Below is a collection of teaching resources created for use by middle school teachers who are part of the Maricopa Education Services Agency Engineering STEM Identity (ESI) Project. These resources are intended to support your use of the Modeling Method of Instruction in the design of your classroom’s learning environment.
Modeling Instruction is a powerful pedagogy that corrects many weaknesses of the traditional lecture-demonstration method, including fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. Unlike the traditional approach, in which students wade through a long list of seemingly unrelated topics, Modeling Instruction organizes the course around a small number of scientific models, making the course content coherent. It applies science and engineering practices to the teaching of basic skills and practices in mathematical modeling, proportional reasoning, quantitative estimation and technology-enabled data collection and analysis.
Please note that this resource collection is still in its beta phase of development, and we are anxious for your feedback on its usability in your classroom. We will be setting up a forum on our new website (due to launch in August of 2014) to hear your feedback and suggestions for revisions and/or additions. If you have feedback and are unable to find the forum, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: the links below are to zipped files that will download when you click on them–some are large and may take several minutes for the download to complete.
Grade 6, Unit 1: Water Chemistry (updated 6/3/2105)
Grade 6, Unit 2: The Relationship between Sun, Air, Water and Land (updated 6/3/2105)
Grade 6, Unit 3: Properties of Earth’s Bodies of Water (updated 6/3/2105)
Grade 6, Unit 4: Life in Bodies of Water (updated 6/3/2105) (large file, allow a minute for it to download)
Grade 7, Unit 1: Organisms (updated 6/3/2105-very large file)
Grade 7, Unit 2: Ecosystems (updated 6/3/2105)
Grade 7, Unit 3: Relationships between living and non-living things (updated 6/3/2105)
Grade 7, Unit 4: Non-living earth systems (updated 6/3/2105)
Grade 7, Unit 5: Earth’s place in the solar system (updated 6/3/2105-very large file)
Grade 8, Unit 1: Structure and Properties of Matter (updated 6/3/2105) (this file is sort of large and will take about a minute to download)
Grade 8, Unit 2: Motion, forces and energy (updated 6/3/2105) (this is a VERY large file that will take several minutes to download)
Prezi links for Grade 8, Unit 2:
Unit 2.3 Activity 3a Superman and the Space Aliens https://prezi.com/tv0f7ztot3td/superman-and-space-aliens/
Unit 2.3 Activity 5 Surface Forces https://prezi.com/x6boichio85x/intro-to-forces/
Unit 2.3 Activity 6 Collisions https://prezi.com/hzxfaph7-alz/collisions/
Unit 2.4 Introduction to Energy https://prezi.com/cr2hk0wougrt/introduction-to-energy/
Grade 8, Unit 3: Magnetism (updated 6/3/2105)
Grade 8, Unit 4: Heredity and adaptation (updated 6/3/2105)