• LS1 - New Plants - Unit Framework

    All of the info on this site in one, eight page, 11 x 17 PDF Document.

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  • New Plants - Possible Sequence of Instruction

    One suggestion on how to sequence instruction for this unit over a period of 12 weeks.

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  • Avocado Seed to Tree Video

    Time-lapse video of an Avocado pit turning into a tree. (Phenomenon) Also available on YouTube or on Vimeo.

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  • Model Template (2 on one Legal Sheet)

    A model template assessing what students think about the Avocadi phenomenon.

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  • Model Template (8.5 x 11 inch)

    A model template assessing what students think about the Avocadi phenomenon.

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  • Common Alternative Conceptions about Pants

    Research about what kids think about plants.

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  • Is It Food for Plants

    Assessment Tool

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  • Is It Food for Plants (Teacher's Guide)

    Assessment Tool

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  • Needs of Seeds

    Assessment Tool

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  • Needs of Seeds (Teacher's Guide)

    Assessment Tool

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  • Investigation 1 - Conceptual Overview

    Overview of ideas in this investigation.

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  • Investigation 1 - PPT

    Powerpoint slides for this Investigaton.

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  • 1-1 Brassica Growing Calendar

    Calendar template for recording the growth of the plants.

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  • Brassica A

    Drawing with prompt to label parts of the plant.  Part names listed.

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  • Brassica B

    Drawing with prompt to label parts of the plant.  Part names NOT listed.

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  • Investigation 2 - Conceptual Overview

    Overview of ideas in this investigation.

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  • Investigation 2 - PPT

    Powerpoint slides for this Investigaton.

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  • Investigation 3 - Conceptual Overview

    Overview of ideas in this investigation.

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  • Investigation 3 - PPT

    Powerpoint slides for this Investigaton.

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  • Investigation 4 - Conceptual Overview

    Overview of ideas in this investigation.

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  • Investigation 4 - PPT

    Powerpoint slides for this Investigaton.

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  • Glossary

    List of vocabulary words for the unit.

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  • Glossary w/ definitions

    Vocabulary words with definitions.

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  • Glossary (Spanish)

    Vocabulary Words for the unit in Spanish.

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  • Glossary w/ definitions (Spanish)

    Vocabulary words with definitions in Spanish.

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  • Using Science Notebooks in K-2

    A chapter describing how to use notebooks in Science at the K-2 grade levels.  Many examples are included.

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  • Science Notebook Entry Types

    Types of entries students make in their journals/notebooks.

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  • Science Notebook Sentence Prompts (Lower Grades)

    Sentence prompts for learners with less developed language skills. Designed to be folded in half and glued/taped to the inside back cover of each student's science notebook.

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  • Science Notebook Sentence Prompts (Middle Grades)

    Sentence prompts for learners with developing language skills. Designed to be folded in half and glued/taped to the inside back cover of each student's science notebook.

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  • Index template pages for Science Notebooks (4 pages)

    Sheets to be cut and pasted in the last 4 pages of the science notebooks. These pages serve to help students create an index for the ideas and topics they have added to their notebooks.  

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  • Index template pages for Science Notebooks (2 pages)

    Sheets to be cut and pasted in the last 2 pages of the science notebooks. They are much smaller and require more careful writing by the students. These pages serve to help students create an index for the ideas and topics they have added to their notebooks.  

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    Washington State Science Learning Standards Resources (NGSS)

  • Preparing Students for Success

    A short piece to help teachers and parents understand the NGSS and why they are significant for our young learners.

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  • Washington State Science Learning Standards - K-2

    Washington State's Science Learning Standards at the K-2 Grade level.

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  • Science and Engineering Practices K-2

    Descriptions of the SEPs at the K-2 grade levels.

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  • Crosscutting Concepts at the K-2 Grades

    Understanding what is expected of K-2 students in developing the Crosscutting Concepts.

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  • Crosscutting Concept Posters

    A nice set of posters describing the Crosscutting Concepts.  Text on the back of each helps the teachers understand the concepts better.

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  • When Scientists Share (Cards)

    Simple cards with sentence prompts on how to make claims, and how to respond to others.

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  • When Scientists Share (Poster)

    Scentence prompts to help students develop scientific talk.

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  • Productive Talk Checklist

    Reference for teachers on how to encourage students for a variety of needs in a variety of scenarios.

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  • Productive Talk Bookmark

    Bookmark with ideas and reminders for teachers on how to help students develop good disucssion strategies.

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