Professional Learning through SECO
Check out our prior webinars below
Sample Grids from Ohio Teachers
The following links are to sample grids from other Ohio Science Teachers.
Collaboration with ODE
Spring 2020 Ohio Department of Education and SECO Virtual Meet-Up Recordings
Release of Spring 2019 Ohio’s State Tests Items
A release of items from the spring 2019 Ohio’s State Tests in Science now is available in the Ohio’s State Test portal. These items give educators insight into the kinds of questions students experienced, and they are a useful tool to inform classroom instruction. Both teachers and parents may use this resource to help students know what to expect.
Included with each released item are the associated learning standard(s) and scoring rubric. Examples of student responses also are available to illustrate actual work and the corresponding points earned on the student examples.
Programs & Resources for Teachers
Polar Bear Toolkit: This time of year students often think about artic animals, and this toolkit could be a huge help. The polar bear resource guide is designed to give you all the information you need to teach your students about polar bears and climate change. The guide provides fun polar bear facts, why they matter, what threats they face, what WWF is doing to help polar bears and the Arctic, and what kids can do. Check it out.
Nutrient Cycling and the Serengeti: A key dilemma in studying ecology is how plants can obtain nutrients when they are relatively immobile. In this new nutrient cycling card activity that accompanies HHMI Biointeractive's newest short film, see how Serengeti plants obtain the macronutrients carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus from decomposition by soil microbes and inorganic reservoirs.
Penguins Marching Through Your Classroom: Are you learning about penguins this winter? Check out the cool resources and projects about Adelie Penguins, which only exist in Antarctica. There are lots of resources for teachers, plus citizen science projects, ask a scientist opportunities, the Postcard Project, the Flag Project, and much more! Learn more.
Citizen Science- Globe at Night: The Globe at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure their night sky brightness and submit their observations from a computer or smart phone. Light pollution threatens not only our "right to starlight", but can affect energy consumption, wildlife and health. Explore the last 12 years of data in the interactive data map, see how your city did with our regional map generator, and help put your city on the map with observations! Plus, with how early the sun goes down, it is the perfect time of year for students to make observations without having to stay up late. Get your classroom involved by checking out their website.
Green Teacher Webinar: Using Geocaching and Orienteering as Engaging Learning Tools
This webinar was previously recorded and is available to view until Jan. 4. This one features Becky Lewis, who has 15 years of classroom teaching experience and is always looking for ways to get students learning outdoors, and has recently used geocaching and orienteering as learning tools for prek-5th grade science. View it on YouTube.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Free Webinar Series
These engaging monthly webinars provide background information and K-12 activities related to scientific observations, inquiry, NGSS, citizen science, and outdoor learning. Educators can also opt to receive one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) from Cornell University. Learn more and register on their website.
Student Driven Investigations: Jan. 21, 6 PM or Jan. 23, 8 PM. Put your students in the driver's seat. We'll guide you through the basics of using Investigating Evidence: how to develop observations, formulate questions, and design experiments. Learn what inquiry is and how it can help you meet the Common Core Standards, discover new citizen-science projects in ornithology and beyond, and review case studies to discover how educators foster the scientific process through observing and asking questions.
Last week, in honor of EARTH DAY and our study of 3D shapes, our first graders brought in 3D shapes from the trash and then planned and designed a structure from those materials. (The teachers used hot glue to hold it all together.) Staying true to the design process, they looked at the collection of materials brought in, discussed possible sculptures/structures, (voted), drew potential plans, and then guided the teachers as a they glued the final structure together. Improvements had to be made - such as re-gluing, swapping one shape for another, creating balance... And now the "MATH-terpieces" are displayed in the hallway! We've heard many passing kids AND grown-ups say that they would like to do make one too!! Imagine the possible cross-curricular extensions! (historical structures/people, communities, research, story writing/character development, recycling, sorting, habitats...) So cheap! So fun! So educational!! Just wanted to share. ~ Jennifer Yohey, 1st Grade, Greenville Elementary firstname.lastname@example.org More information HERE.