Links to CESI News:
March 17, 2014: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/cesiatunl/3180
March 26, 2014: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/cesiatunl/3280
April 17, 2014: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/cesiatunl/3346
October 23, 2014: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/cesiatunl/3769
November 6, 2014: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/cesiatunl/3842
November 17, 2014: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/cesiatunl/3880
January 13, 2015: http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/cesiatunl/3994
Join CESI’s Extravaganza in Chicago!
We need your help! Come share some of your best ideas! K-8 teachers coming to the NSTA Conference are looking for clever teaching ideas like the ones you are using! The Elementary Extravaganza will be held on March 13th from 8:00 to 10:00 AM. Last year, 100 teachers led a two-hour long sessions that attracted more than 1,000 teachers! You know teachers get the best ideas from other teachers. We hope you will help make this year’s event a success – and if we hear from you by January 15th, we can still get your name listed in the NSTA program!
Call for papers: Council for Elementary Science International Source Book
Deadline for Submissions: February 4, 2015
Aims: The CESI Source Book will contain Environmental Science and Mobile Learning activities for the Elementary level. Editors are looking for inquiry-based science lessons that integrate environmental science topics for elementary students (K-6th grade) with mobile learning. They can also integrate other subject areas as well (e.g. ELA and Mathematics).
- Earth’s systems
- Plants & Animals
- Earth’s Materials
- Rocks & Minerals
- Natural Resources
- Human impact on each of the above topics
Lesson plans typically contain, but are not limited to, the following:
- List of materials
- An estimated time required for the lesson implementation
- Objective(s) met by the lesson
- Integration of outdoor learning environment (e.g. using the schoolyard as the context for the lesson)
- List of standards addressed (Next Generation Science Standards and any Common Core Standards met by the lesson plan)
- Detailed procedures for implementing the lesson plan using the 5E format (BCSC 5E Model of Instruction: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate; http://bscs.org/bscs-5e-instructional-model)
- Example of activities being implemented (e.g. pictures/examples of student products, example of student responses to questions, and possibly pictures of students engaged in activities if consent has been given by parents)
- List of ways you can assess students
- List of accommodations for meeting the needs of diverse learners
- Integrates mobile learning (i.e. iPads and iPad apps)
- Student Handouts (e.g. student worksheets needed for the lesson)
- Teacher Resources (e.g. rubrics needed for evaluating student work or products)
- A reference list of all resources cited in the document or used in the lesson.
- Lesson plans should be based on the Next Generation Science Standards (http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards).
- Address teachers, not students. Use the active voice and first person. Keep in mind that the readers will be elementary school teachers and will want to pick up and immediately use your lesson plan.
- Follow the 5 E model of instruction for formatting your inquiry lesson (i.e. Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate). Be well organized in your lesson plans. Use bulleted lists and headings for each section.
- Include a title page for your lesson that indicates the title of your activity, your name, your school, and a brief bio of yourself.
- Your lesson plan must showcase appropriate lab safety as needed.
- Your manuscript should be submitted in Word format, double-spaced, with 1 inch on the right, left, top and bottom margins, and font set to Times New Roman or Arial 12 point.
- If you are going to use graphics for examples, reference them with the lesson plan. Then, put them at the end of the document. All resource materials, student handouts, pictures, graphics, etc. must be included at the end of the lesson plan. Please make sure they are labeled correctly.
- For any pictures submitted of students engaging in an activity, you must submit a letter indicating that consent was collected from the parents of all students in the picture and that you removed all identifiers from the students (i.e. names). Please try to only use the side of faces or back of students’ heads in pictures to protect their identity. Make sure students’ names are removed from any products or pictures you share.
- Links to websites, iPad apps, and/or any other online resources used in the lesson should be placed in a section labeled “Online resources”.
- Your manuscript must conform to The Publication Manual of American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition.
Submitting your manuscript:
Thanks to Extravaganza presenters in Boston! CESI presenters comprised 30% of the presenters overall – and we had lots of fun interacting with more than 1,000 teachers who came to our session! All Extravaganza activities are freely available on this website. Click on "Shared Activities" above to access your favorites!
The Council for Elementary Science International (CESI) is an international professional organization for teachers interested in science teaching with young children from preschool through eighth grade.
CESI promotes excellence and equity in science learning. In this, CESI works to:
- Advance, improve and coordinate national and international science learning opportunities for preschool through elementary school teachers and children.
- Encourage participation of young learners in scientific endeavors.