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The Solar System: Elementary and Middle
They all relate to the solar system and the planets that elementary/middle school students are learning about including the sun, earth, stars, and even the universe as a whole.
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Mon, Oct 22, 2012 11:17 AM in Keeping the interest alive
To keep students interest I would allow them to pick a topic within the earth science realm that they find most interesting, and then have them ask their own question and engage in inquiry based research, this way they are not only coming up with their own topic to research, but they are driving the question with their own personal interest, so they will be more likely to continue their learning a...
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Wed, Oct 17, 2012 10:08 AM in Rocks
Although I have personally never taught a unit on rocks, I would think this would be a good time to get the children outside if you know of any areas around your school that would have rocks. You can also place different types of rocks around an area outside of your school before class in the morning, and have the kids go on a scavenger hunt for the different types of rocks. Obviously if they were...
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 5:43 PM in Science Lessons Outside of the Classroom
My post has alot of questions with one main topic. Does anyone have any field trip ideas or lesson plans that can be done outside of the classroom (both outside as in walking outside into nature right out the classroom door, and outside the classroom in different enviorments that you can take kids to on field trips?) Are certain places better for different age groups? What are ways that you can br...
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Earth and Space Science
Tue, Sep 25, 2012 7:10 PM Very Informative for teachers
This chapter out of a Earth and Space Science textbook has a lot of great ideas for teachers looking for lesson plans for different grades. I really like that this chapter included lessons and ideas for grades K-8, which gives teachers a lot of different topics and activities to look at. I also think it's great that this resource had pre assessment ideas, post assessment, and actual instruction ideas. It gives a great lay out of ways that students can benefit from the ideas given.
Earth, Sun, and Moon: Our Moving Earth
Tue, Sep 25, 2012 6:59 PM Great Resource for grades 4-7!
I thought this resource was spectacular. It included so many extra aspects that I had not expected. Instead of just focusing on one part of the earth, or only using text to explain it, Earth, Sun, and Moon: Our Moving Earth had videos, diagrams, and pictures of all different areas of how the earth moves and works in relation to the sun and moon. It included a small history portion as well, discussing Bronte and how the discovery of earths orbit started. I really liked the sections that were added called 'student preconceptions'. This resource shows what students may have thought about a certain idea, and what the right explanation is. This gives students a great way to explore the earth. I also liked how organized this resource was. It is broken up into sections and is sequenced in an appropriate manner. I think that students from about grades 4 to 7 will be able to understand and appreciate this source.
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