K-5 SCIENCE Newsletter

October 2017

Office of Teaching & Learning 365-5727

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

CCS Professional Development Opportunities

Please sign up on CiMS

Picture Perfect Science - Teaching Science Through Children's Literature PD

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 10 & 11, 4:30-6:30pm

(both nights required for CEUs & resource book)

Southwood ES, 1500 S 4th St., 43207

This PD will focus on the first 3 Picture Perfect Science resource books, the 5E lesson format, fiction and nonfiction literature in science, and hands-on inquiry.

Participants will receive 1 Picture Perfect Science resource book for attending BOTH nights. Created for K-5 teachers, however, a few middle school teachers and an art teacher have attended and found the resource useful as well.

Using Science Vocabulary through Kahoot & Plickers

Wednesday, October 18, 4:30-6:30pm

Clinton ES, 10 Clinton Heights Ave., 43202

Games are a great way for students to learn vocabulary from any content. Come to this PD to try 2 student response systems; Plickers and Kahoot It!

Plickers is an interactive response system and only the teacher needs 1 wireless device (cell phone, tablet, or iPad), but the students use Plickers paper QR Codes.

Kahoot It is an interactive question and answer system that can be used with Chromebooks, iPads, desktops, or laptops. It is very easy to set up and implement in the classroom. Melissa Taylor from Clinton Elementary will share her science vocabulary Kahoot It games and you will have an opportunity to set up your own accounts and start creating educational games your students will love.

Energy Bike open to any grade level K-12...........................NOT on CiMS yet

November 8, 2017, 4:30-6pm

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 classroom and/or school.

Gizmos PD for 5th-8th grade coming soon as a WEBINAR

SPRUCE RUN .......OCTOBER 14, 10am - 2pm

Open to ALL (students, parents, teachers)

Pups and Pumpkins

Pumpkin crafts for the kids and off- trail walking for you and your four legged friend.

All dogs must be on a leash.


SECO - Science Education Council of Ohio

Science Symposium - Conference

January 29-30 @Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio

SECO is a state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association.

For more information about the conference click on the link.


3rd grade

3rd grade was chosen to be a part of the CCS custodial services recycling grant. All 3rd grade teachers and administrators received an email (from Heather Allen) including important information about the Michael Recycle books that should have arrived at your buildings, the lesson plan, poster contest and new recycling bins.

The judges cannot wait to see the wonderful posters submitted by November 1!!!!!!

Please click on the Google link below to access the information. You will need to be signed into your CCS Google Account by using your CCS email and current password.


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5th-8th grade GIZMOS

Gizmos are interactive science simulations that use an inquiry-based learning approach. This is an engaging resource to help your students understand difficult science concepts and prepare for the state test. To be honest, the Gizmo subscription is very expensive and we need to begin to see a direct correlation between usage and student success in order to purchase the program for next year. We are asking that you use purposeful planning when utilizing Gizmos. It is important that you spend time on the site deciding which activities best fit with your standards. We will be offering face to face PD opportunities in addition to webinars for introductory Gizmos. Information on these training opportunities will be coming soon.

If you have not set up an account, please email hallen704 for the school code.

The 5th grade correlations

The 6th grade correlations

The 7th grade correlations

The 8th grade correlations

BOOKFLIX for PreK-3 TEACHERS (really it works for 4-5 too)

Have you used the free INFOhio resource, BOOKFLIX? It's not just for reading!!!

BookFlix covers science and social studies topics.

Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource designed for grades PreK-3, but I bet you could use it with some of your 4th & 5th graders too.

It pairs classic Weston Woods video storybook titles with related nonfiction titles from Children’s Press and other Scholastic imprints.

  • Creates a love of reading with favorite fiction and high-quality nonfiction titles.
  • Engages children with the “Watch the Story” feature, highlighting each word on the screen as it is narrated in the video. This helps reinforce reading skills, including fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
  • Allows children to read the nonfiction e-books independently or to follow along with highlighted words as the narrator reads to them.
  • Introduces children to real-world facts and helps them build content-area knowledge.
  • Features additional activities and resources that are informative and fun.
  • Allows children and their families to log on anytime, anywhere with an Internet connection.

To enter the resource, start from the INFOhio home page at http://www.infohio.org Click Grades PreK-5

Click the BookFlix icon

If at home enter the Disctict information - username- ccs and password-ccs

If you are using a CCS computer you will be automatically logged into INFOhio.

A Must See Website

  • Science Interactive games and demos from Interactive Sites for Education click here This website has everything from animal adaptations to volcanoes.