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Science After School (SAS) Consumers Guide  

21st Century Afterschool Project (CASP)

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  • Cost Category: Free
  • Price Details: Free
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  • Duration: variable based on how instructors use activities
  • Format: Instructors Guide
  • Grades: grades 4 to 5, grades 6 to 8
  • Suitable for Multiple Uses?: many times, reusable with parts or supplies, can be reused
  • Subject(s): math, multiple science topics
  • Part of Series?: No
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These lesson plans support afterschool activities that provide youth with opportunities to experience science (especially focusing on reinforcing key scientific concepts around ecological impacts of water issues) within a familiar social atmosphere.

Though developed for New Jersey afterschool providers, and aligned to the NJ science-and-technology standards' core curriculum, 21st CASP's content is easily portable and is a very useful jumping off point because this ambitious set of materials offers dozens of hands-on activities for students in grades four to eight. Its greatest asset is the Facilitator's Guide, which provides the research-based rationale, clear how-to, and plenty of encouragement to engage children in genuine inquiry. The Facilitator's Guide is free, so if an afterschool program/instructor is able to make a commitment to careful preparation and to pulling together materials for the projects, these materials will provide all the content necessary to offer excellent multi-session student engagement in scientific inquiry.

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