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Science Simulation Using BBC Science Simulations 3

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Keywords: simulation, experiment, Promethean, technology, Science
Subject(s): Science, Biology, Earth Science, Life Science, Technology, Chemistry, Physics
Grades 3 through 6
School: Pine View Middle School, Covington, LA
Planned By: Jodi Hernandez
Original Author: Jodi Hernandez, Covington
I currently teach 28 fourth graders in an inclusion setting. I enjoy using many types of technology in my classroom including: Laptops, desktop computers, Promethean Board, Activstudio software, webcam, NewsMaker software, Flip camera, and digital camera. I try to use our Promethean Board as much as possible, as well as teaching my students how to create and edit videos and pictures.

This lesson plan will allow me and other teachers to increase student proficiency in technology as well as teaching Science curriculum in a fun, safe, and meaningful way!

~ Students will perform various experiments on Promethean Board.
~ Students will identify and use stages of inquiry process.

1. Teacher will instruct students on use of Promethean or other whiteboard and allow students time to practice.
2. Teacher will demonstrate use of Science Simulations 3 (SS3) and Inquiry Process.
3. Teacher will identify Science objectives and allow students to collaboratively create science experiments on whiteboard.

Teacher will view student records of simulations

ISTE Standards for Students Addressed in lesson:

1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.

2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:

a. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
d. process data and report results.

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

a. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
c. collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.

5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:

b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
d. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
a. understand and use technology systems.
b. select and use applications effectively and productively.
c. troubleshoot systems and applications.
d. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.

Using screen recording technology, students can create videos of experiments.
Links: Sherston Publishing Group
Science Simulations 3
Materials: Whiteboards, Elementary, Science
Other Items: 1 Promethean Board or equivalent
1 BBC Science Simulations 3, $60 each, total of $60.00