K-5 Prime Reviewer Guide
Educational Liaison at Activate
I spent 18 years teaching K-4 students in all subjects, but of course my favorite was science! I love the support Activate Learning provides to assist teachers with quality science teaching and learning. K-5 PRIME is a three-dimensional program that engages all students in “doing science”. I’ve created this guide to take you through our program the first time and point out some things you won’t want to miss. I take an active part in working alongside teachers during implementations and look forward to meeting you!
Introduction To PRIME
Can I See PRIME On The Activate Learning Digital Platform?
How to navigate Activate Learning PRIME:
How we integrate with Google and Canvas:
What Makes The Digital Platform Unique?
- Record responses, draw models, write explanations
- Receive feedback from teachers
- Record questions and make thinking visible
- Read and listen to informational text and annotate and highlight
- Hear read-aloud audio of all lessons and readers.
- Create and deliver on-line assessments
- Score and comment on student work
- Display multiple student models for whole-class sharing
- Watch lab set-up videos
- Upload scores to LMS
PRIME Topics – are listed by grade level. Each grade covers 3-5 topics per grade, varying in length.
Clusters – within each topic, clusters are groups of 2-6 lessons that focus on the same one or two big ideas that students build towards.
Big Ideas – aligned to the NGSS DCI’s and help helps teachers and students focus on understanding the most important concepts, rather than on memorizing smaller bits of information. Helping make easy connections to the bigger picture.
Teaching A Lesson
Start With Quick Look Section
“A Quick Look” pages to make planning simple and easy. PRIME isn’t checklist science, it allows learners’ understanding to build over time. The quick look contains:
- Overview — Brief description of what the children do
- Big Idea — The primary science concept of the lesson
- Key Notes — Tips for scheduling and preparation
- Lesson Goals — What children will know and be able to do as a result of the lesson
- Assessment — Assessment suggestions and techniques
3 Parts Of A Lesson
Students participate in a common experience/phenomena that is designed to instill wonder in them and cause them to ask questions.