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Resources for Teaching Elementary School Science
4.80 200 Gooey, Slippery, Slimy, Weird and Fun Experiments. Janice Pratt VanCleave. New York, N.Y.: John Wiley & Sons, 1993.
Grades: 3-6200 Gooey, Slippery, Slimy, Weird and Fun Experiments is a collection of simple demonstrations, activities, and projects that explain basic science principles in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics. The activities include the following: students demonstrate why a satellite remains in orbit, determine the age of a fish, test materials for the presence of starch, demonstrate how the composition of the earth affects its motion, and use a vibrating string to produce a sound. The activities require inexpensive, common materials, and can be performed at home or in the classroom.
Each experiment in this guide includes a statement of purpose, a materials list, step-by-step instructions, a statement of expected results, and brief explanation.
Price: $12.95 (ISBN 0-471-57921-1). Publisher/supplier: Wiley. Materials : Available locally, or from commercial suppliers.
4.81 Waste Away: A Curriculum on Solid Waste. Woodstock, Vt.: Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 1989.
Grades: 5-6+ In Waste Away students learn about the problems associated with solid waste disposal. They are encouraged to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials. The 4 lessons define our society's waste problem, investigate its underlying causes, explore the role of waste in our lives, and suggest solutions to waste generation. Classroom activities include discussion groups, pantomime, a puppet show, a slide show, trash-and product-sorting exercises, games, paper recycling, composting, songs, schoolyard trash hunts, puzzles, and role-playing.
Each lesson in Waste Away includes background information, detailed instructions for activities, and extensive follow-up activities for the classroom, school, community, or home. Appendixes provide a pre-/postunit survey, information on organizing a "trash festival," ideas for setting up a school recycling program, and a reproducible family booklet of information and activities.
Price: $18.95 (ISBN 0-9617627-2-1). Publisher/supplier: Whitman Distribution Center. Materials: Available locally, or from commercial suppliers.
4.82 Waste in Place: Elementary Curriculum Guide. Stamford, Conn.: Keep America Beautiful, 1993.
Grades: 1-6Waste in Place takes an interdisciplinary approach to developing environmental awareness in students. Its activities—several for each grade level—focus on litter prevention and solid waste management. For example, students collect and smash beverage cans to demonstrate preparation for recycling; design and use a "reuse box" for potential waste materials; and "plant" waste items in soil and compare their differing rates of decomposition. In other activities they write songs to encourage people to keep their communities clean, rank litter items from "most harmful" to "least harmful" and discuss their reasoning, compete in a "trash trivia'' game, and discuss resource recovery as a solid waste management option. Activities are grouped by grade level, but the guide provides master lists grouped by solid waste concept (litter prevention, reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, recover, hazardous waste, and bury) and by subject area (science, social studies, language arts, mathematics, and art/music).
Waste in Place includes an introduction, background information, a complete lesson plan for each of the 35 activities, a glossary of solid waste terms, implementation recommendations, and an overview of solid waste disposal alternatives.
Price: $35. Publisher/supplier: Keep America Beautiful. Materials: Available locally, or from commercial suppliers.
4.83 Wind-Aid. ESE. Heslington, York, UK: Chemical Industry Education Centre, and BP International, 1990.
Grades: 3-5 Designing a windmill to lift water from a well is the ultimate goal of Wind-Aid, a science and engineering activity. The unit begins with students constructing a simple toy windmill. Students then receive a (fictitious) letter from a school in Swaziland asking for ideas on how to design and build a machine to lift water from a nearby well. Following a discussion of the limited technology and resources available, students make and test a model windmill. They refine the model by changing one or more design features and investigating changes in performance. Finally, they put their recommendations in the form of a design report for the school in Swaziland. The unit is designed to be planned and executed by an engineer and a teacher working together.
Wind-Aid includes an overview, activity outlines, a summary for the engineer, and reproducible masters for transparencies and student worksheets.
Price: US$8 (ISBN 0-86165-203-7). Publisher/supplier: Chemical Industry Education Centre. Materials: Available locally, or from commercial suppliers.