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Phenomena Resources

Students Should Make Sense of Science Phenomena

DNR Image - Devil's Doorway at Devil's Lake State ParkThe core statement of the Wisconsin Standards for Science is that students should use their conceptual understanding, science and engineering practices, and a lens of crosscutting concepts to make sense of phenomena and solve problems. The role of a teacher is not as a dispenser of information, but a facilitator of students' opportunities to do and think scientifically. Local, community-related phenomena engage students and make science meaningful, preparing students for life beyond school in college, in careers, and as citizens. A good phenomenon often has no one right answer, but is a specific event or connection within the natural or designed world, ideally that students can directly experience. Further definitions of phenomena, resources for using them, and listings of them: 

Defining and Using Phenomena Listings of Phenomena