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The Science of Sounds

K-5 Science | June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Science of Sounds

How does the ear collect sound? Does the shape of the ear matter for hearing? Can you really hear someone talking through two tin cans connected by a string? There are countless questions that can be investigated by studying the science of sound. According to the Next Generation Science Standards, first and fourth grade students […]

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Digital Mapping: A Way to Get Grounded

K-5 Science | June 20, 2013 | 4 Comments

Digital Mapping: A Way to Get Grounded

 “I live in the country of California.” I heard this statement from one of my third graders after a geography study and disappointedly, it wasn’t a true/false game. Learning geography and its terminology may be abstract for a young student who hasn’t traveled further than his neighborhood block. Reading maps can also be complicated. Having […]

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Summer Workshop Series: A Walk Down Sensory Lane

In-Person Trainings | June 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Summer Workshop Series: A Walk Down Sensory Lane

Young children love learning about the natural world. And, as educators, we want students to care about the world by studying and learning from it. But a nature study may only happen on a field trip or through the lens of a class-made biosphere. The schoolyard itself or a walk along the school boundaries doesn’t […]

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Videos for Observing Patterns in Nature

K-5 Science | June 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

Videos for Observing Patterns in Nature

Working with pattern blocks, tangrams, and 3D shapes are part of every elementary teacher’s geometry curriculum. But have you ever gone outdoors and observed nature’s design? The natural world is filled with geometric patterns. The sunflower, pine cone, and pineapple are examples where you’ll see the Fibonnaci sequence. Lightning, arteries, and river deltas are examples […]

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Top Five Videos to Teach Sounds in Nature

K-5 Science | May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Top Five Videos to Teach Sounds in Nature

When you hear crickets chirping or birds tweeting, do you wonder what it all means? From orcas and shrimps to beetles and chimpanzees, every species communicates verbally or non-verbally to transmit information to others. The cues could signal courtship and mating, the approach of predators, territorial boundaries, a food source, or pure joy. To the […]

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Ecoliteracy Conference: May 4, 2013

K-5 Science | April 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ecoliteracy Conference: May 4, 2013

Are you interested in having students learn outdoors–beyond the classroom walls? The Bay Area’s diverse ecological landscape is an ideal place for students to develop their understanding of the environment, its importance to our lives and our effects upon it. Join SFUSD and the San Francisco Science, Sustainability, Stewardship (4S) Collaborative as they host the […]

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Interactive Timelines for the Elementary Classroom

Digital Tools | March 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

Interactive Timelines for the Elementary Classroom

Creating and reading a timeline is a skill introduced in elementary grades. For a second grader her first timeline might be autobiographical, which is a good way for students to begin understanding what a timeline is – a linear graphic representation of major events in chronological order. Students are exposed to more timelines as they […]

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Stop Motion Animation in the Elementary Classroom

K-5 Science | January 17, 2013 | 15 Comments

Stop Motion Animation in the Elementary Classroom

In the 1950s, Art Clokey created beloved claymation character Gumby and sidekick Pokey for a stop motion claymation television series that ran in the 50s and 60s. Since then, stop motion animation has made it to the big screen with movies like Wallace & Gromit and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Can this digital art form make […]

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Five Great Sites to Teach K-5 the Science of Weather

K-5 Science | December 20, 2012 | 2 Comments

Five Great Sites to Teach K-5 the Science of Weather

Most of us talk about the weather at least once a day. It affects us in many ways.Weather guides the way we dress, what we do, and in some cases, how we feel. We’re lucky here in the Bay Area that we don’t get a lot of variation on weather conditions. When it rains or […]

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Online PD for Media Making

6 -12 Science | October 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Online PD for Media Making

Today, science demands sophisticated skills not generally taught as part of standard science curricula. Ideally, classroom instructional strategies in the sciences should teach a scientific body of knowledge and cultivate other abilities required for the practice and process of science. There are many connections between the skills used for media making and those required for […]

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