This Principals' Page for Elementary Science shares general information to help principals nurture and grow a strong science program to excite students ... and teachers ... about learning!

The following Power Point is one I created and shared with principals in 2011 to give them an overview of Elementary Science in CMS.
Much of the information is still relevant for 2017-2018, so I am posting again. The Power Point includes notes about the Distributed Leadership Model used to nurture and grow capacity for elementary science leadership in CMS.


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Older post, but will give you an idea of the types of professional learning opportunities we offer on Curriculum Days.

Professional Development August 19th, 2015 Elementary Curriculum Day


Principals -- please use this Google Form to let me know which three teachers you would like to represent your school at DE Science Techbook PD. Thanks! Wayne Fisher

Here is a Head's Up for the Planned Professional Development for K-5 Science for the Elementary Curriculum Day on August 19th.
Please remember that this is a required PD day for teachers, reserved for Central Office use to share resources all teachers need for 2015-2016.

Discovery Education Science TechBook for Grades 3 and 4 will be offered at EE Waddell. There will be 2 sessions for each grade level, one from 8:30-11:30 AM and the same session repeated from 12:30-3:30 PM. Only one teacher at each grade level should attend a session. Principals will choose teachers to attend.
The MyTalent course number will be 415000. You may also use SignUP Genius to reserve a seat. You need a reservation to attend this session.

Discovery Education Science TechBook for Grades 4 and 5 will be offered at Albemarle Rd ES. There will be 2 sessions for each grade level, one from 8:30-11:30 AM and the same session repeated from 12:30-3:30 PM. Only one teacher at each grade level should attend a session. Principals will choose teachers to attend.
The MyTalent course number will be 415000. You may also use SignUP Genius to reserve a seat. You need a reservation to attend this session.

Discovery Education Science TechBook for Grades 3 and 5 will be offered at Huntersville ES. There will be 2 sessions for each grade level, one from 8:30-11:30 AM and a repeat session from 12:30-3:30 PM. Only one teacher at each grade level should attend a session. Principals will choose teachers to attend.
The MyTalent course number will be 415000. You may also use SignUP Genius to reserve a seat. You need a reservation to attend this session.

Orbit Earth, a giant balloon that can only fit in the gym, will be featured at Palisades ES. The 8:00-9:30 session will be for two teachers from each school from grades K-2; the 10:30-12:00 session is for two teachers from each school it is suggested that one teacher be a 5th grade teacher. Orbit Earth is a supplemental program and funding for the program may be available through the Arts and Science Council.
The MyTalent course number will be 415018. You may also use SignUP Genius to let us know you would like to attend this session. Walk-ins welcomed!

A Walk in the Woods, An Environmental Education Company, will host two sessions at Morehead STEM Academy, one from 8:00-9:30 for two teachers from each school in grades preK-2, and a session from 10:00-11:30 for two teachers from each school in grades 3-5.
The MyTalent course number will be 415019. You may also use SignUP Genius to let us know you would like to attend this session. Walk-ins welcomed!

4th Grade Science - Balanced Literacy and Science Pilot Program - 8:30-9:30 and a repeat session 10:30-11:30 at Endhaven ES. This session features Ted Miracle, science teacher at Endhaven, and Carrie Alexander, Literacy Facilitator at Endhaven, teaming up to show how science content can be covered using the Balanced Literacy approach. The MyTalent course number will be 415020. You may also use SignUP Genius to reserve a seat. Limit 30 teachers.

2015-2016 Elementary Science Leadership Team and K-5 Science Lab Teachers/Facilitators will meet from 1:00-4:00 PM at Lebanon Rd for an update on elementary science in CMS plus job alike sessions. The MyTalent course number will be 415017. You may also use SignUP Genius to let us know you will attend.

The following opportunity is available to any CMS K-5 teacher.

Hello Elementary Science Teachers - Looking for a great and educational field trip for your students? Visit the recycling center in Charlotte
City of Charlotte in conjunction with Waste Management is offering funds to pay for field trip transportation to bring students to the new facility. The Environmental Education Center and Recycling Facility offers educational and “up close to the action” tours for all age groups throughout the year. Teachers and students can see firsthand where all the bottles, cans, and other recyclables go after the recycling trucks have picked them up curbside.

The Education Center has an amphitheater for presentations. There is a safely enclosed viewing platform where visitors can see the recycling trucks tip the recyclables on the Production floor. Then everything is processed and baled, and loaded onto waiting tractor trailer trucks. The recyclables are transported to manufactures to be made into end use consumer products. Visitors then walk through an exhibit area with a variety of end use products.

A camera is set up in the amphitheater and visitors are featured on the movie screen to their surprise. With the upper grades, this camera is used as a question and answer time for students as if it is a local news program. A wonderful puppet show is presented to pre-K and elementary students. Paula Hoffmann is the tour and education coordinator. She is a former public school teacher from Kansas City, Kansas. The Recycling Center averages around ten thousand visitors per year.

The Education Center at the Recycling Cycle is inviting elementary teachers to preview the tour on Aug 19 at 10:00am. Preference for the funded field trip is given to the schools closest to the facility - Mountain Island, Oakdale, Whitewater Academy, Tuckaseegee, Hidden Valley, JW Grier, Billingsville, Westerly Hills.
Yes I want to visit the Recycling Center on Curriculum Day



This NOTE for Principals was updated in March 2013 and includes helpful tips for building capacity for elementary science at the school level.

Materials for Elementary Science --- How do I order science kits? Who can help me with textbook questions?

Science kits are managed as a "special inventory" item by Sandra Fish. In August, principals should receive an email with instuctions for ordering new science kits and/or textbooks. For 2012-2013, the MacMillan McGraw-Hill science kits are still available as they have been for the last seven years. However, they are NOT aligned to the Essential Standards we are helping students learn in 2012-2013.

Nonetheless, 80+% of the materials in the kits can be used at most grade levels to do the hands-on activities suggested in the Science Resource Guides written for each grade and posted on this wiki. The other 20% of materials cna be used to support hands-on learning in other grades. Schools having elementary science labs should order kits to restock the science inventory in the lab.

Here are spreadsheets listing everything in each MacMillan McGraw-Hill Science Kit.
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kinder deluxe

grade 1 deluxe

grade 2 deluxe ...

grade 3 deluxe

grade 4 deluxe

grade 5 deluxe


Principals Checklist to Assess Their Science Program



This is an Elementary Science Facilitator -- This job description was written by Cindy Moss to help principals hire teachers as elementary science facilitators.


Science Leadership
Below is where I will share resources I have created or used to build leadership capacity in elementary science education for a large urban/suburban school district.


This is a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes progress from 2008-2011 to help teachers take ownership of elementary science in a way that impacts teacher practice and student achievement in science.



This is my plan in 2008 to Build Leadership Capacity in Elementary Science Using a Distributed Leadership Model. Includes "obstacles to overcome, strategies for success, and programs,projects, and people" to make it happen.



This is a snaphot of STEM initiatives from 2007-2011 that have had an impact on teacher practice and student achievement in elementary science.


Questions, Comments, Concerns?__
What other information would be useful to post on this page to help principals implement and manage elementary science initiatives at their schools? email w.fisher@cms.k12.nc.us.