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The objective for this proposal is to obtain Futures funds to purchase 6 hot plates that can be used in all the science classrooms at Heritage Middle school, over 1,000 students, to implement ADI, Argument Driven Inquiry activities as described in our curriculum maps. The hot plates will also be used for other common labs that have been developed throughout all grade levels. The students are unable to complete labs that require heating without these hot plates, as they will have no way to safely heat their materials. Last year we implemented for the first time, inclusion of all ESE, low -performing students, into all science classrooms across campus. We are working diligently to provide all students, including the ESE and non-English speaking students with hands on activities and labs that will increase engagement and understanding of difficult concepts. The hot plates will allow us to implement many standards-aligned labs on a regular basis. The labs and activities allow for the new concepts to be presented in words, pictures and sound which research has shown to be more effective than content presented in words alone.
This request will provide teachers with the tools to provide standards aligned instruction, thus increasing student achievement. Content that will be utilized is carefully mapped to the NGSSS standards, Common Core standards, and aligned to other academic standards which support the Volusia County standards aligned instruction goals. Last year we were able to purchase several hotplates, however, we still do not have the enough for all our students to independently engage with their lab groups. Due to not having enough hot plates, 36 in a co-taught classroom and a fast-paced curriculum that requires us to move quickly, 9 science classrooms are still having to share which means, demo many labs. This does not allow for us to shift the academic struggle to the students and allow them to fully engage in the content.

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Heating up our science interest!

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School:
Heritage Middle School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Vincent Maltoni 
 
Jennifer Coll, Amanda Silva, Dennis Prestwood, John Freeland, Josh Jordan 
Students Impacted:
1100 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
August 27, 2019

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FUTURES - $478.00

Anonymous - $478.00

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Goal

The objective for this proposal is to obtain Futures funds to purchase 6 hot plates that can be used in all the science classrooms at Heritage Middle school, over 1,000 students, to implement ADI, Argument Driven Inquiry activities as described in our curriculum maps. The hot plates will also be used for other common labs that have been developed throughout all grade levels. The students are unable to complete labs that require heating without these hot plates, as they will have no way to safely heat their materials. Last year we implemented for the first time, inclusion of all ESE, low -performing students, into all science classrooms across campus. We are working diligently to provide all students, including the ESE and non-English speaking students with hands on activities and labs that will increase engagement and understanding of difficult concepts. The hot plates will allow us to implement many standards-aligned labs on a regular basis. The labs and activities allow for the new concepts to be presented in words, pictures and sound which research has shown to be more effective than content presented in words alone.
This request will provide teachers with the tools to provide standards aligned instruction, thus increasing student achievement. Content that will be utilized is carefully mapped to the NGSSS standards, Common Core standards, and aligned to other academic standards which support the Volusia County standards aligned instruction goals. Last year we were able to purchase several hotplates, however, we still do not have the enough for all our students to independently engage with their lab groups. Due to not having enough hot plates, 36 in a co-taught classroom and a fast-paced curriculum that requires us to move quickly, 9 science classrooms are still having to share which means, demo many labs. This does not allow for us to shift the academic struggle to the students and allow them to fully engage in the content.
 

 

What will be done with my students

The focus will be on first implementing inquiries that support literacy through science. This will occur through implementation of ADI lessons, argument driven inquiry labs, that will focus on the following standards:
SC.7.P.11.1: Recognize that adding heat to or removing heat from a system may result in a temperature change and possibly a change of state. – Students will use different amounts of water and a hot plate to design an experiment to investigate what happens to molecules inside water as heat is added to a system.
SC.7.P.11.4: Observe and describe that heat flows in predictable ways, moving from warmer objects to cooler ones until they reach the same temperature. - Students will use the hot plates to gather 3 heated materials of the same mass, but different surface areas, they will add them to separate containers of water to measure the temperature changes.
SC.7.P.11.1: Recognize that adding heat to or removing heat from a system may result in a temperature change and possibly a change of state. Students will use the hot plates to investigate specific heat, evaporation rates, and kinetic energy by heating water.
SC.7.E.6.5: Explore the scientific theory of plate tectonics by describing how the movement of Earth's crustal plates causes both slow and rapid changes in Earth's surface, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and mountain building. The students will use melted materials, such as chocolate chips or crayons to build models that represent melted rock.
SC.8.P.8.4: Classify and compare substances on the basis of characteristic physical properties that can be demonstrated or measured; for example, density, thermal or electrical conductivity, solubility, magnetic properties, melting and boiling points, and know that these properties are independent of the amount of the sample. Students will use the hotplates to investigate physical properties such as melting and boiling rates.
SC.8.P.9.2: Differentiate between physical changes and chemical changes. Students will use the hot plates to heat different materials so they can determine if a physical or chemical change has occurred.
SC.7.E.6.1 Describe the layers of the solid Earth, including the lithosphere, the hot convecting mantle, and the dense metallic liquid and solid cores. Students will use the hot plates to observe warmed liquids representing convection currents which model the movements within the earth and atmosphere.
SC.7.E.6.2
Identify the patterns within the rock cycle and relate them to surface events (weathering and erosion) and sub-surface events (plate tectonics and mountain building). Students will use the hot plates to melt either crayons or chocolate both of which will assist them in creating rock cycle models.
The inquiries that will be implemented through science classes will directly benefit the students with their mastery of the following literacy standards, as the ADI labs includes a direct connection to the following literacy standards because they are completely student driven and encourage discussion and argumentation:
English/Language Arts Florida Standards integrated during science labs and activities:
LAFS.68.RST.1.3 – Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurement or performing technical tasks.
LAFS.68.RST.3.7 – Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flow chart, diagram, model, graph, or table.)
*During class discussion and debates (ADI):
LAFS.68.SL.1.1 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
b. Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
c. Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
d. Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Students will work together to increase not only their understanding of content, but also, their social-emotional skills, such as working and communicating with their peers. The argument driven inquiry, activities, and labs we implement with these hot plates will provide students with a chance to design their research and find results on their own, they will be student centered. The students will engage in the argumentation process where they can share their ideas with their peers and discuss whether they agree or disagree with one another. The inquiries will consist of peer reviews which improve the critical thinking skills of students. ADI provides students with the ability to share and evaluate their findings with each other, improve their communication and writing skills, and understand the construction of scientific knowledge. The students will work as real scientists and hopefully they will acquire an excitement for science that encourages them to not only enjoy the subject, but maybe even pursue a career in the science field. The students will have hands-on experiences and memories with real materials and tools opposed to just reading a worksheet. The hot plates provided by the grant will assist in creating a lasting impact where students will be able to use their learning experiences to make connections in their future learning.

These experiences will help them generalize concepts in a broader context enabling them to be more successful on both the DIA assessment, and the State SSA assessment as well.

Follow-up will consist of (1) coaching provided by the 4 site-based academic coaches (2) submission of a standards aligned lesson planning which includes the use of the hot plates (3) grade-level PLC data chats with the academic coaches based on DIA data.
 

 

Budget Narrative

Set of 6 hot plates that will be utilized by all Heritage students in all classrooms. The items were priced out using the School Specialty website.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 6 --- Corning Scholar 170 hot plate Item #571583 @ 151.00 each $906.00
2 shipping $50.00
  Total: $956.00

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