• LS-K Animals 2x2 Unit Guide

    This entire unit guide in an 8 page 11x17 format.

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  • Ducks (Phenomenon)

    Clips of ducks to be used as a phenomenon to pique the students' interest.  Also available on YouTube or on Vimeo. 

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  • Critter Care

    Suggestions for preparing for and caring for the living organisms used in this unit.

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  • Model Template (Single Page)

    A single page model template for use in eliciting the students' ideas.

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  • Model Template (Two on One Page)

    A model template for use in eliciting the students' ideas. This version has two on a single Legal Sized sheet - good for a Before & After assesment.

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  • Vocabulary Cards

    Vocabulary Cards for this unit with images/photos for each word.

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  • Outdoor Activities

    A collection of activities you can do outside - in the school grounds.  These were created to complement the FOSS investigations and help the children connect the ideas to their own lives. These are great ways to take advantage of childrens' life experiences.

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  • Writing Guide

    Suggestions on integrating ELA activities into each investigation.

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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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