Please don’t hesitate to let me know if I can help you in any way. Our district just started a new program over the past 2 years. We are also involved in the SIE grant which is awesome. They’ve been so successful that we are now purchasing middle school kits as well. With 70-80 students, how many classrooms do you have per grade level?I’ve been teaching for 19 years, but only doing this program for the past 2 years. I am just curious on how you implement science kits on your grade level. From a development perspective, are you looking for anything specific to fill your curriclum needs that I can keep in mind?
EX: pulleys: flag pole, window blind, stage curtains pulley. They had to be back in the room at a particular time, or they lost points.
Kim, What a great idea to cover the topic of simple machines!
I love your hook idea to engage the students in making real life connections. They are lucky to have such a creative teacher to lead them.
How have the items on this site helped you in your classroom? Kim, When I taught fourth and fifth grade, we rotated classrooms for instruction.
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After an introduction of the different types of simple machines, and before beginning a FOSS unit on levers and pulleys, I searched our school, taking pictures of specific examples of simple machines. This all had to be completed in a specified amount of time.
I print off their comments and it gives me a great and easy way to assess what they understand about the experiment. My kids do some really interesting culminating activities with electric circuits and land and water.