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Visualizing Student Thinking with SageModeler (ES/MS)

November 5 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Grade Level

Elementary School

Diagramming and creating models are skills that allow students of all ages to illustrate their thinking and share their thinking!

Leaders: Kimesha Reid-Grant and Juliette Guarino Berg

ClimateSTEM Series, Focus on “Systems Thinking” .

Diagramming and creating models are skills that allow students of all ages to illustrate their thinking and share their thought processes with others. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the diagramming and systems modeling tool SageModeler, a “free, web-based, and open-source software to engage students in systems thinking through designing, building, and revising models.” Workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore relevant phenomena such as energy flow in ecosystems and factors contributing to the health of a body of water in “student mode,” beginning with basic diagramming skills and working towards creating a static equilibrium model. Participants will also spend time in “teacher mode” considering ways to use SageModeler within their current scope and sequence.




Three-Dimensional Next Generation Science Standards Addressed:

Performance Expectations

  • 5-PS3-1. Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.
  • 5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
  • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.

Science and Engineering Practices

  • Developing and Using Models

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Cause and Effect
  • Patterns
  • Stability and Change
  • Systems and System Models

Materials needed: Laptops, charge cord, notebook, pencil, cutouts for ecosystems.

Cost:  $25 (Limited # of tickets!)

STEMteachersNYC delivers professional development workshops for teachers, by teachers, about teaching, since 2011. All workshops over 2hrs offer CTLE. CUNY Pre-service teachers may attend for free; Brooklyn College Pre-service teachers receive Field Site hours. Please reach out if your school requires an invoice. We are an NYCDOE MTAC Vendor.

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