5E Model, Experiment Ideas, Helpful Websites, past STEM conference resources, Graphic Organizers, Vocabulary

How to Get Data Reports from SchoolNet Assessments!

Thanks to Bea Robison, Science Teacher at Waddell Language Academy, for creating and sharing this document!

Science A-Z Help Sheet for 2016-2017

Did you know Science A-Z can now be used to assign leveled readers directly to students in the same way that students access and use Reading A-Z? Not sure how to do? This help sheet, shared by Juana Lugo from Pineville ES, will help you get the most out of Science A-Z as a tool to excite students about science as well as literacy.

Everything You Need to Know About DE TechBook for Science!

This is the Teacher Manual for Discovery Education TechBook for Science.

Updates for Elementary Science in CMS for Instructional Leadership Teams 2015-2016

This one page update has hyper-links to resources and documents to help school leaders implement an elementary science program at their school that supports learning in all subjects.

Instructions for Ordering Live Materials from Sargent Welch in the New Science Kits

Please order live materials with a coupon for redemption about two weeks prior to when they are needed for instruction. You may order by calling Sargent-Welch customer service directly at 800-727-4368 or by email at sargentwelchcs@vwr.com. When ordering, please be sure to provide a specific delivery date to ensure that live and fresh materials arrive when they are needed and still alive. Be aware that extreme weather conditions (cold or heat) may affect shipping. If asked for a PO# use 2177888.

Leveled Readers from Teacher Created Materials

These leveled readers are Non-Fiction stories aligned with the Essential Standards. Looking for a story book for 1.L.2.2? They have that! " Eagles, Horses, Snakes - Up Close!
Organizing learning opportunities for 3.E..1.1? Check out "Earth, Planets, Moons, Asteroids, Comets, Stars and the Sun". How about 5.E.1.3 to intergrate force with weather? "Forces in Nature". These books are considered "supplemental" meaning the district does not but these books for the schools; however, quite a few schools do use these books, as well as Delta Education readers and also Arbordale readers as "texts" for Non-Fiction reading aligned to the standards.

Page Keeley's Probes Aligned to Elementary Science Standards 2014-2015

These probes are excellent to get at students' thinking about science concepts! Many work very well as formative assessments and can also lead to hands on activities where students need to design experiments to collect and analyze data to support or disprove a claim. Claim - Evidence - Reason!

New Science Kits for Elementary Science 2014-2015

This pdf lists the components for each of the grade level science kits, K-5.

This spreadsheet lists the number of boxes for each grade level science kit, K-5, plus it also lists the components in each box.

The number of boxes for each grade level, plus number of boxes for the refill kits are as follows:

Kindergarten 5 boxes + 2 boxes for refills
First Grade 7 boxes + 3 boxes for refills
Second Grade 5 boxes + 1 box for refills
Third Grade 11 boxes + 5 boxes for refills
Fourth Grade 15 boxes + 5 boxes for refills
Fifth Grade 11 boxes + 6 boxes for refills

**Science Matters Website for Free, High Quality, Lesson Plans**
This website was discovered and shared by Suzanne Beckman, Science Facilitator at Berryhill. It has high quality lesson plans, including formative assessments, many of which align to the essential standards for North Carolina, grades 4 and 5.

Documents to Help Assign SchoolNet Assessments to Students

This document, also found on the Data Use Portal, explains how to assign and administer a SchoolNet assessment to students.

This document explains how to find student IDs and passwords to use SchoolNet.

5th Grade Science EOG Item Analysis Using SchoolNet Data --- 1165 students, 15 schools. The "Sweet Sixteen" questions most students miss!

Questions arranged in two columns, similar to EOG.

Questions rearranged, using Problem-Attic, to use to personalize the EOG Review.


Directions to Create Assessments Using SchoolNet

This document gives you step-by-step directions, including screen shots, to create assessments in SchoolNet.

New Website for K-2 Science!

Here is a link to a supplemental resource to help excite our youngest students about science. http://www.lightupeducation.com/home.html
Matt and Sam NOTE! It is highly recommended that you preview any videos watched on YouTube before using in class to ensure age appropriate content.

This resource focuses on science in grades K-2. If you use any of the activities with your students, do let me (w.fisher@cms.k12.nc.us) know what you like, what you may like to improve, or any other feedback I can share with the program's creators.

