Back to School: Science

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The start of a new school year is a big deal. It’s a time full of excitement, anticipation, and, of course, preparation. With over 300 science resources available at no cost, Curriculum Pathways can save you time and money with our ready to use, standards-based, online lessons. From genetics to plate tectonics, we've got you covered. Want to create your own innovative lessons? This summer we launched Crio -- an innovative tool enabling educators to imagine, create, and share lessons that inspire a student's natural curiosity.

Here's just a sample of the science resources available!

Elementary

Need a lesson on energy transfer among organisms? Use Analyzing Commercial Fishing Catches to teach about understanding marine food webs, protecting the earth's resources, and analyzing data on commercial fisheries. Need more on energy? Introduce young students to one of the most important chemical reactions required to sustain life. In the lesson Photosynthesis, students take a detailed look at how plants capture sunlight and convert it to food.

Are you ready to do science with your concrete thinkers? The bedrock of science is experimentation, and hands-on investigations are the best way to introduce students to scientific inquiry. Consider some of these fun and easy-to-do labs for your elementary students.

Lab: Fun with Bubbles

Lab: Make Your Own Slime

Lab: Density Bottle

Lab: Floating Crayons

The Forces of Flight

Secondary

What do algae, seaweeds, slime molds, ice cream, toothpaste, and malaria have in common? If you said the kingdom protista, you’re right! This lesson connects science concepts to the real world. By learning about these unicellular organisms and their impact on human health, students develop data literacy by analyzing reported cases of malaria in various regions of the world.

Teaching about natural resources and sustainability? In Natural Resources: Petroleum, students compare the reserves-to-production ratio to analyze how long we can sustain the use of oil. Earth's Water traces the hydrologic cycle from the clouds to your cup and includes data on access to clean drinking water and on water scarcity.

Let's talk about Data

Is it true that lightning never strikes the same place twice? What does the data say? You'll find several lessons which make use of Data Depot, our repository of more than 180 downloadable, user-friendly data sets that enable students to work with real-world statistics to answer authentic focus questions. In Thunder and Lightning, students learn about static electricity and static discharge; they also analyze data on lightning strikes.

Do your students love to tinker with things, manipulate them, and play with technology? Data on the Fly will encourage them to explore careers in aviation, collaborate to build a device to capture aircraft communications, and explore the data you collect.

Want to  create your own interactive lessons? Here's Crio!

Digitize your favorite paper-based lessons with our newest tool, Crio. Imagine, create, and share lessons that inspire students' natural curiosity with this easy-to-use drag-and-drop editor. Breathe life into your favorite lessons by adding audio, text, images, video, and interactive content.

 

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Ada Lopez

Ada Lopez develops science resources for Curriculum Pathways. She recently earned The National Braille Press Hands on Award for co-authoring Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn. Ada’s goal is to help improve children’s lives. Her inspiration to develop technologies that enhance teaching and learning comes from her years in the classroom. Ada taught high school biology in South Florida and middle school science in North Carolina.

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