Each lesson with in eScience3000 has a number of lesson components to help reinforce critical science skills and objectives. Each are described below:
Before Lesson- This is only available to teachers and provides access to various support materials to assist with introducing the lesson’s key concepts, discussion questions and starters, warm-up activities and extension ideas.
Think- This component engages the students in the key concept by using a real world scenario and sets the stage for the lesson, asking students to make connections with the topic. There are two parts to the Think step. The first is an open-ended question that can easily be reviewed or scored by the teacher. The second is a multiple choice question that can be used to spark discussion.
Read- This component is the heart of the lesson where students learn about key concepts and vocabulary. It is differentiated at five different reading levels. When you change the Lexile from the approximate 400L to a 1000L, notice that the key vocabulary remains the same throughout both reading levels; it is the context that surrounds them that is differentiated in order to support comprehension of key concepts. In order to ensure that students learn grade-level concepts, some differences may seem subtle when comparing Lexile ranges.
Investigate- The Investigate component provides hands-on experiences for students to answer a question or solve a problem. Students conduct the investigation, make observations, record data, form conclusions, and communicate those findings and explanations both orally and in writing. There are three pages of the Investigate step.
Review- The Review provides an opportunity for teachers to discuss and review core content of the lesson and, ultimately, see what concepts students missed and which ones they may want to re-teach. This component has two parts. Part 1 focuses on quantitative measures and provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the concepts covered in the lesson. Students can review the Read content to answer them if they need to. Again,students have the opportunity to interact with the text and receive immediate feedback to their answers. Each question in Part 1 of the Review is aligned to state standards which allows teachers to run reports on mastery of different standards. In Part 2, students are given 2–3 open-ended questions and a text box where they can type their responses. These questions are designed to assess the students’ higher order thinking skills and give them the opportunity to practice their writing using vocabulary from the lesson. These written responses are scored or reviewed by the teacher. NOTE: Students reading at the ~400L receive more simplified content that is approprate for their reading level. They will be able to answer the vast majority of Review items based on the content in their Read component but may, for a small number of items, be referred to the Stretch tab for additional background information that will be helpful in formulating their response.
Apply- This component is more of a qualitative measure of the student’s progress. It is a chance for students to synthesize information gleaned from the lesson and apply it to a real life scenario, infusing their own creative touch. The Apply step is truly where a teacher assesses application of knowledge derived from the lesson. There is no one right answer to the Apply step; however, in the Teacher Materials, a paragraph is provided describing what the “best” or “better” responses would look like as a guide. This section tells teachers what pieces of the content students should be incorporating (creatively) in their Apply responses.
Stretch- The Stretch component provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate independence with complex informational texts. For students at the lowest Lexile levels, it also allows them to read a more comprehensive version of the Read content. This gives students the option to work with the same article they saw in the Read tab, but this time at a higher level where they can find additional examples to enhance their knowledge. This also encourages them to apply reading skills with material of greater complexity. NOTE: Students reading at the ~400Lmay, for a small number of items, be referred to the Stretch tab for additional background information that will be helpful in formulating their Review response.
After Lesson- This last tab is only available to teachers and has multiple pages that provide information on STEM connections, related links, and additional labs that the teacher may want to use to enhance the lesson or extend beyond the initial lesson.