• Suggested Learning Activities for School Closure

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 3/16/2020

    Hello Students and Parents,

    Below are some suggested learning activities for students of all ages during this time of school closure.  Scroll below to get to specific ideas for each grade level.

     

    Special Mystery Science

    There is going to be a special live science show led by Mystery Doug this Thursday, May 21st. He's a science educator kids love. This show will be all about SPACE–including a special video cameo by astronaut Jessica Meir, who answered real student questions Doug sent to her while she was aboard the International Space Station!

     

    To watch this special mystery open this website link:

    https://mysteryscience.com/live

     

    The show will be about 20 minutes long and will start at:

    10am Pacific / 11am Mountain / 12pm Central / 1pm Eastern
    Thursday, May 21

    P.S. Can’t make it live? View the recording at mysteryscience.com/live after the event.

     

    Mother's Day Science Activities

    Mother's Day is May 12.  Here are 12 ideas to use Science to make something for Mom.  

     

    Star Wars Day-May the 4th Be With You

    May 4th is the day to celebrate all things Star Wars.  On the Science Buddies link they have put together 16 different activites that have a connection to Star Wars.  May the force be with you!  Star Wars Day STEM Activities.  

     

    Observation Journals

    Observation is the key to doing science.  For all students, observe something in nature (maybe a section of the yard or garden, a plant, your pets, etc...) and record words, create scienctific illustrations or drawings in a journal or sketch book.  What do you notice? What do you wonder?  What happens when you revisit this spot at different times?  You could use your journal with the live webcams too.

     

    Live Webcams Around the World

    On the Explore.org website are links for many webcams setup around the world to view animals.  You can select specific animals or places to view.  You can see the new baby condor chicks in the nest in Ventana.  What is happening?  Check this camera at different times of day.  Do you notice other things? What questions do you wonder?

     

    Montery Bay Aquarium

    Learning At Home Activities

    Is It alive? This activity plan is geared to help K-2 students explore living and nonliving things.

    Do Science!  Use the Habitat in a Bucket plan to explore observation and questioning skills.  (K-5 appropriate)

    Kelp Forest Exploration Students will use the live webcam on the kelp forest exhibit to learn about ecosystems. (3-5th grade recommended)

    Games & Activities Free online and printable games and activites, like coloring pages, make a sea otter puppet or penguin headband and more.

     

    Online Learning Courses

    The musuem educators have created 2 courses.  One course explores tide pools for (K-2nd grade students) and another course focuses on being a scientist (3-6th grade students) through ocean habitats.  You’ll be prompted to create a free account before you can begin. You can use the same account for multiple courses.

    Tide Pool Scientist (Kinder-2nd Grade)

    Explore Like a Scientist (3rd-6th Grade)

     

    Exploratorium Website

    1.Earth Day  

    The 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day is April 22, 2020.  The Exploratorium will live stream a Virtual Earth Day Celebration from 1-2:30pm (PDT) to explore some of the big ideas about the science of Earth's systems.  There are also a number of activities to celebrate Earth Day where ever you are.

     

    2.  Science Snacks

    Visit the Science Snacks section of the SF Museum's website.  There are many projects and activities, called Snacks, to explore.  Snacks use easy to find materials to explore science concepts. 

     

    3. Learning Toolbox

    You can also check out activities in the Learning Toolbox section, like Experience the Exploratorium at home, Tinker around your house, Construct some science and Kitchen Science.

      

    The Tech Interactive Website

    The Tech Website has a section called, The Tech Interactive At Home, with a number of lessons and activities designed for our at home digital learning. Starting March 30 there is a 10 Day Design Challenge with a different challenge each day.  You may also be interested in a taking a Virtual Fieldtrip to the Museum.

     

    Grade Level Ideas

    I will post links to topics and activities that you can explore and investigate on your grade level sections below.  Scroll down to find your grade level.

     

    I hope you and your families stay well and and healthy.

    Ms. Ignoffo

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  • 1st Grade-May 19

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 5/19/2020

    Mystery Science

    Why do birds lay eggs in the spring?

     

    Make sure to watch the Bonus section to see some amazing bird nests.

     

    Activity: Can you build a nest that will hold an egg? Give it a try. If you can go outside, gather twigs, leaves, and grass to build with — just like birds do! If you can’t go out, use torn paper, rolled up paper, and string. You can not use glue or tape! When you’re done building, test your nest with something round — like a marble, or even a real egg!

     

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  • First Grade-May 12

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 5/12/2020

    Mystery Science

    Why do birds have beaks?

    In this mystery watch the Exploration Video to learn about the relationship of the shape of a bird's beak to the kind of food that bird will eat.  If you have dry black beans, dry macaroni, paper cups and straws you can do the Hands-On investigation.  Use the Bird Beak Handout to determine the best beak for the type of food a bird eats.

     

    Engineering Challenge

    Look at the Different Types of Bird Beaks and use them to design and build your own bird beak.  

    General Guidelines and Suggestions for the Bird Beak Challenge.  Send Ms. I a picture of your beak.

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  • First Grade-May 5

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    Mystery Doug

    Why do penguins have wings if they can't fly?

    In this mini-mystery you will learn about how penguins use their wings.  Cut out the body parts on the  Penguin Diagram Handout and match the word to the correct body part. You can glue or tape the word to the part and color you diagram.

    For Students Penguin Diagram

    For Parents Key to Penguin Diagram

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  • First Grade-April 28

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/28/2020

    Animal Adaptations

    Animals have amazing ways of surviving in their environments.  Watch this video about 3 animals and some of the body parts that help them survive in their habitats.

    Animal Adaptations

    Then pick ONE of the animals from the video and use the pictures to answer questions about that animal.

     

    Camels

    Pictures and Questions

    Penguins

    Pictures and Questions

    Giraffes

    Pictures and Questions

     

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  • First Grade-April 20

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/20/2020

    Happy Earth Day!

    Watch the Mystery Science lesson:  How old is the Earth?

    At the end of this Mini-mystery is a bonus section with some very surprising re-uses of plastic.  Can you make something with recycled items from your house?  Try it!  Send Ms. Ignoffo a picture of your creation.

     

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  • First Grade-April 14

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    Mystery Science

    Why are butterflies so colorful?

    After you watch this mini-mystery, you can make a butterfly and a card for someone special.  Follow instructions in the Hands-On activity.

     

     

     

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  • First Grade-April 2

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/2/2020

    Mystery Science

    How do magicians trick people?

    Watch the exploration video.  If you would like to be able to do your own magic trick, you will follow the directions in the Hands-On Activity.  You will need to print out the handout and use scissors and glue to make the prop for the magic trick.

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  • 2nd Grade-May 19

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 5/19/2020

    Mystery Science

    How could you get more birds to visit a bird feeder?

     

    In the mystery Exploration video you will investigate the kinds of birds that visit a bird feeder based on what they eat.  Then you will design and build your own prototype of a bird feeder, depending on what materials you have available.  If you feel your bird feeder is able to be function outside, try it.  

     

    Here is the Bird Feeder Handout to help you with your bird feeder prototype and an Inspiration Sheet for bird feeder design ideas.  If possible take a picture and send it to Ms. I.

     

    *Note-We do not have cardinals in California.

    For materials check in your recycle bin to get started.  

     

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  • Second Grade-May 11

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 5/11/2020

    Mystery Science

    Last week you learned how to tell different types of frogs from one another by the sound they make. This week we continue to explore animals. Watch the mini-mystery called:

    Why do owls say Hoo?

     

    Here is an Owl eyesight activity:  How do owls see?   You will need 2 paper towel rolls for this activity.

     

    To learn more about owls read Owl Lifecycle and Body.  

    Then put the owl pictures in correct order on the Owl Lifecycle Diagram.

     

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  • Second Grade-May 5

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    Mystery Science

    Why do frogs say ribbit?

    In this mystery you will learn to identify the unique calls of frogs from North America by listening very carefully and writing a word that reminds you of that sound.  Then you will investigate what frogs are located in different environments and record the frogs you hear.  In this mystery there is also a bonus video about how a frog becomes a frog.

    Student Handout  Who's Calling?

    Parents Answer Key to Who's Calling?

     

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  • Second Grade-April 28

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    Mystery Science

    Watch the Exploration video to explore what happens to rocks as they travel along a river.

    Why is there sand at the beach?

     

    For the hands-on activity, you will need the River template (or just lay 5 sheets of paper together and draw the mountain and river on it).  To start the activity you need to cut or tear a piece of colored paper into 12 pieces.  Follow the directions in the Activity video to see what happens to large boulders as they travel down a river.  You can draw what happens on the Draw the River Rocks handout.

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  • Second Grade-April 20

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/20/2020

    Happy Earth Day!

    Watch the Mystery Science lesson:  How old is the Earth?

    At the end of this Mini-mystery is a bonus section with some very surprising re-uses of plastic.  Can you make something with recycled items from your house?  Try it!  Send Ms. Ignoffo a picture of your creation.

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  • Second Grade-April 14

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/14/2020

    Mystery Science

    If you floated down a river, where would you end up?

    In this mystery you will discover an important principle about how rivers work. If you have a water spray bottle, a dark colored marker and a blank piece of paper you will be able to make a model of how rivers flow.

     

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  • Second Grade-April 2

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/2/2020

     

    Mystery Science

    How do magicians trick people?

