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May 072021
 
Engineering Challenge #2:  Rube Goldberg Machines

Welcome to our second engineering challenge post to help you keep your students engaged the last few weeks of school.  (You can find the first challenge here.) As we shared in the last post, it is essential to note that these posts aren’t intended to provide an entire NGSS-aligned lesson plan.  My goal is to focus on sharing a high-quality picture book, an engineering challenge, and question recommendations that you can use as a springboard to create a lesson that meets your specific classroom needs. Our second challenge is:  The Rube Goldberg Challenge paired with Just Like Rube Goldberg by → read more

May 072021
 
Engineering Challenge #1:  Hot Wheels and Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

If your students are anything like my fourth graders, by the time we get to May, we’re all getting a little antsy.  The weather in the United States is getting warmer, we’ve been working hard all year, and we’re all ready to climb out the classroom window at any moment to run around the playground like pollinating bees. (Which you can do for a fun exercise break with your class!) That’s why all this month, I’m going to be sharing engineering design challenges. Engineering challenges are a great way to keep your students engaged and excited about learning during these → read more

NGSS Informational Texts for Fourth Grade: Stunning Sinkholes!

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Mar 092021
 
NGSS Informational Texts for Fourth Grade:  Stunning Sinkholes!

The fourth grade performance expectation 4-ESS2-1 asks students to: “Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.” In our fourth grade informational text for this performance expectation, Stunning Sinkholes! by Sarah Wassner Flynn, students learn how the hydrosphere and the geosphere interact to form sinkholes. You can access the text here. After students have read the text, if they would like to know more about sinkholes, this brief 3-D animation shows different reasons sinkholes might form. This animated video that explains how weathering and erosion → read more

NGSS Informational Texts for Third Grade: Safety in Numbers

 Posted by on February 21, 2021  Science Resources  Comments Off on NGSS Informational Texts for Third Grade: Safety in Numbers
Feb 212021
 
NGSS Informational Texts for Third Grade:  Safety in Numbers

The third grade performance expectation 3-LS2-1 asks students to: “Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members to survive.” In our third grade informational text for this performance expectation, Safety in Numbers! by Sarah Wassner Flynn, students learn about the ways animals stick together to stay safe. You can access the text here. After reading the text, your class can build their own ant farms to observe group behavior: https://www.generationgenius.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Animal-Group-Behavior-Lesson-Plan-GG.pdf Or play this simulation game for students to take an active role in learning how group behavior helps members survive. https://www.siemensstemday.com/downloads?path=activity/Swarm%21.pdf&fid=416&section=educators Safety in Numbers is found in, → read more

Phenomenon for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) – 4-ESS3-1

 Posted by on February 16, 2021  Uncategorized  Comments Off on Phenomenon for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) – 4-ESS3-1
Feb 162021
 
Phenomenon for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) - 4-ESS3-1

4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment. If you are teaching the Next Generation Science Standards and are looking for phenomena ideas, you’ve come to the right place! I like to think about phenomena as lesson starters. They are photos or videos showing an observable event in the universe and are used to get kids thinking, asking questions, and discussing their prior knowledge. For more information about using phenomena, there is a handy printable guide and video here:https://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/phenomena And now, on to our environmental phenomenon! → read more

NGSS Informational Texts for Second Grade: Seeds Everywhere!

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Jan 252021
 
NGSS Informational Texts for Second Grade:  Seeds Everywhere!

The second grade performance expectation 2-LS2-1 asks students to: “Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.”  In our second grade informational text for this performance expectation, Seeds Everywhere! by Sarah Wassner Flynn, students learn different ways animals spread seeds.  You can access the text here. After students have read the text, you might interest students in playing this interactive game online where students are challenged to collect seeds that are dispersed in different ways: > PBD Kids: Seed Racer This is a great engineering lesson plan that aligns well with → read more

Phenomenon for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) – 4-LS1-2

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Jan 222021
 
Phenomenon for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) - 4-LS1-2

4-LS1-2  Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways. If you are teaching the Next Generation Science Standards and are looking for phenomena ideas, you’ve come to the right place! I like to think about phenomena as lesson starters. They are photos or videos showing an observable event in the universe and are used to get kids thinking, asking questions, and discussing their prior knowledge. For more information about using phenomena, there is a handy printable guide and video → read more

NGSS Informational Texts for First Grade: Just Like Animals!

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Jan 072021
 
NGSS Informational Texts for First Grade:  Just Like Animals!

What helps this turtle stay protected? The first grade performance expectation 1-LS1-1 asks students to “use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.”  In our first grade informational text for this performance expectation, Just Like Animals by Sarah Wassner Flynn, students learn how human tools can function similarly to plant and animal parts.  You can access the text here. After students have read the text, you could extend their learning with this video about Biomimicry. Take advantage of this → read more

NGSS Informational Texts for Kindergarten: Why Do I Live Here?

 Posted by on December 10, 2020  Science Resources  Comments Off on NGSS Informational Texts for Kindergarten: Why Do I Live Here?
Dec 102020
 
NGSS Informational Texts for Kindergarten:  Why Do I Live Here?

Why do deer live in places with trees? The kindergarten performance expectation K-ESS3-1 asks students to: “Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.”  In our kindergarten informational text for this performance expectation, Why Do I Live Here? by Sarah Wassner Flynn, students learn why a forest is the perfect habitat for deer.  You can access the text here: https://texts.starrmatica.com/sample-texts After students read the text, you might interest them in exploring the relationship between other animals and their habitats.  Download the free version of the Switch → read more

Phenomenon for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) – 3-LS4-4

 Posted by on December 8, 2020  Phenomenon Ideas  Comments Off on Phenomenon for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) – 3-LS4-4
Dec 082020
 
Phenomenon for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) - 3-LS4-4

3-LS4-4 Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change. If you are teaching the Next Generation Science Standards and are looking for phenomena ideas, you’ve come to the right place! I like to think about phenomena as lesson starters. They are photos or videos showing an observable event in the universe and are used to get kids thinking, asking questions, and discussing their prior knowledge. For more information about using phenomena, there is a handy printable guide and video → read more