Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
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.
Read about how the way robins lay eggs is different from other birds.
Read and write about the place where nesting and mating occurs.
Use brass and aluminum cylinders while controlling for mass and volume to make the property of density more obvious.
Demonstrate the invisible role of decomposers in a food web, using glass worm tank and bread mold activities.
Manipulate aluminum foil and clay to make shapes that sink slowly.
Record student observations on the similarities and differences between plants and animals on a Venn diagram and determine the basic needs of each.
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.
Weigh amounts of baking soda and vinegar then mix them together. Weigh them again afterwards. Try this with open and then closed containers.
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.
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.
Rub a clear plastic tube with different kinds of cloth to see how many Styrofoam chips can be picked up or moved around.
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.
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.
Use all five senses and observation skills to explore a familiar location.
Explore how whales adapt to their environment as mammals in the sea.
Read and write about the animals that hitchhike on whales and why they hitchhike.
Go on a virtual Whale Watching Tour. Generate ideas for writing using the "Questions for Details" strategy.
Learn how baby whales "play to learn" with their mothers.
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