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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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