K-5 Science Newsletter

May 2018


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

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Summer ReImagine Me Conference

June 11, 12, 13

at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Center

Ask your principal about the 10 person school team.

There are over 30 sessions to choose from each day.

Check out the science sessions:

Picture Perfect Science (2 hrs)

Supplemental science resource that uses fiction and nonfiction science literature to teach inquiry based science within a 5E lesson format. Participants receive a Picture Perfect Science or Picture Perfect STEM book.

Presenter: Heather Allen, Columbus City Schools

Curious KIDSS (4 hrs- full day)

Kindling Inquiry and Discovery in Science and Social Studies

Curious KIDSS is a new program for K-2 educators. Curious KIDSS (Kindling Inquiry and Discovery in Science and Social Studies) takes Growing Up WILD activities and aligns them across the curriculum to help teachers incorporate more science and social studies into their Math and ELA lessons. These hands-on activities allow teachers to present lessons in a fun, interdisciplinary way that creates learning experiences that not only meet state standards, but help students see connections in real world information using the outdoors as a classroom. Come experience these lessons, obtain the Growing Up WILD resource book, and receive a plethora of online resources to support your Curious KIDSS in the classroom. Please bring an electronic device to explore online resources. And please dress appropriately for outdoor experiences, including sturdy shoes.

Presenter: Jen Dennison, ODNR Division of Wildlife

Setting the "SCENE" for Science (2 hrs)

Models and simulations are a great way to attract attention, capture audience interest, and enhance understanding and awareness. This session will provide information on interactive programs that Franklin Soil and Water can bring to your classroom for free and instructions for easy-to-make models and simulations you can create. Make It And Take It - Participants will make a “scene” they can take back to their class to enhance learning on one of their current science standards.

Presenter: Linda Pettit, Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation

Engineering Design Process (2 hrs)

What does a lesson look like using Engineering is Elementary (EiE)?

What is the difference between technology and engineering? In this session participants will engage in the Engineering is Elementary curriculum using the engineering design process to solve problems.

Presenter: Heather Allen, Columbus City Schools

Using the Engineering Design Process in the Elementary Classroom (1 hr)

In this session, participants will explore how to use the engineering design process to create cross-curricular experiences in the elementary classroom. We will discuss the planning, organization and evaluation of the student experience.

Presenter: Alene Schattschneider, Parkmoor Elementary- Columbus City Schools

MAY 19, 2018 at Spruce Run - OPEN TO ALL

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Ohio Energy Project offers free professional development.

Ohio Energy Project connect you directly to energy industry experts who understand and translate complex energy information into compelling educational instruction.

3rd grade teachers: Sources of energy, states of matter, light & heat

4th grade teachers: Electricity, circuits & thermal energy

4th grade teachers: Be e3 Smart program with free materials

5th grade teachers: Light and sound

Project WET and Healthy Water, Healthy People Facilitator Workshop

When: August 15 10a-8p and 16, 2018 8a-4p

Where: Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center

4404B State Route 125, West Portsmouth, Ohio 45663

Fee: $145.00 which includes workshop materials, curriculum and 1-night shared

lodging. No early workshop departures or refunds after registration is received. Fee

options available for commuting and having a single room will be available on the

registration website.

For more information, contact:

Dennis Clement, Project WET State Coordinator

614-644-2048 or dennis.clement@epa.ohio.gov

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Science Spring Webinar Series

Developing and Using Models—A Hands-on Webinar for All Grade Bands!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018..........7:00 ET

Grades K–12 | Hosted by Michael DiSpezio

Join Michael for an informative, interactive (yes, this webinar has a hands-on element), and enjoyable experience in which you’ll construct an understanding of the second Science and Engineering Practice: Developing and Using Models. Modeling across the grade bands, you’ll engage in several hands-on activities that illustrate the application of various types of static and dynamic representations.


Make sure that you have the following materials at hand: one large paper clip (ideally color coated), several drinking straws, clean scissors, a water-filled drinking glass, and a metal spoon.

An Elementary and Middle School Approach to Energy and Matter

Thursday, May 17, 2018.......7:00 ET

Grades K–8 | Hosted by Michael DiSpezio

Join Michael for an informative, motivating, and enjoyable experience in which you’ll construct an understanding of Crosscutting Concept 5: Energy and Matter. Discover not only the fundamental tenets of this crosscutting concept, but experience effective classroom strategies for teaching this understanding through hands-on explorations and self-directed discovery. At the end of this webinar, you’ll walk away with an assortment of

engaging strategies that are seamlessly integrated into an NGSS elementary or middle school science classroom.


May 4, 2018

International Space Day

Ever wondered what lies beyond our skies? Today is the day to find out! Go to your local library and take a look at some of the books about space, learn about your favorite planets, or read up on the work of astronauts throughout the decades.

Take a look at NASA’s website or social channels and see what they have been up to – there’s sure to be something that piques your interest. International Space Day is a day to celebrate humanity’s forays into the unknown, how far science has come, and the wonders that lie just beyond our atmosphere. If you learn just one thing today, make it something about space!


Everybody who does something good, important, and valuable deserves a day in their honor. Teachers certainly are among the most deserving. This day honors those hard working, patient and understanding people whom we entrust our children to. Teachers mold our kids in a positive direction, affecting who they are and who they become. From Kindergarten through college, teachers are an important part of our children's lives.

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National Nurses Week- a chance to recognition nurses for their contributions and commitment to quality health care. It brings awareness to the importance of nurses in the care , comfort, and well being of all of us, and especially our children and the aging, and those in poor health.

The roots of International Nurses Day goes back to 1953, when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a "Nurse Day" in October of the following year. The proclamation was not officially made. But, this day was born and eventually gained national recognition.

International Nurse Day is celebrated on May 12, because this it's the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

In 2003, National School Nurses Day was moved from the fourth Wednesday in January to the Wednesday of Nurses Week. Many websites, still record School Nurses Day in January, unaware of this change.


Learn About Composting Day is a great opportunity to "Go Green" and help the environment. Composting is easy. It makes you feel good, knowing you are doing your part to keep our environment a little bit cleaner. You may be surprised at how easy it is to compost. And, everyone can compost.

What to compost- As you learn about composting, you will be surprised at all the things you can compost. It is common knowledge, that you can compost garden and yard vegetation, as well as kitchen (vegetable) scraps. But, you can also recycle many other things, including papers, untreated wood, and cardboard. Cardboard paper towel and toilet paper holders are great items to compost.

You can use compost around your plants, to feed them, keep the weeds down, and to help retain soil moisture. If you don't have a yard, you can give it away to family and friends that does. Your reward will be flowers, vegetables or herbs from thankful gardeners.

Did you Know? You can make Compost Tea with your compost materials to feed your indoor and outdoor plants! It will save you $$$.

How to Celebrate Learn About Composting Day

There are a wide range of activities you can do to celebrate this special day.

First and foremost, everyone should learn more about composting.

See More on How to Compost

Today is a great day for schools to create a lesson plan on composting.

WEBINAR for your students

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Learning Mooooooore about Cows and the Production of Milk....A Dairy Farm Tour!

May 7, 1-1:45 p.m.

Register here

Our newest Virtual Field Trip will take your students to The Ohio State University's Waterman Farms Dairy Farm. Learn the difference between heifers and cows and how milk is produced—up close and personal!

We'll consider these key questions:

How is a Jersey cow different from other breeds of dairy cattle?

What technology is used to raise dairy cattle and produce milk?

What does the farmer do to keep the cattle safe?

What happens to the milk after it leaves the cow?