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Science Teaching Resources

It is often a challenge for science teachers to find good resource material for their classes which covers the necessary concepts and is interesting to students. And to add to the challenge a set of national standards has been introduced in the United States called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are designed to improve upon many aspects of the U.S. science curriculum in K-12. The goal of the NGSS is to teach a deeper understanding of science and scientific practice in lieu of rote learning of scientific theory and facts.

When I heard about the NGSS it became immediately clear that much of the content of this website already aligns well with the NGSS, and by tweaking some of the content, as well as creating new content, I can contribute useful, as well as interesting, resource material for teachers to use when incorporating the NGSS into their classes.

On this page I make available resources which elementary school science teachers can use. Some of these resources will fit directly with the NGSS, while others will fit well with the general science curriculum.

Science Quiz

To start off, here is a multiple choice science quiz that can be given to kids in grades 3-6. The questions are interesting and challenging! This quiz is in PDF format.

Science Toys

Toys are a very useful means to teach kids science. They have built-in entertainment and scientific value. The science toys page lists many toys which provide great science value to kids. Given the great utility of toys as a science teaching tool, I created an eight page ebook which shows how a select group of eight science-based toys can be used to teach parts of the NGSS.

The parts of the NGSS addressed in this ebook are:

K-PS2-1: Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.

K-PS2-2: Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull.

3-PS2-1: Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

3-PS2-2: Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.

3-PS2-3: Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.

4-PS3-1: Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.

4-PS3-2: Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.

4-PS3-3: Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.

4-PS3-4: Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.

This ebook is for kindergarten and grade 3-4. It is in PDF format. It's available through this link.

Cute Animal Physics

In addition to loving toys, kids also love cute animals. So with this in mind I created a 28 page ebook which teaches kids about the physics of a select number of cute animals.

This ebook also addresses parts of the NGSS. The parts of the NGSS addressed in this ebook are:

3-LS4-3: Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

4-LS1-1: Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

This ebook is suitable for grade 3-6. It is available in a Word and PDF version. It's available through this link. These two ebook versions are contained in a single (compressed) file, in the "zip" format. You need to uncompress this file before you can access the ebooks.

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