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7 Reasons Our Science Units are Perfect for Primary Grades

Our Science Units are Aligned to NGSS As each science unit was developed, we studied each Next Generation Science Standard.  In addition, we looked closely at all of the NGSS evidence statements that go with each standard.  The evidence statements give added detail about what students should know and be

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Insects: Three Activities That Will Engage Students!

, Learning About Insects Most kids are fascinated by insects!  The estimated number of insect species in the world is 900,000, so it should be easy for students to find one that they would like to discover more about.      Overview of Insects It’s fun to start with phenomena

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Have Beavers Been Here? A Fun Family Outdoor Adventure

How the Hunt for Evidence of Beavers Started Beavers live in a wetland habitat.  My kindergarteners were learning about habitats.  I showed them this video.  It has a catchy little tune that had them wanting to sing it again and again! As you can see the beaver appears at the

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Science Materials for Our First Grade Units

  Science Materials for First Grade Units If you are ordering science supplies to go with our science units, we made this list to make ordering easier for you, especially if your school has an Amazon account.  Yes, we are Amazon affiliates.  This means we get a small profit from

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Pepito, a Blind Cat, Is So Happy to “See” Us!

Pepito is So Happy to “See” Us! We first met Pepito, a blind cat, four years ago when visiting our son and his girlfriend in Kanab, Utah.  Both Craig and Carrie worked at Best Friend’s Animal Sanctuary, the largest no-kill sanctuary in the United States. Craig and Carrie have numerous

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Look for Intelligent Animals in Your Own Backyard!

Intelligent Animals:  What to Look For Animal Intelligence is the ability to learn, understand, and deal with new situations within one’s environment.  Just like humans (yes, we are animals), other animals also show signs of intelligence.  Some signs that an animal is smart are its ability to solve problems, communicate

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Easy STEM Challenge: Build a Boat

Phenomena for Building a Boat STEM Challenge First of all, what is phenomena?  In science, a phenomenon is simply an event or situation occurs.  The event causes students to wonder about it (I wish the NGSS would just do away with the word phenomena!).  Before building a boat there are

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Valuable Science Lessons That Will Make Your Life Easier!

Why Use Science Lessons Developed by Science and STEAM Team? Two experienced science teachers wrote these science lessons.   When our school first implemented the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), I (Sarah) was teaching K -4 science.  There weren’t many materials available, and I had to develop lessons on my own. 

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