Science Tidbits

September 2017

Where to find science PD?


Caddo Professional Development trainings are no longer on Sign Up Genius. Trainings are now on Edivate (aka PD360). For directions on how to use please watch the following short video

*If you cannot see the My Catalog Units Widget on your home page click the GEAR in the top right corner and check the box next to My Catalog. Visit: and use your Caddo email to log in.


Science Standards Overview

Tuesday, Sep. 12th, 4:30-6pm

9000 Walker Road

Shreveport, LA

Teachers will learn how to read the new Louisiana Student Standards for Science and learn the components that make up each dimension. Teachers will also receive a tutorial to the scope and sequence documents available at

Sign up at

Science Standards Overview

Tuesday, Sep. 12th, 4:30-6pm

5939 Old Mooringsport Road

Shreveport, LA

Teachers will learn how to read the new Louisiana Student Standards for Science and learn the components that make up each dimension. Teachers will also receive a tutorial to the scope and sequence documents available at

Sign up at

Enhancing Science Instruction Using Snap Circuits

Wednesday, Sep. 20th, 4:30-5:30pm

7240 Old Mooringsport Road

Shreveport, LA


Teachers will learn how to create hands-on and student-centered Snap Circuits into their lessons to teach electricity and magnetism. Teachers will have an opportunity to work Ms. Tara Burch from Donnie Bickham Middle School to learn how this simple yet engaging activity can help students understand the concepts behind these difficult concepts while building models to reinforce learning. Each teacher attending will receive 1 Snap Circuit Kit for their classroom.

Sign up at

NSTA Area Conference will be in New Orleans from November 30 to Dec. 2

The National Science Teachers Association ( NSTA ), in conjunction with the Louisiana Science Teachers Association ( LSTA ), will be hosting an Area Conference in New Orleans, LA , from November 30 – December 2, 2017. The theme of the conference is Celebrate Science: Inspire, Integrate, Innovate, and it will feature these supporting strands:

1. Inspire Our Young Learners

2. Integrate Science Education for ALL

3. Innovate Science Education for Tomorrow

For more information, please visit the NSTA Conference website at neworleans .

2017-2018 Youth Wetlands Week Program

The registration for the 2018 Youth Wetlands Week program is now open. This year’s binder will be a revised version of the 2015-2016 “Coastal Louisiana” edition. All of the lessons will be correlated to the standards. Registration is open to any teacher in 3rd – 12th grade; the main subjects featured in this year’s binder are science and social studies. Environmental Science is covered in high school and ELA is covered in upper elementary.

Youth Wetlands Week will be April 23-27, 2018, so please mark your calendars.

Delivery of curriculum and kits is currently scheduled to occur in March. Please forward this information to any and all the teachers in your school that might be interested in receiving this FREE resource. Please complete the registration form (Click Download Documents) and either email or fax it back to Katherine B. Pace by September 29, 2017. Once completed, teachers will be registered to receive the FREE materials in March.

Katherine B. Pace

Email: (This is the correct email.)

4-H Youth Development and Parish Chair

Caddo Parish

2408 E. 70th Street

Shreveport, LA 71105

Phone: (318) 226-6805

Fax: (318) 226-6769


QSM Grant Application Deadline

The Quality Science and Mathematics Competitive Grant Application is open! This grant is for K-12 regular education public school teachers in Louisiana and will be due by Monday, September 11, 2017. Teachers are eligible to submit an application for up to $750 to purchase non-consumable science or math instructional. Learn More:

You can also watch a QSM Grant tutorial HERE!

What's New with Symbaloo?

Caddo Science Symbaloo -- Featured websites

Check out Plix by CK-12

A PLIX is an interactive modality that allows learners to play with the ideas in a concept. This modality is all about learning by doing. There are over 1,000 PLIX that can be filtered by subject, keyword, concept, or standard.

Check out Global Maps

NASA satellites give you a global view of whats happening to our planet.

Check out Buncee

A creation and presentation tool with unlimited possibilities for bringing learning to life. Transforming people of all ages into creators, storytellers, and future-ready digital citizens.

Check out Crash Course

Need help with a content area that may be a bit rusty? Crash Course is a free YouTube Channel that is designed to give you and your students a quick overview of difficult concepts.

Check out ProCon

A great website for starting meaningful discussions with students around the pros and cons of a variety of topics.

Check out How Stuff Works

HowStuffWorks got its start in 1998 at a college professor's kitchen table. From there, we quickly grew into an award-winning source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works. Today, our writers, editors, podcasters and video hosts share all the things we're most excited to learn about with nearly 30 million visitors to the site each month. Learn more about our authors, and maybe even become one yourself. You can learn more about us in our FAQ.

