Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
An introduction to Gray Whale migration, (pdf booklet for kids).
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.
Observe adult, larvae (mealworms), and pupae of the darkling beetle. Monitor over the next several days and determine the life cycle.
“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.
Distribute a mystery material or “green stuff,” and ask students to determine what category it belongs to: living, dead or nonliving.
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.
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.
Introduce a variety of solid objects and use senses to sort them. Then explain the criteria used for the sorting schemes.
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.
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.
Use Playdoh® and wax paper to simulate the collision between two tectonic plates.
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.
What are the differences and similarities between how young captive-bred and wild-bred cranes deal with their environment?
Why do some bird species fly in V formation? How do birds fly long distances?
Read and discuss a poem about the migration of the crane. Write your own poem or story.
Researchers observe the individual physical and behavioral characteristics of a specific group of whooping cranes.
What are the dangers whooping cranes face during the migratory journey and what percentage of these dangers are directly related to human activities?
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