Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Gray Whales: Life in the Nursery Lagoons

Learn how baby whales "play to learn" with their mothers.

Gray Whales: The Monumental Migration

An introduction to Gray Whale migration, (pdf booklet for kids).

Gray Whales: Whose Point of View? The Journey of Three Generations

Read the "Whale Journey" picture book about the gripping tale of the life cycle of the gray whale. Choose one of the whales in the story for a writing activity.


Draw what a groundwater table might look like. Then use groundwater models to test the drawing.

Latin America - Volcanoes, Trenches, and Plate Boundaries

Study the locations of trenches and volcanoes and learn the relationship between them. Discuss the pros and cons of living near a volcano.

Life Cycles (Session 3)

Observe adult, larvae (mealworms), and pupae of the darkling beetle. Monitor over the next several days and determine the life cycle.

Life Cycles (Session 4)

“Mystery objects” – a brine shrimp egg and a seed that looks similar – are placed in both salt water and soil to see which thrives in each environment.

Living, Dead or Nonliving

Distribute a mystery material or “green stuff,” and ask students to determine what category it belongs to: living, dead or nonliving.

Melting Point of Ice

Take readings of a thermometer in a glass of ice and then in warm water. Watch the volume of the red liquid in the thermometer expand, to develop ideas about the effect of energy on the change of state of matter.

Milton Brasher-Cunningham, Frankenstein

Take students on a field trip to a laboratory or bring in a guest speaker. Construct a creature/robot/monster/automaton/machine.

Moon's Distance from Earth

Work with models to represent the relative distance of the Moon from the Earth, then measure the angular size of the Moon with pinky fingers to check the estimate.

Observing Properties

Introduce a variety of solid objects and use senses to sort them. Then explain the criteria used for the sorting schemes.

Plate Tectonics

Use interactive, computer-based inquiry to create models of plate interactions and record explanations of the models.


Examine rocks that contain fossils, observe their characteristics and research to find out what kind of rock it is.

Scale Model of the Solar System

Draw scale models of the solar system and then go out to the playground. Establish the Sun’s position and ask students to stand where they think the planets are in relation to it.


Compare the soil on school property to that of six very different locations. Then, try to guess where the soil was obtained.

Systems and Interactions

Use Playdoh® and wax paper to simulate the collision between two tectonic plates.

Variation, Heredity and Evolution

Grow "fast plants" and measure the variation in height. Calculate the average height with different numbers of plants to show the importance of sample size.

Whooping Crane: A Tale of Two Cranes: Captive vs. Wild

What are the differences and similarities between how young captive-bred and wild-bred cranes deal with their environment?

Whooping Crane: Flight Formation: The V's Have It!

Why do some bird species fly in V formation? How do birds fly long distances?

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