Welcome to the Twig Science monthly newsletter!
We often cast intentions into the universe, waiting for the right moment to reel bright opportunities into our reach. Well, this is that moment—opportunities for learning are right in front of us! Let’s explore some of them together.
Article: Maintaining Student Motivation
January marks the midpoint in the school year. To maintain student engagement and start that gradual release of learning to students, consider some of the motivational ideas in this article by Judy Willis based on neuroscience research:
Science Spotlight: Webb Space Telescope Feed
There’s a new telescope orbiting in space, enhancing our reach into the stars: the James Webb Space Telescope. But who was James Webb? As NASA’s second administrator, he advanced space exploration and science during his tenure, overseeing the Apollo missions and the first moon visit. Share his legacy and the exciting Webb Telescope feed with your students by going to https://webbtelescope.org.
Did You Know: Twig Science Next Gen Middle School Platform Tour
We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Twig Science Next Gen middle school platform! It gives Grade 6–8 students opportunities to take on dozens of inspiring scientist roles, including volcanologists and documentary filmmakers. Check out this short video tour of the new platform to learn more: Twig Science Next Gen Tutorial Video
Getting to Know 3-D Science: What Are Science and Engineering Practices?
Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) are a foundational component of three-dimensional learning. They are what students DO—the action steps students take that mirror the work of real scientists and engineers. You’ll also notice that the SEPs run parallel to the Standards for Mathematical Practice—cross-curricular connections abound! As we embark on this new year, take a moment to solidify your own understanding of the SEPs.
Video link: What are Science and Engineering Practices?
Tips and Tricks: Using Twig Coach Assign and Go
As districts toggle between in-person and remote learning, preparing for instruction can be difficult. Don’t worry—Twig Science has you covered! Twig Coach Assign and Go lessons are ready to use at the click of a button. It’s that easy. Watch this brief video to learn more.
Video link: Using Twig Coach Assign and Go
User Highlights: Writing Poetry
This shared writing assignment was an ELA extension activity using the learning from the Grade 1 Twig Science module Patterns in the Sky. The class used the informational text to write a poem, and then, to reinforce their phonics skills, they annotated the text and circled sounds they’d learned. What a great way to use those cross-curricular connections in science to integrate ELA and connect informational text!