K-5 Science Newsletter

APRIL 2017

Office of Teaching and Learning 614-365-5727

Sandee Donald, Executive Director

Leslie Kelly, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction

Heather Allen, K-5 Science Coordinator

Christine Weatherholtz, K-5 Science/Social Studies Coordinator


Gizmo PD, 5th-8th grade

April 5, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm

Linmoor Education Center, 2001 Hamilton Ave., 43211

Gizmos are interactive science simulations that use an inquiry-based learning approach. Please come check out this new engaging resource to help your students understand difficult science concepts and prepare for the state test.

Integrating Hands-on Science & ELA Standards by Wanda Mays and Sharon Williams

April 6, 2017, 4:00-6:00pm

Scottwood ES, 3392 Scottwood Road, 43227

Presenters will share strategies and activities to integrate science, literature and writing. Many of these strategies were shared at the National Science Teacher's Conference and support interactive hands-on science lessons.

Energy Bike Training

May 2, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm

Linmoor Education Center, 2001 Hamilton Ave., 43211

Learn to set up, tear down, and use the Energy Bike within your classroom or for a family night event. The Energy Bike meets the 4th and 7th grade science standards, but is fun for all! After training you will be able to reserve the bike for your school.


Picture Perfect Science PD

June 23, 2017, 9:30 am-4:30 pm (1hr lunch)

Whetstone Library (Columbus Metropolitan Library), 3909 N High St., 43214

Picture Perfect Science is a fantastic resource that uses fiction and non-fiction literature along with hands on activities to teach science through the 5E's (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate). Participants will receive 1 of the Picture Perfect Science resources books!

Google Training

Learn about your Google Drive or Google Classroom (not content specific)

Training can be scheduled specifically for your building or grade level from 4-5pm.

INFOhio Training

Learn about the free resources for teachers, students, and families for multiple subjects.

BookFlix, World Book Kids, Early World of Learning, Digital Video Collection

Google or INFOhio training can be scheduled specifically for your building or grade level from 4-5pm. Email Heather Allen, hallen704@columbus.k12.oh.us or Christine Weatherholtz, cweatherholtz3151@columbus.k12.oh.us to set a date.

5th grade teachers

Thank you again for participating in the 5th grade COSI field trip!

Finishing Touches on the 2017 field trip:

  • Students should complete the post-assessment on CiMS. If they completed on paper, please have the CiMS person in your building create scantrons for the pre and/or post assessments and scan the data in the system.
  • Please complete the teacher survey on Google Forms.
  • There is an optional student survey on Google Forms. Students can type the following URL https://goo.gl/forms/wy3naPRiCdAKJ5Zv2

3rd grade teachers FIELD TRIP

SWACO offers a FREE field trip to the landfill that fits the 3rd grade Earth & Space Standard #3 Some of Earth’s resources are limited. Some of Earth’s resources become limited due to overuse and/or contamination. Reducing resource use, decreasing waste and/or pollution, recycling and reusing can help conserve these resources.

  • Landfill tours last approximately 60-90 minutes
  • Tours are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
  • A bus reimbursement is available (up to $185). Just follow the directions from SWACO
  • Before booking check out the website and materials available http://www.swaco.org/Education/TourLandfill.aspx
  • To inquire call 614-801-6438 or email tours@swaco.org

To summarize the field trip create an edible landfill!

One edible landfill idea:

- use a 9oz clear plastic cup

#1 use vanilla pudding or yogurt to coat the cup to represent the clay liner the provides a

watertight base

#2 use 1/2 a fruit roll up (save other half) to represent the plastic liner for added


#3 cut 1 licorice stick into fourths. Use 2 licorice pieces (save the other 2 pieces) in the

bottom to represent leaching tubes that collect leachate

#4 use crushed chocolate cookies to represent soil and a Fruity Pebble type cereal to

represent trash

Layer soil, trash, soil, trash, until the "landfill" is almost full.

#5 use the other 1/2 of the fruit roll up to represent the plastic liner that caps off the landfill

#6 stick the last 2 licorice pieces through the plastic liner (fruit roll up) to represent the

methane pipes that release the gas

Virtual Field Trip

Take a FREE virtual field trip to an Ohio Pig Farm!

Link: Ohio Pork Council

  • Your class can join a live video chat or request a recorded link to watch at your convenience
  • Virtual field trips will be offered through May 2017
  • All you need to participate is an internet connected computer, webcam and microphone
  • For more information check out the link above or contact Jennifer Osterholt 614-882-5887 or email josterholt@ohiopork.org
A Field Trip to Ohio Pig Farms and Farm Song

EARTH DAY IDEAS - Saturday, April 22

Celebrate EARTH DAY all month!


The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

You Can Save The Planet by Jacquie Wines

Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day by Jane O'Connor

Earth Day by Trudi Strain Trueit

Mathstart: Earth Day-Hooray by Stuart J Murphy

It's Earth Day! by Mercer Mayer