Gr 4 Science Unit ~ Habitats and Communities

We have done it again!

We have now compiled a complete unit for Habitats and Communities to help you in your Gr. 4 Understanding Life Science Strand.   This unit, just like our Combined Gr. 4/5 Science Unit for (Habitats and Organ Systems), integrates curriculum in order to create cross-curricular lessons. Once again you will not only be covering curriculum expectations, but cross-curricular activities which tend to be more engaging and creative.

Here is what is included:
* Learning centres: students work in small groups or individually to rotate   between three centres over the course of the activity (five types of centre activities: iPad integration, technology, reading/writing activity, creative response, and a fun or hands-on activity);
* Whole class lesson/discussions followed by either small group activities or whole class activity
* Cross-curricular integration with other subject areas, including Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Oral Communication, Media Literacy), Drama, Physical Education, Art, and Health
* A focus on Assessment For and As Learning through student self-assessments and group assessments, KWL charts, exit slips, anticipation guides, and project planning sheets
* Reading strategies addressed include making connections, inferring, determining important ideas, drawing conclusions, and cause-and-effect
* Differentiated Instruction is achieved through Learning Centres, choice board for the end of unit project, RAFTS assignment, and a variety of hands-on activities and labs

The entire unit, including lessons, assignments, assessments, printables, and centre activities comes to over 160 pages!

Need more?  Preview the unit!

To be taken to the complete unit just click on the picture below!

 

 

Stay tuned as we are working on our Gr. 5 Science Unit for Organ Systems!

Word Wall Fun Pack ~ Science

We know to create word walls for our language program.  It really doesn’t matter if you are teaching primary, junior or intermediate students.  There is always a need to develop their vocabulary.  But word walls don’t just aid in the development of vocabulary.  They help students focus on specific terms that correlate to what they are learning.  Therefore, making deeper connections and developing that bridge to learning.  Utilizing word walls, allows us to engage our students and guides them when they are working independently.  So then why not do this for all subjects?  If it works in our language programs, then why should it not work in our other subjects we teach?

We have created this pack to focus in on Science terminology that students develop over the years.  This pack includes 22 pages of science related words ready for you to use.

What can you do with these?  The answer is simple!  Just as you would in a language class, create a year round word wall, engage in interactive activities, write descriptive sentences, incorporate them in their scientific justifications and journals.  Essentially, use them for all instances in your classroom!

 

The Tuesday 12: 12 Great Teacher Resources all about CELLS! Worksheets, animations, labs, and so much more!

For this week’s Tuesday 12, I will be providing teachers with a list of some great resources to help them teach their students all about cells.  The resources range from animations, labs, worksheets, movies, games, and even a cell rap!

1. Yummy Gummy Bears!

A fun science lab to help students understand diffusion by placing gummy bears into three different containers (plain water, salt water, and no water).  Includes student worksheets!

2. Parts of the Cell Rap

A student created rap to learn about the different parts of the cell! Warning: it’s really catchy and you’ll probably be humming this tune for hours!

3. Amazing Cells

This site has tons of resources about cells from interactive videos, a tour of the inside of a cell, animations, and worksheets.  I especially like the interactive animation that compares the cell and its parts to various other objects (e.g. a coffee bean, a grain of rice, yeast). Don’t forget to click on the Teacher Resource button on the top right of the page for more resources!

4. Cell Model Project

Here’s an activity where students build a model cell using a variety of materials.

5. Cell Analogies

Cell analogies are a great way for students to gain a better understanding of the structure and function of the various parts of the cell. By comparing a cell to either a city, school, or factory, students can make connections between the cell organelles and other systems that they are more familiar with.

6. Links to Ontario Curriculum

This website has tons of links that apply to the grade 8 Ontario science curriculum strand for Cells.

7. Lesson Plan and Worksheets

Here’s a great lesson plan to go along with the typical animal cell animation.  The student sheets include both teacher led pre-lesson activities and the handouts to go along with the animation.

8. Cells Alive

This site has lots of fun and interactive activities for students to try out, like puzzles, movies, animation, crosswords, cell cams, and quizzes.  I would definitely use this site to help my students review key concepts!

9. Edible Cell Model

Students use jello and a variety of cereals and candy to create a edible cell model! Students choose different materials to represent the cell organelles and then record their selections on the student handout.  The best part? Eating the cell at the end!

10. Cell WebQuest

This WebQuest takes students through a variety of informative websites where they learn about cell structure and function.  Students will then work on two projects:  creating organelle trading cards and a Power Point demonstrating how a cell is similar to a school.  Lots of fun and worksheets are included!

