Title: What Will I Wear to School Today?
Hot, cold, windy, or snowing, students need to know how to dress appropriately. In this lesson, students will learn how weather affects what they wear to school each day. Students will practice choosing the appropriate clothing by using computer software that allows students to dress different people.
Standard(s): [TC2] (0-2) 9: Identify digital tools used for problem solving.
Title: Stormy Stories
In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Standard(s): [SS2010] GEOG (7) 12: Explain ways geographic features and environmental issues have influenced historical events.
Title: A Reason for the Season
In this Xpeditions student activity, students explore the changing of the seasons. They learn why the season change and then test their knowledge using a cosmic map.
Standard(s): [S1] E&S (9-12) 6: Explain the length of a day and of a year in terms of the motion of Earth.
Title: Investigating Local Ecosystems
The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to use Internet resources to investigate the habitats of local plants and animals and to explore some of the ways animals depend on plants and each other. In the lesson, students observe living organisms in a local ecosystem and create detailed drawings and descriptions of them.
Standard(s): [S1] (1) 4: Describe survival traits of living things, including color, shape, size, texture, and covering.
Title: How's the Weather Today?
This Xpeditions lesson asks students to think about the weather in their area and introduces them to weather and temperature trends in different latitudes of the United States. Students examine maps, record temperatures, and draw pictures showing different weather conditions.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT2 (2) 11: Interpret legends, stories, and songs that contributed to the development of the cultural history of the United States.
Title: Prepare Yourself!
This Xpeditions lesson introduces U.S. students to natural hazards that occur across their country and in their home region. They learn where tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, or severe thunderstorms are likely to occur and find out which type of event is most likely to happen near their home.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT (0) 3: Describe how rules provide order, security, and safety in the home, school, and community.
Title: Why It's Essential
In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine the differences between seasons in their region. In addition to temperature variations and seasonal household chores, students explore subtle differences, such as changes in foods available at the market and the length of the days.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT2 (2) 8: Describe how scarcity affects supply and demand of natural resources and human-made products.
Title: Look at Those Leaves!
This Science NetLinks lesson has students observe, measure, and sort tree leaves. They examine leaves individually, in groups, and in relationship to the entire tree.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 14: Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes. [2-MD1]
Title: What Is a Tornado?
In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about how tornadoes are formed and why most tornadoes occur in the United States tornado alley. Students also create a tornado in a bottle. Finally, they draw pictures of tornadoes of different shapes and sizes and review basic safety information about what to do in a tornado.
Standard(s): [S1] (0) 9: Identify seasons of the year.
Title: Writing Reports in Kindergarten? Yes!
This lesson encourages young students to see themselves as writers with a message to convey. Three types of reports are provided to show what kindergartners and emergent writers can do.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (0) 30: With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.K.8]
Title: The Warmth of the Sun
In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students take a closer look at the sun and begin to recognize its critical function in heating and warming the air, land, and water that sustain our lives. This involves drawing their attention to the basics of the heat around them and how the sun is the primary source of that warmth. They then perform a number of indoor and outdoor activities that help them begin to identify the sun as the natural, universal source of heat in the world.
Standard(s): [S1] (2) 11: Identify basic components of our solar system, including the sun, planets, and Earth's moon.
Title: Let's Build a Snowman
In this lesson, students use both fiction and nonfiction texts, the Internet, and a K-W-L chart to learn about how animals survive the winter.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 37: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening. [L.2.3]
Title: Science NetLinks
The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science NetLinks strives to be a comprehensive ''homepage'' for K-12 science educators. At the heart of Science NetLinks are standards-based lesson plans that incorporate reviewed Internet resources, and can be selected according to specific benchmarks and grade ranges. Each lesson is tied to at least one learning goal and uses research-based instructional strategies that support student learning. The lessons are written for the teacher, but include student-ready materials such as student sheets (student reproducibles) or E-Sheets (online worksheets that enable students to engage directly in Internet activities). Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Standard(s): [S1] CHE (9-12) 9: Distinguish between chemical and nuclear reactions.