K-5 Science Newsletter

MARCH 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 Coodinator

Professional Development Opportunities

Gizmo PD, 5th-8th grade

March 22, 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 Reading, Social Studies and Science - Grades 3-5:

March 28, 2017, 4:30-6:30 PM

Lindbergh Elementary, 2541 Lindbergh Dr., Columbus, OH 43223

This professional learning opportunity will focus on integrating reading, social studies, and science. The session will incorporate time to investigate grade level materials included in the new reading series, as well as, other supplemental material that support both social studies and science integration. Participants will receive a set of small group reading materials for social studies and we will have some science give aways!



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.



Hands-on Science by Wanda Mays and Sharon Williams

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

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.



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.


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.

SCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOL

This year we will offer the 1st SCIENCE SUMMER CAMP during summer school for rising first graders. These are the students that have just finished Kindergarten. The program will be offered at Spruce Run Nature Center.

If you are certified to teach 1st grade and would be interested in teaching the Science Summer Camp, please fill out the summer school application on the CCS website.

Be sure to click the box labeled: Science Specialist.

CLOSE READING using SCIENCE CONENT

Are you using informational text to teach reading? Why not use grade level science content to meet your needs?

Boston Public Schools' website offers a few free close reading passages. (see below)

Click here to access the Google Drive Folder. You can print the passages and questions or make a "Google" copy and save them to your own Google drive for future use.

Anyone with a CCS email can get to the Google Drive Folder by signing in to Google with your CCS username and current password.


Isopods -- K.LS.2 and 1.LS.2

Weather and Air -- K.ESS.1 and 2.ESS.3

Four Amazing Plants -- 1LS2 and 2LS1

Insects and Plants -- 3.LS.1

Animal Teeth -- 3.LS.2

Beavers -- 3.LS.2 and 5.LS.1

Traveling Seeds -- 3.LS.3

Sounds, High and Low -- 3.PS.2

Ice -- 3.PS.2 and 4.PS.1

Moon, Lunar Rovers -- 5.ESS.1

Rachel Carson -- 4.LS.1

Making Static -- 4.PS.2


The video below shows a 1st grade teacher doing close reading using Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. (1st grade stops at 5:20 min)

Focus on Close Reading

Important March dates

First Week of March - Dr. Seuss week isn't just for reading anymore

March 12 - Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time gives us less light in the morning but more light in the afternoon, so we can do outdoor activities after school.

Lights affects animals. Some animals are active during the day (diurnal) and some are active during the night (nocturnal). Learn which animals are diurnal and which are nocturnal.

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day

According to Irish legends, St. Patrick banished all of the snakes from the island of Ireland. In reality, snakes were not present in Ireland after the Ice Age. Learn more about snakes that live in Ohio. Discuss other myths associated with snakes. The black racer snake has been our state reptile since 1995.

* Design leprechaun traps using materials around the house, school, or cafeteria.

* Freeze your pot o' gold - freeze fake or real pennies in a balloon of water. After it freezes peel off the balloon and students have to figure out the fastest way to get to the gold. A good book to read is Sid the Science Kid: Why Did My Ice Pop Melt? by Susan Korman.

* St. Patrick Day chia pets- create shamrock shaped sponges and watch the plants sprout.

March 20- Spring Equinox

Spring is a time when migrating birds begin arriving to areas with warmer temperatures to build their nests. Building simple birdhouses can be a fun project, especially if a pair of birds takes up residence!

* Journey North website engages citizen scientists in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. Students can track the coming of spring through migration patterns, the budding of plants, the changing sunlight, and other natural events.

* INFOhio's World Book Kids has an article you can use with your intermediate students. Equinox

* YouTube video for intermediate students by Weather Bug Schools What is the Equinox?

* 10 Things about the March Equinox

Columbus Metro Parks.............. MARCH PROGRAMS

There's something for everyone at the 15 Columbus Metro Parks facilities.

Check out the upcoming schedule for your own family and consider printing out the nearest Metro Park activities for your students' families.