" I use Teaching Channel all the time. It has been a huge influence on my practice as has some of the videos NSTA puts out. I watch all the science NGSS stuff, assessing, ESL engagement, etc." Sue Holland, 7th grade, Miller Creek Middle School
From Sarah Horky at Hidden Valley School.
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 Chris Gonzales for sharing this resource: " The Modular Kits are impressive! The advantage of using a Modular kit is that the cost is much lower, materials, equipment and lesson guides are provided. Over 63 pages of modular with 5 -6 kits per page are listed on the website. The variety provides opportunities for the science and language arts teacher to select kits that fit directly with NGSS science standards. "
Miller Creek's 7th grade science teachers proposed a challenge to their students: Build a helmet that will protect someone's head from injury. They built small prototypes that would cover an egg and then tested them. Some of the rules: They had to be able to be take off the helmet (Does anyone wear a helmet to bed?), it could encompass the egg (No one has a floating head!), and withstand a face first fall from a specified distance. Here are some pictures of what happened. Thanks Sue Holland, Janice Woods and Erik Lunde!
2nd year of the helmet project.
"Arbordale (formerly Sylvan Dell) picture books are designed from the ground up to integrate science, math, geography, and language learning into fun-to-read stories. Our books are beautifully illustrated with fiction or non-fiction stories designed to excite and engage children. Each book includes a For Creative Minds educational section with fun facts and activities. We want to help elementary educators and parents promote reading, and make it possible to use a single book to teach language arts, science, math and a foreign language!"- from Arbordale website
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).