What is a microorganism?

4th May, 2012 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Introduction If you can only see a living thing with a microscope, that means it is a microorganism. These are found everywhere. Some of them, like yeast are helpful. And some of them are harmful and disease causing, like bacteria. It is important to know how to avoid spreading the bad ones! What are microorganisms? » Read More

The life cycle of a plant

11th November, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Learn about the life cycle of a plant and enjoy the interactive flower dissection activity that will help you find out more about the flower petals, sepals, carpel, nectaries, receptacle and stamens. Experiment with the different parts of a flower, sort them into the correct categories, label them and learn useful information. Did you know » Read More

There’s No Place Like Home: Survival in different habitats

7th June, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 59 Comments

In the STC™ Animal Studies unit, Lesson 15 is titled There’s No Place Like Home. In this lesson, fourth grade students discover why most animals would not survive well in any habitat other than their own. They see that humans are different than the fiddler crabs, millipedes, and dwarf african frogs that they have studied » Read More

How do animals respond to a change in their habitat?

6th June, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 38 Comments

Students conduct a simple experiment to test three animal’s (millipedes, fiddler crabs, and dwarf african frogs) responses to a sudden change in one condition of their habitats: light. Working in groups, students predict, test, observe, and record each animal’s behavioral response to the environmental change. Join this fourth grade class of scientists as they investigate lesson 10 in STC™ » Read More

USDA releases new plate icon to replace the food pyramid

2nd June, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 2 Comments

  (CNN) — The food pyramid has been dismantled in favor of a simple plate icon that urges Americans to eat a more plant-based diet. One half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables, with whole grains and lean protein on the other half, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Low-fat » Read More

Observe Millipedes More Closely with STC™ Animal Studies

1st June, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 45 Comments

Join these fourth graders on their adventure through STC ™Animal Studies as they observe the millipede. Students have created three habitats: water, land, and where land and water meet.  In Lesson 9, students compare and contrast the habitats of the millipedes, crabs, and frogs. By focusing on habitat conditions such as climate, moisture, and light, » Read More

Observing Fiddler Crabs More Closely with STC Animal Studies

27th May, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 46 Comments

Students set up and care for three separate habitats in the STC™ Animal Studies unit: Frogs, Fiddler Crabs, and Millipedes. In Lesson 6, students observe Fiddler Crabs closely. Having observed and recorded some general observations of the crab, students now focus specifically on its body structure and behavioral characteristics related to its survival: when, how, » Read More

Experiment with Heat Transfer

10th May, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

Learn about heat transfer and how to keep things warm by testing the characteristics of different materials with this fun activity for kids. Some materials are good thermal conductors, easily letting heat pass through them, while others are good thermal insulators, not easily letting heat pass through them. Conduct experiments and watch how the temperature » Read More

Observing Frogs More Closely with STC Animal Studies

29th April, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 54 Comments

In the STC™ Unit Animal Studies, students explore the relationships between animals and their habitats, as well as some of the ways animal behaviorists study animals.  In lesson four, students observe their first living organism in the unit, the frog. Join Guilford County Schools fourth grade scientists as they begin their journey with STC Animal » Read More

Celebrate Earth Day and protect one acre of threatened habitat

11th April, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Each year, Earth Day falls on April 22. In 2011, Earth Day falls on a Friday, though many schools, businesses, and communities will be celebrating Earth Day all week long and into the weekend. Carolina has worked with Earth’s Birthday Project to develop and sell the Amazing Bugs kits, which include a poster and experiments. » Read More

View the live broadcast of Decorah Eagles

31st March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

Live Broadcast by Ustream.TV The Raptor Resource Project (www.raptorresource.org) brings you the Decorah Eagles from atop their tree at the fish hatchery in Decorah, Iowa. THIRD EGG LAID 3/2/11 6:47 p.m. Here’s a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L99UropoY3w SECOND EGG LAID 2/26/11 6:42 p.m. CST Here’s a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXEnfe02e2I FIRST EGG LAID 2/23/11 5:33 p.m. CST Here’s a » Read More

