Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

## American Robin: A Robin's Menu Through the Seasons

Explore and write about what kinds of plants and animals robins eat.

## American Robin: Build a Robin's Nest

Ask questions before reading about how robins build nests, revisit the text for details, reflect on what's learned and get Writer's Woskshop ideas.

## American Robin: Eggstra! Eggstra! The Story Behind a Robin's Eggs

Read about how the way robins lay eggs is different from other birds.

## Causal Patterns in Density

Use brass and aluminum cylinders while controlling for mass and volume to make the property of density more obvious.

## Causal Patterns in Ecosystems

Demonstrate the invisible role of decomposers in a food web, using glass worm tank and bread mold activities.

## Challenges with Sinkers

Manipulate aluminum foil and clay to make shapes that sink slowly.

## Classifying Living Things

Record student observations on the similarities and differences between plants and animals on a Venn diagram and determine the basic needs of each.

## Comparing Animal Skeletons

Dissect a “mystery object” – an owl pellet with bones in it. After studying the human skeleton, students can begin to identify the bones in the pellet.

## Describe a New Substance

Weigh amounts of baking soda and vinegar then mix them together. Weigh them again afterwards. Try this with open and then closed containers.

## Dissolving Race

Compare a sugar cube and an equivalent amount of granulated sugar, each dropped in an equal volume of water. Mix granulated sugar with cold and warm water.

## Earth's Interior

Simulate the wave movement caused by earthquakes with a Slinky®, use Silly Putty® to show the qualities of both liquids and solids and illustrate convection currents with a specially designed fluid.

## Electrostatics Exhibits

Rub a clear plastic tube with different kinds of cloth to see how many Styrofoam chips can be picked up or moved around.

## Energy Flow in Communities

Begin a simple terrarium and maintain a Communities Chart to track the feeding relationships inside. Each time something is added, the impact is recorded on the increasingly complex chart.

## Evaporation and Condensation

Take two wet paper towels and enclose one. What will happen the next day? Watch as water droplets condense on the outside of a plastic cup filled with cold water.

## Exploratory Walk

Use all five senses and observation skills to explore a familiar location.

## Global Forces / Local Impact - Philadelphia's Schuylkill River

On a class field trip to historic Bartram’s Garden, pupils learn how the local watershed area of the Schuylkill River has changed over time.

## Gray Whales: Adaptations That Help Gray Whales Survive

Explore how whales adapt to their environment as mammals in the sea.

## Gray Whales: Hitchhikers - Free Rides on Gray Whales

Read and write about the animals that hitchhike on whales and why they hitchhike.

## Gray Whales: Lagoon Tour- Whale Watching

Go on a virtual whale watching tour. Generate ideas for writing using the "Questions for Details" strategy.