Category Archives: Elementary

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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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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Oobleck

Many elementary and even secondary students have simplistic views of solids, liquids and gases.  They see the categories as absolute entities with distinct dividing lines.  While this is not necessarily inaccurate, the notion is somewhat incomplete.  Having students investigate a … Continue reading

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Nature of science

This picture is the list our methods class came up with for ideas worth reaching about how science works, or the nature of science. Some of the aspect ought not be addressed explicitly in early elementary classrooms, but teachers should … Continue reading

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