How Has the Space Program Affected Florida? This Question Exploration asks the Essential Question: How has the Space Coast been a boon to Florida?
Question Exploration Routines are instructional methods that teachers can use to help a diverse student population understand a body of content information by carefully answering a critical question to arrive at a main idea answer. Students taught using the Content Enhancement routines earned higher total test scores than did students taught using the lecture-discussion method.
Personally, I use the Routines to figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it. It keeps my "Sage on the Stage" time limited to what fits onto 2-3 pages (about 45 minutes of directed class discussion). This product includes both completed question exploration guide and concept comparison frame. And, the student guides blanked except for vocabulary, scaffolding questions, and graphics already filled in.
I also included a mapping exercise for students to identify the top twenty cities and attractions in Florida, to help them locate the Space Coast with Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
These Concept Enhancement Routines have the following learning objectives and outcomes:
SWBAT summarize the effects of space exploration on the economy and culture of Florida
These Concept Enhancement Routines are classroom tested to help students with the following Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Science:
SC.8.N.4.1 Explain that science is one of the processes that can be used to inform decision making at the community, state, national, and international levels.
SC.8.N.4.2 Explain how political, social, and economic concerns can affect science, and vice versa.
SC.8.E.5.12 Summarize the effects of space exploration on the economy and culture of Florida.
SC.912.E.5.9 Analyze the broad effects of space exploration on the economy and culture of Florida.
SC.912.N.4.1 Explain how scientific knowledge and reasoning provide an empirically-based perspective to inform society's decision making.
SC.912.N.4.2 Weigh the merits of alternative strategies for solving a specific societal problem by comparing a number of different costs and benefits, such as human, economic, and environmental.