Coweta Science Update

December 2019

Supporting Struggling Students

(K-12) The Georgia DOE has added supports for struggling students to all of their instructional segments. The supports are included in the DOE Science 3D Instructional segments you can find on the TRL Public site. Click on "How do I Teach?" then select your grade level and subject as "Science". The supports are embedded in the instructional segments (not the pacing guides). Once in an instructional segment, scroll down to find a bookmark link for "Additional notes on student supports". Click on the link and you will automatically scroll to the support strategies.
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What's Going On in This Graph?

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(K-12) Graphs are a powerful way to communicate a data set quickly. Analyzing graphs is important in science, math, & its also a necessary job skill. The New York Times has partnered with the American Statistical Association to provide weekly graphs for teachers and students for free. Also included are videos to help you teach with graphs in your classroom. All for free!…

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Earthquake Visualization

(5, 6, Earth Systems) This website provides a visualization of all earthquakes between July 2017 and July 2018. Unlike the USGS Earthquake Map , this website helps students visualize the depth of the earthquake. The map is interactive and includes all relevant earthquake metrics. This would be a great resource for exploring patterns in earthquakes.
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(6-12) Case studies are a great way to engage students in exploring real problems related to your subject. The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science offers free lesson plans, resources, and training materials for teachers. There are 825 cases available. All cases include teacher information to ensure you understand the case well enough to teach it as well as all the materials you would need to complete the lesson in your classroom.
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5th Grade Science Element Review Sheets

These review sheets are designed to encapsulate each of the elements for 5th grade science in one activity. These are appropriate for review activities and summative assessments. Each activity includes claim, evidence, and reasoning (CER) responses for students to complete based off of a scenario or phenomenon. The folder includes exemplars for teachers to use as guides for student performance.
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Phenomenon Based Science Lessons

(K-12) Few things are more inspiring than watching a student ask “why?” — except, perhaps, seeing that student use their skills and knowledge to confidently and effectively seek an answer to their own questions to make sense of the world around them. Scientific literacy provides students with the tools to explain and evaluate the things they see, touch, and hear every day. A strong, coherent science education from grades K-12 where student engagement drives learning can help unlock their curiosity and foster science reasoning and problem solving skills, along with a life-long love of learning. This site offers NGSS based science lessons for all grades K-12. Keep in mind that not all NGSS topics line up with the Georgia Standards of Excellence. You can use our NGSS to GSE Translator document to help you line up your topics.
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Get Epic! Free eBooks for Teachers!

(K-5) Epic! is a library of digital books available for free to educators. Go to to sign up and begin. You can add students to your class to allow them to access the books. You can sort the books based on topics and reading levels. The site also includes videos of books being read aloud. It's a great tool to add to your science and literacy tool kit.

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Teaching with the Library of Congress

(6-12) Analyzing historic newspaper articles can give students unique insights into the relationship between scientific literacy and civic behavior. Read Science, Civics, and Primary Sources: A Measles Debate One Hundred Years Ago, a post from the Teaching With the Library of Congress blog, for ideas for exploring this topic using a newspaper article from 1913, written to discourage the popular practice of “measles parties” duringwhich parents would intentionally expose their children to measles as a sort of “immunization.” Most appropriate for middle and high school levels, the activity provides useful focus questions for teachers and guides students through the process of analyzing passages from primary source documents. This site also includes a category for Science, Technology, and Math with other primary documents to spark your students' interest. If you're not sure how to use primary documents in your classroom, the site offers professional development resources both online and in person.

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Animal Diversity Web

(K-12) Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan

Animal Diversity Web has

  • Thousands of species accounts about individual animal species. These may include text, pictures of living animals, photographs and movies of specimens, and/or recordings of sounds. Students write the text of these accounts and we cannot guarantee their accuracy.
  • Descriptions of taxa above the species level, especially phyla, classes, orders and families. Hundreds of hyperlinked pages and images illustrate the traits and general biology of these groups. Professional biologists prepare these pieces, for the most part.

Animal Diversity Web Is An Online Encyclopedia.
ADW is a large searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals. Every day, thousands of classroom students and informal visitors use it to answer animal questions. Other sites specialize in local, endangered, or particular kinds of animals. We aim to be as comprehensive as possible.

