Flower Power

Posted by Teresa M. on Jun 18, 2015 10:03:36 AM

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith spring in the air, most kids would rather be outdoors. This is the perfect time to explore plants and science with your students. By using engaging resources and developing science experiments, students will be engaged in the learning process without ever knowing it!

Use books found on Big Universe to develop background knowledge.

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 3.23.56 PMThe World of Plants

Michael L. Macceca

From the publisher, "All plants need sun, water, air, and food to grow. Plants are anchored to the ground by their roots, which take in nutrients from the soil. Stems and stalks hold up plants and give them shape, and also hold the plumbing system of the plant. Leaves are the place where food is made for the plant. Many plants make crops for us to eat."

Experiments can be a fun way to learn about cause and effect relationships. They will be applying their knowledge and developing higher level thinking skills in fun and new ways. Find additional resources on Big Universe. Review this previous blog post on science experiments in the classroom for more ideas.

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 3.26.56 PMScience Fair Success!

Kristen Larson (author)

From the publisher, "Science fairs can be a timely assignment, but they can also be fun, rewarding, and sometimes help you to earn scholarships and prizes, too! The recipe for a great science fair or engineering project has just a couple of simple ingredients: a topic you care about and a question you can test. Learn every step of how to make your next science fair or engineering project a winner by following the detailed instructions, helpful hints, and design information in this title. So, don't be scared, be prepared, and you are sure to have science fair success! This book allows students to understand how knowledge of relevant scientific concepts and research findings is important in engineering."


Most students love to explore the world around them. Using that as a starting point, educators can engage students by using relevant resources and developing classroom applications.

Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Differentiation, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Reading Lists, Literacy

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