Phenomena Tips

Using phenomena is a great way to engage students in science but be careful when picking phenomena to use in your classroom. Use this checklist to make sure you are choosing and using the right phenomena for your content.

1. Is it observable in nature?

2. Make sure the phenomena is relevant to the content. Remember we don't do a Penny Drop Lab when learning about genetics.

3. Refer back to the phenomena as you teach new concepts regarding the content.

4. Allow students to think about the phenomena before you explain. You might introduce the phenomena then move into an explore piece or explain piece then go back and let students think about how their ideas regarding the phenomena have changed since the first time they observed it.

5. If you are using a video, SCREEN IT FIRST, FROM BEGINNING TO END.

6. Make sure you check any ads that may "POP" up on the sidebar.

7. You may want to download the image or video to prevent unwanted items from showing up on your page.

Need more information about Phenomena?

Using Phenomena for NGSS Units

Science in Action

Science Safety Tips


Severe thunderstorms are officially defined as storms that are capable of producing hail that is an inch or larger or wind gusts over 58 mph. Hail this size can damage property such as plants, roofs, and vehicles. Wind this strong is able to break off large branches, knock over trees or cause structural damage to trees. Some severe thunderstorms can produce hail larger than softballs or winds over 100 mph, so please pay attention to the weather so you know when severe storms are possible. Thunderstorms also produce tornadoes and dangerous lightning; heavy rain can cause flash flooding.


Prepare! Don't let Tornadoes Take You by Surprise

The links below will help you find out what you can do now to prepare for a tornado. Preparation is key to staying safe and minimizing impacts.

  • Be Weather-Ready: Check the forecast regularly to see if you're at risk for tornadoes. Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings. Check the Weather-Ready Nation for tips.
  • Sign Up for Notifications: Know how your community sends warnings. Some communities have outdoor sirens. Others depend on media and smart phones to alert residents of severe storms capable of producing tornadoes.
  • Create a Communications Plan: Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and related information. Pick a safe room in your home, such as a basement, storm cellar, or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. Check more ideas for your family plan at:
  • Practice Your Plan: Conduct a family severe thunderstorm drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching. Make sure all members of your family know to go there when tornado warnings are issued. Don't forget pets if time allows.
  • Prepare Your Home: Consider having your safe room reinforced. You can find plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection on the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.
  • Help Your Neighbor: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for the possibility of tornadoes. Take CPR training so you can help if someone is hurt.
  • Download Thunderstorms, Lightning, Tornadoes for more science and safety tips.


Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year. Lightning kills an average of 47 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured. This website will teach you how to stay safe and offer insight into the science of lightning. You'll find animated books about lightning, safety tips for all kinds of situations, games for kids and resources for teachers. You'll learn about lightning victims and survivors. Explore our site, and come and visit often! En Espanol

What's New


Flooding is a coast to coast threat to the United States and its territories nearly every day of the year. This page is designed to teach you how to stay safe in a flood event. If you know what to do before, during, and after a flood you can increase your chances of survival. For instance, it is vital to know what to do if you are driving and hit a flooded road. Here you will find an interactive flood map, information describing the different types of flooding, educational material, and resources on how the National Weather Service keeps you aware of potentially dangerous flooding situations through alerts and warnings. If you, or someone you know, have been a victim of a flood, please share your story so we can prevent others from becoming a victim. When you write, please note that NWS has permission to use your story and, if possible, let us know the town and state you were in and the year the event took place.

Severe Weather Safety

When Ordering Chemicals for High Schools

Caddo Parish Schools recently completed a monumental chemical cleanup. 100's of bottles of out-dated, corroded, and not used chemicals were removed from high schools to ensure the safety of our students and teachers.

In order to safely remove chemicals from classrooms we must work through the Department of Environmental Equality (DEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring in qualified technicians to log chemicals, properly package chemicals, and safely dispose of chemicals stored in lab closets. This process is exceptionally expensive and time consuming. To limit the amount of unnecessary chemicals Caddo Parish has on hand, I asked your principals to include me in the ordering process for purchasing chemicals for your classroom using classroom fees. Please sent the purchase request to Lisa Nance at or fax to 318-603-6368 to request my signature for chemical purchases. I will send your school a copy of the SDS for each chemical ordered along with a signed copy of the purchase request.

Caddo Science Resources

Science Funnies!


Tweet us all the great things you have going on in your science classroom!