Sun, Nov 06, 2016 12:13 PM in Animal Habitats Activities
This seems like a great idea for first graders. Are you looking for a hands-on classroom activity or something that the could do at home and then bring share with the class? I think that a good first step is to bring the students outside to examine the habitat around the school. With time to observe - and prompts about taking time to look around - your students would observe many thin...
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Mon, Oct 31, 2016 10:17 AM in States of Matter activities
Thanks very much for sharing this informative post with all of us. I have also been working on lessons about states of matter and I am going to check out the NSTA Matter Collection of LC materials right now.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 5:39 PM in Getting girls involved in Science
I have been working my way through this whole thread and came upon your response to Amber. Thank you so much for sharing this resource. I just did a quick review and it looks wonderful. I look forward to giving it more attention, to see all that I can find there. However, I didn't want to forget my thanks to you.
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The Ripple Effect
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 12:56 PM Integrating Art & Science to Teach Water Cycle
This journal article lays out a highiy creative multi-day approach to teaching the water cycle, built around Thomas Locker's book, The Water Dance. The lesson plan assumes that students have already had some exposure to water study (e.g. the importance of water; the water cycle). It facilitates exploration of those concepts through the arts. Students connect their scientific understandings to the gorgeous text and images contained in Locker's book. They also have an opportunity to do their own creative writings - and express their understandings through drama. Great ideas for an arts based curriculum!
A Drop Through Time
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 12:32 PM Excellent Observational Approach To Water Cycle
This article presents a dynamic "do-talk-do" approach to the study of the water cycle: precipitation, evaporation and condensation. Students are provided an opportunity to observe, develop theories, test theories and learn about what happens to water in its various stages. The lesson is designed to culminate in a written assessment that could be tied to other parts of the curriculum (e.g. creative writing or narrative writing).
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