Brain Breaks

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We started our state testing last week and oh… my… goodness. The kids are (mostly) doing a fantastic job of diligently working on problems, rereading their answers and showing what they know. But it requires a lot of brain power and by the end of it they are in desperate need of a brain break. …

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Successfully Scaffolding the Experimental Design Process

NGSS NGSS Newbies Science and Engineering Practices Teaching Strategies and Tips

Many teachers struggle with successfully scaffolding the experimental design process. It took me a long time to give up control and correctly set the scene for students to be successful when designing experiments. Here are a few tips to help make sure that your inquiry activities are successful. 1. Make sure your inquiry activity should …

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Modeling Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Biology Developing and Using Models Fifth Grade Grade Level High School Middle School Uncategorized

In January, I did the Modeling Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration activity created by the California Academy of Sciences.   For the full activity, visit their website here. I first saw this activity demonstrated at the California Science Teachers Association Conference back in October.  Students use ping bong balls to represent atoms and egg cartons to hold …

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Patterns in the Sun’s Position: An Investigation For First Graders

Earth and Space Sciences Elementary Science First Grade Recognizing and Using Patterns

This morning my daughter and I investigated patterns in the sun’s position.  My daughter, B, is a first grader this year. I have started to write some NGSS curriculum for first grade.  I really would like to see more time spent on science in lower elementary grades.  That means  teachers need easy to follow lessons …

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