Adolescent Literacy Toolkit Adolescent Literacy Toolkit Science Lesson Plans, Narratives, and Literacy Q&A Lesson Plans and Narratives The goal of the sample lesson plans is to show content-area high school teachers how they can use literacy strategies to help high school students learn core content and concepts. The lessons are accompanied by narrative explanations that describe the lesson in action. Literacy Q&A Literacy experts answered common questions content-area teachers have about integrating literacy instruction into their daily practice. Elizabeth Birr Moje provided the answers to the Literacy Q&A for science. Elizabeth Birr Moje is an Arthur F. Science Literacy Q&A
Bootstrap Bootstrap leverages students' excitement around videogames to teach algebraic concepts through programming. "This program Bootstrap is the best thing that happened to my son Omari, in one week dealing with math and computer programing for video games, then a whole year of math in school. His excitement to continue programing and his newfound love for college level math is going to propel him in the upcoming year. Great job, Bootstrap. See you next Year." —Kalif A., NY What if a math class taught rigorous computer programming, using the concepts and content that are already in the book? Bootstrap is a curricular module for students ages 12-16, which teaches algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming. Our mission is to use students' excitement and confidence around gaming to directly apply algebra to create something cool. We work with schools, districts and tech-educational programs across the country, reaching hundreds of teachers and thousands of students each year.
Earth Science - Mrs. Barnett Dreyfuss Coloring Plates Activity (pdf) Natural Disasters Unit in class materials & Labs:Folding Fault Models (pdf)Earthquake Model (pdf) and the accompanying questions (pdf)Earthquake & Volcano Plotting (pdf or google doc)Gelatin Volcano Lab (pdf or google doc)Volcano Sizes Activity (pdf or google doc)Viscosity Lab (pdf or google doc)Natural Disasters Research Project (pdf or google doc)Types of Volcanoes Lab (pdf or google doc)Mapping Earthquakes & Volcanoes (pdf or google doc) Natural Disasters Homework Packet - due March 18th, 2013Guided Reading: Plate Tectonics (pdf or google doc)What Should You Do? Links:College of Geology in Chile (en Espanol)
Manipulatives neurons Elementary Curriculum Resources Energy Infobooks are the resource for many NEED activities and include an introduction to energy, information on major sources of energy, new technologies, energy conservation, electricity, climate change, and other energy information. They are available on four reading levels and are revised and updated annually. Blueprint for Success (e-publication) This essential gusdide helps educators develop effective energy education programs. It provides an outline of a basic energy curriculum unit and matrix of all curriculum options. also included within the Blueprint for Success is a sample work plan and suggestions for energy outreach activities to conduct other classes, schools, families, and communities. the Youth Awards Program Guide and Application Form can also be found in the Blueprint for Success. ElectroWorks Teacher GuideElectroWorks Student Guide This guide includes background information and hands-on experiments to explore the basic concepts of atomic structure and electricity.
CS in Science Code.org has partnered with the award-winning Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) to deliver a middle school science program consisting of four instructional modules and professional development for the introduction of computer science concepts into science classrooms within the context of modeling and simulation. The goal of the program is to situate computer science practices and concepts within the context of life, physical, and earth sciences, and to prepare students to pursue formal, year-long courses in computer science during high school. CS in Science is based on a crosswalk identifying areas of overlap between the NGSS and Computer Science Teachers Association K-12 Computer Science Standards. Download a brief or full description. Videos Curriculum Documents Module 1: Introduction to Computer Modeling and Simulation The Introductory module presents basic concepts in modeling complex systems through hands-on activities and participatory simulations. Crosswalks Irene A.
The Nature of Science (NOS) There is a growing recognition among teachers that we need to teach the "Nature of Science" (NOS). Ideally, this should begin in the primary grades and extend all the way through university. Teaching about the nature of science should not be restricted to students who major in science. Every student should learn about the nature of science. This is not controversial. One of the most important issues is the "Demarcation Problem." I've written extensively about this controversy. John Wilkins discusses the "Demarcation Problem"Territorial demarcation and the meaning of scienceScience Doesn't Have All the Answers but Does It Have All the Questions? That's not what I want to talk about today. The pedagogical literature generally ignores the demarcation problem and focuses on how to teach the nature of science (NOS) to students in traditional science classes. Description of science Science is an attempt to explain natural phenomena. Tentativeness Theory-laden (subjectivity)
Science Activities – Free Hands-on Science Activities for Kids Science is one of the few subjects that responds logically to the endless eager and curious questions that kids and students have. Science encourages kids to explore and reduces unnecessary engagements. Substantial physical energy is conserved while students work on science activities that can be channelized to achieve higher grades. They learn to ask, explore and infer from logical situations independently. Science Simplified: Fun and Simple Science Activities for Kids Science can be easily made fun for preschoolers, kindergartners and young kids. Learn Science the Fun Way with Cool Science Activities Benefits of learning science hands-on are incomparable to text book questions and regular assignments.
Edheads - Activate Your Mind! Earth & Space Science Essential Science for Teachers Exploring topics that range from soil to the solar system, Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science provides participants the opportunity to increase their science content knowledge and develop new understandings of how this content connects to K - 6 classrooms. The Geologic Timeline "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" is an age-old question. But, what about things that happened long before there were chickens OR eggs? For Further Information When you see the following icon in the video, click at left for "A Closer Look" This course is composed of eight sessions, each with a one-hour video program addressing a topic area in Earth and Space science that emphasizes the science content that is likely to be part of any elementary school science curriculum. Posing the question "What is Earth’s structure and its place in the universe?"
100 Awesome Engineering Projects for Kids By Kristie Lewis Engineering and fun aren't always two things that kids naturally associate with one another, but there are hundreds of ways to make engineering, physics and design fun and challenging for kids. Here are 100 great experiments that will let kids construct, play, learn and grow, all while they study the fundamentals of engineering. Basics These projects focus on the basics of motion, force and other essentials of physics. Balls and Ramp. Light and Electricity Let kids have fun understanding how to harness light and electricity. Create your own light bulb. Structures Kids will have a blast trying to put together these building projects. Build a Bird House. Materials Through these projects, children can see how different materials act and work in structures. Create the perfect play dough. Travel and Movement Learn about planes, trains, automobiles and all kinds of movement through these ideas. Paper Airplanes. Harnessing Nature Create a compass. Environment Create a water filter.
Earth Exploration Toolbook Awarded Science Magazine's Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE), September 30, 2011 AAAS Press Release What is the Earth Exploration Toolbook? Developed by teams of scientists and educators, the Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET) is a collection of online Earth system science activities. Each activity, or chapter, introduces one or more scientific data sets and analysis tools that enables users to explore some aspect of the Earth system. Within the context of a case study, each chapter guides users through a step-by-step process in which they access data and use analysis tools to explore real issues and questions in Earth system science. Who is it for? Earth Exploration Toolbook chapters are written to the teacher, generally at the secondary and college level. How can I learn more? Come on into the site!