Top 10 Tools for Teaching Science - Montgomery County Schools

Top 10 Tools for Teaching Science - Montgomery County Schools

Top 10 Tools for Teaching Science Be a H.O.T. Science Teacher! Todays Agenda: 1. Simulation: The Old vs. New Science classroom 2. Introductions 3. Next Door Neighbor Chat: Engaging Teaching Table Tools 4. Inquiry Activity/Wheres the Nuts? 5. Brain Break 6. Demonstration of Technology use in Science Lab 7. Human Graph 8. Think, Pair, Share/Alphabet Roundtable

What do BROWNIES, BOOKS, & BALLS have in common? Excitement fills the eyes of students EVERY day upon entering a science lab. WHY? Tools for Inquiry Our youngsters are naturally filled with wonder, so why not nurture opportunities for students to take charge of their own learning with high quality, engaging, relevant tools designed for todays Engagin g Tools Science Simulations Using Simulations, role playing, and even story telling in SCIENCE:

Teaches students how to make connections Portrays authentic language experiences Adaptable for multiple ability levels Engages students with different learning styles Builds confidence, motivation, and self Books! Books! Books! The following books are just a small selection of our favorite science-related picture books aligned with the National Science Education Standards. (YES, this can be implemented at the high school level!!! ) Over the Steamy Swamp by Paul Geraghty A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons Grand Canyon by Linda Vieira The Popcorn Book by Tomie de Paola Oil Spill by Melvin Berger Pancakes, Pancakes! By Eric Carle Books!! (Continued) Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!!! By April Sayre Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian Papa, Please get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh Dr. Xargles Book of Earthlets by Jeanne Willis Butternut Hollow Pond by Brian J. Heinz Somewhere in the World Right Now by Stacey Schuett The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow Weird Friends: Unlikely Allies in the Animal Kingdom by Jose Aruego Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor The Big Rock by Bruce Hiscock The Magic School Bus Series

Theres a Hair in My Dirt by Gary Larson Food for Fire Take food out of the kitchen & into the classroom to teach science & mathematics!!! And FOOD for Thought!! When teaching scientific inquiry, food can be one of MOST effective teaching tool. Any time food can be incorporated into the lesson, DO IT!! Your students WILL be actively engaged. Some ideas for playing with your food in science lab are: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Best Brownies- solid liquid & gas or mixtures Ice Cream in a Baggie- solid, liquid, & gas Fast Fudge- solid, liquid, & gas Making Oobleck (cornstarch & water) solid, liquid, & gas 5. Mentos & Soda- solid, liquid, & gas or mixtures & solutions 6. Scrumptious Solar System models with cookies, M & M candy, etc 8. 9. 10. 11. Food for Thought (cont.) Finding the Fizziest Formula- acids & bases Apples & Lemon Juice- chemical changes Floating eggs- density Identifying & raising Herbs- parts of a plant & its role ( grow lab)

12. Pumpkin Seasonal Science baking pumpkin seeds-parts of a plant & role making pumpkin smoothies- solid, liquid, gas, mixtures/solutions 13. Phases of the Moon- Oreo cookies 14. Marshmallow Molecules Models 15. Dirty Decomposers- Various types of food in sealed jars 16. Growing Crystals- rock candy (types of rocks, caves) 17. Cookie Mining - (with choc. chip cookies) Earths land resources Food for Thought (cont.) 19.Volume of an Oreo vs. Double Stuffed 20.Plate Boundaries with graham crackers & Rice krispies. 21.Smores- Mols 22.Gummi Bear Atoms 23.M & M or Skittles Bingo 24.Sink or Float- Coke & Diet Coke 25.Snickers Bar- The Rock Cycle Its NOT all Fun & Games

Games as a Teaching Tool Music as a Teaching Tool Onion Onion Ball/Snowball Ball/Snowball fight fight Slap

Slap Hot Hot potato potato Connect Connect Four Four Battleship Battleship Pong Pong Beach Beach ball ball Oh Oh Deer!! Deer!! Hunting Hunting Minibeasts Minibeasts Acorns!! Acorns!! The The Game

Game of of Life: Life: Stem Stem Cells Cells Music Music is is known known to to affect affect our our feelings feelings and and energy energy levels. levels. It It can can prompt prompt memories, memories, enhance

enhance brain brain activity activity and and stimulate stimulate the the mind. mind. Play Play music music & & Create Create music!!! music!!! Here Here are are some some science science music music series: series:

Blinding Blinding You You with with Science Science The The Jammin Jammin Classroom Classroom Bill Bill Nye Nye Science Science Guy Guy music music video video Sid Sid the the Science Science Kid Kid songs songs OR

OR Go Go to to You You Tube Tube ,, Teacher Teacher Tube Tube & & type type in in the the topic topic Technology www.classdojo Helpful Science Websites Technology (cont.) Helpful Websites Technology Science 360 WWF Together Spacecraft 3D

Near Pad Particle Zoo Lab Timer Fotopedia: Wild Friends American Museum of Leaf Snap Natural History Nature Mobile Nature Tap Earth NOW Biobots Park Guides Peterson Animal Planet Helpful Apps Science Journals Incorporating Writing into the Science Curriculum: Science teachers typically think of a lab report as a way of incorporating writing into the science classroom. However, writing can be integrated into science in

many other ways. Begin class with a writing prompt that requires students to think. Utilize illustrations, graphs, and other graphics in a new way. Evaluate scientific articles. Keep a journal outlining procedures and findings. Evaluate a seminar, lecture, or media presentation. Develop a letter to the editor of a scientific journal. Science Journals Suggestions for Effective use of Reflective Science Journals: 1. Teacher teaches topic in class. 2. At the end of each lesson, students write in their Science Reflective Journal. 3. At the end of week, teacher collects

SRJ to read. 4. Beginning of the next week, teacher highlights one or two interesting questions in class. 5. As part of a follow up, teacher/students explore questions with their peers or with resources suggested by the teacher. Goal Setting Notebook Goal Setting The Key to Success! Brain Breaks Purpose Our students should have a kinesthetic brain break every 2530 minutes.

Brain breaks are refreshing to students and teachers alike. They do take some time out of class, but the efficiency of our students goes up when we incorporate them. Please share out if you use a particular brain break!! Ideas 5-4-3-2-1 Trading Places Six Spots Mingle, Mingle, Group! Dance Party! Freeze Dance! The Finger & Thumb Yoga!!! COOL Science Resources

AIMS (Human Graphs) NSTA Every Science Stories Science Court Science A-Z Movement & Grouping Table Positions Job Grid Shoebox materials Caddies & tubs Grouping Organization, organization, organization!! The materials must be ready to go for each class period. Noise level-LOUD; can still be managed with index card system, rainstick, xylophone or chimes, etc Science is MESSY!!!!! You will spend A LOT

of time setting up & cleaning up every

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