Ashley Davis and Casey Hodel had their students build solar cookers to make some cookies on a sunny Friday.
Great 5th grade unit that was developed by Tom Kiehfuss at San Pedro. Tom used "The Fabulous Perpetual Motion Machine" by Don Abramson for his close reading text (from Pearson). Google it!
3-5-ETS1-2 Engineering Design
3-5-ETS1-1 Engineering Design
5-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity
5-PS3-1 Energy (focusing mainly on the crosscutting concept that Energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects).
Power Point was too big too attach to this site. I converted it to a PDF. Please email me if you want the Powerpoint version
4th grade at Dixie used the EIE Windmill unit. Megan writes: "I didn't have enough time to go through the whole unit so I pieced together a 6 lesson mini unit. I also modified the materials that were used to construct the windmills."
Building windmills at Bahia Vista, Colin Johnson, 4th grade (Using Engineering is Elementary lessons)
6th Grade- Davidson Middle School- John Flanagan
Ramina Winton, 3rd grade Sun Valley, created this beautiful and informative power point on weather related hazards: drought, flood, lightening, tornado, hurricanes, blizzards, avalanche, extreme heat, and ice storms. They used the power point to introduce their unit.
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!). "
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?
THE WEATHER WIZ SCHOOL The Weather Wiz weather prediction education site goal is to introduce teachers to the most successful school weather program in the United States and get the student involved in this fascinating science. The Program was designed by Jim Witt and honed via years of teaching and weather predictions.
Thanks for the resource Lindsay Hess, Wade Thomas, 3rd grade.
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."
From Ranae Roemer at Davidson:. " I like this activity because it covers NGSS and CCSS ELA standards. The kids have to problem solve how to cut “equal” pieces and are usually very surprised at the planet sizes once the activity is completed. We include Pluto in this activity so they can see how tiny it is compared to the other planets. I do this activity after the students have learned about the formation of the solar system and the characteristics of the inner and outer planets."
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).