Use a sequence of lessons to engage students in
three-dimensional learning via phenomenon-based
activities and assessments that align with national standards.
Develop students' close reading and investigation skills with more group science activities.
Give students opportunities to apply unit science concepts with hands-on science activities and experiments.
Have students select from the FOCUS Books collection to read more deeply on high-interest science topics.
Interactive Science Lessons
Provide online guided instruction, practice, and assessment of core science concepts and practices using text, audio, and interactive tasks.
Science A-Z Project-Based Learning Packs provide resources that encourage students to use creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills as they work in teams to investigate an overarching science question or design solutions for an engineering challenge. A Driving Question sets the purpose and serves as the springboard for a student-directed deep dive into the challenges of each pack. The Project Organizer worksheets, SAZ Journal, completed project, and presentation help students demonstrate what they have learned. Teaching Tips and rubrics help teachers facilitate the project and assess student performance.
By its nature, project-based learning helps satisfy standards in multiple areas of the curriculum at once. Science A-Z Project-Based Learning Packs often integrate science, technology, engineering, math, language arts, and other content areas in a single project.
Students work together like real scientists and engineers to conduct research, develop plans, adhere to a schedule, make decisions, and execute their plan. Working with peers on a STEM project develops teamwork practices that prepare students to be college- and career-ready.
How to Use Project-Based Learning
Start with the Project-Based Learning Overview to learn important information about the project-based learning process, to see connections to science and ELA standards, to learn about the benefits to share with parents and administrators, and to determine how to integrate PBL into your classroom.
Use the Teaching Tips that accompany each Project-Based Learning Pack to learn about the specifics of each pack:
Background and misconceptions
How to facilitate the PBL process, including research, project work, peer review, presentations, and assessment
Science A-Z resources recommended for use with the pack
Student resources in the packs support individuals and teams to help them plan and stay organized throughout the project-based learning process, including: