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Resources for Teaching Elementary School Science
2.58 The Story of Drinking Water. 3rd ed. John Dale, Pattianne Corsentino, and Roxanne Brickell. Denver, Colo.: American Water Works Association, 1992.
Grades: 4-6+The Story of Drinking Water attempts to build an appreciation and understanding of the importance of a safe and reliable water supply. The teacher's guide features 19 activities that address a variety of topics ranging from what students know about water, to water treatment, to cycles, supply, use, and conservation. Activities include students making models of the hydrologic cycle, constructing miniature wells to explore the concept of an aquifer, studying chlorine's use as a disinfectant, and investigating the dynamics of water pressure. Many of the activities integrate other curriculum areas—for example, geography in studying water distribution, social studies in creating a solution to the problem of wasted water, and mathematics in learning the concept of 1 part per million.
The teacher's guide is designed to accompany a student booklet by the same title, and is available in English, Spanish, French, and metric.
Price: $7 (ISBN 0-89867-608-8). Publisher/supplier: American Water Works Association. Materials: Available locally.
2.59 Water, Stones, and Fossil Bones. CESI Sourcebook VI. Washington, D.C.: National Science Teachers Association and Council for Elementary Science International (CESI), 1991.
Grades: K-6+Water, Stones, and Fossil Bones offers 51 well-illustrated earth science activities from dozens of authors. Activities are grouped within the topics of space, land, water, air, and the earth's past. Activities include making a scale model of the solar system, using Play-Doh to simulate layers of sedimentary rock, creating miniature landfills in a plastic cup, building a solar collector, and making a fossil cast.
Each activity includes background information, a short description of the concepts or skills developed, questions to initiate discussion, step-by-step procedures, and suggestions for further investigation.
Price: $16.50 (ISBN 0-87355-101-X). Publisher/supplier: Council for Elementary Science International. Materials: Available locally, or from commercial suppliers.
2.60 Weather and Climate. Step-by-Step Science Series. Toni Albert. Greensboro, N.C.: Carson-Dellosa Publishing Co., 1995.
Grades: 4-6Weather and Climate is a collection of activities designed to introduce students to the elements of weather and climate and the impact they have on daily life. The 37 activities are grouped in 5 sections: (1) introducing weather, (2) elements of weather, (3) meteorology, (4) climate, and (5) man's effect on weather. Activities include making a chart of the layers of the atmosphere, making a windsock to determine wind direction, observing and recording information about clouds, testing the air for particle pollution, and keeping a weather notebook. Students also research topics in books, newspapers, and encyclopedias.
Each activity in Weather and Climate includes a statement of purpose, background information, a list of materials, and step-by-step instructions.
Price: $5.95. Publisher/supplier: Carson-Dellosa. Materials: Available locally.
2.61 The Weather Kit. Boston, Mass.: Museum of Science, 1992.
Grades: 4-6The Weather Kit, a multidisciplinary curriculum kit from the Museum of Science in Boston, may be used for an intensive study of weather over a 5-week period or as a source of individual weather-related activities. Students collect and measure raindrops; make clouds in bottles; detect air currents inside the school; and measure humidity, temperature, wind speed, and direction with homemade and professional equipment. Activities are grouped in 5 sections: (1) introduction to weather, (2) the sun and thermal energy, (3) air and the atmosphere, (4) water, and (5) weather.
Each activity in The Weather Kit includes a statement of purpose, background information, a materials list, and procedures. Some include discussion questions and ideas for further exploration. Instructions on how to access a free on-line weather service are included.
Price: Rental for 5 weeks: $105, plus $7 shipping. Publisher/supplier : Museum of Science. Materials: Available locally, from commercial suppliers, or in kit.