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Science
 What Teachers Make: a story

The dinner guests were sitting around the table, discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his/her best option in life was to become a teacher?

To stress his point he said to another guest, Barbara, you're a teacher, be honest. What do you make? 

Barbara replied, You want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, then began...)

Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor, winner.
I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.

You want to know what I make? (She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table)
I make kids wonder.
I make them question.

I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

I teach them to write and then I make them write. 
I make them read, read, read.
I make them show all their work in math. They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.

I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
I make my students stand, placing their hand over their heart to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag because we live in the United States of America.

Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life ( Barbara paused one last time and then continued.)

Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant.

You want to know what I make?
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE !

Videos and Podcasts
PUSD: Recycling at Washington Middle SchoolPosted: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 8:00 PM Discuss
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Department Web Pages
http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/
Send your students to this website for science news, as well as suggestions for hands-on activities, science projects, mathematical puzzles, books, articles, and Web resources.
There are also creative ways to use science news in your classroom.
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Garden Lesson Plans for Grades K-8
Doesn't it sound peaceful to do some truly green lessons with your students? The Huntington Garden has some great, free ones involving science, literacy, culture, and art: "Why is an apple like a suitcase?", "Fruit Salad: Hold the DNA, Please", "Zen Gardens", "Rooting Into Soil". http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=1710

"Just look and begin to see things in a new way."
Climate Change Educational Resources
icesheetsandglaciers
There are many web resources about climate change. Here are some that are recommended by Sally Ride Science:

Contains a video explaining CO2 capture and sequestration, etc.
http://climatecentral.org/

A video about acidification of the oceams
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eedBMXudQfE

Another one, produced by school children in England
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvUsSMa0nQU

The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets Education Team has integrated science related to glaciers, remote sensing, polar ecosystems, and climate change into science, math, and technology curricula through online activities and information.
https://www.cresis.ku.edu/education/k-12.html


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Astronomy Picture of the Day
Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. Take a gaze!

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod
Digital photos and science for 6th-8th grades
Do you have students who like to take pictures? Harvest this interest by applying it to learning science. Planet FOSS is a photo-sharing website where students are challenged to represent examples of scientific concepts in their local environment through digital photography. The site poses photo challenges specific to middle school science courses.

http://www.fossweb.com/planetfoss/

Example: Chemical reactions are all around us. They can be found in the kitchen, in the park, and in the city streets. Take a picture that shows evidence of a chemical reaction.




K-12 Environmental education lessons that are tied to state standards
The California Environmental Protection Agency has prepared lessons in environmental science for grades K-12. Each lesson teaches state standards, has clear diagrams, amazing photographs, activities for students, and assessments for you. How it fits with the textbook you are using is also shown. Take a look.

http://calepa.ca.gov/Education/EEI/Curriculum/Default.htm

Live specimens for elementary grades
Grade Specimens
K goldfish, snail, newt, water plants
1st ladybugs
2nd earthworms, mealworms, butterfly larvae
3rd mealworms
4th pond culture
5th elodea

Teachers, Remember to request your voucher for live specimens at least two weeks before you need them.
Email or call Sandra Mims: smims@pusd.us, x89459.
Department Contacts
+ Jain, Karen
+ Mims, Sandra
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