Learning Target for FOSS Lessons

Today, we started the Full Option Science System (FOSS) Landforms module. ┬áThis is probably the 9th time I’ve done this unit with a class, but for the first time, I took some time to develop clear, standards-based direction for the work.

It’s going to take some time and consistency for students to use this guidance to activate and direct their learning, but it sure feels better to have some real clarity in the room as we do our work.

Big Questions for this unit:

  • How does Earth’s surface change?
  • How do changes on Earth’s surface impact humans?
  • What would happen if water were removed from an ecosystem?

What will I be able to do when I’ve finished the lesson?

Understand why scientists use models to observe certain natural processes.

 To be able to do this, I must learn and understand:

  • What a model is
  • When scientists use models
  • How models are helpful and how they are limited

What will I do to show that I can do this, and how well will I have to do it?

Create a detailed blog post discussing why scientists use models that includes an example of a scientific model. Discuss why the model is useful, and why the model is not as good as observing the real thing.