Active Series Review Guide
9-12 Active Series
HS Manager at Activate
See The Active Series On The Activate Learning Digital Platform
Navigate The Active Series:
Our LMS Integration:
The Chapter Challenge:
Project-based learning is essential to the design and approach of Active Physics. Each unit is anchored by a Chapter Challenge — inventing a safety device for a vehicle, production a sound and light show, or creating a sport to be played on the moon. The Chapter Challenge is the foundation of the “what,” ”how” and “why” of the instructional design, and engages students in an active role in practicing and demonstrating their learning in science and engineering. This approach has all the advantages of project-based learning.
The Chapter Challenge Ties It All Together:
- Ties phenomena back to a real- world problem
- Driving Questions
- Three dimensional learning
- Engineering Design Cycle
- Links science and engineering to the local community
Active Physics Student Project:
Examples of the Chapter Challenge
Active Physics Chapter 1: Driving the Roads
Active Chemistry Chapter 1: Movie Special Effects
EarthComm Chapter 1: Plate Tectonics
Lessons are designed with an expanded 5E model of the learning cycle (Expanding the 5E Model, Eisenkraft). This means that teachers use phenomena to engage students and elicit prior knowledge. Students explore phenomena with hands-on investigation, learning to make careful observations and design experimental procedures. Teachers help students explain what they’ve observed through discourse and modeling, and they elaborate and extend their understanding by applying it to real- world problems in the Chapter Challenge.
Instructional Design Explained
Active Physics Teacher’s Edition, page xxxiv
Active Chemistry Teacher’s Edition, page xxxiv
EarthComm Teacher’s Edition, page xii
Active Physics Chapter 1, Section 1 Reaction Time: Responding to Road Hazards
Active Chemistry Chapter 1, Section 1 Elements and Compounds
EarthComm Chapter 1, Section 1 Where are the Volcanoes and Earthquakes?
Meeting Needs Of All Learners
Accommodations & Augmentations: Differentiated Instruction & ELL Support
Every section of every chapter in the Activate Learning program is accompanied by an extensive review of accommodation and augmentation strategies and ELL support.
Examples from the Teacher’s Edition
Active Physics Chapter 1, Section 1: Reaction Time: Responding to Road Hazards
Active Chemistry Chapter 1, Section 1: Elements and Compounds
EarthComm Chapter 1, Section 1: Where are the Volcanoes and Earthquakes?
Equity and engagement
Through the Chapter Challenge, the Activate Learning program honors the diversity of students by allowing them to creatively bring their culture into the classroom in the context of real-world examples, for example, through sports, entertainment, and habitats. Students are welcomed and encouraged to bring their real selves and their real interests into the world of science and engineering.
EarthComm Teacher’s Edition, page xxv
Implement The Active Series In Your Community
The entire Activate Learning program is modular, meaning that while each chapter is a tightly integrated bundle, chapters can be taught in any sequence that makes sense in your context. With the ability to print individual chapter modules, Activate Learning can even support sequences that draw from different courses. For example, you can integrate Active Chemistry and Active Physics. An example of such a scope and sequence is the Active Physical Science program.
Some districts have taken customization a step further, adapting the Chapter Challenge to their local context. Think of local partners who might be interested in cooperating with students on real-world problems similar to the Chapter Challenge.
For adoptions in 2021, schools will be able to use PocketLabs devices with our HS programs, giving students a whole new way to analyze, share, and compare data. PocketLabs can connect to any device using while using the Activate Learning Digital platform.
We make hands-on learning easy with materials in lesson bags, materials lists, and lab setup videos.
Active Series teachers get ongoing support from a curriculum specialist, tech support from our tech team, and invitations to Activate's ongoing webinar series.