Block Building Guide v0.1

Add Block Title (in Title Case)

1. Use this introduction section to frame the purpose and contents of the learning block; this will be easier to do with the Omnis Matrix (curriculum) because you will usually know where the block sits in a pathway.

2. Introduce the main videos and which age group they might be more suitable for; remember we’re never aiming to dictate, more suggest!

3. Also invite the learner to ‘dive deeper’ by watching the deeper dive videos. Perhaps leave a nugget of enticement to encourage them to do this!

4. Aim for a maximum of FOUR intro videos (two for younger, two for older); but TWO high quality, highly relevant videos are better where possible.

5. Aim for NO MORE THAN THREE deeper dive videos; we do not want overkill or overwhelm and if more than three are necessary, the topic is too broad!

 

Take A Deeper Dive!

How Do Birds Know Where They’re Going?

Activities

What’s The Purpose of An Activity?

The Activities are designed to encourage the learner to engage more actively and fully in the topic they’re learning about. 

Please be creative about these – and think about what would engage YOU!

  • Do use internet research for inspiration but NOT copying and pasting; if you find a great activity, please paraphrase it/put it in your own words as MUCH as possible.
  • Do NOT overly rely on the bank of activities shared at Omnis and if you use one, please put it in your own words; these become really repetitive for learners as they work through the blocks and keep coming across the same types of activities over and over again!
  • ALWAYS try to keep in mind the overall purpose of the block/its related pathway and what we’re encouraging a learner to achieve.
  • Activities that are related to a more over-arching purpose and outcome will likely feel more meaningful to a learner than a ‘just because’ activity, though ‘just for fun’ activities are also valuable!

Think Like A Learner

Remember to re-write an activity if you’ve used the internet for inspiration. And if you do paste some text, please reference it correctly.

Referencing Your Work

1. ALWAYS reference your work.

If you’ve used text from anywhere else – either on the internet or from a book – please reference your work correctly. 

Vocabulary:

Pay attention to any new vocabulary you encounter in this lesson. Write down the new words and their definitions.

Questions:

Record any questions you have that remain unanswered. Take the time to research further and find the answers. Record those in your notebook.

Summary:

Write, or create a video recording, summarizing what you learned.

Keep your science notebook page for your portfolio

Books

Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library.

Read Aloud Books

Reflective Questions