Hello and Welcome

Hello all!  Welcome to the Creating Critical Connections in Math and Science Blogsite, now integrating Immersing Middle School Teachers in Research Experiences in Math and Science.  This is the place for the daily journals, film clips, pictures and video podcasts of the learning adventures that occurred during the 2-week C3MS and IMSTREMS summer institutes.

Participants and visitors can select a Category on the right to see all the postings of any one engineering or Life Science study group.  The Miscellaneous Category is made up of postings by the project directors (Jeff Patterson and Bob Melton), pedagogy specialists (Dr. Tim Laubach and Dr. Stacy Reeder),  lead engineers (Dr. Susan Walden) or lead scientists (Helena Lucas, Jess Cole and Dr. Mike Soreghan). Participants can also click one of the Tags on the right to see all the posting on a particular day.

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Don’t Forget IMSTREMS Follow-up THIS Saturday

November 15th

It’s Follow-up Saturday at the Museum.  Refreshments at 8. Program starts at 8:30!

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IMSTREMS 3.0 Follow-up Schedule

Here is the schedule of the remaining IMSTREMS 3.0 follow-up workshops.  Please mark your calendar and check back to this site frequently as locations have not been finalized.

November 15

February 21

April 11

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Data Reporting Forms

As discussed at the First Follow-up, we are DEEP into the data collection process to verify the efficacy of IMSTREMS 3.0.  There are three (3) forms that you must use to report the data requirements of the MSP grant.

Please make every effort to complete these 3 forms within the next 4 weeks (September 14)

1. Use the link below to report data documenting performance of your OCCT tested students from last year (school year 2013-14).  Please use the link below to report your data (enter data even if you did not teach an OCCT tested class as that data must be accounted for)



2. The link below is a form for you to list professional awards/honors.



3. Finally, as part of the OSDE requirements for MSP grant participants, you must document that you have facilitated an in-service professional development session to colleagues in your district (or at a professional meeting). Use this form to report how you met that obligation.


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1st IMSTREMS 3.0 Follow-up Underway

Good Morning.  The first IMSTREMS 3.0 follow-up is underway with a presentation from  Brent Perkaple from the OU Center for the History of Science.



OU Lynx blog

Brent spent a few minutes taking about OU Lynx and the outstanding resources available  to educators and students from the Center for the History of Science in Education.  Some fantastic exhibitions are coming within the year!  http://oulynx.org is the source.

Later that Same Day…

Here’s a question for you – What is the best way to predict clouds and rain in Oklahoma?

Answer – Schedule a solar oven activity!


The discourse of the engineering design process.

Where's a penguin when you need one?

Where’s a penguin when you need one?


Enjoy the experience, these bulbs are BANNED!

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Reminder – First IMSTREMS Follow-up August 16th

The first IMSTREMS 3.0 Follow-up Workshop is Saturday, August 16th

We have reserved Collings Hall Room 250 for Saturday, August 16th from 8 am until 4:00 pm. The gates to the parking lot off of Lindsey Street and Elm Avenue will be open.  See it on a map – http://goo.gl/maps/gIBXC

Dr. Laubach and Dr. Reeder have a full and FUN day planned.

With all of the changes in Math and Science, this is will be a great opportunity to think about what we are doing with kids and reflect on how to best implement and project our IMSTREMS experiences.

Sounds like a pretty useful resource coming to all of us at just the right time.  Don’t miss it!

See you the 16th!

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Year 4 Cohort – Lesson Integration

Lesson Integration: Year 4 Integration FINAL Teacher Leaders INTEGRATION Short Presentation

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Year Three Cohort Lessons

Two Lessons developed and tested during the IMSTREMS Summer Institute using a Lesson Study approach to design, assess, and validate their quality and effectiveness.

Fill’er up: Vase Activity IMSTREMS Lesson Study Year 3

Just Drop It: JUST DROP IT Lesson Study Just drop it presentation


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Year 2 Lessons

Year 2 Cohort Pedagogy Lessons

Bridging the Gap: Bridging the Gap Y2 Bridging the Gap-Learning Cycle Y2

Life Science – Energy Transfer: Energy Transfer in the Ecosystem Energy Transfer in an Ecosystem Game Energy Transfer in the Ecosystem 5 E Energy Transfer in the Ecosystem

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Year 1 Lessons

Time to share lessons.

Posted below are the lessons from the First Year Pedagogy Cohort

Density Lesson 1: 5 E Density lesson Ship Shape –density lesson Understanding Ideas in Science – Floating Logs

Cricket Lesson: Cricket lesson How Many Crickets

Density Lesson 2: Density – the Reason the Titanic Sank Density Lesson Plan

Liquid Layers: 5 E Lesson Plan Liquid Layers Layered Liquids

Pitching Pennies: Pinching Pennies Pinching Pennies Presentation

Wingin’ It:

Wing’n It Lesson Plan Wing’n It Student Data Sheet Wingin it Powerpoint Paper Helicopter Template

Hot Chocolate: ~$Y1 Lesson Hot Chocolate PPT Hot Chocolate Y1 Lesson Hot Chocolate PPT

Putt-Putt Boats: putt-putt boat Template PUTT-PUTT BOATS

Ramped Up Pedagogy: Pedagogy Lesson Presentation Pedagogy Lesson

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IMSTREMS 3.0 Research Presentations

Need to revisit an interesting presentation you saw at the Research Presentations?  Want to look at some of that data from the Bird People?  What about that climate data in Turn up the Heat?  Check it all out below Most of the presentations have been converted to pdf, but you can view them just like their .ppt original selves

A Bird in the Hand

Biodiversity Research Presentation

Blood Vessel

For Better or Worse

Land Cover Presentation

London Bridges

Mind Reading

Turn Up The Heat

What Remains

WYSIWYS Presentation



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