New Features for K-2

Posted by Science Explored on March 11, 2013

STEMscopes™ is constantly improving!  Our latest additions include PBLs, Web Surfing Science, and Math Connections for grades K-2.  Thanks to dedicated user feedback, we understood that early elementary teachers wanted to bring these elements to their burgeoning learners.  As you begin to integrate these new pieces into your teaching, here are a few tips on how to maximize their use:

  • Problem Based Learning - PBLs are king of the mountain when it comes to real world, thought-provoking teaching techniques.  Our PBLs necessitate student exploration into how science touches their everyday lives.  Perfect for both advanced students (pushing thinking into the upper Bloom's) and those in need of intervention (developing a meaningful context to what they might not have grasped in whole group instruction).  The best part: PBLs are an ideal home-to-school connection for parents eager to take the science classroom home for their kids; did we mention it's in Spanish and English? 
  • Web Surfing Science - no amount of computer time can replace hands-on, inquiry based learning.  Still, we recognize that students learn differently.  Web Surfing Science allows you to reach tech savvy students who want to take the learning a step further.  Students can navigate the web at home or as a workstation, learning the ins and outs of a topic.  The best part: the assignable, web quests ensure time is spent well and serve as a formative assessment. 
  • Math Connections - cross-curricular planning can be tough.  Bringing science TEKS and math TEKS together in one activity takes time.  The Math Connections allow you to skip from planning to facilitating a powerful differentiation activity for a small group or workstation. The best part: Math Connections make a great warm-up, homework, or in-class practice during the math block.

We encourage you to continue submitting your feedback and opinions as we move towards Proclamation 2014 and a new, even more powerful STEMscopes™.  You can send your improvements wish list to stemscopes@rice.edu - we hope to hear from you!  

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