Middle School teachers discover that students “Love Science” with STC/MS

29th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 11 Comments

Wilson SD’s (Pa.) teachers are discovering that their students are Loving Science! Middle School teachers began using STC/MS Kits this past year and are reporting how excited teachers and students are about using inquiry science kits. Here is what they have to say about STC/MS Inquiry Science Kits: Read More

First graders take a look at themselves as living things in lesson 16 of the STC™ Organisms Unit

25th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

In STC™ Organisms, students have discussed and compared all of the plants and animals in the classroom except one animal-themselves. In this lesson, students compare themselves with the living things they have observed throughout the unit and explore their own relationship to plants and animals.                     » Read More

What good is vermicompost? Make predictions and check your results while you visit with Sunny the Sunflower.

21st March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Now that you have your compost made, what do you do with it? This nutrient rich soil provides a great environment for plants to grow.  Does a strawberry plant grow better in vermicompost or regular soil? Make predictions and compare your results while you visit with Sunny the Sunflower.  What other variables could you change » Read More

NASA Science: Super Full Moon on March 19, 2011

18th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

  March 16, 2011: Mark your calendar. On March 19th, a full Moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset. It’s a super “perigee moon”–the biggest in almost 20 years. “The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993,” says Geoff Chester of the » Read More

Visit the toolshed and build a worm bin with Vermi the worm

17th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Redworms are living organisms.  What do they need to survive? Work in the toolshed with Vermi the worm to make a virtual compost bin.  To make compost you will need to follow a recipe but not one that humans would eat, just your redworms.  Enjoy and share your experiences using the reply box below.   Read More

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle with Vermi the worm

16th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Recycling is fun and worms are natural recyclers! Pick from the three games to play with Vermi the worm: Reduce, Reuse, or Recycle. Challenge your students to submit ways that they reduce, reuse and recycle every day using the reply box below.  If you have pictures of creative recycling projects, email them to samara.gann@carolina.com with a short » Read More

Vermicomposting: Setting up a worm bin with Vermi the worm

15th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 2 Comments

The first step in Vermicomposting is setting up your worm bin.  Interact with Vermi the worm to see how a worm bin is set up and play some interactive activities along the way. To all of our teachers who set up worm bins with your students,  how did you set up your worm bin in » Read More

The adventures of vermicomposting in the classroom

14th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

  Online lessons can flesh out student understanding of worm bin composting. “The Adventures of Vermi the Worm” appears on CalRecycle online. In a virtual worm bin, students learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle by watching Vermi in his bin with apple cores and eggshells. I will never forget my students faces when they » Read More

Translation, Reflection, and Rotation

22nd February, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Are you teaching transformations in your geometry math lessons? Try moving this game to your technology learning station. Don’t forget to check out these great hands on lessons with Math out of the Box®! Lesson 12, 13, 14, 15, 16: Grade 3            Shapes and Paths Lesson 13, 14, 15: Grade 4           Corners and Containers Lesson » Read More

Can you guess the rule in the function generator?

12th January, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

In Plotting and Growing from Math out of the Box®, students explore functions with an input/output machine. Then they use their knowledge of functions to solve problems. How do you teach Algebra to your students? Try moving this game to a technology station in your classroom to provide more practice for your students. Discover more » Read More

Observe the STC™ Organisms Unit in a first grade classroom. Teaching Lesson 13, Freshwater and Woodland Plants: How Do They Compare?

7th January, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Thanks to Guilford County Schools for sharing their science students in action! In the Organisms unit, the students have observed, discussed, and cared for all of their organisms over time and are developing an understanding that organisms grow, change, along with the fact that they have general and specific needs. In lesson 13 of the STC™ » Read More

What materials do magnets attract?

17th December, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

The National Science Education Standards for K-4 state that students should understand that “Magnets attract and repel each other and certain kinds of other materials.” Carolina’s Curriculum Connections: STC™ Magnets and Motors How do you use magnets in your science instruction? In addition to working with manipulatives, add this game to a technology station and provide » Read More

Is your kid a veggie kid?

16th December, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 13 Comments

THE SECRET to getting kids wildly enthusiastic about vegetables:  invite them to rap about veggies!  While these Bridge Point grade school rap stars were filmed they were asked about their veggie-eating habits, and–WITHOUT EXCEPTION–each rapper explained what he/she now does to eat more vegetables.  Watch, and be inspired! Get the Flash Player to see this player. Nutrition » Read More

How does your heartbeat change?

11th December, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

What is your pulse? Let’s find out! 1. Find your pulse on your wrist and count the beats for 15 seconds. 2. Multiply that number by 4.  (This will tell you how many times your heart beats in 1 minute.) 3. What is your pulse? How is your pulse different before exercising and after exercising? » Read More

Observe the STC™ Organisms Unit in a first grade classroom. Teaching Lesson 10, Observing Bess Beetles and comparing them with Pill Bugs

7th December, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Thanks to Guilford County Schools for sharing their science students in action! In lesson 10 of the STC™ Organisms Unit, students are introduced to a second woodland animal, the Bess Beetle. Students observe the Bess Bug in the same environment as the pill bug. * Students observe, draw, and describe Bess beetles or millipedes. * Students share their » Read More

Developing Geometric Logic with MOOTB: Building with 3-D Shapes

1st December, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Lesson Submitted by Shannon Graham Engage: allows students to make connections between past and present learning experiences and also provides a natural pre-assessment for both the teacher and the student.  (Lowery, 1998; Wolfe, 2001). Investigate: implies that understanding cannot be imposed on the learner, but instead is developed progressively by the learner, beginning with concrete and » Read More

Teach measurement using non-standard units with Pumpkin S.T.E.M.

30th November, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Michelin teams up with 4K (4 year old kindergarten) for “Ready 4 Reading” that integrates Math and Science. Submitted by: Shannon Graham and Amanda Graves Kindergarten Teachers Greenville, South Carolina Michelin’s Customer Service Department at National Headquarters in Greenville, SC has partnered with the 4 year old classrooms at East North Street Academy of Math » Read More

Moon phases explained through an elementary science fair project and rap

24th November, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Part of Burningtree Elementary School’s 2009 Science Fair project. Music by Higher Education, Astronomy CD. This video is a rap that discusses the phases of the moon. Are you looking for materials to teach phases of the moon in your classroom? Check out our Carolina Curriculum Connections below. The STC Program™ Earth and Space (grades 6-8) » Read More

Understanding Cells and DNA through song and interactive whiteboard activities

21st November, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Check out our Carolina Curriculum Connections Building Blocks of Science ® Understanding Cells and DNA The STC Program™ Organisms-From Macro to Micro DNA “The Song”     DNA “The Science Behind It”             Read More

Teach about the states of matter using song and animation on your interactive whiteboard or projector in your classroom!

21st November, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Check out our Carolina Curriculum Connections The STC Program™ Properties of Matter The STC Program™ Solids and Liquids Mases of Gases “The Song”     Mases of Gases “The Science Behind It” Read More

What is sound and how do we hear sound? Teach the concept through song!

21st November, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Check out our Carolina Curriculum Connections The STC Program™ Sound Learn about how your body interprets sounds on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Changing Sounds “The Song”   Changing Sounds “The Science Behind it” Read More

Use interactive whiteboard activities and songs to teach about the water cycle

21st November, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Check out our Carolina Curriculum Connections The STC Program™ Weather The STC Program™ Land and Water   Teach the water cycle using song and animation on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Learn the science behind it….   Read More

Teach relative size for the Sun, Moon, and Earth through song

21st November, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Check out our Carolina Curriculum Connections The STC program™ Earth and Space Building Blocks of Science ® Weather and Sky (New K Unit for 2011) Building Blocks of Science ® Sky Watchers  (Newly Revised) GEMS® Earth, Moon, and Stars GEMS® Space Science Sequence   Check out this song and then the science behind it.  These » Read More

Get ready for your science fair with Carolina Curriculum!

