Remote-Learning Programs

Remote-Learning Programs

Asombro’s engaging, place-based, remote-learning programs are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. The programs are flexible, and the asynchronous lessons can be delivered through a variety of Learning Management Systems, such as Canvas and Google Classroom. Most or all of the cost of these programs is covered through grant funding and the generosity of Asombro donors.

 

For more information or to receive a remote-learning program for your class:

Stephanie Haan-Amato, s.haan-amato@asombro.org

 

Elementary Programs


Second Grade – Desert Stories

The Desert Stories program engages students in science, math, and language arts activities around the fascinating topic of seed dispersal in the desert. Each of the three lessons in this module includes a short, engaging video introducing students to the topic and giving them instructions for completing a hands-on activity at home using the kit of materials supplied by Asombro.

 

  • Asombro science kit required
  • Three 30-minute lessons

 

 

Next Generation Science Standards

2-LS2-2. Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.

K-2-ETS1-2. Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.

 


Fourth Grade – Let it Blow: Wind Erosion in the Desert

Students learn about wind erosion in the desert and use a kit of materials supplied by Asombro to test the effects of three different types of ground cover on dust created by wind erosion. They then design and test their own engineering solution to reduce soil erosion by wind.

 

  • Asombro science kit required
  • One 45-minute lesson

 

 

Next Generation Science Standards

4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.

3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

 


Fifth Grade – One Day in the Desert

This online learning module contains five components: three interactive videos with instructions for hands-on activities and two additional assignments. The videos center on a guided reading of One Day in the Desert by Anna Keener. Students will follow Mariana and her classmates from Las Cruces, New Mexico as they take a field trip and learn about the unique plants, animals, history, and other features of the Chihuahuan Desert.

 

  • Five 20-minute lessons
  • Lessons can be conducted individually or as a unit
  • Optional live video conference session with an Asombro educator

 

 

Next Generation Science Standards

5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

 

 

Secondary Programs


Sixth through Twelfth Grade – Water Conservation Data Jam

The online Water Conservation Data Jam is a seven-lesson unit that increases students’ environmental literacy and ability to turn knowledge into action that benefits New Mexico. Students make sense of regionally-relevant datasets about water and then communicate the data to nonscientists through creative projects (e.g., poems, physical models, games) that highlight the need for water conservation and actions that they and others can take to become stewards of our water resources.

 

  • Seven 30-minute lessons
  • Optional live video conference sessions with an Asombro educator

 

 

Next Generation Science Standards

MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

HS-ETS1-1. Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.

 


Sixth through Eighth Grade – Backyard Biodiversity

Students explore the biodiversity in their neighborhoods with a series of animal and plant studies using a kit of materials from Asombro and simple supplies from home. They then design and conduct their own experiment to measure species richness.

 

  • Asombro science kit available or use supplies from home
  • Four 60-minute lessons
  • Lessons can be conducted individually or as a unit
  • Optional live video conference sessions with an Asombro educator

 

 

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations; and Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns; and Cause and Effect

Disciplinary Core Ideas: Biodiversity and Humans

 


Eighth Grade – Energy Transfers Around a Kangaroo Rat

Students learn about energy as a crosscutting concept, applying “physical science” concepts of kinetic and potential energy to “life science” concepts like photosynthesis, metabolism, thermoregulation, and movement of organisms. Students will trace energy transfers around a kangaroo rat in the desert and then look for energy transfers around their homes.

 

  • One 45-minute lesson

 

 

Next Generation Science Standards

MS-PS3-5. Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.

 


Eighth Grade – Magnets and Migration

Students will investigate how magnetic fields appear in three dimensions around the Earth and design an experiment to discover where magnetic fields are the strongest around a bar magnet. They will play a game to apply their knowledge of magnetic fields to bird migration.

 

  • Asombro science kit available to enhance lesson but not required
  • One 45-minute lesson

 

 

Next Generation Science Standards

MS PS2-5. Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.

 


 

For more information or to receive a remote-learning program for your class:

Stephanie Haan-Amato, s.haan-amato@asombro.org