Assignment 2

Discussion Board Completed by 12:00 PM, September 11
Hand in Connections in class, September 13, 2005

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1. Make connections between the Water Drop and Coin & Mystery Box Activities and the Benchmarks (K-8) specified in the Nature of Science and Habits of Mind in AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy. You can create a 3-way chart or table (see Table 1 below) Hand in a printed copy at the beginning of Week 3 class.

Table 1. Connections between the class hands-on activity with the state and national standards

Learning Objectives
(e.g., Students will be able to Action Verb…)
Connections with the Nature of Science and Habits of Mind (AAAS Benchmarks)
Connections with the Sunshine State Standards in Science
1. Observe……    
2. Distinguish….    
3. Compare…    
4. Use…    
5. ........    

Note. The above action verbs are just examples.


2. Complete the following readings: (Can be read online or downloaded)

  • AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy, (Benchmarks) Chapter 12 online only
  • National Science Education Standards (Standards), Chapter 2 online or download
  • Science for All Children (All Children), Chapter 2 online or download
  • Selected Readings:

    a) Download pdf of Sample Questions for your Science project, or do research for another topic. Choose the investigation that you will do. In the Science Investigation folder on CD
    b) Download pdf of the following or read in the Science Investigation folder on CD
    Elementary Research Manual download pdf
    Experiment Rubric download pdf
    Experiment Schedule download pdf

3. Go to our class Blackboard Discussion at Log in with your student username and password. Choose our class. There is a direct link on our class website: back to the Blackboard MyUSF site.
Post an answer to the question(s) and respond to at least one of your classmates ideas. Finish your responses no later than 12:00 p.m. September 11. You should have a minimum of 2 postings, yours and a response to someone else.

4. Prepare/plan for your Class Activity Presentation.

5. After reviewing the Selected Readings on the Science Project, research and decide what your Science Investigation question will be.