18th November, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

  It’s science fair time. Carolina™ Curriculum has designed an activity to help students generate an investigable question and then plan an experiment. Download and use the student activity sheet to guide students through the steps to plan an experiment to answer their question.  Activity: Plan, Do, Record, and Share a Science Fair Project   Activity » Read More

STC™ “Ask an Expert” at Wabash Valley Education Center

15th November, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

                                                      Lisa will focus her discussion on the following STC™ Units: Changes Soils Floating and Sinking Earth and Space Register for this session using the reply box below.  Make » Read More

Using photos from space to learn more about our world

9th November, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

  Read more about Sunita Williams Biography What are some conclusions that you can make after observing astronaut Sunita Williams photos from space? Share your observations below. Read More

Observe the STC™ Organisms Unit in a first grade classroom. Teaching Lesson 8, Observing Guppies: How Do They Compare with the Snails?

9th November, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Thanks to Guilford County Schools for sharing their science students in action! In lesson 8 of the STC™ Organisms Unit, students are introduced to a second freshwater animal, the guppy.  Students observe their plants and animals coexisting in the same environment. * Students observe, draw, and describe a male and female guppy. * Students share » Read More

STC™ “Ask an Expert” at East Central Indiana Educational Service Center

29th October, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 2 Comments

                                                      Lisa will focus her discussion on the following STC™ Units: Changes Soils Floating and Sinking Earth and Space Register for this session using the reply box below.  Make » Read More

STC™ “Ask an Expert” at West Central Indiana Educational Service Center

29th October, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 2 Comments

                                                    Lisa will focus her discussion on the following STC™ Units: Changes Soils Floating and Sinking Earth and Space Register for this session using the reply box below.  Make sure » Read More

STC™ “Ask an Expert” at Southern Indiana Education Center

28th October, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

                                                      Lisa will focus her discussion on the following STC™ Units: Changes Soils Floating and Sinking Earth and Space Register for this session using the reply box below.  Make » Read More

STC™ “Ask an Expert” at Region 6 Northwest Indiana Educational Center

27th October, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

                                                    Lisa will focus her discussion on the following STC™ Units: Changes Soils Floating and Sinking Earth and Space   Register for this session using the reply box below.  Make » Read More

S.T.E.M. in the 4 year old Kindergarten Classroom “Super Structures!”

26th October, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Submitted by East North Street Academy of Math and Science Shannon Graham Super Structures! My class recently completed an in-depth study of Structures.  Our integrated project included many activities in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Engineering.  We began our unit by researching structures using non-fiction books.  Then we went on a Structures walk around our » Read More

Third grade teachers share their experiences with Math Out of the Box

13th October, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Share your experiences with Math Out of the Box for Third Grade below. This grade level pack includes 5 Teacher’s guides to cover all of your math strands: Developing Algebraic Thinking: Plotting and Growing Developing Geometric Logic: Shapes and Paths Developing Measurement Benchmarks: Scales and Balances Developing Number Concepts: Ordering and Arranging Teachers, use this » Read More

Assessing STC™ Changes in the Inquiry Classroom a teacher submission

11th October, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Submitted by Kelli L. Braunecker    Second Grade Teacher at William Tell Elementary in Tell City, IN This is an anticipation guide I made using the Concepts from the Unit Goals in the Changes Unit.  I use anticipation guides to get students thinking about the unit topic and to see if they are familiar with any » Read More

What are you views on having a classroom pet?

