2014-15 STEM Project Grants

Funded By:
ExxonMobil

Cabrillo High School, and Santa Maria Joint Union High School Teachers

Collaborating to Improve Instruction in Science and Technology

Thank you, ExxonMobil, from the SBCEO Teachers Network

Thank you, ExxonMobil, from Ben Wieman, Team Coach

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Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District

Cabrillo High School Science Team, Lompoc Unified School District: STEMing the Common Core into Science

The Team:
Michelle Poquette (Team Lead)
Greg Eisen
Mary Beth Stieber
Tracy Phillips
Jennifer Mason
Chris Ladwig

This team collaborated on creating a plan to improve and build their instruction in literacy and writing in the sciences. They met regularly during the school year and during the summer to develop new resources including writing prompts, graphic organizers, rubrics and lesson plans to align their instruction to the new California State Standards, primarily the Next Generation Science Standards. Following are resources that they developed and gladly share with other teachers.

Michelle Poquette:

Building Writing Skills in Science

Michelle’s lessons focus on deep reading nonfiction text in order to be able to cite textual evidence to support a claim. Students write arguments and informative text based upon the readings. Resources include handouts, ideas, and rubric. Click here to view the materials.

Greg Eisen:

Whale Evolution

Greg’s lessons are an exploration of the origin of whales from the Eocene to the present. By exploring fossil and DNA evidence, students will find that these marine mammals are closely related to terrestrial mammals. Their closest four legged ancestor will fascinate and engage students. Lesson plans, handouts and other materials can be found here.

Mary Beth Stieber and Tracy Phillips

Science Writing in Chemistry

Mary Beth and Tracy developed several lessons for building literacy in the sciences. They developed a wide variety of resources for each of the following topics. Click on the title to view and/or use the resources.

Electrons and Light
Solubility
States of Matter
Equilibrium

Chris Ladwig

Building Literacy With Scientific Articles: Stars

Students will read informative text about the vast number an characteristics of stars and write informative text to examine and convey their comprehension of complex ideas, concepts and information by analyzing and organizing content. Lesson plans and materials can be found here.

Christopher Ladwig and Jennifer Mason:

Deep Ocean Life

Integrating math, oceanography, and biology, Christopher and Jennifer offer an exploration of how lifeforms can survive the extreme ocean floor environment. With a focus on making claims and providing supporting evidence, this lesson allows for critical thinking to develop through deep reading of informational test and research. Click here for more information.

Michelle Poquette:

Cholera and the Scientific Method

These resources focus on data collecting, making inferences, comparing, contrasting and observing. Analyzing data collected in an experiment, help students arrive at logical conclusions that would help make an argument for how to treat an outbreak of disease.
For more information, click here.

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Team: Collaborative Notebooks

The Team:
Ben Wieman (Team Lead)
Nicholas Enns, Santa Maria High School
Sharmin Eppley, Santa Maria High School
Alexander Jauregui, Righetti High School
Shane Johnson, Santa Maria High School
Cindy Quaid, Santa Maria High School
Robin Schneider, Santa Maria High School
Lance Toppen, Santa Maria High School

The team worked with Benjamin to learn how the student creation of an online digital classroom notebook using Microsoft “OneNote” and ideas based on Alan November’s book, Who Owns the Learning? engages students. Using OneNote’s powerful collaboration tools to contribute to a shared online resource for the entire class, students create virtual notebooks organized like print notebooks with sections, and pages, links, images, documents and other resources. More importantly, multiple users can work collaboratively on a single notebook that is easily shared with large groups of people. Team members learned, implemented, and shared their experiences of integrating these useful, digital notebooks with their high school students.