K-5 Science Newsletter

MAY 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 Coordinator

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Energy Bike Training

May 2, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm

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 school.


Picture Perfect Science PD

June 23, 2017, 9:30 am-4:30 pm (1hr lunch)

Whetstone Library (Columbus Metropolitan Library), 3909 N High St., 43214

Picture Perfect Science is a fantastic resource that uses fiction and non-fiction literature along with hands on activities to teach science through the 5E's (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate). Participants will receive 1 of the Picture Perfect Science resources books!

ATTENTION 4th grade teachers

Ohio Energy Project offers a FREE Energy Efficient Program, e3, geared toward the

4th grade Ohio Learning Standards for Science. (See chart below to see how the program can meet your 4th grade science and math standards.)


The e3 curriculum is an innovative approach connecting science and energy with daily life. Students conduct experiments at school and apply their knowledge at home to create a school-to-home connection that inspires the next generation to be energy smart consumers. You will need to complete the training to receive the materials.

Teacher benefits:

  • Free curriculum and lab equipment
  • Free Energy Efficient Kit for every student (with bulbs, weather stripping, showerhead, etc.)
  • Teacher Stipend ($100 for 1st year, $200 for returning teachers) a percentage of student home surveys will need to be completed
  • CEUs and optional graduate credit

OEP offers free training with summer dates available.

4th grade teachers using the program for the first time can attend 1 of the following dates: Thursday, July 20, Wednesday, August 9, Tuesday, September 12, or Tuesday, October 10.

If you are an e3 returning teacher, please see the website to sign up for training options. Returning teachers may "drop in" for about 30 minutes to get training on July 11 from 10am-1pm, July 20 from 4-5:30pm, or August 9 from 4-5:30pm.


If you do not teach 4th grade, please encourage your 4th grade teacher to consider this program.

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May Calendar

May 13 International Migratory Bird Day

Game- Bird Migrations: It's a risky journey

Coloring page

Bird migrating fact sheets


May 14 Mother's Day

Make a science themed gift

Website for different fun gift ideas


May 19 National Endangered Species Day

Each year on the 3rd Friday in May, National Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species, their habitats and the actions necessary to do so.

Franklin Park Conservatory


May 24 National Scavenger Hunt Day

Create a scavenger hunt around your school, inside and outside!

End of year activities

Sidewalk Chalk make sidewalk chalk with your students for the last days of school

31 Days of Outdoor STEM Activities this website links you to STEM activities you can do with your students

LEGO Challenge Calendar with 31 days of design activities. Check out Day 6, 12, 13, 21, 25, 29!

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Backyard Conservation Day at the Ohio State Fair

Backyard Conservation Day at the Ohio State Fair

August 3, 2017 (Thursday)

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District is once again having Backyard Conservation Day at the Ohio State Fair in the Showcase Pavilion. We partner with other county Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Metro Parks and local nurseries such as Scioto Gardens to provide activities, information and native plants to purchase. Fairgoers can participate in a rain barrel raffle, learn about backyard conservation, chickens, native plants, and our local natural resources, and enjoy kids’ activities.

Teacher Workshops at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Teacher workshops at the Columbus Zoo pair in-depth content knowledge with engaging hands-on activities by utilizing private tours, guest speakers and interdisciplinary lesson plans. Graduate level credit is available through Ashland University for an additional fee. For more information or to register, visit www.columbuszoo.org.

(Look under Discover/ School & Teachers/ Teacher Workshops).

Cost is $100 (additional fee of $175 for Ashland University credit optional).


#1 Literacy Connections for Elementary Science Two-Day Workshop June 13 & 14, 2017 (Tuesday & Wednesday) 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM both days


#2 STEAM at the Zoo and the Wilds Two-Day Workshop

August 2, 2017 (Wednesday) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM at The Wilds

August 3, 2017 (Thursday) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

COSI Educator Professional Development

Calling all Educators for the 2017 COSI Summer Professional Development series!

These engaging workshops are designed to offer inquiry-based techniques for your classroom that will improve student interest, engagement and knowledge retention.

All workshops will be held at COSI.

Up to 3 graduate credits available from Ashland University.

For details, cost, and registration, visit https://www.cosi.org/educators/professionaldevelopment or

contact Robin Deems at (614) 228 - 2674 ext. 2357 or rdeems@COSI.org.


#1 Integrating Science, Language Arts, & Mathematics, Grades K-8 Cohort I:

June 19 - 22, 2017 (Monday - Thursday) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


#2 Integrating Science, Language Arts, & Mathematics, Grades K-8 Cohort II:

August 7-10, 2017 (Monday - Thursday) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


#3 Bridging the Gap for Science, Grades 4-8

June 12 - 15, 2017 (Monday - Saturday) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


#4 Instructional Inquiry Strategies & New Science Content, Grades K-3 Cohort I:

June 26 - 29, 2017 (Monday - Thursday) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


#5 Instructional Inquiry Strategies & New Science Content, Grades K-3 Cohort II:

July 17 - 20, 2017 ( Monday - Thursday) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


#6 Project and Design-Based Learning in the K-8 Science Classroom Cohort I:

June 5 - 8, 2017 (Monday - Thursday) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


#7 Project and Design-Based Learning in the K-8 Science Classroom Cohort II:

July 24 - 27, 2017 (Monday - Thursday) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

FREE...12th Annual COSI Teacher Resource Fair

12th Annual COSI Teacher Resource Fair

August 1, 2017 (Tuesday) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Teachers For All Grades | Free! | One Free Teacher per Reservation

Join COSI and exhibitors from all around Ohio at the 12th Annual COSI Teacher Resource Fair. Visit COSI's classic exhibitions and meet representatives from your favorite Ohio organizations that support teachers.

Includes free general admission to COSI for teachers, a free movie in COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, a free show in the Planetarium (both will be scheduled on date of visit with the Box Office), fun freebies, door prizes, and more!

This free event is exclusively for formal teachers, non-formal teachers, and after-school educators. Teacher attendees must present a valid school ID, copy of a valid teaching certificate, school pay stub, or other proof of teacher status at check-in. Additional non-teacher guests must purchase COSI admission at the Box Office. Admission to COSI's Adventure exhibition is not included but may be purchased at the COSI Box Office. Homeschool educators may attend with proof of homeschool status, such as a letter from their school district confirming their homeschool status, or a valid membership card to a known homeschool association. One homeschool educator admitted free per homeschool family.

Please register on COSI’s website at http://www.cosi.org/educators/professional-development/resource-fair#