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

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

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

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

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