Picking the Perfect Pivot: A How To Guide (With Sample Syllabi!)

November 15, 2021

With over 500 activities now in the Pivot Interactives Library, find the perfect idea can seem overwhelming. To help you, let's go over some key concepts for the library. Then, I'll share with you some suggested activities for your course.

Filter Away

To narrow down the search, try using the filters on the left-hand side. 


Option #1: National Standards - Ideal for finding activities aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Advanced Placement (AP)’s most recent Course and Exam Descriptions, and International Baccalaureate (IB).


Option #2: Subject - Perfect for finding activities aligned less with a standard and more with a concept (because, as science teachers, we know that the only thing that ever changes is the set of letters and numbers in front of what we actually teach, not the content itself).


Looking to narrow the field?


Take Kinematics for example. There are a TON of kinematics activities. Rather than scroll through them all, add additional content filters. Check out what happens when I add the High (Step-by-step) filter to Kinematics:



My results went from 73 to 22. That’s much better!


Additional filters available include:

Level of Scaffolding:

Choose from 

  1. High (Step-by-step) 
  2. Medium (Guided)
  3. Low (Open-ended)

Location in Instructional Cycle:

Choose from

  1. Early (introduction of concept)
  2. Middle (application; formative assessment)
  3. End (summative assessment)

Grade Level:

Choose from

  1. Middle School (Grades 5-9)
  2. High School (Grades 9-12)
  3. Advanced High School (Grades 9-12, AP/IB)
  4. College/University


Need to broaden your search? Click on the X on a chip to remove it and select a different chip. 


Suggested Syllabi (Fall 2021): 


I know how hard it is to write a full curriculum. It can be scary to look at over 500 activities in a catalog and know that you need to pick twelve to fit into your year. That’s a LOT to scroll through! So, to help narrow your search, here are some suggested activities for each course listed. Click on the subject to see all of the activities available in that topic. 

Are these ALL of the activities for a course? Nope. Take for instance the physics ones: yeah, there are over 200 activities that fit a mechanics-based physics course. I'm not fitting 200 on this document. Instead, consider these the "Editor's Choice" lists. These activities are model samples for you course. We included all of the topics in a typical course and then picked some bangin' activities to go with it. You can always find more. This is a launch pad. Just click on the title to jump right to it!


Middle School


Biology:


Chemistry:


Earth and Environmental Science:


Physics