School-Based Lesson

During our week together you will have time to begin preparations for bringing everything back to the classroom. You will work as a school team to plan and demonstrate an outdoor inquiry with NGSS Performance Expectations woven in.

What will our students learn?
  • Use the NGSS website to choose a performance expectation for your grade level. 
  • Identify the practice, core idea and the crosscutting concept in this PE.
  • Now consider ties to Common Core Standards in language arts and mathematics.
  • Finally, you are now ready to write the outline of your activity. You can use the storyline chart, on the NGSS page on this website, to help you.
Note: Need help reading the standards, click here.

In order to plan and write your outdoor learning unit, please remember the three stages:
  1. Preparation (in school)
  2. Outdoor Inquiry Activity (field trip or outdoor activity)
  3. Classroom Connections (back in school)
Click here for a google doc for writing your plan
    **Please make a copy for yourself so that the chart stays blank for everyone to use
            1. Select the file menu
            2. Select "Make a copy"
            3. A copy of the blank storyline chart should generate in your own google drive

1) Preparation in School
Please includes three parts:
  1. Cognitive-what will our students learn
  2. Geographical-where we will go (use PPT slides, videos, and maps to help orient students)
  3. Psychological-what will be there, how should I prepare,  what should I wear, etc
2) Outdoor Inquiry Activity
  • Remember the core idea and practices you plan to teach and think about student-centered learning activities that will be carried out outside.
  • If your focus is inquiry-based science, think of possible inquiry ideas and encourage students to ask many questions. Discuss what good questions are (ones we don't know the answer to; ones that require data collection; feasible; etc.)
  • Allow time for free exploration and help students by offering magnifying glasses, field guides, binoculars, crayons, clip boards, iPads, etc.
  • Prepare your structured activities so you have everything you need with you (equipment, resources, paper, pencils, measuring tapes, collection jars/rubs, etc.)
  • Remember to design activities that enhance deep thinking.
  • The outdoor inquiry activity portion of your School-Based Lesson could be an off-site field trip to KBS or another local nature area.
  • How does your activity express the triangle: "hands-on, heads-on, hearts-on"? Make sure that your students not only do things, but think, feel and care about them.
3) Classroom connections (Wrap-up Activity)
  • How does the outdoor inquiry activity link with classroom curriculum?
  • Consider/plan a wrap-up activity that engages the students in data analysis and in suggesting conclusions. Work with them on their explanations-claim, evidence, reasoning.
  • Help students summarize their work creatively by producing artifacts: PPT presentations, posters, video clips, games they create.
Session 1 Lessons
Session 2 Lessons