Engage with Research Quest, free, online,
NGSS-focused, phenomenon-based investigations using authentic museum
objects and research to build students' literacy, critical thinking,
collaboration, and communication skills.
Teachers will: 1. experience an exemplar set of free resources that successfully integrate NGSS and ELA standards to provide students with meaningful, self-directed learning; 2. recognize that providing students with opportunities to research phenomenon-based problems professional scientists devote their careers to using the collections and data they build new knowledge from can empower students to better understand the enterprise of science, the natural world, and the natural history of our world—while building their literacy and critical-thinking skills; and 3. understand that creating opportunities to make critical thinking visible is an essential scaffold necessary to support student efficacy with problem finding and problem solving.
Madlyn Larson (Natural History Museum of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT)