K-5 Science Newsletter

MARCH 2018

Office of Teaching & Learning 365-5727

Sandee Donald, Executive Director

Leslie Kelly, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction

Heather Allen, K-5 Science Coordinator, hallen704@columbus.k12.oh.us

Jennifer Nord, 6-12 Science Coordinator, jnord5257@columbus.k12.oh.us

Geri Granger, K-12 Spruce Run Coordinator, ggranger9556@columbus.k12.oh.us

CCS Professional Development Opportunities

Please sign up on CiMS

Picture Perfect Science PD - Teaching Science Through Children's Literature

March 13, 2018......4:30 - 6:30 pm

@ John Burroughs ES (551 S. Richardson Ave., 43204)

CIMS #: 1000030821

This is the original Picture Perfect Science PD (the first 3 books: Picture Perfect Science, More Picture Perfect Science & Even More Picture Perfect Science)

PPS uses the 5E lesson plan format to incorporate fiction and non-fiction children's literature into hands-on inquiry science lessons.

Participants will receive 1 Picture Perfect Science resource book for attending!

Last offering this school year - hope to see you there

Picture Perfect STEM PD

MAY 1, 2018...... 4:30-6:30pm (DATE CHANGED - was April 24)

Georgian Heights ES (784 Georgian Dr., 43228)

CiMS #1000030959

Picture Perfect Science has created 2 new resources:

Picture Perfect STEM K-2 and Picture Perfect STEM 3-5

Come to engage in 5E lessons from the new Picture Perfect resource books. Don't let the word STEM scare you off. The new lessons embed even more reading-comprehension strategies that integrate STEM subjects & ELA through high quality picture books. The lessons will lead your students to ask questions and define problems; obtain, evaluate, and communicate information; and engage in argument from evidence.

Participants will leave with 1 of the new resource books.

This will be the last offering this school year

Google Galaxy Professional Development

Big picture

Google Galaxy is a fantastic 2 day professional development

Sign up on CiMS if you would like to attend.

Click on the Google Form CALL FOR PROPOSALS link if you would like to present and

share your Google knowledge!!

The stipend is $125 for one hour and $250 for a two or three hour presentation.


FREE Loaner Educational Trunks

ODNR Division of Wildlife will loan Educational Trunks free of charge to all educators!!!

Each trunk contains wildlife-related materials that enhance learning through hands-on activities and interpretive aids. Trunks can be loaned for a period of two weeks.

Educators may pick up the trunks at their Wildlife District Office and return them there after use.

Contact your local Wildlife District Office for trunk availability and to make a reservation.

District One Office

1500 Dublin Road

Columbus, Ohio 43215

Phone: 614-644-3925


  • Fur– This trunk contains pelts from several Ohio furbearers.
  • Mammal– Furs, skulls, scat replicas, and tracks of Ohio’s mammals are included in the trunk.
  • Songbird– This trunk contains bird nests, egg replicas, and binoculars for observing your favorite songbird.
  • Raptor– Included in the trunk are raptor and game bird wings, pellets, feathers, skulls and talons.
  • Bald Eagle– This trunk features replicas of an eagle egg, skull, talon, and nest, and several activities related to all endangered species as well as some specific to eagles.
  • Stream– This trunk is best used when stream sampling. It includes dip nets, field guides, and containers for all of the creatures that the students find.
  • Reptile/Amphibian– Shells, skulls, life cycle models and vocal calls are some of the highlights of this trunk which focuses on Ohio’s snakes, frogs, toads, and turtles.
  • Time Line Kit– Everything you need to plot the history of our state in relation to our natural resources. Includes a large map of Ohio and many small figures to use for the demonstration.
  • Bird Pack– Designed for field adventures, this pack contains ID guides and materials for outdoor use.
  • Insect Pack– Tools for catching, observing, and identifying insects in a backpack for on-the-go convenience.
  • Bat– Appropriate for elementary students (and beyond), this trunk includes materials for an in-depth study into bats and the culture surrounding them.
  • Tree– contains tree identification guides along with various tree part displays including leaves and rounds.
  • Track– In this trunk, educators will find track molds of many of Ohio’s diverse animal species.

3rd grade CHICKQUEST teachers

Are you wanting to hatch chicks this spring?

Spring is a popular time to hatch chicks so please prepare

for the exciting 21 day adventure!

#1 Order your eggs - Meyer Hatchery 888-568-9755 for delivery or pick up (626 OH-89, Polk Ohio)

#2 Make sure to find your chicks a home BEFORE incubating

Click on the PDF file below for more detailed information from Sue Hogan.

There are 2 contact listed that may be able to help you find a home for your chicks:

#3 Set up the incubator equipment and check the humidity in the room for 2 days before the eggs arrive

#4 Go through the workbook and gather materials to do activities.

#5 PLEASE take pictures of the students participating with the workbook activities and keeping a log of the incubation period


5th grade AIR - State Assessment

The 5th grade AIR Assessment for SCIENCE will be online between APRIL 23 - MAY 11

The CCS Science Website - Science Assessment page has helpful links to prepare for the 5th, 8th and Biology state tests.

Check out the 5th grade AIR state released questions

This packet includes every released science question since the AIR test began.

The questions are sorted by standard. At the end of the document there is an answer key with important teacher information for what will be assessed and how the content will be assessed.

5th grade LIGHT

Can oil become a cloak of invisibility?

This is an engaging way to begin your light unit!

The link below gives you more information about the activity and a video.

*** Pyrex is a necessity for this activity due to the refraction index

For light lessons:

CCS lesson on the CCS Science Curriculum Webpage ----- AND THEN THERE WAS LIGHT

* The Magic School Bus Gets A Bright Idea video can be seen on Daily Motion website since we no longer have Discovery Education- United Streaming

* The Exploring Light and Color video can be found on YouTube. The lesson plan indicates you can skip The Human Eye, The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Primary Colors of Light, Laser Light since they are not part of the 5th grade physical science standard.



There are scientific principles involved in every basketball shot. Trajectory, force, gravity, energy, motion, air pressure, percentages—injecting a little bit of math and science into March Madness fun can be as simple as asking the right questions when you are watching the playoffs and then testing out a few of those ideas.

The Science Buddies website has a Nothing But Net: The Science of Shooting Hoops lesson available. Students determine if the ball's starting position for shooting a basketball affects a player's shooting percentage. In this project, you'll measure shooting percentage when players shoot baskets from chest height, chin height, and over the head.

DragonFly TV Kids Do Science - BASKETBALL video (5:47 min)

Designing a Sneaker for basketball lesson from eGFI

Upper elementary/early middle school students follow the engineering design process to brainstorm and build prototype athletic shoes that meet such requirements as good traction or deep cushioning.

Librarians can get in on the March Madness too!

The librarian can run a list of the most checked out books from your school for your Tournament of Books! Check out the link to see more details


Social Studies

The Team At Home lesson from Education World

In this lesson the students learn about the geography of a variety of areas as they research how team names and mascots are related to history and/or geography.


Basketball Notes lesson from Education World

Students add the values of musical notes to win a chance to shoot a basketball.

Students practice their knowledge of musical notes as well as their addition and subtraction skills.

Please check out the Spruce Run Environmental Newsletter!

Take advantage of a great opportunity to come out and explore the 50 acres property with your family and friends.


2nd Saturday of the month

10am - 2pm


This program begins indoors at 10:00 a.m. in the house conference center with a LIVE ANIMAL presentation from our friends at the Ohio Wildlife Center.

This same program will be repeated at: 11:00,12:00 and 1:00.

Make sure you stop by the classroom for other activities and crafts. Learn about "Artisto" a camera filter app that can be added to your phone to enhance your photos. Use the app as you go on a "Wonder Walk" through Spruce Run taking pictures to record all of the "signs of spring" you encounter.


CAP4Kids is a website with links to FREE and low-cost programs for our Columbus children to take advantage of. Please forward this link on to your families.

Below are links to summer camp opportunities in Columbus. These camps have a fee for students to attend. If you feel this is appropriate for your students, please forward the links to your families.

Olentangy Indian Caverns has full day and half day summer camps for a fee.

Land Before Time, Go Green, Buggin' Out, Art in Nature, Outdoor Explorers, Birds of a Feather, and more!

Columbus Metro Parks summer camps - click on the link to see dates for your favorite park.

Columbus mom Blog has links to a variety of camps for 2018