    Watch the exploration video.  If you would like to be able to do your own magic trick, you will follow the directions in the Hands-On Activity.  You will need to print out the handout and use scissors and glue to make the prop for the magic trick.

     

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  • Third Grade-April 27

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/27/2020

    We will now post science activities into Google Classroom.  Please check the Science Topic for weekly assignments.

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  • Third Grade-April 20

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    Happy Earth Day!

    In honor of our Earth devise a car that uses wind to to power its motion. 

    This video will get you started building your own car and a suggested materials list.  You can use other materials if you don't have something.  Be creative.  You might need a parent to help you put a holes in the wheel part.  If possible, send a picture of your creation to Ms. I.

    Build a wind-powered car

     

     

     

     

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  • Third Grade-April 14

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/14/2020

    Mystery Science

    How could you win a tug-of-war against a bunch of a adults?

    In this mystery you will explore pushes and pulls (forces).  If you have thin cardboard (like the kind from a cereal or cracker box) and a rubber band, you can make a hopper popper and test out how forces work.  There is a template for how to mark, cut and fold the cardboard.  If you can't print the template, just fold the cardboard and cut notches out on each side to hold the rubberband in place. 

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  • Third Grade-April 2

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/2/2020

    STEM Activities

    This week try an activity or build something.  These ideas use basic materials around your house.  Get creative, have fun, take a picture and send it to Ms. I.

    Peeps

    Try one of 5 simple science activities using Peeps, you know the spring candies that look like chicks.  You can try diffusion art, balancing, building a catapult, exploring solubility or make a parachute.  Just substitute a peep for the main item in the materials.

     

    Toilet Paper Tubes

    We know toilet paper is quite challenging to get these days.  So save your tubes and try one of these 8 activities using toilet paper tubes.  You could build a paper airplane or cotton ball launcher.  You might want to make a stethoscope, kazoo or robot hand. There are also ideas for building your own sports equipment, or junkbot robots. You could also learn about Bernoulli's principle with balloons.  

      

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  • Fourth Grade-April 21

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/21/2020

    We will now post science activities into your 4th Grade Science Google Classroom.  Please check there for weekly assignments.

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  • Fourth Grade-April 15

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/15/2020

    Wonderopolis

    Our last Unit in Science is Energy and Motion.  Watch the video clips, read the article and take the Test your Knowledge quiz.  After you finish, go to our Science Google Classroom page and complete a Wonderopolis Response form. At the bottom of the Wonderopolis page there are several activities in the Try it Out to explore this topic more.  The spinning penny experiment looks interesting.

    How do roller coasters work?

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Fourth Grade-April 2

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/2/2020

    STEM Activities

    This week try an activity or build something.  These ideas use basic materials around your house.  Get creative, have fun, take a picture and send it to Ms. I.

    Peeps

    Try one of 5 simple science activities using Peeps, you know the spring candies that look like chicks.  You can try diffusion art, balancing, building a catapult, exploring solubility or make a parachute.  Just substitute a peep for the main item in the materials.

     

    Toilet Paper Tubes

    We know toilet paper is quite challenging to get these days.  So save your tubes and try one of these 8 activities using toilet paper tubes.  You could build a paper airplane or cotton ball launcher.  You might want to make a stethoscope, kazoo or robot hand. There are also ideas for building your own sports equipment, or junkbot robots. You could also learn about Bernoulli's principle with balloons.  

      

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  • Fifth Grade-April 21

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/21/2020

    We will now post science activities in our Google Classroom classwork section.  Please check there for weekly assignments.

     

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  • Fifth Grade-April 15

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/15/2020

    This week we will use a new resource to explore the solar system:  Wonderopolis.  Watch the video clip, read or listen to the article and take the Test Your Knowledge quiz.  After you finish, go to our Google Classroom page and complete a Wonderopolis Response form. At the bottom of the Wonderopolis page there are several activities in the Try it Out to explore this topic more.  

    How big is the solar system?

     

     

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  • Fifth Grade-April 2

    Posted by Michele Ignoffo on 4/2/2020

    STEM Activities

    This week try an activity or build something.  These ideas use basic materials around your house.  Get creative, have fun, take a picture and send it to Ms. I.

    Peeps

    Try one of 5 simple science activities using Peeps, you know the spring candies that look like chicks.  You can try diffusion art, balancing, building a catapult, exploring solubility or make a parachute.  Just substitute a peep for the main item in the materials.

     

    Toilet Paper Tubes

    We know toilet paper is quite challenging to get these days.  So save your tubes and try one of these 8 activities using toilet paper tubes.  You could build a paper airplane or cotton ball launcher.  You might want to make a stethoscope, kazoo or robot hand. There are also ideas for building your own sports equipment, or junkbot robots. You could also learn about Bernoulli's principle with balloons.  

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