To Analyze Instruction, Option B:
Instruction Aimed at Benchmark 5E, Flow of Matter and Energy (6-8)#1

Estimated Time: 3.5 hours.

Example of Use: Sample 6-Hour Workshop Agenda.

Overview: Participants study parts of Science for All Americans and Benchmarks for Science Literacy to enhance their understanding of the intent of Benchmark 5E Flow of Matter and Energy (6-8)#1:

Food provides molecules that serve as the fuel and building materials for all organisms. Plants use the energy from light to make sugars from carbon dioxide and water. This food can be used immediately or stored for later use. Organisms that eat plants break down the plant structures to produce the materials and energy they need to survive. Then they are consumed by other organisms. Participants then read several scenarios describing instruction and evaluate how effectively the instruction addresses the benchmark. If time permits, participants consider how the instruction could be improved to address the benchmark more effectively.

This option is appropriate for groups that include middle and high school educators who teach the topic. The strand map shows the importance of precursor benchmarks to this benchmark, and the scenarios give participants an opportunity to apply their understanding of the benchmark to the analysing and improving instruction.

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