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100 Free Web Tools for Elementary Teachers
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This article includes the URL and description of 100 free web tools that can be used by all teachers. The tools are categorized into search engines, math and science, games, templates and lesson plans, and more.

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Science
Material Type:
Reading
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
John Costilla
Date Added:
05/29/2019
1.MD Growing Bean Plants
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This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important asects of the task and its potential use. Here are the first few lines of the commentary for this task: Materials - 2 clear plastic cups for each pair of students - 4 bean seeds for each pair - soil - unifix cubes - a plant or math journal to record data ...

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
04/17/2013
2018 Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework
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The 2018 Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework provides a foundation of content knowledge and science and engineering practices that teachers or divisions should use when developing their own curriculum.

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Science
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Anne Petersen
Date Added:
01/06/2020
3.2 Simple Machines
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This instructional plan combined Science SOL 3.2d and WIDA English Language Development Standards. The lesson includes several activity options. Note: Some images may not appear in the "Overview". To view all images in this instructional plan, click "download" at the bottom of the overview.

Subject:
ESL
English Language Development (ELD)
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Christina Shepherd
Yung Nguyen
Date Added:
07/26/2021
3.4 Adaptations
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This instructional plan combined Science SOLs 3.4b and WIDA English Language Development Standards. The lesson includes several activity options. Note: Some images may not appear in the "Overview". To view all images in this instructional plan, click "download" at the bottom of the overview.

Subject:
ESL
English Language Development (ELD)
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Christina Shepherd
Yung Nguyen
Date Added:
08/11/2021
4/5 Science: Oceans
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This sample instructional plan incorporates WIDA Key Language Uses to support English language development in conjunction with 4/5 grade Science content instruction addressing SOL 5.6.*Note: Some images may not appear in "View Resource."  To see all images in this instructional plan, click "download" at the bottom of the overview. 

Subject:
ESL
English Language Development (ELD)
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Yung Nguyen
Christina Shepherd
Date Added:
07/23/2021
6.2 Thermal Energy - Unit Overview
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This unit on thermal energy transfer begins with students testing whether a new plastic cup sold by a store keeps a drink colder for longer compared to the regular plastic cup that comes free with the drink. Students find that the drink in the regular cup warms up more than the drink in the special cup. This prompts students to identify features of the cups that are different, such as the lid, walls, and hole for the straw, that might explain why one drink warms up more than the other.

Students investigate the different cup features they conjecture are important to explaining the phenomenon, starting with the lid. They model how matter can enter or exit the cup via evaporation However, they find that in a completely closed system, the liquid inside the cup still changes temperature. This motivates the need to trace the transfer of energy into the drink as it warms up. Through a series of lab investigations and simulations, students find that there are two ways to transfer energy into the drink: (1) the absorption of light and (2) thermal energy from the warmer air around the drink. They are then challenged to design their own drink container that can perform as well as the store-bought container, following a set of design criteria and constraints.

See the OpenSciEd Instructional Model also: https://www.openscied.org/openscied-instructional-model/

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Science
Force/Motion/Energy
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
OpenSciEd
Date Added:
03/20/2020
6.3 Weather, Climate & Water Cycling - Unit Overview
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This unit on weather, climate, and water cycling is broken into four separate lesson sets. In the first two lesson sets, students explain small-scale storms. In the third and fourth lesson sets, students explain mesoscale weather systems and climate-level patterns of precipitation. Each of these two parts of the unit is grounded in a different anchoring phenomenon.

The unit starts out with anchoring students in the exploration of a series of videos of hailstorms from different locations across the country at different times of the year. The videos show that pieces of ice of different sizes (some very large) are falling out of the sky, sometimes accompanied by rain and wind gusts, all on days when the temperature of the air outside remained above freezing for the entire day. These cases spark questions and ideas for investigations, such as investigating how ice can be falling from the sky on a warm day, how clouds form, why some clouds produce storms with large amounts of precipitation and others don?t, and how all that water gets into the air in the first place.

The second half of the unit is anchored in the exploration of a weather report of a winter storm that affected large portions of the midwestern United States. The maps, transcripts, and video that students analyze show them that the storm was forecasted to produce large amounts of snow and ice accumulation in large portions of the northeastern part of the country within the next day. This case sparks questions and ideas for investigations around trying to figure out what could be causing such a large-scale storm and why it would end up affecting a different part of the country a day later.

See the OpenSciEd Instructional Model also: https://www.openscied.org/openscied-instructional-model/

Subject:
Science
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
OpenSciEd
Date Added:
03/20/2020
6th Grade Summer Science : Astronomy
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Middle Grades Science astronomy. Astronomy. Geology III Weathering Erosion and Human Impact Introduction Key Terms Weathering and Natural Erosion Rocks to Soil Erosion from Water Erosion from Gravity and Wind Human Activity and Erosion

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Georgia Virtual
Author:
Georgia Virtual School
Date Added:
06/02/2018
6th Grade Summer Science : Geology I - Inside the Earth and Plate Tectonics
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Middle Grades Science insideearth. Geology I - Inside the Earth and Plate Tectonics. Geology I Inside the Earth and Plate Tectonics Key Terms Inside the Earth Plate Tectonics Earthquakes I EarthQuakes II Volcano Formation and Types Volcano Eruptions Review Assignments

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Georgia Virtual
Author:
Georgia Virtual School
Date Added:
06/02/2018
6th Grade Summer Science : Hydrology and Meteorology
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Middle Grades Science hydrologymeteorology. Hydrology and Meteorology. Geology III Weathering Erosion and Human Impact Introduction Key Terms Weathering and Natural Erosion Rocks to Soil Erosion from Water Erosion from Gravity and Wind Human Activity and Erosion

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Georgia Virtual
Author:
Georgia Virtual School
Date Added:
06/02/2018
7.3 Metabolic Reactions - Unit Overview
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This unit on metabolic reactions in the human body starts out with students exploring a real case study of a middle-school girl named M?Kenna, who reported some alarming symptoms to her doctor. Her symptoms included an inability to concentrate, headaches, stomach issues when she eats, and a lack of energy for everyday activities and sports that she used to play regularly. She also reported noticeable weight loss over the past few months, in spite of consuming what appeared to be a healthy diet. Her case sparks questions and ideas for investigations around trying to figure out which pathways and processes in M?Kenna?s body might be functioning differently than a healthy system and why.

