Science

“If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.” Sir Ken Robinson

The NGSS classroom resources database has many lessons and activities that have been vetted by the NSTA as well as user submitted materials.  http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx

The NGSS is more than a resource or someone's opinion on science education; it is the result of years of research and collaboration among education leaders and professional researchers.  If you would like help with any of these, or other activities, contact the district STEM team.

An assortment of questions to practice for the provincial assessment on science skills.  The best practice is doing science activities, it is also important to practice reading the types of questions asked on the provincial assessment.

Practice questions shared from ASD-E and ASD-W.  The best practice is doing science activities, it is also important to practice reading the types of questions asked on the provincial assessment.

An assortment of files containing practice questions for the provincial science skills assessment in grade 4.  The best practice is doing science activities, it is also important to practice reading the types of questions asked on the provincial assessment.

Croft students in grades 4 and 5 are participating in a STEM enrichement that will culminate with the STEM Projects to be displayed at the ASD-N Elementary STEM Fair.  In this session we learned the design process by building the tallest house of cards.  Students evaluated their designs and offered feedback to other groups and redesigned based on new discovery.

View the image gallery - http://stemnorth.nbed.nb.ca/science/gallery/house-cards-activity

ASD-N has recently made a shift towards STEM projects rather then traditional Science Fair Projects.  This along with the emphasis on variables and data collection in the spotlight on skills documents (3-8) has created some confusion about how an Engineering or Innovation based projects can fit.  Planning documents at both the elementary and middle/high level have been created for teachers to use for these type of projects.

http://stemnorth.nbed.nb.ca/science/page/stem-project-planning

Today we added to our previous learning of making materials more stable but introducing the concept of fastners.  Students did an inquiry activity to see which fastners make straws the most stable.  From our discussion those concpets were used in planning their next structure.  Students began to plan the mateirals, fastners and design concepts needed, eventually they built small models of their designs to see if their plans worked.

Images available at http://stemnorth.nbed.nb.ca/science/gallery/res-materials-and-structures...

Posted: November 27, 2015

Day one of our enrichement had groups of students working on three individual structures: Tall; Strong; and Crossing an Open Space.

Students acted like Engineers to collaborate to build a structure based on the assigned task.  They troubleshootted issues, took suggestions from other groups and applied what they learned to make a plan for next time.

View our Image Gallery - http://stemnorth.nbed.nb.ca/science/gallery/reston-elementary-grade-3-ma...