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This site provides features and news, learning resources, and multi-media and professional development resources for K-4 educators.
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Portfolios, in assessment terms, are collections of students' work that demonstrate what they have learned and are able to do over a period of time. In science, it's a bit trickier to use the portfolio method to best advantage. Since the ultimate goal of the portfolio contents is to demonstrate...
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Pre-assessment tasks help you to find out what knowledge, experiences, skills and attitudes your students have before you begin any science instruction. In some instances, you might find it useful to have students write their responses to a short set of simple questions on the topic. Examples might...
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Long, and short-term projects are great ways of assesing students' knowledge and presentation skills at the same time. In projects, students typically solve a problem, investigate a sience issue, engage in a simulation, or a number of other activities. They then present their results in a variety of...
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Student interviews are discussions with students about their understanding of scientific concepts and phenomena. You can do these with individual students or small groups, while the rest of the class is doing independent work. You can also do interviews if you have a team-teaching arrangement.
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Published in 2007
This Statistics in Brief uses data from five administrations of the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) to examine the distribution of weekly instructional hours by regular, full-time first, through fourth-grade teachers of self-contained classrooms in four subjects: English/reading/language arts;...
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The Toshiba America Foundation is accepting applications from K-5 grade school teachers with innovative science or math projects. The foundation awards grants of up to ¤1-000 to K-5 teachers in public or private nonprofit schools in support of hands-on science or math education projects....
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The program will award up to twenty grants of ¤2,500 each in support of innovative creative leadership team-building programs at the elementary school level. In addition, each program will receive an in-kind grant of Crayola products valued at ¤1,000. Examples of creative leadership...
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Fossilized dung beetle balls are part of a comprehensive fossil collection project to reconstruct the habitat of Ardipithecus ramidus.
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Check out the Let's Fly Away activity. Children can interact online with an aircraft-covered dodecahedron. Or, print out the activity pages to learn about 12 different aircraft and build their own 3-D dodecahedron!
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Do you know a child who likes puzzles? Check out the Put It Together game to solve puzzles of NASA images. Choose from four different levels of difficulty.
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"The """"""""Space Lunch"""""""" game helps them learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits as they hunt for matching food groups."
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"This collection of short video clips are the """"""""next best thing to an actual trip to an estuary"""""""" field trip. Use these video clips to learn more about our nation's beautiful estuaries!"
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This interactive water cycle map allows you to view explanations, pictures, and more about the different parts of the water cycle.
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Investigate how our view of the universe has changed over time and how the tools we use to study the universe have also change. Find out the latest research on overcoming student misconceptions related to cosmology and prepare them to comprehend our current understanding of the universe. Type of...
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Fossils are records of past life. Many young students are fascinated by dinosaur fossils or images of dinosaurs from movies, but they don't understand how scientists find fossils. In this investigation, students will be introduced to the concept of digging for fossils through a simulated...
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"Students are trying to """"""""see"""""""" what is beneath the surface of the Earth. Rather than digging up vast tracts of land to expose an oil field or to find some coal-bearing strata, core samples can be taken and analyzed to determine the likely composition of the Earth's interior. In this...
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Soil scientists often examine soils and record soil data outside. Soil is not just topsoil; it includes other horizons (soil layers) underneath the topsoil. So soil scientists use shovels or soil augers to get samples of many soil horizons. They record soil colors, textures, and types of living...
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"Gravity is a force that all living organisms have to deal with. The body structure of animals is a system of balanced beams and masses. In order to stand or walk, animals like dinosaurs must balance on their feet. To do this, they must keep their center of gravity """"""""between"""""""" their...
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"Human activities can have a detrimental effect on animal habitats. People need to be more aware of their actions and the consequences of those actions. In a whole group have the students complete a brainstorm activity on all the information they can recall about river habitats and water pollution....
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