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  • Geologic Time, Fossils, and Dinosaurs! This is one of my most favorite units to teach - in part because I get to play with dinosaurs and fossils, but mostly because kids are so enthusiastic and ask such great questions!We start off with a lesson on Geologic Time and making timelines - it is so hard to wrap our brains around how OLD Earth is!Then we begin our work as paleontologists, classifying dinosaurs and inferring behaviors from their physical characteristics.Next we begin to learn about fossils by doing a paleontological dig, working carefully to map out with a coordinate grid the evidence of life in our dig site.Finally, we really look at fossil formation by touching and holding and examining real fossils and making ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2018, 11:58 AM by Kristina Stem
  • Computer Science! Another session of #CSforALL at Erie El Science Lab!!!!Planned to coincide with Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10), all EES students visiting the STEM Lab will be in engaged in a 3-week Computer Science Unit.  In honor of this nation-wide initiative to promote computer programming logic and skills, all students, Kindergarten through 5th grade will be working collaboratively on coding as part of the Hour of Code and #CSforALL.  We will be using the FREE, web-based tool Scratch and FREE app ScratchJr.                         Really, Hour of Code is anytime for STEM kids!  (Not just during Computer Science Education Week.)The goal is to get kids of all kinds tinkering, playing, exploring, and just having fun with ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2018, 9:57 AM by Kristina Stem
  • Space   Over the next 6 weeks, we will be exploring SPACE! This is one of my favorite topics because although humankind has been studying the stars before we could write, there is still so much to learn!  Space brings out the best in innovation, thinking, and collaboration!  And there's just so much about space that WOW's me!   Planned to coincide with World Space Week events, all of our students will boldly learn about our universe, galaxy, solar system, our star, and exploration into the final frontier. A common theme throughout our space stations will be critically examining models of space - finding flaws and accuracies, problems and benefits of the models.  In addition to our classroom activities, I've invited ...
    Posted Oct 5, 2017, 8:44 PM by Kristina Stem
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