Understanding Imagine Science Corner K-5


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Imagine Science Corner (ISC) includes an intentional non-adaptive sequence of lessons by grade (which may be delivered in any order using Assignment Builder) composed of instructional videos, practice opportunities with embedded feedback, and culminating in lesson Mastery Check questions. All student-facing content in Imagine Science Corner is available in both English and Spanish. Placement occurs when the student account is created and defaults to the student’s academic grade. Science learning paths can be deactivated and restored like math and reading learning paths, but placement cannot be changed by educators

Educators can preview lesson content and access and print the Vocabulary Printables and Project-Based Learning Investigations materials (teacher and student versions) using Assignment Builder. Additionally, educators can create custom learning pathways and assign them to students using Assignment Builder. This feature is particularly useful for educators who wish to align their supplemental science scope and sequence to their core science curriculum or their school or district learning goals.

Optional offline instructional materials for Imagine Science Corner:

  1. A Vocabulary Printable activity for every lesson helps students determine and clarify the meaning of academic science vocabulary; promotes and encourages student discourse, elicits ideas, and helps make students’ thinking visible; and reinforces students’ understanding of key concepts presented in the lessons. These can be used to create a glossary of terms and to integrate into students’ core science interactive notebooks or journals.
  2. A student-driven Project-Based Learning (PBL) Investigation from one of the scientific domains (life, physical, and earth/space) for each grade. The student-driven PBL Investigation provides a flexible implementation option with a performance-based assessment opportunity and includes teacher-facing support materials along with implementation resources.  

Flexible Implementation

Opportunities exist for follow-up, whole-class, small group, or individual/pull-out instruction if the Educator desires by utilizing provided resources and Assignment Builder to suit these implementation models:

  • Approach 1: Pathway – students follow the default grade level pathway for 20 min sessions every other week. Optional use of Vocabulary Printables to reinforce key terms at the lesson level is determined by the educator (could be used in class or as homework).
  • Approach 2: Assignable Content – utilizing Assignment Builder, educators can create custom learning pathways. This is particularly useful for educators who wish to align their supplemental science scope and sequence to their core science curriculum.
  • Approach 3: Optional Project-Based Learning Investigation – use the program as a toolbox of resources and include the PBL investigation, through the Assignment Builder, as the main component of the instructional approach.
    • Provides an opportunity for performance-based assessment
    • Suggested usage: 50 min sessions for 3 days/week for 3 weeks OR 45 min sessions for 5 days/week for 2 weeks.

Lessons in ISC K-5

Video lessons are organized into default grade-level pathways. Lessons address science domains and take approximately 20 minutes to implement. There are two versions of Imagine Science Corner: a version for the National (NGSS, state-specific standards) market and a version for the Texas (TEKS) market.

  • Instructional Content – there is one default grade-level pathway for each grade that is comprised of a sequence of lessons. Each lesson contains age-appropriate instructional video clips rooted in real-world scenarios and practice items that support learning with feedback. Additionally, each lesson includes a multi-media glossary.
  • Mastery Check – following the instructional content, students are presented with a variety of age-appropriate technology-enhanced items that assess their comprehension of the lesson content. This typically takes the shape of a 5-item lesson quiz and provides scoring and reporting for teachers’ use.

Monitor Student Progress

Once students are enrolled and begin working in the program, Educators can use the Class Summary and Class Progress reports to monitor student usage and performance as they progress through their learning paths.