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Conceptual Flows and Lesson Plans

The 2016 SCSP Summer Institute focused on Physics: Forces and Motion (PS2), Energy (PS3), and Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer (PS4). The content of this institute will be repeated in 2022.

The 2017 SCSP Summer Institute focused on Chemistry: Matter and its Interactions (PS1), and Engeering Design (ETS1). The content of this institute will be repeated in 2021. The content of this institute will be repeated in 2023.

All conceptual flows and lesson plans from these two institutes are posted below. 

Chemistry: Matter and Its Interactions Conceptual Flow

Chemistry: Matter and Its Interactions Lesson Plans (PS1)

Forces Conceptual Flow

Forces Lesson Plans and Materials  (PS2)

Energy Conceptual Flow

Energy Lessons Plans and Materials (PS3 and PS4)

 

 

PS1: Matter and its Interactions - Conceptual Flow

Chemistry Conceptual Flow (PS1)

PS1: Matter and its Interactions - Lesson Plans and Materials

Grade Level

NGSS Performance Expectation(s)

Lesson Title and Description

Lesson Materials

Presenter(s)

2-PS1-2

K-2 ETS1-2

The Fourth Little Pig House Design Challenge

Using the story of the three little pigs as a backdrop, second grade students will be challenged to become engineers to design, build, and test their own house for a “fourth” little pig. Students must decide which materials will work best to build a strong house that can stay standing in the “wind of the wolf,” which is actually an electric fan! After drawing and discussing their design, students will apply math skills through using pretend money to buy materials from “the store” to build their house. Applying content knowledge about material properties as well as teamwork, time and supply management, and problem solving will be essential during this lesson. 

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Mandi de Witte

Summer 2017

5 5-PS1-1 

Models Matter

Using the phenomena of water evaporating, condensing, and sugar dissolving in water, students will make observations to develop and revise a model of solids, liquids, and gases on the molecular level.

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheets (Publisher)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Darby Feldwinn

Summer 2017

 

 

PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions - Conceptual Flow

 

Forces Conceptual Flow

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PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions - Lesson Plans and Materials

Grade Level

NGSS Performance Expectation(s)

Lesson Title and Description

Lesson Materials

Presenter(s)

Kindergarten 

K-PS2-1

K-PS2-2*

K-2 ETS1-1

Kindergarten Motion Lesson Sequence: Pushes and Pulls

This 4-lesson sequence focuses on the fundamentals of pushes and pulls, and how they effect the speed and direction of moving objects. In lesson one students identify the pushes and pulls of everyday objects. Lesson two provides an investgation of the relationship between ramps, object speed, and object mass, guiding students to make the connection that objects with a larger mass and speed can give a bigger push. Lesson three incorporates engineering desgin as students work in teams to build marble towers, and lesson four concludes with a study of simple machines. 

Lesson Plans

Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Word Wall Cards

Mandi de Witte

Summer 2016

Third  3-PS2-1

The Great Shoe Slide

Students give their shoe a push across the gym floor, measure, and record the distance their shoe travels. They find the median distance traveled and analyze how different shoe types affect the distance traveled. The concept of friction is introduced as the force stopping their shoes. 

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheet (G Doc)

Student Worksheet (PDF)

Annie Ransom

Summer 2016

Third

3-PS2-4*

3-5-ETS1-1 

Maglev Train Systems

Students work in teams to design and build a levitating magnet "train" that can move using magnets not in direct contact with each other. Materials include cardboard boxes, magnets, tape, and other various materials. Students must use their knowledge about magnetism as well as trial and error when building their trains. 

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Additional Resources

Hortencia Corral

Nancy Escamilla

Summer 2016

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PS3: Energy and PS4: Waves and their Applications in Information Technologies - Conceptual Flow

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PS3: Energy and PS4: Waves and their Applications in Information Technologies - Lesson Plans and Materials

Grade Level

NGSS Performance Expectation(s)

Lesson Title and Description

Lesson Materials

Presenter(s)

First

1-PS4-1

1-PS4-4*

K-2 ETS1-3

Tin Can Phones

This 5E lesson plan engages students through exploration of the phenomenon of sound, leading them to make the connection that vibrating materials make sound, and that sound makes vibrations. After, students build and test cup telephones to investigate sound over a distance. 

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Tanya Juarez

Summer 2016

Fourth

4-PS4-2

Light / Color / Vision 

Students observe how white light is reflected and absorbed, and investigate the relationship between the color of an object and how it is viewed through different colored filters.

Lesson Plan 

Student Worksheet (Word)

Student Worksheet (PDF) 

Kim Castagna

Jennifer Foster

Summer 2016

Fourth

4-PS3-2

4-PS3-4*

Stomp Rockets

Students design, build, test, and refine paper rockets and measure how far they launch and fly through the air! 

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Lauri Dahlin

Summer 2016

Middle School 

MS-PS3-3

MS-PS3-4

Thermal Energy Transfer

This lesson includes two separate labs involving energy transfers and transformations. The first lab asks students to actively investigate solar radiation using thermometers with different covers. In the second lab activity students light peanuts on fire to determine the amount of energy found in a single peanut.

Lesson Plan

Student Worksheets (Word)

Student Worksheets (PDF)

Kim Castagna

Jennifer Foster

Summer 2016

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