How Do You Build Knowledge?

Teach Phenomenon-Driven Storylines

Building Knowledge by Teaching Phenomenon-Driven Storylines

Come along as we study trait variations in humpback whales to discover what makes an individual humpback whale unique. As we examine a PhD Science® module storyline, participants build knowledge to make sense of our authentic, compelling, and multilayered web of phenomena.

Participants will

  • explore how rich, multilayered scientific phenomena enrich instruction,
  • examine how a phenomenon-driven storyline allows students to build knowledge and reflect on their learning, generate new questions, and investigate related topics,
  • consider how coherence extends across PhD Science modules and levels as well as content areas, and
  • reflect on how students deepen their understanding of fundamental science concepts as they apply their understanding to make sense of new phenomena.



This session is the first in our four-part Diving in to a Phenomenal Learning Experience For Elementary Science Students webinar series. Click the links below to view the other sessions in the series.

How Do You Illuminate Student Thinking and Spark Interest? Incorporate Hands-On Experiences

How Do You Reinforce English Language Arts Skills in Science? Make Cross-Curricular Connections

How Can You Foster a Collaborative Science Learning Environment? Explore Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Academic Learning in Science



Rolanda Clark
Rolanda Clark

Implementation Support Specialist, Science
Great Minds

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