What are phenomena? They’re observable, naturally occurring events that are everywhere. A sunset, your breath on a cold morning, and the fizz of baking soda and vinegar are all phenomena.
Scientists build on knowledge to explain or predict phenomena; engineers design solutions to problems that arise from phenomena. And in the classroom? Phenomena are engaging opportunities for the three-dimensional teaching and learning that are core to the NGSS.
Each of the short videos in this gallery invites students to observe a phenomenon that sparks curiosity and can prompt student-generated questions. Use these questions as lead-ins to lessons and investigations. Then guide students to apply scientific and engineering principles, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas to explain the phenomenon–just as scientists do.
Natural phenomena are a context for the work in which scientists and engineers engage. In nature, phenomena are considered observable events that we can use science to explain or predict. A beautiful red sunset, moss growing on a bare rock, a meteor shower, the fizzing of baking soda and vinegar, a sick child running a…
Phenomena-based activities for high school
Carolina Kits 3D® Flex Digital provides teaching and learning resources for high school—level biology, chemistry, or earth and space science labs that work toward meeting the Next Generation Science Standards*. Each Flex Digital investigation starts with a phenomenon and reviews students’ prior knowledge. Detailed lab videos allow students to make observations, collect data, and then share results virtually with peers.
Phenomena-based kits for elementary and middle school
Building Blocks of ScienceTM 3D can help you confidently teach the three-dimensional lessons called for by the Next Generation Science Standards for grades K—5.
Smithsonian Science Education programs offer coherent story lines, proven results, and teacher support for grades K—8 instruction.
Carolina’s expert scientists and science educators are reengineering the OpenSciEd middle school units to provide an easier path to implementation while maintaining the standards for high-quality instructional materials.
Are you looking for a way to incorporate hands-on science into your existing grades 3—5 science curriculum? Phenomenal Explorations™ kits are your solution. Engaging topics that take kids from needing to know to wanting to know Students often pepper teachers with these types of challenging-to-answer questions: “Why do I need to know this?” “Why should…
Phenomena-Based Digital Lessons
If you are looking for a little more of a guided-inquiry approach with the phenomena videos, these lessons can help. Ask students to observe the DCI-linked phenomenon in the video and complete the student sheet prior to discussions.