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Big Idea #1 - Create Formative Assessments for the Montana Science Standards

The OPI will select a group of 24 science educators to develop meaningful, actionable, and relevant resources for formative assessment of Montana’s new science standards. These standards align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Progress towards building a balanced assessment system for science will begin with developing formative assessments and strategies during a three-day summer workshop July 26 – July 28, 2017.  The three-day, in-person meeting will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Participants will earn a $500 stipend and be reimbursed for lodging.

How to Apply

Elementary (Grades K-5) Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science - access application.

Secondary (Grades 6-12)

The application will close on Monday, April 24th. 

Note: If you would like to download and review the application questions, please follow these links: Elementary ApplicationSecondary Life Science ApplicationSecondary Physical Science Application, and Secondary Earth and Space Science Application.

More information about the event, please click here.

Questions can be directed to Ashley McGrath at amcgrath@mt.gov or 406.444.3450.

Big Idea #2 - Create Your Own Air Quality Sensor

Corvallis High School science teacher Brock Hammill has created a website with instructions on how to create your own air quality sensor. This is the same sensor his science class built for their MAKER project featured in an article from a PBS station in San Francisco (which was in the March 17 edition of 3 Big Ideas).  Visit his website to get the instructions for the sensor or read the article to learn how the students used the sensor in their science class.

Big Idea #3 - Blooming Deserts in California

All the rain and other wet weather in California has had one interesting side effect--the deserts are now full of wildflowers. Called a super bloom, the flowers are pulling flower enthusiasts from all over the country. Read the article from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website on how the super bloom developed. See the satellite images here of the impact the rains from December 2016 to March 2017 had on the California landscape.

~ Content Standards & Instruction thanks you for reading the 3 Big Ideas ~

Colet Bartow, Director, (406) 444-3583

School Library & Resource Coord., (406) 444-3583

Jessica Bryant, Teacher Learning Hub Coord., (406) 444-3557

Christy Mock-Stutz, English Language Arts, (406) 444-0736

Michelle McCarthy, Science, (406) 444-3537

Jake Warner, Mathematics, (406) 444-0706

Marjorie O’Rourke, Professional Learning Data & Info Specialist, (406) 444-3538

Wanda Arlint, Administrative Assistant, (406) 444-0716