Science Second

5 Things you need to know and can share with others.

August 17, 2017

1. Greenwood Cemetery Science Lesson Workshop (5th Grade Teachers Only)

Do you want your 5th grade students to engage in a super cool field trip and learn important life science concepts? Then the Greenwood Cemetery is the field trip for your school!

Come learn about some exciting new fifth grade science lessons that use the beautiful outdoor space provided by the Greenwood Cemetery. This is a great free field experience for your 5th grade students to learn science concepts and our community's history. For schools to be able to participate in this free field trip, at least one teacher must attend the workshop.

Note: Buses for the 5th grade field trip will be paid by the Friends of Greenwood Cemetery.

Presenter: Cathy Williamson
Address: 130 E Stoner Ave, Shreveport, LA 71101
: 08/24/2017 (Thu.)
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Location: Greenwood Cemetery

2. Marvelous Cornelius- Hurricane Katrina And the Spirit of New Orleans

Hurricanes can impact the environment in a variety of ways. Marvelous Cornelius is based on the real Cornelius Washington (1960–2008), a sanitation worker who worked and lived in New Orleans, and how he helped the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. This is a great book to read aloud to students in science (and social studies but mostly science) as you study hazardous weather, the impact of natural disasters, or how the earth can change. Bonus: This book is a LA Young Readers Choice book!

I'm giving this book away to 4 lucky Caddo educators. Learn more here.

Book Trailer -- Marvelous Cornelius

3. Patterns of Our Moon

There will be a solar eclipse Monday, August 21. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's shadow falls on the Earth. So, if the moon moves in a pattern, why do we not have solar eclipses each month as the moon revolves around Earth? They do not happen every month because Earth's orbit around the sun is not in the same plane as the Moon's orbit around the earth. Learn more about this phenomenon in the video below. You can also learn more about safety and resources at

Pro-tip: Save those eclipse glasses for the 2024 solar eclipse! If your students do not have glasses, watch it online!

Why Solar Eclipses Don’t Happen Every Month - Orbit Animation Explains

4. LSSS: Performance Expectations

Performance expectations are the assessable statements of what students should know and be able to do. Performance expectations are not a set of instructional or assessment tasks. They are statements of what students should be able to do after instruction. All K-12 students should be held accountable for demonstrating their achievement of all performance expectations, which are written to allow for multiple means of assessment.

Learn about the structure of the new science standards and the instructional shifts.

5. Phenomena: Our Moon

Our moon is Earth's only satellite. It is our satellite because it orbits Earth. The moon is about 250,000 miles from Earth to the moon, and it is the same age as the Earth and the rest of the solar system- about 4.5 billion years! Mons Huygens is the tallest mountain on the Moon. That's right, the moon has landforms just like Earth! We on Earth have just one moon, but some planets have dozens of them and some have none!

Did you know: The moon does not produce its own light; it reflects light from the sun. Technically, there's no such thing as "moonlight".

Standards that directly address the moon: 1-PS4-2, 1-ESS1-1, 1-ESS1-2, 5-ESS1-2, 6-MS-PS2-4, 6-MS-ESS1-1, 6-MS-ESS1-2, and 6-MS-ESS1-3

Moonrise in Wellington, New Zealand

Full Moon Silhouettes