Science for Today and Tomorrow

July 1st, 2001 - December 31st, 2006 | PROJECT

Two 8 to 10 week modules, one focusing on cells and the other on reproduction and heredity, serve as the basis for the development of a comprehensive, assessment-driven, middle school science curriculum called "Science for Today and Tomorrow." A curriculum frramework is developed for Life and Physical Sciences to be taught in Grades 6 and 7 and Earth Science in Grade 8. The research-based materials assist students to develop a working knowledge of a core set of ideas that are fundamental to the discipline and ultimately to see how the concepts span the disciplines. The student materials and the teachers' guides are enhanced with classroom-tested assessments and web-based content resources, simulations and tools for gathering and interpreting data. On-line professional development materials allow teachers to gain content knowledge and pedagogical skills. The website also contains an area that provides information for administrators including strategies for supporting teachers and another area for community members to involve them in the students' science learning. The project builds upon the lessons learned in previous materials development projects at TERC.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Judy Vesel, Principal Investigator, TERC Inc
Louisa Sally Crissman, Co-Principal Investigator, TERC Inc


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0101791
Funding Amount: 1997016


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Life science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Media and Technology | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media