With this approach to math and science, students are stepping outside the traditional academic laboratory with the understanding that the world itself is one big playground. These books are more than laboratory manuals. They include student literature review research, as well as guided laboratory investigations, inquiry laboratory investigations and project based learning all with everyday materials such as kitchen supplies, office supplies, and household chemicals.
By following the Course Guide Books and Laboratory Manuals students will increase their knowledge of math and science as well as
increase their academic literacy skills and numeracy skills.
This journey is full of skills students will master, including:
•Following reporting procedures used by scientists including literature reviews, using citations, and writing in the third person.
•Being able to identify and use independent, dependent, and controlled variables in investigations.
•Articulating how each activity relates to daily living and is connected to the concepts important in math and science.
•Creating and analyzing data tables and graphs, as well as using technology to import images and other media.
•Formulating a conclusion to each investigation and suggesting ways to create similar experiments with different variables.
•Using “everyday” items, kitchen supplies, office supplies, and toys readily available through local stores to complete labs.
•Seeing that math and science is all around us, impossible to avoid but also easy to enjoy.
•Being engaged by simple but effective “hands on activities” many of which student will be building from scratch.