Science

The Sun, the Moon, and Science!

For the first time in 38 years, on August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible along a narrow path that spans the entire United States. Cool! To get your students in the spirit of solar science, this week’s FREE tool is a K–3 lesson plan for teaching students about light, heat, shadows, and objects in the sky. The ...

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Science with the Family

In honor of Earth Day, this week’s FREE tool puts a science spin on last week’s family theme. We’ve got a take-home science lesson about soil for your students to do with their families. Yes, we want to get everyone out digging in the yard where they can ask questions like, “What is soil made of?” and “What things are ...

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Spring into Science!

In less than a month, education professionals from all over the world will travel to Boston for CEC’s 2017 Convention and Expo. So this week’s FREE tool involves the story of a pair of mallards who raise their ducklings in the city of Boston! The story is part of a K–3 science lesson about life cycles and habitats that you ...

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Let it Snow

It’s that time of year when we can expect to see some of that cold and icy stuff blanketing school bus stops and playgrounds. What better way to keep kids focused on school work during snowy school days than to plan lessons about snow? That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a complete science lesson plan about snow, using the ...

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U-STARS~PLUS: Science & Literature Connections

Got a spring in your step? Spring flowers and welcome sunshine make this a great time of year to take a “listening walk.” That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a science lesson plan for teaching the fiction book, The Listening Walk. The lesson uses this story to teach K-3 science concepts around organisms and their environments as well as ...

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Lesson Plans: Simple Machines & Motion

This week’s FREE tool is a back-to-school bonanza of information to get you and your students moving in the new school year. We’ve combined two complimentary science lesson plans about simple machines and motion. One of the plans introduces these topics through a work of fiction, and the other introduces the same topics through a work of nonfiction. Both lessons ...

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Exploring Science: Come On, Rain!

A couple of weeks ago the Tool of the Week was a science content lesson plan about the rain cycle. The lesson plan came from the most recent publication in our U-STARS~PLUS series, Science & Nonfiction Connections. U-STARS publications provide teachers with lesson plans and strategies for presenting science content – with enrichment activities and “thinking questions” that benefit all ...

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Exploring Science: Down Comes the Rain

This week’s tool of the week, “Down Comes the Rain,” is a lesson plan built around the book Down Comes the Rain, and will help students learn about the water cycle and how all living things depend on water. This tool comes from U-STARS ~PLUS Science & Nonfiction Connections, which includes over 30 lesson plans aligned with both Common Core and Next Generation Science ...

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Exploring Science and Literature with The Lorax

This week’s Tool is a lesson plan built around Dr. Suess book, The Lorax, which explores scientific ideas within literacy. Organized around Bloom’s Taxonomy to support a range of thinking levels and to scaffold learning, these materials incorporating 32 popular children’s books can enable a teacher to create a higher-level thinking environment around literature connected with science which motivates reluctant ...

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Exploring Science: Best for Beans

This week’s Tool allows students to experiment and collect data–developing processing skills. The “Best for Beans” lesson plan helps students learn plant life cycles, their basic needs, and unique environments. Organized around key science concepts, the Family Science Packets are aligned with the National Science Education Standards and most state’s science standards. This Tool of the Week comes from U-STARS~PLUS ...

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