The Oklahoma State Department of Education is excited to announce the release of the Oklahoma Science Framework Overviews. In Phase 1 of the Oklahoma Science Framework Project, twenty K-12 teachers partnered with the Oklahoma State Department of Education to develop “Framework Overviews”. The Overviews represent how a small group of teachers, Framework Writers, at a given grade level might bundle performance expectations or standards found in the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science. Bundling may be a new word, but it certainly isn’t a new concept as it simply implies how teachers would group performance expectations or standards for the purpose of developing instructional units of study.
Once bundled, the Framework Writers were then charged with completing four categories of information that coincided with the bundle of performance expectations or standards. The categories and short descriptions of each are listed below.
- In – Lay Terms: This section aims at providing a brief introduction to the goals outlined in the Performance Expectation Bundles.
- Three Dimensional Storyline: This section aims at providing a comprehensive storyline of how the three dimensions represented in the Performance Expectation Bundles intertwine to support students engaging in science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas.
- Lesson Level Performance Expectations: This section aims at providing scaffolding three-dimensional learning targets that teachers can design instruction around to meet the end goals of the Performance Expectation represented in the bundles.
- Misconceptions: This section aims at providing research-based misconceptions that students frequently have related to the science concepts (disciplinary core ideas) embedded in the Performance Expectation bundles.
“The vision of the Overviews is to provide a resource for teachers that encourages them to embrace the new standards and implement them effectively in their classrooms. The suggestions provided by the frameworks project do not have to be implemented exactly as they are written and are not required to be a successful teacher, but serve as a guide to setting up effective lessons that will help students meet the necessary levels of success in a science classroom.” – Oklahoma Science Framework Project Writer
Keep in mind the Oklahoma Science Framework Overviews are simply a resource for teachers to assist in planning for instruction. To access the DRAFT Framework Overview Documents, click here. These documents will be published in PDF format later this fall. They are being released now to serve as a support for teachers who are planning for an implementing the new standards now. As they are in draft form, Oklahoma science teachers also have an opportunity to provide feedback on the documents before they are published. You can provide feedback by leaving comments on the Google Documents.
In an effort to continue to provide support and resources, the Oklahoma Science Framework Project will continue this as the Oklahoma State Department of Education will continue to partner with Oklahoma science teachers to develop instructional exemplars and sample formative assessments. Be looking for applications to participate soon!
If you have issues accessing the document or have questions regarding the project please contact Tiffany Neill at 405-522-3524.