Thanks Nate McDonald from White Hill for this video about a great project. "These robots are an inexpensive way to have students complete circuits to make an interactive robot. Using a AA battery, a hobby motor, wires, and a couple markers with a cup, students can make a ScribbleBot. I love this lesson because students can rapidly go through the engineering design cycle to get their ScribbleBot working and to change the way the robot draws."
John Flangan's video presentation on weather fronts and cold and warm air. "I turned my weather fronts power point into a video to make it a little more interesting and easier for everyone to use. Just pause the video when discussing the questions presented (they might go by too quickly for some students!). "
Have your students be part of an international event: Global Cardboard Challenge!
Thank you Tom Kiehfuss, 5th grade, San Pedro: "I have found this website from Sonoma County Water Agency very helpful in supporting the iTEAMS water theme this year. The students and I have done the drip sculpture activity and this week we will be building a solar water purifier and learning how to use our water testing kit. We will test and record salinity levels of water from the bay before we put it in our solar water purifier and then we will test the purified water once it’s gone through the purification process. We will also be using this data to share and compare with our science pen pals in Louisiana."
Understand water seeping through porous rock and cracks carries dissolved minerals. As the water drips from the ceiling of a cave, some of it evaporates and leaves behind a mineral deposit in the form of a stalactite. Water that drips onto the floor of a cave also evaporates, and this mineral deposit forms a stalagmite. Stalagmites and stalactites grow very slowly; this activity allows students to witness model formations over the course of just a few day
Can you create stalactite and stalagmite formations in a much shorter time?
Thanks Lindsay Hess, Wade Thomas: " ... they came and did an in-class presentation on stomp rockets. The kids loved it! (K-5th grade)"
Modeled after our experiential camp learning environments, EDMO360’s In Class Programs (ICPs) help thousands of elementary and middle school teachers bring hands-on science, maker or technology programs to their classrooms. Each 45 minute or 1 hour hands-on presentation is designed by EDMO360, in partnership with top Bay Area museums, to elicit looks of awe and wonder so kids want to learn more.
I know many teachers who are using these lessons to supplement their science. These units are geared fro 2-6 grade. Lindsay Hess, Wade Thomas, is among them and sent me the link. Many of you might have gotten the email at the beginning of the school year that offered them for free if you gave them 5 email addresses. It looks like they will be charging to use these next school year. Check them out to see if it would be worth your school and/or district to purchase.
Mystery Science provides open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. Our online resource makes it easy for elementary school teachers to deliver an incredible science lesson without a science background. Rather than a textbook approach to science vocabulary, hands-on activities engage students with the mysteries of science and expose them to the joy of scientific inquiry at an early age. Lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and support Common Core with the reading extensions.
Thanks to Eddie Gutierrez for this wonderful resource: "The one (workshop) we paid for had to do with the moon and sun. It is a great way to introduce the introduce the solar system. My students were really engaged throughout the presentation put on by Chabot. They even brought a portable planetarium that made my students excited. There are different classes that they offer so it's not just limited to the moon and sun."
There is so much on this website to explore! There are workshops, lesson plans, videos, and materials. Below are some of my favorite. Some have been shared before and some are new!
iTEAMS is a professional development research project designed to provide teachers with support to deepen their content knowledge and pedagogy to promote STEM education aligned to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).