki, information about the Elementary Science Alliances, and more!

This "Life's To Do List" is something I found on a bulletin board around 1996. It is a good resource to help us keep things in perspective when we have those "bad hair days". Wayne Fisher Aug 2015

District:

Monthly Science Alliance meetings

Meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and are for any teachers teaching in K-5 classrooms: check the link below to see where the meetings are being held each month. Science Alliance page




SITE Elementary Science Lab Teacher/Facilitator 2013-2014 Summer 2013 + following up sessions in 2013-2013 school year. Course being developed.



November 6, 2012 - CMS District Curriculum Day
Here are the handouts and support documents needed to facilitate the Elementary Curriculum Day.In short, we plan to have all math and science teachers in grades K-12 to participate in various Discovery Education webinars to help teachers gain a better understanding of how to use Discovery Education to impact their teaching and student learning.Since we have not attempted something of this scale before, we do anticipate some challenges with connectivity and communications leading to confusion at times. However, we enjoy a challenge and the advantages of having teachers remain at their schools and work in teams and have a common learning experience for all K-5 teachers in CMS, outweigh the angst and effort to implement this model of professional development for 4000+ teachers.
This word document gives the overall details for the webinars
.This is a Digital Treasure Hunt to help teachers build assignments to engage students in the learning process.This is a Digital Treasure Hunt to help teachers create a classroom and populate it with students.
This is a Digital Treasure Hunt to help teachers create Writing Prompts related to W1 tasks in the Standard Course of Study.
These are school passcodes for Discovery Education, if needed.November 7-9 NSTA Charlotte