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NGSS Informational Texts for Second Grade: Seeds Everywhere!

 Posted by on January 25, 2021  Content Recommendations  Comments Off on NGSS Informational Texts for Second Grade: Seeds Everywhere!
Jan 252021
 
What might happen if a squirrel buries an acorn?

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 the performance expectation.  Students are asked to design a seed that could travel a long distance.  The plan includes videos that show students different ways seeds are dispersed and discuss how the design of the seed is important to the process.

> Project Learning Tree: STEM: Have Seeds, Will Travel

Seeds Everywhere! is found in, StarrMatica Texts: Science Your Way, a collection of informational texts written specifically to address every K-5 NGSS Performance Expectation.  All texts in the collection begin with a phenomenon photo and are written at six different Lexile levels, so all students can read the same content at their reading level.  You can find out more about StarrMatica Texts:  Science Your Way here.

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

 Posted by on January 22, 2021  Uncategorized  Comments Off on Phenomenon for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) – 4-LS1-2
Jan 222021
 

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 here:
https://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/phenomena

And now, on to our life science phenomenon!

Imagine the shock the owner of this car had when walking outside to leave for work! It probably made the driver wonder what was happening! Why would thousands of bees swarm a car? It turns out that a queen bee was accidentally locked inside this car. Her colony swarmed the car for two days. But how did the queen bee’s colony know that she was in this exact spot?

Since humans rely on senses such as sight and sound, and we use language to communicate, the behavior of some insects may seem extraordinarily weird to us. For the bees, however, swarming the car made perfect sense! Through the amazing use of odor cues called pheromones, the queen was able to let her colony know where she was located. Since bees need a queen bee to survive as a hive, clustering on the car around her was the most natural thing in the world.

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This excerpt is from the text: Powerful Pheromones by Michelle Negron Bueno.  Powerful Pheromones is found in, StarrMatica Texts: Science Your Way, a collection of informational texts written specifically to address every K-5 NGSS Performance Expectation.  All texts in the collection begin with a phenomenon photo and are written at six different Lexile levels, so all students can read the same content at their reading level.  You can find out more about StarrMatica Texts:  Science Your Way here: http://www.starrmatica.com

NGSS Informational Texts for First Grade: Just Like Animals!

 Posted by on January 7, 2021  Behind the Scenes of StarrMatica, Science Resources  Comments Off on NGSS Informational Texts for First Grade: Just Like Animals!
Jan 072021
 

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 NGSS-aligned lesson plan that follows the 5Es structure!

And finally, here’s a great collection of 30 examples to share with your students of animals that inspired technological advances.  Enjoy!

Just Like Animals is found in, StarrMatica Texts: Science Your Way, a collection of informational texts written specifically to address every K-5 NGSS Performance Expectation.  All texts in the collection begin with a phenomenon photo and are written at six different Lexile levels, so all students can read the same content at their reading level.  You can find out more about StarrMatica Texts:  Science Your Way here.