May 21st, 2018

Elementary School Resource: Classroom Idea: Indoor and Outdoor Patterns

Elementary School Resource

Classroom Idea: Indoor and Outdoor Patterns

Children can find patterns outdoors as well as indoors. Place a few sheets of paper on each paper plate, fasten it with a clothespin, and distribute these notepads to the children along with crayons and pens. When they are on the playground, ask them to look for and describe the patterns they see.

Related NY State Academic Standards: PK.OA.2, MST3.PK.CM.2, MST3.PK.CN.1 & more!

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May 14th, 2018

Elementary School Resource: Good Food, Good Health

Nutrition: Good Food, Good Health

In this lesson, students use internet resources to learn more about how eating good and bad food can affect their health. Students study the food pyramid and learn how important it is to eat from all food groups. Discussion questions are provided, along with extension activities.

Related NY State Academic Standards: HPF.HE.E.1.1.C, MST4.E.LE.5.3

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May 7th, 2018

Elementary School Resource: The Lewis and Clark Expedition

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

To enhance the concepts of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by creating a simulation of physical education challenges similar to the actual journey of Lewis and Clark. Students will be challenged to log 8000 steps, compared to the 8000 miles that were logged during the actual expedition.

Related NY State Academic Standards: HPF.PE.E.1.1.A, HPF.PE.E.1.1.C, HPF.PE.E.2.1.C and more!

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April 30th, 2018

Elementary School Resource: Mexico – History and Culture

Mexican masks

Mexico – History and Culture

This site provides information about Mexico using images and text. The site includes links about Mexico, its history, culture, food, and what various popular cities in Mexico have to offer. Information about Latin America including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Costa Rica among others is also available.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.3.GEO.2.a, SS.3.GEO.3.a.2, SS.3.TCC.4.a and more!

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April 23rd, 2018

Elementary School Resource: How old is the tree?

Tree Talk

If a tree could talk, we could ask it how old it is. Here is a mathematical way to estimate the age of your schoolyard trees. Students will measure circumference of trees in order to find diameter and calculate age of local trees using a growth rate table.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 3.MD.2, 3.MD.4, 4.MD.2 and more!

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April 16th, 2018

Elementary School Resource: EPA Student Center

EPA Student Center

This resource provides information about environmental club projects, environmental basics, recycling, conservation, what to do in your neighborhood, etc.

Related NY State Academic Standards: S.4.ESS.3.1, MST4.E.LE.7.1

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April 9th, 2018

Elementary School Resource: Slavery

Document Based Question: Slavery

Students will discuss the purpose of slavery from colonial times until the Civil War and how slavery denied people their basic human rights.

Related NY State Academic Standards: SS.4.5.a, SS.4.5.a.1, SS.5.3 and more!

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April 2nd, 2018

Elementary School Resource: Identifying Parts of a Flower

Identifying Parts of a Flower

This activity uses a variety of real flower blooms. Students are expected to have had a lesson on the parts of a flower. Students take apart a flower bloom, display each on paper and label each part of the flower. Discussion comparing the various flowers should result.

Related NY State Academic Standards: S.4.LS.1.1, MST4.E.LE.3.1

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March 26th, 2018

Elementary School Resource: Color Burst

Art Experiment: Color Burst

In this experiment, students explore how colors react in water and other solvents. Students work in groups to observe, investigate, measure, record data and communicate their results in the form of graphs/charts and narration presented to the class.

Related NY State Academic Standards: S.3-5.ETS.1.3, MST4.E.PS3.1

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March 19th, 2018

Elementary School Resource: Preparing for the Trip by Illuminations

Elementary School Resource

Preparing for the Trip by Illuminations

In this lesson, students will use various resources to choose travel dates, compare temperatures, estimate and calculate distances to Belize City, and determine the length of their flight in preparation for a “trip” to Belize.

Related NY State Academic Standards: 3.MD.2, 4.MD.2

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