Tower Activity K-2

Science Vocabulary Resources

The following resources were developed by Janel Williams at Highland Renaissance and are for the older 2004-2009 Standard Course of Study.
But many of the science concepts are the same on the Essential Standards we now use, so these picture vocabulary cards should still be useful.

Link to Website to Look Up EOG Scores 2011-2013

http://accrpt.ncpublicschools.org/app/2013/disag/ Use this link to look up EOG scores for your school for years 2011-2013.

Use this link to look up EOG scores for your school for years 2008-2010.


This is the cover sheet that may be used for students to keep track of the activities they do, and points earned, when using the Layered Curriculum for 5th Grade Science EOG Review.

This is a Layered Curriculum that can be used as is, or modified, to help 5th grade students review for the Science EOG. Layered Curriculum is a way to organize learning activities that are student-centered and differentiated, allows students choices as to how they learn, encourages students to assume ownership of their learning, yet holds students accountable for what they learn. Following are most of the handouts for the individual layer activities. If you need a handout for an activity and it is not included, email w.fisher@cms.k12.nc.us.

C1. This is the released form of the NC 5th Grade Science EOG. Several schools have already administered this assessment as part of a Mock EOG for their students. If you use SchoolNet for your assessment, you can obtain data to help tailor your EOG review to each student or groups of students. Whitney Godfrey has created a powerpoint of the released EOG that can be used for EOG review. See the 5th Grade Wiki page to access the powerpoint.

C2. "Three Words-One Sentence" is a good way to review academic vocabulary. Here is an example for force and motion and also ecosystems. You can challenge your students to choose their own three words. If done with some thought, this strategy can lead into a concept mapping activity for an big idea in science.

C2 Another example of Three Words-One Sentence.

C3. Here are three "Agree-Disagree" assessments for Matter, Heredity, and Heat Transfer. They were created by Whitney Godfrey at River Gate and a dozen more A/D assessments can be found on the 5th page science wiki page.

C4. This activity works well as a pre-or post- assessment. At this point in the year, I suggest having students work in pairs to complete a "Last Word" activity for each of the major science concepts in 5th grade: Force and Motion, Ecosystems, Weather and Climate, and Human Body Systems.

C5. This fun and engaging activity borrowed from Science Olympiad-It's Elementary is packed with rich academic vocabulary. For C5 I suggest have the students highlight earth science words in yellow, physical science words in blue, and life science words in green.

C6 This word building activity was shared by Becky Worlds at a Literacy Facilitator's meeting in 2012. If you scroll down to the bottom of the resources page, Becky has shared other vocabulary strategies.

C7 I made this Forces on a Plane probe as a pre-assessment for a field trip by a group of 5th graders to the Aviation Museum near the airport. I shared it initially on this page as part of the documents we posted from the 2011 5th Grade Science Conference.

C8 Odd-One Out is student favorite and leads to interesting class discussions as students defend their thinking by providing evidence.

C9 This is the Teacher Support document for the Predict-Observe-Explain activity using two soda cans.

C9 Predict-Observe-Explain. This is the handout to use with students.

C10 Sense-Nonsense Force and Motion. This document can be used as a pre- or post-assessment to determine students' understanding of force and motion concepts.

B1 These assessment questions are direct from the NCDPI Science Wiki. For this activity the student must think aloud and explain why answers to EOG questions are correct or incorrect. This approach takes time but will yield the largest gains on student achievement on the EOG.

B2 Salad Bowl allows students to review academic vocabulary in a fun way.

B3 This has always been one of my favorite activities to get students talking about force and motion concepts. You can introduce the activity by dropping a dollar bill between a student's outstretched fingers held about one centimeter apart. If the student centers his/her fingers on George Washington's head, they will NOT be able to grasp the dollar bill when you release it, unless they anticipate you dropping the bill. That would be a false-start and "do-over".

B4 This also has been one of my favorite activities to get students thinking about balanced and unbalanced forces. It works well for kindergarteners as well as adults!

B5 Fact First Questions are from Page Keeley's book "Science Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies to Link Assessment, Instruction, and Learning".

Take Me Out to the Card Game!

This activity, created by Wayne Fisher, CMS Elementary Science Curriculum Specialist, works well for schools hosting STEM Career Days.


Have too much soil or sand? Looking for a skeleton to add to your classroom? Have posters to share?
Use this space to request those science materials you would like to have, or to offer your surplus materials to others who may be able to use them.

Important note: science kits purchased by CMS are part of a special inventory managed by the textbook department. If you have complete science kits that are surplus, contact the textbook department for instructions on how to dispose of surplus science kits. Partial kits and other science supplies are fair game for the Science Swap.

