Teaching Tips for #73 Get a Grip:
This program enables students to become their own best teachers. It comes as close to running without teacher supervision as any learning system we have ever created. Get-a-Grip is like visiting a town on the edge of a vast frontier of educational possibility. This town is civilized and orderly: just pour lentils into the Job Box, add ready-to-use manipulatives, and work through our self-paced progam. It's as easy as hopping on the bus for the guided tour.
Stay in town as long as you like. When you feel an urge for adventure with more open-ended learning in science and math, language skills, social science and art, strike out cross-country with Lentil Science, available in Primary (K-3) and Intermediate (3-6) versions. Topics like pour, search, compare, design, measure, divide, calibrate and estimate will lead your students into new territories, providing just enough structure to keep them oriented, motivated, and creatively solving problems.
National Science Education Standards (NRC 1996) for #73 Get a Grip:
These 100 activity sheets promote excellence in science teaching by these NSES criteria:
Teachers of science...
A: ...plan an inquiry-based science program. (p. 30)
B: ...guide and facilitate learning. (p. 32)
C: ...engage in ongoing assessment of their teaching and of student learning. (p. 37)
D: ...design and manage learning environments that provide students with the time, space, and resources needed for learning science. (p. 43)
These 100 activity sheets contain fundamental content as defined by these NSES guidelines (p. 109).
Represent a central event or phenomenon in the natural world.
Represent a central scientific idea and organizing principle.
Have rich explanatory power.
Guide fruitful investigations.
Apply to situations and contexts common to everyday experiences.
Can be linked to meaningful learning experiences.
Are developmentally appropriate for students at the grade level specified.
Unifying Concepts and Processes
NSES Framework: Systems, order, and organization Evidence, models and explanation Constancy, change, and measurement
Core Concepts/Processes: Insightful thinking and integrative understanding in math and science emerge from concrete, kinesthetic, 3-dimensional experimentation with volumes in a box of lentils. Volume is conserved as lentils pour from container to container.
Science as Inquiry (content standard A)
NSES Framework: Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations. Design and conduct a scientific investigation. Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data. Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence. Think critically and logically to connect evidence and explanations. Communicate scientific procedures and explanations. Use mathematics in all aspects of scientific inquiry.
Core Inquiries: Puzzle books foster inquiry skills and independent learning.
Physical Science (content standard B)
NSES Framework: Properties and changes of properties in matter
Core Content: Students practice science and math inquiry skills by pouring and comparing volumes of lentils: ordering, equality, inequality, fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, percentages, algebraic expression, estimation, hypothesis, trial and error testing, measuring, calibrating, graphing, and more.