7th October, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

     I was out observing a Kindergarten science lesson in a local school last week that was surrounded by classroom pets.  Among them included, “Gigantor the turtle” and “Rocky the fat tailed gecko”.  I asked a young kindergartner about the numerous class pets and he explained to me that it was a huge honor to be » Read More

STC™ “Ask an Expert” at Central Indiana Educational Service Center

5th October, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 6 Comments

                                                        Lisa will focus her discussion on the following STC™ Units: Changes Soils Floating and Sinking Earth and Space   Register using the reply box below.  Make sure » Read More

School tests kids’ use of iPads

4th October, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

By William Croyle • wcroyle@nky.com • September 30, 2010  INDEPENDENCE – It’s been a week since Thomas, Ilani and Miranda arrived here in Renee Kidwell’s fourth-grade class at Summit View Elementary School. To nobody’s surprise, they have been welcomed with open arms – and fingertips – by the other students. Thomas, Ilani and Miranda are » Read More

Second grade teachers share their experiences with Math Out of the Box

29th September, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

  Share your experiences with Math out of the Box for Second Grade below. This grade level pack includes 5 Teacher’s guides to cover all of your math strands: Developing Algebraic Thinking: Collecting and Sorting Developing Geometric Logic: Rows and Columns Developing Measurement Benchmarks: Large and Small Developing Number Concepts: More and Less   Teachers, » Read More

University of Connecticut explores Energy, Machines,and Motion from STC Secondary

29th September, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 6 Comments

 On September 22, 2010 Carolina Curriculum spent the day working with the pre-service teachers at the University of Connecticut.  Katie Arace, Regional Manager for Carolina Curriculum and Jim Smoyer, worked with the professors at the university to help put inquiry materials and resources that are necessary in the hands of future teachers.  Carolina Curriculum believes that the » Read More

Explore the life cycle of a butterfly

29th September, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

This great video is a wonderful supplement to view when teaching about life cycles of butterflies.  After watching the video, ask your students to blog about what they learned, what they already know, and what they want to find out more about using the reply box below.  Submit student work samples, notebook entries, and photos directly » Read More

First grade teachers share their experiences with Math Out of the Box

14th September, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

  Share your experiences with Math out of the Box for First Grade below. This grade level pack  includes 5 Teacher’s guides to cover all of your math strands. Algebra and Data Analysis: Together and Apart Geometry: Symmetry and Shapes Measurement: Up and Down Number Concepts and Probability: Families and Facts     Teachers, use » Read More

Kindergarten teachers share their experiences with Math Out of the Box

10th September, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Share your experiences with Math out of the box for Kindergarten below. This grade level pack includes 5 Teacher’s guides to cover all of your math strands: Algebra and Data Analysis: Rhythm and Design Geometry: Towers and Trails Measurement: Over and Under Number Concepts and Probability: Like and Unlike         Teachers, use » Read More

Teach the skeletal system with owl pellets! Our top ten things to promote science safety.

2nd September, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 3 Comments

Owl Pellets in the Classroom: Safety Guidelines The dissection of owl pellets provides a valuable learning experience for students at all grade levels. The following guidelines will help to ensure that this activity is done in a safe fashion. 1. Use sterilized owl pellets, such as those sold by Carolina Biological Supply Company. Owl pellets » Read More

How do you teach Solids and Liquids?

19th August, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

Solids and liquids are two different states of matter with completely different properties.  Play the game and then brainstorm some ways to teach the concept of solids and liquids with your peers.   By the end of the unit your students will understand that: * Some properties of solids and liquids can be identified by » Read More

Experiment with conductors and insulators to complete an electrical circuit.

19th August, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Experiment with conductors and insulators to try to light the bulb.  What materials let electricity pass through? Why do you think so? Record your answers below.  What other materials might you try to use to complete the circuit?     Are you interested in electricity and want to find out more in your classroom? Check » Read More

Changing electrical circuits and recording outcomes

19th August, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Experiment with the game provided to see how you can change the brightness of the lightbulb by changing the circuit. What were some ways that you changed the intensity of the light? Submit your answers below.       Read More

Learn more about motion and technological design

13th August, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 3 Comments

Game courtesy of BBC Click on the image for a sample lesson building vehicles with a sail! Look in the bottom left corner.         Students, What did you learn about Motion and Design?   Read More