A current offering is from Audrey Alligood at Mallard Creek ES.
She has about 12 boxes of soil, pebbles, and sand for anyone needing those materials. She also has extra safety goggles to share.

Questions? Contact w.fisher@cms.k12.nc.us

SPEED Project Lesson Plans

These are ten lesson plans that include connections to science and math concepts that are part of the NC Standard Course of Study to include the Essential Standards. This resource requires a DVD that can be obtained by emailing w.fisher@cms.k12.nc.us or by attending a professional development session featuring activities from the SPEED Unit. This unit is intended to supplement student learning about science and math and may be taught any time during the school year.

This is a graphic of the "Five-E-Plus" Lesson Cycle. Don't forget Excitement and Enjoyment!
This 4MB file contains handouts used at the STEM Institute. Documents include "Teaching Science? Top Ten Things to Do", the "Five-E-Plus" Lesson Cycle", "the Science Class Notebook", "Essential Science Vocabulary", and "Writing Strategies to Teach Vocabulary in Science".

Layered Curriculum Examples Using Essential Standards

This is a Layered Curriculum unit for 2.E.1 - Understand Patterns of Weather and Factors that Affect Weather. It's shared by Curtis Fisher, Science Lab Teacher at Winget Park, ES.

Experiment Ideas

You can use this experiment to help students learn how to develop a hypothesis.
These are two "Explore Activities", one for "What Causes Ecosystems to Change" and one for "Why Does the Moon's Shape Change?"

This is the Noodle Racer - a wonderful activity for your students!

Common Assessments
Be sure to identify the grade level, essential standard, and clarifying objective for the assessment.

This is a common assessment for K.P.1.2, 1.P.1.2, and 2.P.1.1 shared by M.Jain, Elizabeth Lane

This is an assessment for 3.P.1.3 created by Wayne Fisher.

This assessment, shared by Jill Thompson, has questions about animals and ecosystems aligned to 4th and 5th grade Life Science objectives.

Kate Martin used this assessment for 5th grade weather and climate in the old standard course of study; the questions can be reused and aligned to essential standards.

Kate Martin used this assessment for 5th grade ecosystems in the old standard course of study; the questions cna be recycled and aligned to essential standards.

4th grade rocks and minerals~pinewood elementary

Kristen Brodbeck at Barnette shared this 20 question assessment for objectives 5.P.2.2 and 5.P.2.3. It has a nice balance of multiple choice, short answer, and open ended questions that may be used as formative or summative assessments.

DRAFT W1/W2 Performance Tasks for Elementary Science

These performance tasks are DRAFTS, but are being field tested by select teachers in CMS. The tasks are NOT ready for prime time, meaning the plan is to obtain class sets of student responses to the tasks which will be used to tweak the tasks and develop scoring rubrics before making these tasks available to all CMS teachers. If you would like to use these tasks with your students before January 12th, please email w.fisher@cms.k12.nc.us.

Helpful Websites

Below are sites teachers have found helpful. Includes lesson plan ideas, activities and more! Please add any you think are great!

All Science Units

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/index.htm This website has engaging videos to help introduce, or review science concepts.
www.braincake.org (more for girls)
http://www.kathimitchell.com/rock.html (rocks and minerals)

Weather and Climate:




Force and Motion:



http://www.edu.pe.ca/southernkings/landforms.htm (Information on landforms)
http://www.nps.gov/brca/forkids/landformskids.htm (Explore landforms)
http://geoimages.berkeley.edu/GeoImages/Johnson/Landforms/Landforms.html (Pictures of different landforms)
http://www.science-class.net/Geology/weathering_erosion.htm (found by Rebecca Grgurina, shared by Wayne) powerpoints, stations, good stuff!







Human Body

Resources from 5th Grade STEM Conferences

(might align to other grade levels now)

The following four notebook files are for the SmartBoard and you need the SmartBoard program to open the files.

Session Two - Jill Thompson - Ecosystems on the SmartBoard

Session Three - Sally Edwards - Weather and Climate Activity

Force and Motion with Formative Assessments




Stomp Rockets

Graphic Organizers

Newton's Laws

Simple Machines

Force, Motion, Levers


Food Chains

Vocabulary Wheel

Weather and Erosion

Science Vocabulary ----

Resources Shared at the January 5th Literacy Facilitator's Meeting