Where Passages Will Take You
Let’s take students on a journey like none other. We connect science students with real-world research, one interactive reading Passage at a time. Bring middle and high school students on thematic journeys through real-world science by elaborating their knowledge of scientific phenomena, experience interviews with scientists and engineers, extend their skills with data interpretation.
- Connecting Science and STEM Education
Passages are NGSS aligned, teacher-vetted, and culturally responsive resources for all students gaining insights into today’s STEM careers.
- Connecting Science and Literacy
Passages are cross-curricular and adapted primary literature lessons for all citizen scientists gaining skills in reading, data analysis, and graphing interpretation.
- Connecting Science and Educational Technology
Passages and Waypoints are easy-to-use, accessible, and relevant products for all 21st century learners with print and digital media.
In the sample Passage Researching Dolphins, students help Eric and Dr. Caryn answer questions about marine ecology by reading and writing with the help of multimedia through Waypoints.
Don’t forget, students practice data analysis through graphing, and produce an action plan based on scientists’ dolphin research along Belize’s Barrier Reef. For a full sample, download the full Teacher and Student Pages!
J is for Job
In the Job leg, students:
- read on related STEM careers in context.
- generate questions about the current scientific issue to research as though they will be in the field.
- explore relevance through reflection of issues in their area.
O is for Opportunity
In the Opportunity leg, students:
- Are introduced to other real scientists doing similar research and their backgrounds.
- Begin working through the sequence of pertinent information students as though they were researchers themselves.
U is for Unique
In the Unique leg, students:
- Are provided context to the scientific phenomenon they may not have ready access to on their own, with embedded academic vocabulary.
- Go over scale and overall geographical study areas to emphasize the need for regional focus in science.
- Can highlight why the research conducted is scientifically significant.
R is for Real Science!
In the Real Science leg, students:
- Practice data analysis with actual research results from highlighted scientists, including graphs and tables.
- Continue a scaffolded journey of research with sequenced information to identify main points and practice interpretation.
N is for New Science!
In the New Science leg, students:
- Focus on new or emerging studies related to this project and get the “aha” information they need to solve the problem.
- Make predictions in data based on trends.
E is for Engineering
In the Engineering leg, students:
- Are provided context of the integration and innovation of science and engineering in the form of a case study beyond an engineering design challenge.
- Identify constraints and criteria on the engineering solutions taking place in the field example provided.
Y is for You!
In the You! leg, students:
- Are given a role as a citizen scientist for either this study or other related projects they can directly contribute to.
- Complete a performance assessment that can incorporate multimedia and a summary of the main concepts covered in the Passage’s topic.
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