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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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