A Science Learning Tool.
ADW facilitates inquiry-driven learning, that is, teaching about science by leading students to use the methods of science. Our large database is structured, providing consistent information for all species to foster comparisons. Our query tool allows a user to find information on a set of species that you specify. Students can explore patterns and relationships, learn how to frame and answer scientific questions and, with the help of a good teacher, experience the excitement and satisfaction of doing science. Our long-term goal is to create a database rich enough that students can discover for themselves basic concepts in organismal and conservation biology.

A Virtual Museum
ADW provides a way to make the contents of research museums available globally for teaching and research. So far, our efforts have been directed mainly at mammals. Photographs of scientific specimens are available for representative species from most mammal families. We've also included several hundred Quick Time Virtual Reality Movies of skulls. These allow the user to "rotate" the specimen, providing an excellent impression of its 3-dimensional structure. We've written in depth about and illustrated many of the characteristics of interest to students of mammals. An important goal for the future is to expand to cover other groups of animals and include other media such as animal behavior video.

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Project E-Trout

(K-12) This citizen science program engages students and teachers of all ages and levels in studying fish ecology and participating in scientific research at the USGS. In the project, students use virtual reality technology to count the numbers of adult trout observed in video footage of trout streams in West Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. The collected data, which is submitted on the project website, helps scientists identify areas of high and low numbers of fish, learn how fish habitat varies from place to place, and study how fish feed and interact. An introductory video about the project includes information about how to identify the various fish species observed in the footage, as well as additional details on how to participate.Visit

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(6-8, Physical Science, Physics) PhysicsQuest, a story-based activity, shows middle school and younger high school students how enjoyable and relevant science can be. The American Physical Society (APS) provides a free PhysicsQuest kit to registered physical science classes in middle school classrooms, homeschool groups, science clubs, and after-school programs. The kit includes a user's manual and materials for four physics experiments. Also on the site are documents from previous year's editions of PhysicsQuest. PhysicsQuest is a project of Physics Central, a great source for lessons for all physical science topics.

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OK GO Sandbox

(K-12) OK Go Sandbox is an online resource for educators that uses OK Go’s music videos as starting points for integrated guided inquiry challenges allowing students to explore various STEAM concepts.

Developed as a collaboration between OK Go and the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas (led by Dr. AnnMarie Thomas), OK Go Sandbox is about bringing different ideas, disciplines, and people together to explore creativity and learning. Director Geoff Shelton is creating new videos specifically designed to inspire classroom discussions and projects. This site is a great source for student engagement and STEM activities.

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CCSS Science Teacher Directory

Help me to help you! Let me know who you are, where and what you teach. I'll share the directory with everyone so you can form your own learning communities. Just click on this link. Easy-peasy!
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Science Google Classroom Codes

Don't miss out on new resources and freebies! Join the Science Google Classrooms! Use the class codes listed below.

Elementary: uz7l4 (that's a lowercase L...not a 1)

Middle: wumkvdb

High: s0ei0d (those are zeros...not Os)

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Professional Learning Opportunities

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Click on this link to see a list of the scheduled professional learning dates for science this year. Other dates for specific activities (Innovation Expo, Science Olympiad, etc.) will be scheduled and sent out via email and newsletter.
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STEM/STEAM Resources

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Upcoming Professional Learning

2nd Grade Science Professional Learning

Thursday, Jan. 9th 2020 at 3-4pm

167 Werz Industrial Boulevard, Newnan, GA, USA

This teacher led session will feature lessons and resources to help you integrate science and literacy in the 2nd grade classroom.

HS Biology Professional Learning

Thursday, Jan. 9th 2020 at 4-6pm

167 Werz Industrial Boulevard

Newnan, GA

This teacher led session will include lesson plans and resources for high school biology teachers.

Georgia Science Teachers Association Conference

Thursday, Feb. 13th 2020 at 8am to Friday, Feb. 14th 2020 at 4pm

801 Front Avenue

Columbus, GA

The best science professional learning event in Georgia! Registration: $160 for full conference. $85 for one day. For more info see the GSTA website.

Comments, Concerns, Questions?

Please contact Dr. Donald White with any questions or comments.