Students investigate data specific to M?Kenna?s case in the form of doctor?s notes, endoscopy images and reports, growth charts, and micrographs. They also draw from their results from laboratory experiments on the chemical changes involving the processing of food and from digital interactives to explore how food is transported, transformed, stored, and used across different body systems in all people. Through this work of figuring out what is causing M?Kenna?s symptoms, the class discovers what happens to the food we eat after it enters our bodies and how M?Kenna?s different symptoms are connected.

See the OpenSciEd Instructional Model also: https://www.openscied.org/openscied-instructional-model/

Subject:
Science
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
OpenSciEd
Date Added:
03/20/2020
7.4 Matter Cycling & Photosynthesis - Unit Overview
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This unit on matter cycling and photosynthesis begins with students reflecting on what they ate for breakfast. Students are prompted to consider where their food comes from and consider which breakfast items might be from plants. Then students taste a common breakfast food, maple syrup, and see that according to the label, it is 100% from a tree.

Based on the preceding unit, students argue that they know what happens to the sugar in syrup when they consume it. It is absorbed into the circulatory system and transported to cells in their body to be used for fuel. Students explore what else is in food and discover that food from plants, like bananas, peanut butter, beans, avocado, and almonds, not only have sugars but proteins and fats as well. This discovery leads them to wonder how plants are getting these food molecules and where a plant?s food comes from.

Students figure out that they can trace all food back to plants, including processed and synthetic food. They obtain and communicate information to explain how matter gets from living things that have died back into the system through processes done by decomposers. Students finally explain that the pieces of their food are constantly recycled between living and nonliving parts of a system.

See the OpenSciEd Instructional Model also: https://www.openscied.org/openscied-instructional-model/

Subject:
Science
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
OpenSciEd
Date Added:
03/20/2020
8.2 Sound Waves - Unit Overview
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In this unit, students develop ideas related to how sounds are produced, how they travel through media, and how they affect objects at a distance. Their investigations are motivated by trying to account for a perplexing anchoring phenomenon ? a truck is playing loud music in a parking lot and the windows of a building across the parking lot visibly shake in response to the music.

They make observations of sound sources to revisit the K?5 idea that objects vibrate when they make sounds. They figure out that patterns of differences in those vibrations are tied to differences in characteristics of the sounds being made. They gather data on how objects vibrate when making different sounds to characterize how a vibrating object?s motion is tied to the loudness and pitch of the sounds they make. Students also conduct experiments to support the idea that sound needs matter to travel through, and they will use models and simulations to explain how sound travels through matter at the particle level.

See the OpenSciEd Instructional Model also: https://www.openscied.org/openscied-instructional-model/

Subject:
Science
Force/Motion/Energy
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
OpenSciEd
Date Added:
03/20/2020
8.3 Forces at a Distance - Unit Overview
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This unit launches with a slow-motion video of a speaker as it plays music. In the previous unit, students developed a model of sound. This unit allows students to investigate the cause of a speaker?s vibration in addition to the effect.

Students dissect speakers to explore the inner workings, and engineer homemade cup speakers to manipulate the parts of the speaker. They identify that most speakers have the same parts?a magnet, a coil of wire, and a membrane. Students investigate each of these parts to figure out how they work together in the speaker system. Along the way, students manipulate the components (e.g. changing the strength of the magnet, number of coils, direction of current) to see how this technology can be modified and applied to a variety of contexts, like MagLev trains, junkyard magnets, and electric motors.

See the OpenSciEd Instructional Model also: https://www.openscied.org/openscied-instructional-model/

Subject:
Science
Force/Motion/Energy
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
OpenSciEd
Date Added:
03/20/2020
9-12 Science: The Big Bang Theory
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This sample instructional plan for 9-12 Science utilizes WIDA Key Language Uses to support English language development in tandem with content instruction for the Science SOL ES2a.  

Subject:
ESL
English Language Development (ELD)
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Yung Nguyen
Christina Shepherd
Date Added:
07/14/2021
AP Biology : Animals
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AP Biology AP Biology Animals. Animals. Animals Animal Characterisics Embryonic Development Human Physiology Intercellular Communication Animal Behavior AP Biology Lab 12 Fruit Fly Behavior Module WrapUp Final Assessment

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Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Georgia Virtual
Author:
Georgia Virtual School
Date Added:
06/01/2018
AP Biology : Biochemistry
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AP Biology AP Biology Biochemistry. Biochemistry. Welcome to AP Biology EText AP Biology Labs Smart Science Materials Submitting Assignments Nature of Science Big Ideas Theme Evolution Theme Emergent Properties

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Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Georgia Virtual
Author:
Georgia Virtual School
Date Added:
06/01/2018
AP Biology : Cell Biology
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AP Biology AP Biology Cell Biology. Cell Biology. Welcome to AP Biology EText AP Biology Labs Smart Science Materials Submitting Assignments Nature of Science Big Ideas Theme Evolution Theme Emergent Properties

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Georgia Virtual
Author:
Georgia Virtual School
Date Added:
06/01/2018