Hands-on Science RESOURCE LINKDiane Parton, Hands-on Science Instructional Coordinator

dparton@k12tn.net (best way to reach me)

(931) 668-4022, Instructional Coordinators' Extension 239;    (931) 668-5500, Ext. 4005 Bridgestone Environmental Education Classroom & Habitat (BEECH)
 BEECH visits 2013-14 will be scheduled for grades 1,3 and 5 on Wednesdays and Fridays (other grades upon request).  Click calendar at http://www.bridgestoneamericas.com/beech to request booking your investigation! (others by request as schedule allows) 
The cost is free, including transportation for Warren County students,
thanks to system partner,
Bridgestone & Warren County Schools! 
 We're going STEM!  New standards-based investigations modified each year for each grade level. Full-day or half day!
PERMISSION FORMS TO VISIT THE BEECH:  BEECH Permission and Release forms are required for EACH visitor, including teachers!  One-page permission waiver is on our BEECH website (below) on "forms" link.
Click here to view some photos of our visits:  
Mrs. Brandie Mansfield's class at BEECH on Tennessee Wild Side August 2013 on PBS! 
Come and meet our newest mounted animal...Larry...the Hawk! 
Mr. Ishibashi & Eastside friends  Critter Cam: See who's visiting the Burrow!
BEECH - 2009 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Educational Program Award! - http://tennessee.gov/environment/awards/09awds/09winners_1.pdf
2009/10 Wildlife Habitat Council's HABITAT OF THE YEAR!http://www.wildlifehc.org/Registry_CertifiedSites/index.cfm
 2011/12 Wildlife Habitat Council CLL of the Year nominee, & Winner CEO Award
May 2012 Wildlife Habitat Coundil Regional Summit location
We will not  have a county-wide science fair this year!   Students may participate at TTU Regional Science Fair, and schools may have their school science fair, and I will help.    Rules and divisions packet with Rubric Packet
Discovery Education Science Fair Central is an excellent resource.  http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral    http://www.sciencebuddies.org  Science buddies has an idea/topic generator and excellent projects!!
Kathy Schrock's science & technologyGuide to a list (with live links and descriptions) of awesome SCIENCE SITES: 
TCAP Prep:  (everyone's favorite!)  SPIs and number of questions per SPI on CRT.  Items by reporting category.
Next Generation Science Standards are being reviewed by the State at this time. 
For more info go to ACHIEVE at http://www.nextgenscience.org
Standards and Vocabulary/STEM Education
Kindergarten   1  2  3  4  5  6  7    went into effect fully '09-'10 school year.    HOW MANY TCAP TEST QUESTIONS ARE ON THAT TESTING CATEGORY?  http://www.state.tn.us/education/assessment/doc/2011_PreECut_RptCat.pdfINQUIRY STRATEGIES ARTICLE  http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/inquiry/planb.html
STEM hub  http://www.ucrsi.org/ 
Grade level Resources
SEARCH for grade level and content specific areas of TEACHING MATERIALS for SCIENCE
Tech and MTSU have NASA centers with free resources. 
Science resources for 2nd grade  http://mrsgebauer.com/science.html
For K-5 standards with activities click left Debbie Allen's site: K-5 resources.  More K-5 Science http://sailanclote.pasco.k12.fl.us/Science/Gr_K.html
State of TENNESSEE Academic Vocabulary: 
http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/vocab/  Science is near the end of the document.
Make your own games with this State-sponsored initiative

Science Songs

If you have teaching songs, please send me an e-mail!  Thanks to Jana Hendrix for these Rocks, Biotic and Abiotic Factors and Order of Operations original songs! Ms. Hendrix's Science Songs     Teacher Tube songs: Cell Rap http://www.teachertube.com/music.php?music_id=243&title=Cells_song_by_Mr__Duey   

Water Cycle Song http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=7708&title=Water_Cycle_Song

