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Explore our Curriculum & Resources | Smithsonian Science Skip to main content Smithsonian Science Education Center Explore our Curriculum & Resources Type Grade Topic Free Resources Only Apply Free Resources Only filter Game Morphy This is a free resource Filed Under Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Life Science Video Understanding Weather and Climate– Lesson 9: Ocean Currents- Inquiry 9.2 Prep Work Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Earth & Space Science Explore Smithsonian: James Smithson - The Founder of the Smithsonian Education Enric Sala - Earth Optimism Summit 2017 Life Cycle of Butterflies– Literacy Inegration: Nonfiction 2 - Multiple Intelligence Retell Grade 1 Grade 2 Kindergarten Curriculum STC Program: Soils Unit Kit, 2nd Edition Floating and Sinking– Making a Sinker Float Physical Science Soils– Materials Distribution: Roles and Responsibilities JAYO - Earth Optimism Summit 2017 Interview with a Smithsonian Scientist: Dr. Investigating Circuit Design– Solar Cells Organisms– Literacy Integration Resource Where Does the Water Go? Engineering Design Sound– Lesson 8: Making a Model Eardrum

Transliteracy- QR Codes and Art  Transliteracy is defined on Wikipedia as The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks. The modern meaning of the term combines literacy with the prefix trans-, which means “across; through”, so a transliterate person is one who is literate across multiple media. Ryan Nadel, in an interview on Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning, defines transliteracy even further: “The most fundamental notion of transliteracy is the ability to adapt. I agree with Ryan: Transliteracy is closely related to “fluency“: the ability to know when to use one media over anotherthe ability to move effortlessly between mediathe ability to comprehend, build upon, and remix different kind of mediathe ability to relate, communicate and connect via multiple forms of mediamoving between media feels: intuitive, unconscious and smooth Related My World of Reading- Part I 9. In "Books"

Let Me Think : Adventures in a School Library It all began with Scaredy Squirrel, an unofficial mascot here in the library. I'd been wanting to start some inquiry with the primary grades, and decided to begin a unit in which we got to know a lot more about an animal we see every day. We began with a very standard approach. Our inquiring minds then produced a great deal of questions they had about squirrels. But they had more questions! We talked a bit about the many ways we can find out answers. The final question, about where in the world squirrels live, invited another type of information seeking. The library is always a slightly squirrely place, but lately more so.

Search Resources The website is undergoing planned updates. Some features might be inaccessible during this time. Thank you for your patience! The website is not compatible for the version of the browser you are using. Not all the functionality may be available. Please upgrade your browser to the latest version. Related Tips/Tutorials Edit Tips/Tutorials Category: CPALMS Perspectives Videos Direct URL: stemvideos.org or perspectives.CPALMS.org The CPALMS Perspectives initiative provides standards-aligned short (~5-min.) video resources highlighting experiences and thoughts regarding math and science from experts, teachers, professionals, and skilled enthusiasts. Content Expert Expert videos primarily feature deep knowledge gained through years of academic study. Teacher Teacher videos feature lesson plans or ideas that can be implemented in a K-12 classroom. Professional/Enthusiast Professional and Enthusiast videos both feature practical applications of mathematics and science outside of academia. x Clay Cells

DK Launches Online Encyclopedia for Kids Illustrated book publisher DK has launched the beta version of DKfindout!, a free online encyclopedia where children ages 7-11, parents, and teachers can look up information in subject areas ranging from science and math to geography. DK will kick off the website with a $100,000 marketing and publicity campaign. A sample page on volcanoes from the beta version of DKfindout! DKfindout! But the encyclopedia isn’t DK’s only new project. Did You Know? Mini-Research Project I have used these Did You Know? facts in my classroom for several years in several different ways. Because I am only teaching literacy this year, I haven't been sharing them on our weekly Science board, but I wanted to incorporate them some way. Next week, we begin our big research project around Colorado Animals (read more about past years' work HERE), so I decided to incorporate these facts as a warm-up to internet research! Here's what you'll need for this quick project:Did You Know? Posters: printed four to a page, cut out & laminatedDid You Know? We started this in Teacher Time small groups (read more about how I teach Writing Groups HERE). We titled our page: Did You Know? Our first internet research minilesson was: What makes a good search term? The expectation was 3-5 facts using bullet points in their Writer's Notebooks. Once they got a quick edit from me, I handed them their publishing page (available as a freebie HERE) and we assembled them together as a class.

Free Classroom Book Publishing Free Publishing with Studentreasures Have you heard of Studentreasures Publishing? It's a company that will publish your students writing for free! Below you can see a book that my 5th graders did a few years ago called Candler's Field Guide to Wacky Animals. It was an exciting project, and it didn't cost me a penny! Simple Steps to Classroom Book Publishing Webinar I love sharing about this terrific project, so I set up this webpage to encourage others to participate. MP4 Version Below - You can view the MP4 version below on your computer or a mobile device. Free Storyboard Graphic Organizers Are you already participating in a Studentreasures Project? Classbook Storyboard (One copy for the entire class) Individual Storyboard (One copy needed for each student) Note: If you have no idea what to do with these storyboards, please sign up for the webinar because I'll explain it all in a step-by-step manner.

Animal Report / Pet Research Project ~... by Lisa Lilienthal Animal Report / Pet Research Project / Informational Writing: With this informative writing research project students will use research skills to learn about a pet's appearance, behavior and care. Then they'll create a animal report / pet booklet to share! Included are: ~a list of Common Core Standards covered ~lesson plans ~a list of pet research websites and sources ~informative writing poster in color and black/white ~note-taking pages ~example note pages ~note-taking guiding questions ~bibliography poster ~transitions/linking words poster ~example animal report booklet ~various publishing pages with categories for: All About ___, Table of Contents, What Do They Look Like? I hope your students enjoy learning about pets with this informational writing animal report project! You might also like: Biography Report ~ Informational Writing & Research Writing Opinion Paragraphs ~ The Four Seasons {Common Core} Writing Opinion Paragraphs ~ All the Best! Informative Writing ~ U.S.A.

Textmapping Before I begin. . . what a long week it was! Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I have been swimming in work and haven't had a moment to post anything. In the past week, I have created and/or significantly revised 48 different literacy center activities, eight activities in six different literacy areas. I'm posting today about an instructional technique I used in class this week with great success. Have you tried TEXTMAPPING? Here's some background info from The Textmapping Project explaining exactly what it is: (If you click on the the link above, it will take you to their site, which has a wealth of information.) Textmapping is a graphic organizer technique that can be used to teach reading comprehension and writing skills, study skills, and course content. Textmapping involves long paper scrolls, colored markers, and a spatially-descriptive form of marking called mapping. Textmapping shines a light on the pre-reading process. Here's what it looked like in my classroom:

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