Instructional Posters

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VAEI Model Posters

VAEI’s Instructional Model for Inquiry-Based Science Poster

VAEI’s Instructional Model for Inquiry-Based Science Poster integrates a process of scientific inquiry with a rich learning environment while nurturing scientific habits of mind. By addressing the process and the culture of scientific inquiry, the model becomes a practical guide for helping students to think and act like scientists. (24″ X 36”, laminated)

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Process of Scientific Inquiry Poster

VAEI’s Process of Scientific Inquiry Poster is a tool to help engage curiosity with inquiry-based instruction so that students construct knowledge and meaning through a process of discovery. (18″ X 24”, laminated)

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Learning Environment Poster

VAEI’s Learning Environment Poster is a tool to help create an environment where students engage in rich discussions, share responsibility for learning, and are supported in taking risks. (18″ X 24”, laminated)

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Habits of Mind Poster

VAEI’s Habits of Mind Poster is a tool to help foster a growth mindset where students think critically and creatively, persevere through challenges, and are open to new ideas. (18″ X 24”, laminated)

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Instructional Model for Engineering Design Poster

VAEI’s Instructional Model for Engineering Design Poster integrates a process of engineering design with a rich learning environment while nurturing scientific habits of mind. By addressing the process and the culture of scientific inquiry, the model becomes a practical guide for helping students to think and act like engineers. (24″ X 36”, laminated)

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Process of Engineering Design Poster

VAEI’s Process of Engineering Design is a tool to help engage curiosity with the engineering design process so that students construct knowledge and meaning through a process of discovery. (18″ X 24”, laminated)

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VAEI Student Prompt Posters

Question Poster

In order to effectively drive an investigation, a scientific question should be important (relevant and connected to required learning), testable (able to be answered from evidence obtained in an investigation), and doable (able to be done with the resources and time available.) The Question Poster guides students through evaluating an investigation question. (18″ X 24”, laminated)

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Data Analysis Poster

The Data Analysis Poster guides students through key elements in analyzing and interpreting data. This poster fosters the use of mathematics and computational thinking. It helps students make sense of their data so that their data may be used as evidence. (18″ X 24”, laminated)

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Explanation Poster

Science investigations explore questions of how or why things happen in the natural world. Scientific explanations offer answers to these questions based on evidence collected during scientific investigations, and also include an argument that justifies why the evidence supports the claim. The Explanation Poster guides students through developing an argument that supports a claim. (18″ X 24”, laminated)

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Evaluation Poster

The Evaluation Poster uses a series of questions to prompt students’ self-reflection about the strength of their investigations. This scrutiny of one’s own work helps develop self-directed learners. This poster is suitable for use throughout the investigation process. (18″ X 24”, laminated)

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Investigation Plan Poster

A scientific investigation requires a fair test in order to be confident in the results. The Investigation Plan Poster helps students make sure the investigation plan is a fair test by determining if the plan is repeatable, generates quality data, and minimizes error. (18″ X 24”, laminated)

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Present and Defend Poster

The Present and Defend Poster outlines the steps of a powerful communication strategy that engages students in scientific discourse. Its structure encourages openness to new ideas and informed skepticism. This poster helps develop student presentation skills and promotes active audience participation. It is ideal for use at the conclusion of an investigation with both whole group and small group formats. (18″ X 24”, laminated)

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Research in Progress Poster

The Research in Progress Poster emerged from the practice of VAEI’s world-renowned scientists. This poster promotes students’ critical and creative thinking during the design and implementation of their investigations. It is ideal for sharing in both large and small group formats. This poster is suitable for use at any point in an investigation. (18″ X 24”, laminated)

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