Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Comparing Animal Skeletons

Dissect a “mystery object” – an owl pellet with bones in it. After studying the human skeleton, students can begin to identify the bones in the pellet.

Describe a New Substance

Weigh amounts of baking soda and vinegar then mix them together. Weigh them again afterwards. Try this with open and then closed containers.

Earth's Interior

Simulate the wave movement caused by earthquakes with a Slinky®, use Silly Putty® to show the qualities of both liquids and solids and illustrate convection currents with a specially designed fluid.

Exploratory Walk

Use all five senses and observation skills to explore a familiar location.

Groundwater

Draw what a groundwater table might look like. Then use groundwater models to test the drawing.

Life Cycles (Session 3)

Observe adult, larvae (mealworms), and pupae of the darkling beetle. Monitor over the next several days and determine the life cycle.

Melting Point of Ice

Take readings of a thermometer in a glass of ice and then in warm water. Watch the volume of the red liquid in the thermometer expand, to develop ideas about the effect of energy on the change of state of matter.

Moon's Distance from Earth

Work with models to represent the relative distance of the Moon from the Earth, then measure the angular size of the Moon with pinky fingers to check the estimate.

Plate Tectonics

Use interactive, computer-based inquiry to create models of plate interactions and record explanations of the models.

Rocks

Examine rocks that contain fossils, observe their characteristics and research to find out what kind of rock it is.

Systems and Interactions

Use Playdoh® and wax paper to simulate the collision between two tectonic plates.

Variation, Heredity and Evolution

Grow "fast plants" and measure the variation in height. Calculate the average height with different numbers of plants to show the importance of sample size.

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