Elementary School Science Teacher Guide - PS-2875D

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Overview

Teaching science to elementary school students can often prove difficult. But the key is not providing a watered down curriculum, but rather to teach real science at an age appropriate level.

Getting children to begin thinking critically, providing them with the tools to design experiments or predict the results of data collection before performing it and simply giving them a sense of scientific curiosity about the world around them are vital parts of a well rounded education.

At the heart of PASCO's Elementary School Introductory Science Experiments lab manual is a commitment to ensuring that students are engaged and learning before, during and after a lab activity. The many opportunities for student assessment allows you as a teacher to accurately gauge the understanding of your students.

29 inquiry based lab activities in the areas of earth, life and physical science are included and all of them can be edited to suit the needs of your classroom or to better coordinate with what you are already teaching. All the activities are age appropriate, including separate K-2 and 3-5 activities.

Features

  • Age appropriate and editable activities in Earth, Life and Physical Science.
  • "Key term challenge" increases vocabulary skills.
  • Student comprehension assessment provided throughout.

Includes

  • Spiral-bound Teacher Binder with PDF versions of each activity and a wealth of resources
  • Editable Word files for each student version
  • Flash Drive containing all information in electronic format
  • Experiments

    Grades K-1

    Exploring Temperatures

    Use a temperature sensor to explore temperature changes, to observe the property of temperature, and to learn that temperature is a measure of how hot or cold something is compared to a standard scale.

    Heavy and Heavier

    Use a force sensor to learn about the property called weight that can be measured, and to recognize that an object's weight is not necessarily related to its size.

    Hot and Cold

    Use a temperature sensor to observe the property of temperature, and that this property can be measured using a thermometer or temperature sensor.

    Light and Dark

    Use a light sensor to determine how light is related to what students see.

    Mixing Water

    Use a temperature sensor to understand that mixing hot and cold water results in a new temperature that is between hot and cold.

    Near and Far

    Use a force sensor to describe the position of an object as being near or far from another object and to recognize that an object in motion changes its position.

    Weather Instruments

    Use a weather sensor to make measurements to determine weather conditions and to develop the language for describing weather conditions.

    Grades 2-3

    Can Plants Survive?

    use a light sensor to explore whether or not plants need light and water to survive and what adaptations help them survive.

    Cars and Heat

    Use a temperature sensor to determine how the temperature inside a car parked in the sun compares to the temperature of the air outside the car.

    Conservation of Matter

    Use a force sensor to determine tat the weight of a whole object is the same as the sum of the weight of each part that makes up the whole object.

    Freezing & Melting Water

    Use a temperature sensor to measure the temperature of water in different forms and to learn that water can exist in different forms an can be changed from one form to another by heating or cooling.

    Hunting with Light

    Use a light sensor to compare how organisms, including humans, are able to see and compare that to what an electronic light sensor can detect.

    Investigating Sound Levels

    Students recognize that continuous sound is made by vibrating objects, and can be described by its pitch and volume. Students explore different continuous sounds by studying the changing volume.

    Measuring Temperatures

    Use a temperature sensor to compare the results of measuring temperature to how the temperature feels.

    Observing Clouds

    Use a weather sensor to show that clouds in the sky have properties that can be observed and described, and that students associate cloud formation with specific weather conditions such as temperature and humidity.

    Grades 4-5

    Chemical Reactions

    Use a temperature sensor to measure the change in temperature as two substances chemically react.

    Conduct or Not?

    Use a voltage sensor to test the conductivity of different materials.

    Determining Sound Level

    Use a sound level sensor to measure the sound levels from different objects, to determine the source of sound, and to find the relationship of vibration to sound level.

    Dew and Frost

    Use a fast-response temperature sensor and a model simulate the weather conditions responsible for the formation of dew and frost.

    Electric Circuits

    Use a voltage sensor to test the conductivity of different materials.

    Heating Land & Water

    Use a temperature sensor to determine a property of materials that allows some to heat up faster than other materials and then draw conclusions about water's influence on a region's climate.

    How Greenhouse Works - Heat

    Use a temperature sensor to measure the heat generated in a model greenhouse by altering the types of material that light passes through.

    How Greenhouse Works - Light

    Use a temperature sensor to determine how light intensity or brightness depends on the angle at which the sun's light strikes the surface of the ground and how this changes throughout the day.

    Keeping Warm

    Use a temperature sensor to understand which materials conduct heat and which don't, and why they do or don't.

    Microclimates

    Use a weather sensor to compare the temperature and humidity of various sites and determine the reason for any variations.

    Temperature and Change

    Use a temperature sensor to determine the effect of temperature on the time it takes for a sugar cube to dissolve or an antacid tablet to react with vinegar.

    The Water Cycle

    Use a weather sensor to measure the conditions in a water cycle model.

    Weather Station

    Use a weather sensor to measure temperature, dew point, humidity and atmospheric pressure over a period of time and determine any correlation between the data collected to observable weather conditions.

    What is an Electromagnet

    Use a voltage sensor to determine the the strength of an electromagnet with different numbers of coils and different magnitude of the voltage source.

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