Patterns in Weather - Student Edition (Integrated Mathematics, Science, and Technology (IMaST), 6th Grade)
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- Publication Date:2002
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- Integrated STEM middle school
- Problem solving is used as a key instructional technique throughout the IMaST program. As students work to explore and solve the situations and problems presented to them in the activities, they develop strong critical thinking skills such as predicting, hypothesizing, planning, controlling variables, analyzing, interpreting, and assessing. Problem solving becomes second nature to students in the IMaST program.
- IMaST materials were developed in response to the latest research in teaching/learning as well as to systemic reform initiatives calling for new curricula. This resulted in the design of an integrated curriculum that places a strong emphasis on problem solving, uses the learning cycle approach to assure that students are actively engaged in the learning process, makes frequent use of student group work, and includes authentic assessment strategies.
- Integrated curriculum that would promote experientially based, hands-on learning for students and teaming among teachers from three or more disciplines.
- The IMaST curriculum is built on major themes and presented in separate modules. Each theme is developed by having all disciplines focus on several key concepts that lead toward the same module objective. Benchmarks, national standards, and state frameworks are used to give direction to the development of separate activities for mathematics, science, and technology. These activities are all carefully coordinated to help students grasp the many natural connections among the disciplines. Thus, even though the activities have discipline-oriented objectives, students experience an integrated curriculum
In this National Science Foundation-funded middle school curriculum Patterns in Weather asks students to use number relationships to identify and predict patterns of change in climate and weather. Students will have the opportunity to explore weather instruments, the use of tracking technology, and weather's influence on architectural design during their activities including a simulation of a hurricane! Throughout the module, data collection and interpretation skills will be applied. The opening challenge sets the stage as students observe and reflect on weather's influence during a natural disaster movie.
The student text for each module contains the following components:
Challenge: an interdisciplinary activity designed to introduce students to the concepts covered in the module, explorations, applications, and expansions.
Focus on This: questions to guide the learning experience. Focus on This guiding questions appear at the beginning of each Exploring component to help students see the problem that will be addressed in the activity. The same question appears again as the final Getting the Idea discussion question. The Focus on This question for the Applying the Idea activity encompasses concepts from the Explorings, while providing direction for the activity. These guiding questions are sometimes general in nature and may not be fully answered by completing the activity. Well-developed answers to these questions may not be discovered until later in their educational career.
Exploring: exploratory activities where students interact with materials, design and try ideas, collect and record data, and make predictions.
Applying the Idea: an activity designed so students can apply what they have learned about the concepts to new situations.
Expanding the Idea: a list of extension activities that can be used to expand previously learned concepts into real world situations.
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