Science Circuit

Because Science Matters: January 2016

Completing the Circuit

Welcome to the monthly LISD Science Curriculum Newsletter for Instructional Coaches! We hope to use this newsletter to provide you with science updates and information on a regular basis. Please let us know what your needs are and how we can continue to improve our communication!


Critter News

Important Critter Reminders:

  • All critters will be delivered on Wednesdays. Teachers should look on the curriculum website for the link to the critter order form to see the specific dates and which critters are coming.
  • Please be sure to let the office know when to expect critters so that they don't sit in the boxes for days!
  • 5th grade teachers instructing Environments: Pillbugs and elodea will arrive in the same shipment. Teachers need to rinse the elodea with tap water and place in a basin with water.

Curriculum Support

Child Nutrition Services

Just a reminder, we launched a new partnership between Child Nutrition Services and Elementary Science in November!

  • Collaborate with cafeteria managers and team leaders to supply food materials for core module instruction. (For example, carrots for critters, snack items for mixtures, fruits and veggies for planet models.)
  • View a complete list of items available from the cafeteria and details on the implementation of this process here.
  • Invite campus cafeteria managers or Kristin Andrews from Child Nutrition Services to classrooms to observe how these materials are supporting classroom instruction.
  • Display student learning made possible through this partnership in the cafeteria. For example, models of the planets, mixtures, parts of the plant…

Things to Remember

Science Module Delivery and Pickup

All science modules will be on campus the week of January 18th.

All science modules will be picked up the week of March 21st.

Fifth Grade Modules Special Delivery!

Modules for the fourth nine weeks will be delivered to campuses over Spring Break to allow for instruction to begin on March 21st. This will allow for 6 full weeks of science instruction prior to the Science STAAR test.

Science In the News

The Paris Agreement: What Do Science Teachers Need to Know?

On December 11th, 195 countries agreed to curb greenhouse gas emissions and to limit warming of the planet to 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels (prior to 1750). This agreement will be revisited in 2023.

Read more about the Paris Agreement.

The Northeast Maglev (TNEM)

The TNEM is committed to bringing the superconducting maglev (SCMAGLEV) to the Northeast U.S. corridor. The group is working closely with Central Japan Railway Company. It will be able to transport people from Washington, D.C. to New York City in less than an hour. This train will move at speeds of more than 300 mph while levitating inches off the ground. The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded 27.8 million dollars to support the building of this train system. The Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail system, the Japanese Government, and the private sector will provide additional financial support. Read more about the TNEM project.

The building of this maglev system is a real-world connection to the 5th grade Energy and Engineering Module!

Soil Delivery

Be on the lookout for soil, it will be on campus by this week. The quantity of soil delivered to your campus is based on the counts turned into Brenda Howard at the Science Materials Center. If a count in not turned in, a full amount of soil is delivered in order for teachers to have access to adequate materials for student learning.

Professional Development

Be thinking about the summer professional development needs of your campus. In February, we will send out a survey to teachers about their specific needs.

Please let us know your current campus needs. Work with neighboring ICs and campus leaders to coordinate common professional development needs for your teachers.

Science Snippet

Force and Motion can be an interesting topic for students and teachers. As we know, making connections to the real world increases student learning.

Take a moment to look at this snippet and ask yourself and your students some questions.

  • What do you notice?
  • What do you wonder?
  • What is the cause?
  • What is the effect?