Available Tools, Option E:
Identifying Benchmarks Strands

Estimated Time: 2-3 hours.

Example of Use: Sample 2.5-Day Workshop Agenda.

Overview: This presentation shows how benchmarks related to a topic can be identified and linked to show the K-12 development of understanding of the topic. The activity is a worthwhile investment of time for groups who will be working extensively with Science for All Americans and Benchmarks for Science Literacy. Starting with the K-12 list of benchmarks from an assigned section, participants highlight benchmarks and parts of benchmarks that relate to the development of concepts within a particular topic. Next they examine a strand map on the topic to understand how benchmarks in it are related to each other. Then they construct a strand map on an assigned topic and compare it to a Project 2061 strand map on that topic in Benchmarks on Disk. Finally, they choose a new topic, identify related benchmarks, and draw a strand map that shows how particular benchmarks in their collection are related.

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