What are Teaching Boxes?

Teaching boxes are classroom-ready instructional units created by collaboration between teachers, scientists, and designers. Each box helps to bridge the gap between educational resources and how to implement them in the classroom. The Teaching Boxes contain materials that model scientific inquiry, allowing teachers to build classroom experiences around data collection and analysis from multiple lines of evidence, and engaging students in the process of science. - focusing on gathering and analyzing scientific evidence. All educators may use DLESE Teaching Boxes free of charge.

Teaching Box features:

  • Conceptual framework with the key scientific concepts that students should understand as a result of conducting the investigation
  • National and state science, math, and language arts standards
  • In-class lessons and activities
  • Suggestions for homework and ways to extend the lessons for advanced learners
  • Learner assessments and rubrics help determine student understanding
  • Culminating activities to assess learning
  • Selected digital library resources

We invite you to explore the Teaching Boxes linked above. As a result of the collaborative design process each box differs in scope and in how the information is presented. These differences have been preserved to enable user testing to inform us which design presents the best and most usable features. We welcome and value your feedback and questions.

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