Investigating Rocks and Minerals

13th August, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Game courtesy of BBC Teach students about the fascinating world beneath their feet with this earth science unit for grades 2-4. Your class will use tools and processes that real geologists use to categorize large, high-quality rock and mineral samples. Your class will also learn how rocks form and the value of keeping records and » Read More

CellCraft: Exploring the Cell Through Gaming

6th August, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

CellCraft is a state of the art game that invites students to delve into the world of the cell, learning about how a cell functions while helping it survive in hostile environments. The student will gain an understanding of important molecules such as glucose and ATP, as well as a variety of cellular organelles, while » Read More

Volcanoes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, OH MY!

29th July, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 2 Comments

* What is a tornado? * What causes a tornado? * What damage do tornadoes do? * How are tornados forecasted? * Create your own tornado simulation! * What is a volcano? * Where do volcanoes occur? * How do they form? * What types are there? * How do they erupt? * Make your » Read More

What’s up with puddles? Plan your own experiment about evaporation!

14th July, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

Kids are always up for investigating rain puddles. Carolina™ Curriculum has designed an activity to help students generate an investigable question and then plan an experiment. Use a graphic novel from Carolina’s Science Magnifier™ (Yellow Dot, for grades 2–3) as an attention-grabbing starting point. Then download and use an activity sheet to guide students through » Read More

Interactive white boards a hit in Chicago! Way to go Troy schools!

6th July, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 2 Comments

Jacqueline Garretson, third-grade teacher at the Troy Hofer Elementary School, assists student Michelle Bloomquist with Troy School District’s new Mimio system. (Marianne Eisenbrandt/For Sun-Times Media) Written by MARIANNE EISENBRANDT For Sun-Times Media JOLIET — Brianna Buccellato is so inspired by new technology in her classroom at the Troy Hofer Elementary School that she finds learning » Read More

Reach your digital learners with a FREE technology tool from Microsoft!

22nd June, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

In the June 2010 issue of eSchool News, a new program called Mouse Mischief was announced.  Microsoft announced a free download and addition to their PowerPoint software that allows up to 25 students at a time to participate in classroom presentations and interactive activities. This program sounds perfect for a review session in the computer » Read More

Use the law of reflection to change the direction a light ray travels

21st June, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Thank you BBC for sharing this wonderful interactive game! How can you change the direction that a light ray travels? After playing this game in your classroom technology center, use the reply box below to share what you learned about reflecting light and how light travels. Read More

How do I use “I Teach Inquiry” as a technology resource in my classroom?

2nd June, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 11 Comments

At Carolina Curriculum, we value collaboration between students and teachers.  Join the NEW I Teach Inquiry® Network to unite with other classrooms committed to teaching inquiry today. This FREE website provides a forum for teachers and students to share ideas and develop techniques to improve student learning.  In addition to its purpose as a meeting » Read More

Observe the STC™ Organisms in a first grade classroom. Teaching lesson 3, “Planting our Seeds” in an elementary classroom

4th May, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 12 Comments

Science and Technology for Children® Organisms Unit:  Planting Our Seeds lesson 3   By the end of the unit your students will understand that:   Plants and animals are two kinds of organisms. Organisms are similar in some ways and different in others. The new starting point in the life cycle of a plant is » Read More

Shadows and Light

3rd May, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Thanks to the British Broadcasting Corporation for sharing this game with us!  Exploring shadows during the day and night are a wonderful way for students to understand the connection between light and shadows.  Use this activity to develop an understanding of position and motion using shadows with a variety of indoor and outdoor objects.  What did » Read More

Use a science notebook to gather and interpret data!

27th April, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Thanks to the BBC for sharing this game with us! Making observations and using data that you collect during science inquiry experiments is an important piece to include in your science notebook. From observations, you collect data, make drawings and illustrations, make charts and graphs, and comment on what you observed or learned.  Use the PDF science » Read More

Share your subtraction strategies in order to solve daily problems!

