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3rd Grade Information Sheet.docx
4th Grade Information Sheet.docx
6th Grade Information Sheet.docx





​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​College and Career Readiness (CCR) is excited to provide guaranteed elementary grade-level curriculum and experiences for grades 3-6 that support the District’s mission of “Preparing Career Ready Graduates.” The Fresno Unified School District’s Board of Education and Superintendent have continued with their intentional ongoing funding investment to support Goal 3 as “all students will demonstrate the character and competencies for workplace success.” CCR is working with local business partners and community colleges and cultivating new partnerships to make each Goal 3 opportunity an exciting experience for our students.

​3rd Grade


 

Bricks 4 Kidz -- a company specializing in STEM education utilizing Lego models - is returning for another school year to teach engineering skills to each 3rd grade classroom. Bricks 4 Kidz will visit each site this school year to provide an in-class 60-90 minute learning activity to all 3rd grade students across the District. Cooperative team-based discovery and critical thinking skills are reinforced as students work together to determine career themes of the hands-on activity.

4th Grade

 

Cal Fire Station​Young Chef's Academy​    ​Fresno Unified Nutrition Center


Experiences will be offered that expose our students to the Career Pathways and Programs offered at each region’s high school. The goal is to introduce students to future Career Technical Education opportunities and career possibilities. New industry partners along with many of our previous industry connections have volunteered to support our 4th grade students.

Below is a list of our industry partners working with our 4th graders (Click each link to see a video about each experience):

 

6th Grade

6th grade students will visit one of three local community colleges: Clovis, Fresno, and Reedley. Each school offers a unique experience for our students, but all provide exposure to future educational opportunities with our higher education partners.

 


​Clovis Community​Fresno City College
​Reedley College
Bus Departure
​9:00 am
​9:00 am
​​9:00 am
Tour Times
​9:30 - 11:15 am
9:30 - 11:15 am
​9:45 - 11:15 am
​Return to Site
​11:45 am
​​11:30 am
​​12:00 pm
​Fall Dates
​9/5  9/10  9/17  9/24  9/26  10/1  10/3  10/10  10/15  10/17  10/22  10/24  11/7  11/14  11/26  11/28  12/10  12/12
9/7  9/13*  9/14​  9/21  9/27*  9/28
10/5  10/11*  10/12  10/19  10/25*  10/26  11/2  11/8*  11/9  11/16  11/30  12/6*  12/7
9/18  9/25  9/27  10/18  10/23  10/25  11/8  11/15  11/27  11/29  12/4  12/6​
Spring Dates
​Coming in November/December
​1/17*  1/18  1/25  1/31*  2/1  2/7*  2/8  2/14  2/22  2/28*  3/1  3/8  3/14*  3/22  3/28*  3/29  4/5  4/11*  4/26  5/2*  5/3  5/10
Coming in November/December​

​* Denotes Tours are Limited to 75 students


Hands-on Science Elementary Programs (5th and 6th Grade)

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Fresno Unified's partnership with the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State continues for the hands-on science program for all 5th and 6th grade students. When we first launched the program in 2014/15, 5th graders engaged in hands-on activities, heightening their understanding of science, technology, and engineering. Through Kids Invent!, teachers have interactive lesson plans that encouraged creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and innovation.

For 5th grade, STEM 5 is a complete transition with the program that now aligns to the Next Generation Science Standards. The new lessons will support 5th grade teachers to prepare our students for the CA Science Test (CAST), which aligns to the new science framework.

In 6th Grade, there have been some changes also, even though the foundation of the program still supports science, technology, and engineering.

Below is the comparison of the programs last year and the changes this school year.

5th Grade

2016-2017

  • Name: Kids Invent!
  • 36 Engineering Activities.
  • Lessons encouraged creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and innovation.
  • 1 professional learning session on 9/8/16 – combined with 6th grade.
  • 3 total hours of professional learning.
  • Lyles Center shipped all materials to the sites.
  • 1 liaison per site

2017-2018

  • Name: STEM 5
  • 12 NGSS-aligned, hands-on science activities.
  • Lessons follow the 5E instructional model, as used in the CA Science Framework.
  • All 3 major science domains are addressed: Life, Physical, and Earth & Space Sciences.
  • Supports the CA Science Test (CAST) for 5th grade students.
  • 4 professional learning sessions on 9/25/17, 10/30/17, 1/22/18, and 3/12/18 focused on new STEM 5 activities, NGSS framework and best scientific instructional practices.
  • 9 total hours of professional learning.
  • Lyles Center ships all materials to the sites.
  • 1 liaison per site; teachers may voluntarily attend trainings.
6th Grade

2016-2017

  • Name: Kids Invent!
  • 7 Design Labs with 35 Engineering Challenges.
  • Lessons encouraged creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and innovation.
  • 1 professional learning session on 9/8/16 – combined with 5th grade.
  • 3 total hours of professional learning.
  • Lyles Center shipped all materials to the sites.
  • 1 liaison per site

2017-2018

  • Name: Kids Invent!
  • 8 Engineering Challenges, 4 (or more) Robotics Activities.
  • 4th Quarter is devoted to Robotics and Coding.
  • Lessons have been re-written into the 5E instructional model, as used in the CA Science Framework.
  • All 3 major science domains are addressed: Life, Physical, and Earth & Space Sciences.
  • 4 professional learning sessions on 9/28/17, 11/2/17, 1/25/18, and 3/15/18 focused on new Kids Invent!, NGSS framework and best scientific instructional practices.
  • 9 total hours of professional learning.
  • Lyles Center ships all materials to the sites.
  • 1 liaison per site; teachers may voluntarily attend trainings.


Future Scientists Program (Partnering with the USDA)

Synopsis of USDA Future Scientists Program
Future Scientists Webpage snapshot
Grafting Citrus PPT

Elementary Pre-Post Test
Secondary Pre-Post Test
Future Scientists Inquiry Lesson
Specimen Development Chart
Sample Experiments Outlines

Why Students Should Study Corn Earworm

Corn Earworm Life Cycle Summary of Data
Corn Earworm Summary Worksheet
Corn Earworm Conclusion Worksheet
Student Video of Corn Earworm Project 2017​​

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