March 21, 2018

#11627 Experience an NGSS-aligned Unit on Sound and Learn How to Implement this Unit in your Middle School Classroom

Teachers will be trained to teach the middle school NGSS unit How Can We Sense Different Sounds from a Distance? which helps students develop models to explain phenomena related to how sound is produced, how it travels, and how it is detected. This middle school unit on sound starts off with students exploring a perplexing phenomenon where sounds and voices are heard coming from a paper cup and needle as a plastic disc (a record) is spun underneath it.  This phenomenon fuels a series of questions and ideas for investigations to pursue about how sound is produced, how it travels, and how it is detected and encoded.
Students develop wave models of sound to explain how sounds vary in frequency and wavelength, and can explore how analog vs. digital information is encoded and transmitted. The unit targets NGSS performance expectations MS-PS4-1, MS PS4-2, MS LS1-8, and MS PS4-3. Teachers will receive a copy of the full storyline. These open-source educational resources were developed by the Next Generation Science Storylines project at Northwestern University.

Join us to learn from a local middle school teacher who piloted the unit in her classroom. She will share valuable insights she gained while teaching this unit to her students. Teachers will conduct several of the investigations included in the unit and also gain valuable Talk Science strategies to help students model and discuss phenomena and scientific concepts.

Dates:  June 19 – 21, 2018
Time:  8:30 AM – 3:30 PM each day
Location:  WIU Riverfront Hall Room 103, Moline
Cost:  $50
PD Hours:  18
Audience:  6th – 8th Grade Teachers
Presenters:  Sara Ryner & Amy Sandgren
Registration Deadline:  6/12/2018