27th April, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Subtraction is a difficult skill to learn in elementary school but it is used to solve problems every day.  There are many ways to explain subtraction when solving word problems.  Play the subtraction game and then post as many strategies as you can to subtract numbers to solve problems using the form below.  I am » Read More

Observing plant growth while integrating math and science. The perfect connection!

26th April, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 9 Comments

My first grade students are enjoying a unit of study about plant life.  Students have made and recorded daily observations of plant growth in their science journals.  In the photo you will see students using unifix cubes to measure the height of their plants.  We are currently in the process of transplanting our class seedlings » Read More

Student contest for planning an experiment with UV beads. Enter to WIN!!!

25th April, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Click on this link for a free download inquiry activity for your students! Once you are redirected to the Carolina Tips page click on read the complete activity link for the entire free lesson plan and PDF plan. With a downloadable student activity sheet from Carolina™ Curriculum, students develop a question for investigation and then plan » Read More

Use student notebook entries from STC® Organisms to assess student learning

20th April, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

* How well were students able to apply their experiences from the STC ® Organisms  unit to humans? * Do students show growth in their ability to make comparisons among different organisms? * Did students provide plausible reasons why humans are like other animals or plants? What observations do you make when assessing these 1st » Read More

View the Moon Phase for today!

12th April, 2010 - Posted by Teacher - 4 Comments

Teaching the moon phases can be a difficult Earth Science topic when we don’t have our students at school during the night time hours.  This FREE resource allows your students to see the moon phases daily in a technology center in your classroom.  What are some ways that you could use this moon tool in your » Read More

Share your math strategy and win free manipulatives!

5th April, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 10 Comments

The problem below is from Math Out Of The Box Lesson 11: Subtracting Fractions Stan has a problem. Stan’s dad gave him two boards to use in building a birdhouse. One board measured 25 5/16 inches long and the other measured 18 9/16 inches long. What was the difference in the lengths of the boards? » Read More

Where do you fit into the food chain? (A technology center for science notebooking)

1st April, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Teachers…In what ways could you use this online teaching/assessment game in your classroom? Post your lesson ideas below for a chance to win FREE materials. Learn why animals look and act the way they do in this life science unit for grades 3-5. Students will construct and maintain three habitats and learn about the fascinating organisms » Read More

Earth Science technology tool for assessment in your classroom

1st April, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 2 Comments

  Move this online game to a technology station in your classroom! We all know that assessment is key to drive your instruction. Assess your students learning through this interactive blog and connect with 21st century students and teachers around the world. Upload videos, class snapshots, science notebook entries, students interviewing students, or inquiry prompts and » Read More

Teaching the food chain/food webs in a biology classroom

23rd March, 2010 - Posted by Teacher - 1 Comment

Teaching food chain/ food webs Submitted by Robin Dahman (Biology teacher in Lorain, Ohio) Materials: yarn, toy plastic animals, scissors, large styrofoam ball, yellow spray paint, eager students Students struggle to make the connections between memorized vocabulary and application of that vocabulary.  I have come up with a fun and interactive way to teach the » Read More

STC® Organisms assessed through a first graders song. Post your creative songs below and view the first graders blog about what they have learned.

17th March, 2010 - Posted by Teacher - 21 Comments

Thank you to the first grade students that shared this classroom experience using STC® Organisms! The video begins with two very excited teammates observing guppies at their table group. While observing the guppies, the students were shocked to witness one active guppy literally jump out of the cup. The student teacher captured this teachable moment » Read More

WeAreTeachers Teams with Carolina Biological Supply Company to Give Teachers Cash and Video Cameras for Interactive Science Experiments

15th March, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 3 Comments

  WeAreTeachers Teams with Carolina Biological Supply Company to Give Teachers Cash, Video Cameras for Interactive Science Experiments       WeAreTeachers’ new microgrant, sponsored by Carolina Biological Supply Company, rewards best hands-on science project ideas with $200, a Flip™ Video or iPod nano® with video camera. Austin, TX – WeAreTeachers, the online social and » Read More

Apply for Inquiries in Science® Mini-Grant Program by May 27,2010

11th March, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 9 Comments

Click on the image to apply today! All applications must be submitted by May 27, 2010.                       What is the Inquiries in Science® Mini-Grant Program? It’s your opportunity to see just how much Carolina Biological Supply Company’s Inquiries in Science® kits can improve your students’ » Read More

Submit your creative ideas and win a FREE aquarium starter kit!

