Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:46 PM
Earth and Sky (K-4)
The Earth and Sky (K-4) Sciguide was a suitable resource to integrate the solar system into my teaching. The Sciguide was broken down into two sections; Changes int he Sky and Objects in the Sky. Then it is sectioned inot five themes, gravity, seasons, moon, sun, and planets. The site involves lesson plans on the seasons and the planets with rubrics and studnet work. Also, video clips, data, and vignettes. I foundthe interactive resources to be most helpful, but I would have appreciated additional lesson ideas and website links. In addition to taking time to research lesson ideas and resources, the online discussion participants were able to provide many usful sites and lesson ideas.
Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:27 PM
I found The Organisms K-4 Sciguide to be a resourceful reference. There are three separate parts: Community, Ecosystems and Environment. Then in to themes; Animals Species, Life Cycles, Plant Species, Behavior, Food Web, Populations, Biomes and Habitat. Within each theme there are lesson plans, case studies, audio clips and samples of student work. Also provided in each theme were online web based resources.
The overall theme of this sciguide is the awareness, concern and care for our environments. It allows educators to utilize this resource to implement these important ideas within our classrooms.
I can suggest that the sites be periodically updated to ensure appropriate access. One example is the Survivors lesson. I was not able access the links. I found that disappointing when I was planning to use the lesson in my class.