Learning in 360 Degrees: Gas Is A Blast In Tally Piscopo’s Fourth Grade STEAM Classroom

At SS Dixon Intermediate School in Milton, Florida, STEAM Innovate teacher Tally Piscopo connects science content and real-world connections through stations-based learning.

This month, Mrs. Piscopo allowed the Discovery Education Community to join her as her fourth grade students investigated states of matter using the Discovery Education Science Techbook lesson “Measuring Matter” and Spotlight On Strategies series.

Big Idea

Through this stations-based approach, Tally Piscopo’s students take control of their own learning, connect with each other to share their knowledge, engage in active and productive discussions, and enjoy the learning process.  From Mrs. Piscopo’s perspective, her students’ independence frees her up to visit all of the stations, easily monitoring every student’s learning and providing guidance and differentiation, allowing all students to learn to read, write, and think like scientists.

Step Inside

Learn more by stepping into a 360 degree view of Mrs. Piscopo’s classroom. Here are tips to maximize the experience:

  • After launching the 360 degree image, spin your view to orient yourself within the classroom.
  • Just as students rotate through the centers, follow the pins in numerical order. Each numbered pin contains details about the learning experience in this classroom. Find additional pins within the image to see close up connections of what the teacher is accomplishing and what the students are producing.
  • Explore how Discovery Education Science Techbook‘s (Canada viewers, click here)  STEM connections and resources build context and drive understanding of science concepts, providing students with opportunities to produce creative solutions to real world problems and make career connections.


Using Spotlight On Strategies

Mrs. Piscopo and her students love our Spotlight On Strategies (Canada viewers, click here) SOS!  In one station, Mrs. Piscopo used the Paper Chat SOS (Canada viewers, click here) as a way for her students to share their understanding of that station’s content.  Our Six Word Story SOS (Canada viewers, click here) made for a great summarization tool after mixing vinegar and baking soda.

Paper Chat work product from one of Mrs. Piscopo’s stations.

Making Real World Connections

To immediately answer the question, “Why do I need to learn this?” Mrs. Piscopo provided a response at each station.  By placing a reference to the real world in each station, students easily connected their learning to their futures.

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  1. akshay kumar said:

    immediately answer the question, “Why do I need to learn this?” Mrs. Piscopo provided a response at each station.

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