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Friday, March 1 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Unpack 3-Dimensional Standards with Phenomenal Science Instruction

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Teachers will learn how phenomena-based science instruction designed around real-world problem solving can incorporate all aspects of the Michigan Science Standards. Teachers will unravel the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts in how they relate to science curriculum design. This session will engage educators with hands-on activities, digital tools, active reading and dynamic discussion with the purpose to design instruction with 3-Dimensional Statements.


  • Support Michigan science teachers with a deeper understanding of 3-Dimensional instruction.

  • Provide teachers with the knowledge and practice to meet the expectations of the new standards.

  • Engage teachers with phenomena-based instruction with example model units, lessons and activities.

  • Provide teachers from all grade levels (K-8) with resources they can take back and use in their classrooms.

Amplify Connection:

Unit focus from Balancing Forces

Teachers will engage with hands-on use of magnets, use investigation notebook pages and digital tools.

Teachers will leave with print resources as well as digital demo accounts.


The new Michigan K-12 Science Standards, based upon the Next Generation Science Standards, replace the standards adopted in 2006, commonly known as the Grade Level Content Expectations and High School Content Expectations for Science.The new standards are really a set of student performance expectations.  These performance expectations incorporate three main elements:

  • Disciplinary Core Ideas (science specific concepts in the life, earth, and physical sciences),

  • Science and Engineering Practices (the practices of engaging in scientific investigation to answer questions, and engineering design to solve problems),

  • Cross-Cutting Concepts (conceptual ideas common to all areas of science).

These expectations are also interwoven across disciplines, including connections to language arts and mathematics.

The adoption of new standards provides a tremendous opportunity in our state not only to improve science learning, but also to improve literacy and thinking skills of all children.

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Tom Gantt

Senior Product Specialist, Amplify Education
As a National Board Certified Teacher, Tom Gantt brings the joy of science and teaching together with his unique past experiences. As a former lab scientist and science center educator, Tom combines his research background with 15 years of award-winning teaching of middle school and... Read More →

Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm EST
Berkey Room
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