Photosynthesis NGSS Inquiry ATLAS Journal
The photosynthesis ATLAS journal is an easy way to offer inquiry based science for students to get engaged in the content using inquiry and models!
ATLAS (Analyzing and Thinking Like a Scientist) is an inquiry based learning journal developed to emphasize real world science without route memorization, making it easy to incorporate modern biology frameworks such as NGSS.
PHOTOSYNTHESIS ATLAS OUTLINE (BIG IDEA, BUILD IT, EXPLORE IT):
Students inquire about the "Big Idea": evolution is the biological change in a species over time; and then move on to the peppered moth simulation with an optional comic sketch. There are NO wrong answers in the ATLAS Journals!
MAPS are the Exploratory portion of ATLAS. Included are the following:
1. Why is it called ATLAS?
- Atlas stands for "Analyzing and Thinking Like a Scientist".
2. Will this work with my current teaching materials?
- Absolutely! This is an easy way to incorporate modern science frameworks into any classroom, and will work with any existing teaching materials. Simply give it to your students before you teach your typical unit.
3. What do I need to use the ATLAS journal?
- Chromebooks or student devices are used for a small portion of the ATLAS Inquiry Journals. Additional materials, such as lab supplies, are found at bottom of every preview. These materials support the hands-on activities, but can be modified.
4. Is the ATLAS a complete unit? Does this replace my teaching unit?
- No, the ATLAS is a 7-12 page journal that takes approximately 3 classes to complete. It is designed for your students to complete before teacher-lead instruction. The teacher-lead unit materials are not included, but you can use the ATLAS journals with whatever teaching materials you currently use.
5. Will my students be more prepared for the topic I teach after using the ATLAS journal?
- Yes, it is tried and true inquiry based learning, which studies have shown result in greater retention and understanding of the phenomena.
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