Coweta Science Update
Supporting Struggling Students
What's Going On in This Graph?
(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! https://nytimes.com/column/whats-going-on-in-this-graph…
5th Grade Science Element Review Sheets
Phenomenon Based Science Lessons
Get Epic! Free eBooks for Teachers!
(K-5) Epic! is a library of digital books available for free to educators. Go to https://www.getepic.com/educators 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.
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.
Animal Diversity Web
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.
(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 https://on.doi.gov/2VdSkMK.
(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.
OK GO Sandbox
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.
CCSS Science Teacher Directory
Science Google Classroom Codes
Elementary: uz7l4 (that's a lowercase L...not a 1)
High: s0ei0d (those are zeros...not Os)
Professional Learning Opportunities
http://www.stemcobb.com/lesson-links.html Elementary STEM Lessons
http://www.stemcobb.com/ms-stem-lessons.html Middle School STEM Lessons
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.