Data Square – Nature of Science Activity

Print the templates below on card stock. There are two templates of the puzzle on each page. Cut out one of the large squares and then cut out the pieces as shown above. At first, just give students the four pieces on the left without the small square. Challenge them to form a square with…

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Time Flies: Day, Night, Week, Month, Year

Learning Objectives Children will… • create a model of Earth rotating on its axis. • use the model to demonstrate a day and a week by making the model Earth rotate. • use the model to demonstrate a year by revolving around the Sun. • recognize which half of the Earth is experiencing day and…

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Phases of the Moon

Learning Objectives Children will… • become part of a model to demonstrate the phases of the moon. • match the phase of the moon they see using the model to phase of the moon cards. Key Questions What are the phases of the Moon and what causes them? What causes day and night on Earth?…

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A Penny for Your Moon and a Quarter for Your Earth

Learning Objectives Children will… • demonstrate the motion of the Moon’s rotation. • demonstrate that the Moon keeps the same face toward Earth. Key Question Does the Moon rotate or turn on its axis? Materials for Each Child Penny Quarter

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Travel Deep Inside A Leaf

This video makes a great phenomenon video for students to notice and wonder. It is a great opening for lessons addressing how some plant cells convert light energy into food energy. (Thank you to STEMAZing Teacher Leader Lee Ann Howell (@STEMHOWELLer) for contributing this resource to the collection.)

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Virtual Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) Image Sort

This Science and Engineering Practices Image Sort is a great way to introduce students to the practices and to get them thinking about what they all mean. Using either a PPT version (below) or Google Slides version (link provided below), you can have students sort the images in a breakout room or complete this activity…

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8th Grade AzSS vs NGSS Planning Guide

Great for cross-referencing the Arizona Science Standards to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) when looking for resources from collections aligned to NGSS. S = strong alignment (same science and engineering practice, same content). P = partial alignment (different science and engineering practice, same content). NC = no correlation.  

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7th Grade AzSS vs NGSS Planning Guide

Great for cross-referencing the Arizona Science Standards to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) when looking for resources from collections aligned to NGSS. S = strong alignment (same science and engineering practice, same content). P = partial alignment (different science and engineering practice, same content). NC = no correlation.  

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