11. Comparing Plant and Animal Cells Lab (Looking at Onion and Cheek Cells)

Here’s a great worksheet to take students through the onion and cheek cell lab, so that they can understand the differences between plant and animal cells.

12. Cells for Kids

An awesome site that has tons of teacher resources all about cells!

 

Don’t forget to check back next week for another addition of the Tuesday 12!

 

Check out our Combined Grade 4/5 Science Unit (Habitats and Organ Systems) to Meet Ontario Curriculum Expectations!

It’s always a bit nerve-racking when you find out that you have been assigned a combined grade for the next year.  Combined grade classrooms come with a variety of challenges for teachers, the most prominent being that teachers need to address two complete grade levels of curriculum expectations.  Just thinking about the extensive expectations  to be addressed is daunting and will probably make you feel overwhelmed.  I know that when I taught combined grades in the past, it was a juggling act to ensure that not only were all expectations addressed, but that I was teaching them in a meaningful and engaging manner.

As we mentioned in our article for TeachHUB.com, one of the most powerful strategies a teacher can learn is how to integrate curriculum in order to create cross-curricular lessons. Not only will you be covering curriculum expectations, but cross-curricular activities tend to be more engaging and creative.

We have been working diligently on a combined grade 4/5 science unit to meet the Ontario curriculum expectations for Understanding Life Systems.  We are really excited to announce that it is completed!

Here’s an overview of the unit:

  • Learning centres: students work in small groups or individually to rotate between three centres over the course of the activity (five types of centre activities: iPad integration, technology, reading/writing activity, creative response, and a fun or hands-on activity);
  • Whole class lesson/discussions followed by either small group activities or whole class activity
  • Cross-curricular integration with other subject areas, including Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Oral Communication, Media Literacy), Drama, Physical Education, Art, and Health
  • A focus on Assessment For and As Learning through student self-assessments and group assessments, KWL charts, exit slips, anticipation guides, and project planning sheets
  • Reading strategies addressed include making connections, inferring, determining important ideas, drawing conclusions, and cause-and-effect
  • Differentiated Instruction is achieved through Learning Centres, choice board for the end of unit project, RAFTS assignment, and a variety of hands-on activities and labs

The entire unit, including lessons, assignments, assessments, printables, and centre activities comes to over 230 pages!

Here’s a preview of the unit!

And click the image below to be taken to the complete unit!

Integrating Science Across the Curriculum: A Great Science and Phys Ed Activity!

One of the best strategies a teacher can learn is how to create cross-curricular units, lessons, and activities.  There are so many curriculum expectations to cover and you may begin to feel overwhelmed; however, cross-curricular integration will allow you to cover all your expectations in a timely manner.

Science tends to be an area that teachers may have a difficult time integrating into other subject areas.  Have no fear! There are so many ways to integrate science into Language Arts, Visual Arts, Drama, Math, Social Studies, and Health/Physical Education.  We recently submitted an article to TeachHUB.com on this very topic! Be sure to check it out for tons of great ways to integrate science across the curriculum!

The following activity can be used to integrate Science with Physical Education; specifically, this activity will allow students to learn about human physiology while taking part in a physical fitness circuit! It’s a fun, active, and engaging lesson that will get students up and moving!

So, how would you use these task cards?

  • Cut out the task cards and set them up around the gym or an outside space
  • Divide students into small groups, so that groups rotate between stations
  • Each student will need their own worksheet and a pencil
  • Each group will need a stopwatch or timer
  • Each station requires about 5 minutes of time, making this activity about 45 minutes long
  • Depending on the age and skill set of your class, provide them with the number of  sets and reps for the various activities.  There is a spot on the student worksheet to record this information.

The task cards take students through cardiovascular, strength training, and stretching exercises, while making connections to related human physiology at each station.

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Cross-Curricular Integration: Journal Writing in the Science Classroom

Sometimes it feels that no matter how well I try to organize lessons, units, and long range plans, there never appears to be enough hours in the school day to cover all the curriculum expectations!  One of the best strategies that I have learned as a teacher is to take a cross-curricular approach when planning activities, lessons, and units.  A great way to cover many English Language Arts expectations is by integrating writing into the content areas; in this case, journal writing can be integrated into the science classroom.

We’ve created a student science journal with 52 prompts to help you integrate writing in your science classes.  The journal prompts are organized by week, so the entire 2012-2013 academic year is already planned out for you!  Each journal is labeled with the corresponding week of the year, provides a prompt and space for student responses.  You can either photocopy the entire bundle for your students at the beginning of the year and work through it each week or photocopy individual weeks as you progress through the year!

The writing prompts alternate between historical events, creative responses, opinion pieces, persuasive arguments, national awareness themes, and science process skills. A blank journal page is included for you to add your own ideas as needed.

Just click on the link below!