I'm (obviously) thinking more about the holidays than education lately, but thought I'd pop in here to rerun a post about JASON because I received notification today that they are now (until February) accepting applications for a 2-year program for both Teacher and Student (14-15yo) Argonauts. Go to the JASON site links below to find out more.
JASON: Free High Quality Science for Middle and High School
Wow! National Geographic, NOAA, NASA and other smarties have teamed up to create JASON,
a site full of curriculum, lesson plans, games, live events, an
argonaut program and more. The site is so vast and so well created
that I urge you to check it out.
Although you are able to view demos, FAQs and the JASON philosophy,
you do have to register to explore the full potential of the the site.
Registration is a 1-2 minute minor inconvenience (name, address,
password, school or homeschool info), but the site is of such
high quality that that minor inconvenience is forgotten in less time
than it took to fill out the registration form. Truly.
After registering, you are able to create a classroom and fill it with assignments for your students.
(The following information is from JASON)
JASON's science curriculum units are designed to:
- Light the spark of inspiration in students
- Fit within school districts' core 5th-8th grade curricula
- Adapt to higher and lower levels
- Align to state and national standards
- Cover at least five to nine weeks of material
- Include numerous research articles, hands-on lab activities, videos, games, and multimedia resources
suggested lesson plans, extensions, interdisciplinary connections, and
teacher resources for alignment, assessment, and classroom management.
Q: What grade levels are JASON curricula designed to serve?
A: JASON's standards-based Operations curricula are geared to students
in Grades 5 through 8, although JASON's materials can be easily adapted
for lower or higher grades.
Q: Do JASON materials align to national model standards and state curriculum requirements?
A: Yes, visit one of our standards pages to see JASONs alignments to
National Science Education Standards: Operation: Infinite Potential, Operation: Resilient Planet, Operation: Monster Storms. State standards alignments are available in the JASON Mission Center.
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