This is a 360° look inside a middle school science classroom in Harrisburg, PA. Mrs. Rougeux is using a lesson from
Science Techbook on the effect of water on erosion. Just click and drag your mouse around in the video screen to rotate the video in full 360 degrees.
In pairs, students use a magnifying glass to look at different rocks, then record and share their observations about shape, size, and texture. The teacher asks students to begin thinking about what may have caused the rocks to look and feel the way they do.
The essential questions are drawn from the model lesson in Science Techbook and displayed on the chalkboard wall. Students focus on these questions during the work they do at every station.
At the interactive white board, students interact with two digital explorations: Erosion and Deposition and The Ever-Changing River. Students manipulate variables and collect and analyze data.
Science Techbook’s interactive glossary provides definitions in multi-language text, animation, video, and images. Using a Frayer Model graphic organizer, students develop an understanding of key academic vocabulary.
Students simulate the action of waves and the effect on the sand of the shore. They record their observations in science journals and take pictures with their phones to use on their scientific explanation digital board. There are more than 400 hands-on activities and labs across Science Techbook middle school courses.
The interactive text in Science Techbook supports Universal Design for Learning. Students can access different lexile levels, highlight text, take notes, toggle between different languages, and have text read aloud. They use an inquiry chart to synthesize information.
In another hands-on activity, students are given materials to create their own river. Working together, they hypothesize, generate their own questions, and test what happens. Students are doing the work of real scientists – collaborating, communicating, being creative, and thinking critically.
There’s a lot of energy at this station as students physically and noisily (in a productive, good way) weather rocks, setting up tests in different ways and under different conditions.
Science Techbook uses an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model. It is available in two series, with an NGSS version available: