OpenSciEd

OpenSciEd is an open resource science curriculum that uses student curiosity and investigation to make sense of scientific phenomena.

About OpenSciEd

Topics: 

  • Launching the OpenSciEd Curriculum
  • Planning an OpenSciEd Unit
  • Setting the Pace in OpenSciEd
  • Student Sensemaking
  • Leading Equitable Discussions
  • Making Thinking Visible
  • Innovative Assessments
  • Universal Design for Learning

Overview: 

Science that is driven by investigation and student-centered learning is key to engagement and success. BetterLesson shares OpenSciEd’s belief that all students should have access to resources and instruction that prepare them for an ever-changing world. We also believe that engaging, authentic investigative experiences are foundational to developing key skills in a student-centered science classroom. Often, science classes are a space where teachers hold the knowledge and use experiments to deepen learning. OpenSciEd provides a new approach to science education by transferring the process to the students, allowing them to drive the learning through questioning, discussion, sensemaking, and investigation. BetterLesson supports Science educators in implementing this curriculum in a way that drives student ownership of their learning.

Featured Strategies

Students can write a story, create a video, or draw a cartoon to demonstrate their understanding of a scientific concept
Students can write a story, create a video, or draw a cartoon to demonstrate their understanding of a scientific concept
Use the tools in this strategy to support students to find evidence in a scientific text
Use the tools in this strategy to support students to find evidence in a scientific text
This navigation strategy provides a detailed description of the OpenSciEd unit materials
This navigation strategy provides a detailed description of the OpenSciEd unit materials

Outcomes

BetterLesson's coaching and workshops are focused on specific topics.
I effectively utilize the OpenSciEd Curriculum materials to support all students with science investigation.
I leverage the OpenSciEd curriculum materials to plan meaningful science investigations for my students.
I make instructional decisions to maintain an appropriate pace while implementing an OpenSciEd unit.
I promote student sensemaking in my classroom by implementing OpenSciEd’s key instructional elements.
I facilitate equitable student-led discussions that drive scientific discovery by using the OpenSciEd curriculum.
I analyze and implement the writing and drawing opportunities within the OpenSciEd curriculum to support my students in making their thinking visible.
I analyze and implement assessments to evaluate student understanding of scientific concepts by using the OpenSciEd curriculum.
I analyze lessons to identify goals, potential barriers, and ways to use the UDL principles to remove barriers and create flexible paths to learning.

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