Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Utah SEEd Lessons and Units for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade

Hello Utah Teachers,

I have been making science resources for several years that are aligned with NGSS.  Recently, I went through the Utah SEEd standards for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade and labeled my current resources that align with the Utah SEEd standards.  I added this note in the description.  Now you should be able to search in my store for the correct Utah SEEd standard for your grade level. 

Here are some examples:
Fast and Slow Changes Utah SEEd 2.1.1

Weather and Climate Third Grade Unit Utah SEEd 3.1.1, 3.1.2, and 3.1.3t



Units include labs, 5 E lesson plans, informational text passages, interactive notebook flaps, games, slide shows and more!


I also have all the standards for Utah SEEd 6th Grade addressed in my store.  







Counter Weight STEM Challenge

Recently some of my very bright interns came up with a fantastic STEM engineering challenge.  Thank you Riley Fitzgerald, Brigham Jensen and Lauren Gresham! 

They started the lesson by giving us an apple and a board.  We were to prop up the board to make it into an inclined plane. Then we were challenged to move the apple without pulling it or pushing it with our hands. We were given a few more materials and here are some of the ideas. 


Most students used what they knew about simple machines to create a pulley system and use counter weights.   





Some students added extra rate to really make it fly!



Great critical thinking and great use of science and engineering standards!

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

STEM Challenge Making a Ping Pong Ball Launcher

Have some fun with your students making ping pong ball launchers.  



I provide students with a variety of household materials, such as, rubber bands, masking tape, toilet paper tubes, balloons, paper cups, plastic basics (like strawberries come in) paint stir sticks, tongue depressor sticks, empty wooden spools, plastic spoons, duct tape, pin pong balls and tape measure.  (note to teachers: you can buy ping pong balls for a lot cheaper if you search for beer pong balls.  These balls will work just as well, they are not regulation ping pong balls.  Try to get them without a beer label. J alternatively, you can use large marshmallows)


The focus of this activity is on Design Thinking.  I try to get students to use engineering skills like designing, testing and redesigning their contraption. 


I think like with everything in Makered, it is best practice to let students share what they have made and how they adjusted their original design with the rest of the class.  

For more science lessons and activities please visit my store. 

You can find this activity along with seven others in my NGSS STEM Engineering Challenges NGSS STEM Engineering Challenges 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2 and 3-5-ETS1-3







More STEM challenges in STEM Engineering Set Two






Friday, February 8, 2019

6th Grade Utah SEEd Complete Lessons and Units

If you teach in 6th grade in Utah, you are in need of some well prepared, ready to go lessons for the Utah SEEd.  Don't worry teachers! I have your back!

I have created complete integrated units for Utah SEEd 6th Grade.  One for each strand.  You can get individual units, or the entire bundle that covers the whole strand.  Teachers need lessons that are ready to go for the Utah SEEd.

Utah SEEd 6.1  Utah SEEd 6.1 Bundle Save 20%

Utah SEEd 6.2 Utah SEEd 6.2 Save 20%

(in my opinion this is the most difficult one with the most complex concepts)

Utah SEEd 6.4 Utah SEEd 6.4 Save 20%




Resources include hands-on labs


nonfiction text passages
And interesting Interactive Notebook Inserts

Plus worksheets, lesson plans in the 5-E format and lab response pages.

Check out these resources and look at the previews and product description for each resource included in these Utah SEEd bundles of lesson plans and activities. 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics NGSS MS LS2

In planning for the strand Ecosystems; Interactions, Energy and Dynamics,
I decided there was a lot of content vocabulary.  I decided to put together some resources that address each standard in the strand.  Even middle school kids need to be engaged and interested in what they are learning.

I put in a simulation on Carrying Capacity. 
I also like to make sure they get plenty of nonfiction reading passages.



 And of course I add some cool Interactive Notebook Folds.

Includes a new unit on Food Webs Build a Food Web NGSS LS2



Unit includes slide shows, response pages, labs and more.
 I have made two bundles.  One for NGSS Middle School and one for Utan SEEd 6.4 Strand.
Ecosystems:: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics NGSS MS LS2 Bundle Save 20%



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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Teaching About the Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming for Middle School

Teaching about the Greenhouse Effect, Global Warming and Climate Change can be tricky.  First of all there are a lot of people out there that have strong opinions about global warming and climate change. Second of all, it is a complicated topic. 

I would start by teaching about the Greenhouse Effect.  The greenhouse effect is a normal process that balances our global temperature. 

The greenhouse effect is the process by which radiation from a planet's atmosphere warms the planet's surface to a temperature above what it would be without its atmosphere. If a planet's atmosphere contains radiatively active gases they will radiate energy in all directionsImage result for what is greenhouse effect
After explaining to the students that the greenhouse effect is a normal process and it helps our Earth to stay a comfortable temperature, I would make sure the understand that without the greenhouse effect, our Earth would get very cold.

I would use slide shows and nonfiction reading to introduce concepts about the Greenhouse effect and probably also a hands-on activity.






I would also have students make a simple model in their interactive notebook showing their understanding of the Greenhouse Effect.

Once, they have understanding of the Greenhouse Effect, I would introduce them to the enhanced greenhouse effect, which occurs when excess greenhouse gases are in our atmosphere. Less infrared energy can escape the atmosphere because of this  excess gas, so our planet gets warmer.  

However, I would not want students to take my word for it!  I would want them to look at the data themselves from some reputable websites, like NOAA. https://www.climate.gov/maps-data
I provide students with QR codes that take them to reputable sites to gather information.
Students would record data and draw their own conclusions. 

I have create a resource specific to 

NGSS MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.





I also made one specific to the Utah SEEd which focuses more on the Greenhouse Effect and less on global warming.

Thanks for visiting and don't be afraid to teach the controversial topics!  Just let students look at the data and draw their own conclusions.