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ERIC Number: EJ1117697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Achieving Liftoff
Turley, Renee; Trotochaud, Alan; Campbell, Todd
Science Teacher, v83 n6 p35-41 Sep 2016
Sense-making has been described as working on and with ideas--both students' ideas and authoritative ideas in texts--to build coherent storylines, models, and/or explanations. This article describes the process for developing storyline units to support students' making sense of and explaining a rocket launch. The storyline approach, which aligns with the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013), engages students in "figuring out" instead of "learning about." The storyline approach features three key dimensions: (1) an anchoring phenomenon chosen to spark questions; (2) investigations that allow students to figure out parts of the story; and (3) a culminating performance expectation that puts the story together. Coherence is emphasized in storylines as students build ideas over time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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