5th March, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Dear students and teachers, Have you ever wanted the chance to publish your science and math ideas? This is your chance to be famous!  Carolina Curriculum is looking for student and teacher submissions of hands-on inquiry science and math that you do every day in your classroom.   Share videos of your favorite experiment or inquiry » Read More

Akron, Ohio focuses on teaching inquiry in the classroom

4th March, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 4 Comments

I feel so inspired when I read stories such as this Akron, Ohio, newspaper article regarding a STEM school that opened in August of 2009.  The Akron Beacon Journal interviewed several of the 14 teachers, including a 20-year veteran Felicia Campbell, that were picked for the school’s first year.  The teachers at this 21st-century school » Read More

Having trouble with greater than and less than? Try this song with your students!

3rd March, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Number eating alligator song and pdf worksheet download click to download INTELLI-TUNES by Ron and Nancy Brown share compelling information on how teachers can use music to learn science and math concepts in their classroom. Why Use Music to Teach Children? Music is a universal language central to every culture of the world. It has been » Read More

Free graphing program for science data collection

28th February, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 3 Comments

When collecting scientific data during an inquiry experiment it is always valuable to record your observations in the form of a graph.  This free software allows students to record their data in a variety of graphs and print out the graph in the computer lab or classroom.  Think about recording plant growth in the early » Read More

Free Vocabulary Cards with translations for ELL students

28th February, 2010 - Posted by Teacher - No Comments

  Free science picture cards link for download Developing a scientific vocabulary is important for literacy development for students.  This free download was developed by teachers as a resource to use in the classroom.  The cards can be downloaded with images and translations for english as a second language learners.  They are a wonderful addition » Read More

My students love Geometry because of Math out of the Box®!

25th February, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 15 Comments

Not all inquiry is based in the science classroom.  My students have learned so much through a math program called Math Out of the Box®.  It is a K-5 inquiry based math curriculum filled with engaging, hands-on activities based on the latest research about how children learn.  I love how it has reading and writing » Read More

Third Grade Science Fair UV experiment

1st February, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 6 Comments

A third grader in North Carolina submitted this video of data that she collected pertaining to absorption of UV light with a variety of sunscreens.  Thank you to Bryanna in Guilford County Schools, NC for sharing your findings.  Click on the link to see her stunning results! What are some additional ways that you could » Read More

I Teach Inquiry® at NSTA

15th January, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 2 Comments

  The I Teach Inquiry® Network will host a forum and reception about inquiry science at the NSTA conference in Philadelphia.  Join us and a panel of inquiry educators to discuss inquiry science in the classroom.  The event will be held Saturday, March 20th from 2-5pm.  To RSVP, please email samara.lotz@carolina.com If you have a » Read More

Children Wafting in Science Class

18th September, 2009 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 4 Comments

The sense of smell plays a big part in our everyday lives.  When we take in scents throughout the day, our brain is helping our body make sense of the world around us.  Smells are stored in the right side of the brain like a filing cabinet.  As smells are recorded, the setting is connected » Read More

New Discovery Begins with the I Teach Inquiry® Network

15th September, 2009 - Posted by Trey Williams - No Comments

Enhance your teaching skills and connect with fellow educators from across the nation by joining the new I Teach Inquiry® Network. The association unites teachers committed to inquiry instruction and provides a forum for sharing ideas and developing techniques to improve student learning. Members share information and innovative teaching methods through the network’s newsletter and » Read More