Author Archives: jerridkruse

4-LS1-1: Preserved Organisms

My colleague, Jesse Wilcox, presented a lesson to the elementary teachers we are working with tonight to help them understand the relationship between structure and function (NGSS, 4-LS1-1). He started the lesson by having students observe various organisms that had … Continue reading

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1-LS3-1: Investigating Differences

Tonight, my colleague Jesse Wilcox and I are leading some professional development for elementary teachers. For our first activity, we focused on helping our students recognize that while organisms of the same kind do look similar to each other, they … Continue reading

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HS-PS1-7: Stoichiometry

During my methods class tonight, a student asked how one could use inquiry-based instruction to teach something like stoichiometry. So, we ran through a little simulation of how I think about teaching stoichiometry using inquiry.  Inquiry is not necessarily limited … Continue reading

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MS-PS1-2: Investigating changes

Sixth graders are innately curious about the world around them. However, sometimes channeling that curiosity and energy is a bit difficult. To channel that energy and provide support for conceptual learning, exploration activities are a great context to introduce concepts. … Continue reading

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Freeze and Thaw

Written by: Alicia Tinsley, Jessica Nordenson, Carly Hamilton Grade Level: 2nd Grade Second grade students have a basic understanding of solids and liquids.  This base understanding may include the facts that water freezes (and turns into ice), ice melts, and … Continue reading

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Going Viral*

Written by: Courtney King, Lisa Myers, & Cortney Marshuetz For grades 1-2 Objective: Students will describe how germs spread from one person/thing to another. Materials: Cornstartch/flour, Large plastic bag, paper, pencil, crayons Prerequisites: Students should have some background knowledge of being … Continue reading

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Planting an investigation

 Written by: Nick W., Alexa H., & Jessica G. For First/second grade If you ask an elementary student what a plant needs to grow, it is possible that they will be able to tell you exactly what it needs. However, … Continue reading

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