Using journals in science:  Scientist Notebooking 
Instead of a worksheet turn it into a fun manipulative with  Foldables !      Ex.  Cause/EffectEarth Materials
Dinah Zikes' books for elementary and middle/high school in science, math, and other subjects are available at the Teacher Center. 
Teaching with Science Kits:  Hands-on Science Kits
Teaching with Science Kits- Include new embedded inquiry and technology & engineering standards easily:  STC by Carolina Biological & FOSS (including interactive games and resources page) by Delta.  For kit inventory lists, see http://lhsfoss.org/fossweb/teachers/materials/inventorylist.html
FOSS/Delta SCIENCE KITS are available for check-out .
Kit correlations to state science standards    http://www.delta-education.com/science/foss/correlations/Tennessee.pdf
  Two modules were ordered for Kindergarten, and three modules (LIFE, PHYSICAL, and EARTH science) were ordered for grade levels 1-6.  Checked out items are highlighted.
Modules still available for check-out include... (being re-named for new standards)  
    Kindergarten:  1.Fabric  2. Animals 2x2
      First Grade:  1. New Plants kits a & b   2Solids & Liquids 3.Air & Weather
Second  Grade:  1.Insects  2.Balance and Motion 3. Pebbles, Sand & Silt
Third Grade:  1. Structures of Life  2.Physics of Sound  3. Earth Materials
Fourth Grade:  1. Magnetism & Electricity  2. Water (temp. unavail.)
  Fifth Grade:   1. Evnironments  2. Mixtures & Solutions  3.Landforms
  Sixth Grade:  1. Food & Nutrition 2.Solar Energy
Eighth Grade:  Levers & Pulleys (lessons meeting 4th grade spi s  included)
                            Modules usually take 6-8 weeks to teach.  You may pull lessons from the kit to teach a standard in your grade level with a hands-on activity, and check out the kit for much less time, and it may be a kit not labeled with your grade level.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A KIT THAT IS CURRENTLY CHECKED OUT, PLEASE E-MAIL ME, AND I WILL HOLD IT FOR YOU!
Check out the FOSS link above or watch the teacher preparation videos http://lhsfoss.org/fossweb/schools/teachervideos/index.html to see if you may be interested.Interactive on-line activities may be used at fossweb.com. 
MANY standards are covered regardless of the kits' titles!  They boost math scores and encourage reading. 
NASA Space Place Sept./Oct. '09 Newsletter/Activity Guide   Space Place
NASA resources for for teachers--  http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html       
NASA space place experiments newsletter for Teachers   http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/en/educators/           
  • MTSU Aerospace Summer Workshop for Teachers (every year...FREE:  4graduate hours for electives toward your M.Ed. or Ed.S., admission to grad school, flight instruction, travel/field trips, lots of fun!) AeroFor info mailto:petaylor@mtsu.edu                  
Teaching Moon Phases  
Moon Phase Trek (6th grade lesson)
Moon Munching (3-5th grade lesson with foldables & Nilla wafers)
Moon Phases sheet for your foldables
Life Science
Earth Science
Earth Science Week  http://www.earthsciweek.org/
Weather Station Observation Sheets (grades 4-up)  http://www.state.nj.us/dep/seeds/wssym.htm
The YUCKIEST site on the Internet  http://yucky.discovery.com/flash/
Students love looking up facts http://www.factmonster.com/  ! 
For great photos, use the National Science Digital Library:    Online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics    http://nsdl.org/     
National Geographic for kids!  Nat Geo  http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Videos about animals and science- brief and good for class  http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/Very Neat Websites from Katrina Haley:  websites  

SUPER SCIENCE TENNESSEE Traveling Science Shows information

TN Electronic Learning Center

http://www.tnelc.org/ - the TN Dept. of Education’s newest technological initiative providing information, scientifically based research,  links, and student learning podcasts.  Resources include materials and strategies for all grade levels and subject areas.  For ELC                                                 you will need to have iTunes downloaded to your computer.

Resources currently available include:

         The Governor’s Study Partner Program offers podcasts on study skills and Language Arts.  At this time all podcasts were created for grades 2-8 and are aligned to the revised standards.  There are also worksheets available aligned to each podcast.

Math podcasts will be available this month.

·         Resources and Professional Development highlights current topics with videos on school Wide Positive Behavior Support, Academic Decathlon, the Report Card, MEASURE Counselor Training, Reading First (Three Tier Reading Model), Block Scheduling, Project CENTS, Differentiated Instruction, We the People…

·         Curriculum Links Each consultant has a page on the ELC which has content standards, recent information, upcoming events and additional resource links.

Last Modified on February 25, 2014