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Science is a required program of study, as stated in Policy 2510.  In grades K-2 it can be integrated but must be taught to mastery.  In grades 3-4 science is considered part of the core and should be given equal footing with English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies.  In 5th grade it must be taught daily. 
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

How Do Things Fly?  http://howthingsfly.si.edu/

 How Do Things Fly? is an interactive site designed for students by the scientists at the National Air and Space Museum.  This site includes information and simulations that illustrate the forces of flight:  lift, thrust, weight and drag.  Students may pose questions to a Smithsonian Explainer. (A trained high school or college student who will answer questions about how things fly)   This site will enhance the learning experience for your students.    Your class may decide to launch a virtual plane with the Distance Challenge.   This is just one resource from the Smithsonian Museums.  Check out other resources at their website, http://www.si.edu/ .

 Science K-6:  Investigating Classrooms, Annenberg Learner   http://learner.org/resources/series116.html  - illustrates through a video library how elementary teachers incorporate genuine inquiry into their classes.  Classroom and discussion videos cover grades K-2, 3-4, and 5-6.   The information on the site indicates that this series is no longer available for purchase.  The videos are available for viewing at the bottom of the site for free.

 Discovery Kids - Science Experiments http://kids.discovery.com/activities/science-experiments   The science experiment section includes investigations students may complete on their own or as a class.  Just a few of the ideas are growing your own fungus garden, morphing milk into “rubber” or making your own rock candy.  Other areas of this website include recipes for creepy snacks, crafts and adventures.

 Science & Children Free Article (October 2012)  More is Less http://www.nsta.org/publications/article.aspx?id=Z349URi8cV4zj2aX2ZVgmTCbA2s6B2Y3!plus!OMN!plus!4bvPyI=  More is Less, Adding details to reduce complexity and help prevent misconceptions by Aaron Willey and Michelle Klosterman challenges teachers to not water down the curriculum for hard to teach concepts.  One question they pose is “How do we share the complexity of the natural world without introducing content that is over students’ heads?”   This article outlines the experiences of the authors as they develop a third-grade lesson using current scientific research on tomato plant growth and genetics-- two difficult concepts.  The suggestions in this article may be adapted to other grade levels where the content is appropriate.  Take a look at this article you may be able to incorporate this task into your science instruction.

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