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California Classroom Science » NGSS and the Primary Classroom. Posted: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by Michelle French Since the public reviews of the Next Generation Science Standards have come to a close, like many primary teachers, I’ve been wondering what science will look like in kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. When I reviewed NGSS, its three dimensions were initially overwhelming to me. Then I took a deep breath… reread the document… and realized that the blending of NGSS’s three dimensions: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts, actually created an environment for young students to not only know science content, but know how to act, think, and reason scientifically. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw just how many of the concepts from the three dimensions my students and I were already exploring in my life science learning sequence.

To organize the new learning sequence, I used the “5E” lesson design from K-12 Alliance. Photo 1 – Engage: Student’s Authentic Questions. ELL Science Unit Grade 1. New Grade 1 Science. Life Science Units and Lessons for Grades 4-6. The Body Unit Food Unit Life Out There? Unit Plants Unit Survival Unit Some of the links within the lessons may take you off the NASA Summer of Innovation website. NASA Summer of Innovation takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over, the organizations, views, or accuracy of the information contained on these websites. Thank you for visiting our site. The Body Unit Food Unit Life Out There? Plants Unit Survival Unit Some of the links within the lessons may take you off the NASA Summer of Innovation website. NASA Summer of Innovation takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over, the organizations, views, or accuracy of the information contained on these websites. Thank you for visiting our site.

Finding Inspiration in Nature - Biomimicry for a Better Planet. People have been turning to nature for inspiration to help them solve problems for millions of years. From buildings and bridges to materials and medicine – examining the design of nature has aided in the development of almost every aspect of our lives, and most of us – often without realizing – benefit from these inspired revelations several times a day. This design concept is most commonly known as biomimicry. Designers, scientist, and engineers continue to study the complex structures found in nature to create greener and more efficient products and process for our homes and lives. In 2005 leading biomimicry expert Janine Benyus founded the Biomimicry Institute to give people the resources they needed to further their studies and understanding.

Read on to learn more about how nature has inspired some truly innovative new products. Velcro — Inspired by Burrs Velcro – which is probably the most famous example of biomimicry – was invented in 1941 by Swiss engineer George de Mestral. 7 examples of biomimicry: Copying Mother Nature. Solutions_teacher_guide_FY15.pdf. Biomimicry.pdf. Solutions_teacher_guide_FY15.pdf. YEJTGGrade12015. Biomimicry: Natural Designs. Summary Students learn about biomimicry and how engineers often imitate nature in the design of innovative new products. They demonstrate their knowledge of biomimicry by practicing brainstorming and designing a new product based on what they know about animals and nature. Engineering Connection Engineers often use the natural world as inspiration for design. Biologically inspired designs include air- and sea-going vessels, navigation tools such as sonar and radar, medical imaging devices, biomedical technologies like prosthetics, and water and pollution treatment processes.

Educational Standards Each TeachEngineering lesson or activity is correlated to one or more K-12 science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) educational standards. All 100,000+ K-12 STEM standards covered in TeachEngineering are collected, maintained and packaged by the Achievement Standard Network (ASN), a project of JES & Co. Click on the standard groupings to explore this hierarchy as it applies to this document.

Bug resources for schools | Buglife. Pollinators%20spotting%20sheet_0.pdf. Schoolyard Bioblitz | National Environmental Education Week. Schoolyard Bioblitz. BioBlitz Underway at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Video by David Corrigan, voice of Sherry Bracken. VIDEO: BioBlitz Underway at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – Hundreds of scientists, students and Hawaiian cultural practitioners are storming Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park this weekend to participate in the BioBlitz, as well as the Biodiversity & Cultural Festival. According to a joint HVNP and National Geographic media release: During the free, two-day event, teams of scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, students, and the public will join forces to discover and inventory as many living plants and creatures as possible in the 333,086-acre national park.

Expert-led inventory teams will be dispatched throughout the park to explore the biodiversity that thrives in recent lava flows and native rain forests, from the coastline to the summit of Kīlauea volcano. Entrance fees were waived for both days of the BioBlitz and festival, Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16. Home - Get to Know. Bio-blitz home page. A tool for biodiversity exploration, education, and investigation. Links to other BioBlitz Sites The BioBlitz approach is illustrated at this web site using the data, reports, and accounts taken during the 24-hour BioBlitz expedition to Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens National Park hard upon the banks of the Anacostia River at the heart of the urban wilderness of Washington D.C.

(May 31 - June 1, 1996). The name and concept of the BioBlitz is not registered, not copyrighted, not trademarked, and not a government thing. Its just an idea that can be used, adapted, and modified by any group, who should freely use the name BioBlitz for their own purposes. THE IDEA. JUSTIFICATION. The Bio-Blitz is an initial step toward closing that gap. THE PROCESS. WHAT A BIO-BLITZ CAN DO FOR YOUR PARK OR REGION. Fun. Complete Inventory. Join the BioBlitz E-mail Discussion Group This site is still open to constructive embellishment - please send comments to Sam Droege - Bio-blitz home page. BioBlitz Educational Resources Information, Facts -- National Geographic. BioBlitz, Species Inventory Information, Facts -- National Geographic.

Home | National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) FIND A REHABILITATOR. Wildlife Rescue, Inc. Wildlife Rescue, Inc. (formally Wild Bird Rescue, Inc.) was founded in 1994. We assist Maryland residents with wildlife emergencies, rescue and rehabilitate wildlife with the goal of release back to nature. We are dedicated to helping people find humane solutions for co-existing with wildlife. We believe there is always a humane answer to any wildlife issue. Wildlife Rescue, Inc. has received the award known as the "Best in America" Seal. Wildlife Rescue, Inc., after many years of investigation into non-lethal methods for co-existing humanely with whitetail deer, is funding a research program for proving the efficacy of sterilization spaying of deer – instead of killing them – that also contributes to reducing the overall deer population, especially useful for suburban areas.

We know killing deer is never going to solve anything, because it is like mowing your lawn. How Can You Help? The Researchers: The Results: February of 2011 – 1st Phase: February of 2012 - 2nd Phase: Our Philosophy: Life Science Units and Lessons for Grades 4-6.