How is Science Taught in 2020?
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What is an "anchoring" phenomenon?
"In scientific usage, a phenomenon is any event that is observable, however common it might be, even if it requires the use of instrumentation to observe, record, or compile data concerning it. The term is most commonly used to refer to occurrences that at first defy explanation or baffle the observer."  An anchoring phenomenon is an observable event that is used to bundle a set of learning standards addressed through its investigation and explanation.

1. Engagement:
We begin with an activity that creates a common experience for all students that relates to the anchoring phenomenon. This initiates student curiosity, is related to the student learning standards, and facilities the creation of models in addition to creating opportunities to generate questions and explore potential explanations known as claims. 

2. Exploration
This step begins with a pre-assessment and self-reflection of student learning targets providing a tool in which they assess their own growth. Following the pre-assessment, students are introduced to domain-specific vocabulary as well as an overview of key concepts used to create personalized claims in the next step.

3. Explanation & Elaboration (of Anchoring Phenomenon)
Students focus on one observable event through a mixed-media approach and develop a claim or explanation of the occurrence.
The claim is then researched to establish evidence of support and prevent misconceptions. 
4. Evaluate/ Performance-Based Assessment
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