Modified Project 2061 Instructional Analysis

ELS (V4)

 

Evaluator's Name:

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Date:

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Grade Level:

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Quarter:

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Title of Module Evaluated:

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Publisher:

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Criterion 1  Establishing a problem for children to solve

Indicator

Rating*

Evidence (Cite examples in the module)

Does the module engage children in reasoning about a problem before presenting new ideas?

 

 

Is the problem about a real-world situation in children's lives (rather than an abstraction)?

 

 

Criterion 2  Addressing commonly held naïve ideas

Indicator

Rating*

Evidence

Does the module identify for the teacher naïve ideas commonly held by children?

 

 

Does the module address commonly held naïve ideas by developing evidence and reasons that contradict these commonly held ideas?

 

 

Criterion 3  Introducing new scientific ideas

Indicator

Rating*

Evidence

Does the module explicitly introduce the new or better scientific idea(s)?

 

 

Does the unit provide or help children develop physical models and other representations of the scientific idea(s)?

 

 

Are the scientific ideas contrasted with alternative ideas (e.g., in terms of evidence that children have collected and reasons both for and against each idea)?

 

 

Criterion 4  Providing practice in using the scientific idea(s)

Indicator

Rating*

Evidence

Does the module provide multiple opportunities for children to practice using the scientific idea(s) in real-world contexts?

 

 

Does the module provide activities and teacher guidance for supporting children's use of the scientific idea(s) and providing feedback about that use (e.g., assessments of children's understanding)?  By the end of the unit, have children been encouraged to use the scientific idea(s) independently?

 

 

* Rating levels:   Strong,  Satisfactory,  Weak,  Does not do

 

 

Summary Evaluation

Recommendation

(check in the far-left column one of the 3 choices)

Reasons

[Please include what modifications, if any, would be needed to make this unit a better instructional match for addressing the MCF (2000) benchmarks in this unit.]

 

Definitely yes; consider for adoption

 

 

 

Maybe consider for adoption with significant modifications

 

 

 

Definitely do not consider for adoption

 

 

 


 

Project 2061 Curriculum Analysis Procedures:

http://www.project2061.org/newsinfo/research/textbook/mgsci/criteria.htm