New MADE IN FLORIDA Lessons Integrate Comprehension Instructional Sequence Model with Industry Tours

Typically, to succeed in hi-tech careers, students have to develop strong skills in
STEM and develop critical thinking, explore and express new ideas to reach their goals. Given these basic requirements, FLATE has developed curriculum tools to help students prepare and succeed in Hi-Tech careers. The curriculum is also a handy tool for educators as it sheds light on new ways to tailor instruction. This new curriculum integrates common industry tour experiences and the new standards into a four-day lesson plan to build learners’ background knowledge in STEM areas, expand their vocabularies, and promote reading and writing success.

The new curriculum is aligned with common core/FL standards using the Comprehension Instructional Sequence (CIS) model. This model uses a multiple-strategy
instruction that promotes student development in reading, comprehension, vocabulary, content-area knowledge, and critical thinking about complex texts, and complements learning experience of students during industry tours. There are eight lesson plans that focus on different processes and/or aspects of manufacturing. Each lesson includes activities for four-day, 50 minute lesson plan. Topics covered include: Assembly, Automation, Electronics Assembly, Materials Selection, Product Design, Quality Measures: Metrology, Subtractive Machining, and Fabrication--Joining Welding.

First two days of the curriculum, center on reading and research whereby students will focus on reading and research about the manufacturing process topic, learn new technical vocabulary and research of company to be toured.  Day three is focused on industry tours when students get to experience the world of manufacturing by touring a Florida-based manufacturing industry, taking notes and categorizing observations based on previous reading and research. Final day of the lesson plan is geared on discussion and essay writing. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking skills to write an essay that uses evidence from previous research and observations they make while on the company.

The curriculum is geared for 7th to 10th grade students and is will be used as part of the
manufacturing day in Florida curriculum in October. FLATE also pre-tested the curriculum during a professional day workshop for technology and industrial teachers from the School District of Hillsborough County. According to the survey, the CIS workshop was deemed successful. Out of a total of 18 survey results, 66.67% stated the lessons are very good/excellent way for teaching literacy. Same percentage also stated the lessons plans were clear and understandable. More than 50% of the respondents also agreed the lesson plans would be a valuable addition to the classroom.

For more information on the new lesson plan, or to use it as part of the manufacturing day in Florida curriculum visit www.madeinflorida.org. You can also contact Danielly Orozco, curriculum coordinator for FLATE at Orozco@fl-ate.org