While the OpenSciEd units are designed to provide teachers who are new to three-dimensional learning with enough support to implement the units successfully, this OpenSciEd Teacher Handbook provides overviews of features of the OpenSciEd units and open educational resources on the website that are likely to be new to many teachers. Each chapter focuses on a different feature.
The Handbook is not designed to be read from front to back. We envision that teachers will read some chapters as an introduction to the OpenSciEd approach as they begin to plan for instruction, and will choose to read others on an as-needed basis as they go through the planning process. Most important, the Handbook is designed to be a resource that teachers can refer back to at any time.
Teacher Tools & Resources
The Teacher Tools & Resources document provides a collection of all the tools and resources embedded in the OpenSciEd units that could be utilized in other units or with other instructional materials.
The intention of this resource is to provide educators with ideas and resources to modify units or provide additional scaffolds for their students.
This document is organized into clusters of resources but you will see that many resources overlap with other areas. For example, a tool or template under Section A. Resources and Tools to Support the Science and Engineering Practices might also include ideas for supporting the cross-cutting concepts. We offer this tool as a PDF or as a Google Document.