Engagement with Phenomena

When students experience phenomena, they wonder and ask scientific questions. The process of making sense of, explaining, and predicting phenomena leads to deeper and more transferable knowledge.

Anchor and Investigative Phenomena

Every module in Twig Science Next Gen is entered around a Module Anchor Phenomenon—an Investigative Problem that drives student learning.

In each module, the Table of Contents summarizes student learning for every Driving Question, so teachers can see at a glance the student journey across a full module and the phenomena that will drive student inquiry. Here, the Performance Expectations that students are working toward, the different modalities of student investigation are available at glance.

Students Engage with Real Phenomena

Students engage deeply with the Module Anchor Phenomena across several weeks of instruction—designing solutions and generating explanations.

The students connect with the anchor phenomenon at the start of the module with the module trailer. Take a look at what your students could be investigating in this playlist of trailers from Twig Science Next Gen.

Driving Questions

In each module, students follow a sequence of Driving Questions that build in complexity, scaffolding students’ acquisition of the three dimensions required to master the Module Anchor Phenomenon.

Leveraging Student Experience

Phenomena-based instruction allows students to use their experiences of investigating specific phenomena to build up science skills and knowledge.

“I Can” Objectives are included in the Driving Question dividers of each Twig Book. They feature the science phenomena that students will explore, as well as the learning and understanding that students will be able to demonstrate by the end of each Driving Question.

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