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Science Resources - Upper Elementary - Causal Patterns

Science Resources - Upper Elementary - Causal Patterns


I am so excited to share a free resource I learned about today. The brilliant minds at Harvard developed some elementary science lessons that focus around clearing common misconceptions that students hold about scientific phenomenon. I had the opportunity to read through their lessons for 5th grade Ecosystems (which ties to 4th grade animal studies, and 3rd grade living things) and I was blown away by their guiding questions. It is a very different way to think about science. For some curriculum resources click here to go to the page on the Harvard website. 

There are 2 full units available to download for free, and 5 downloads of curriculum materials. 
Be sure to check out the whole website. The information is great and you will find some activities to complete with your students that are easy and engaging. You might even learn about a misconception you've had!



Thanks for reading. If you check out the resources, I would love to read what you think!
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Brittany Washburn
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Chromatography- Separating a Solution

Chromatography- Separating a Solution


My students absolutely loved this experiment on Separating a Solution with Chromatography! The worksheets walk them through the steps so at the end we had to write conclusions. We had a bit of time left so I let several students share what they wrote and show their stopmotion videos. It was a hit!

My 3rd grade students are learning about how Matter changes. We've reviewed the processes that change states of matter, so we've moved on to Mixtures and Solutions. They know that a mixture is a combination of 2 or more substances, and a solution is a special kind of mixture in which one substance dissolves in another. I told them that a black marker is a solution, and we came up with our testable question.
My students absolutely loved this experiment on Separating a Solution with Chromatography! The worksheets walk them through the steps so at the end we had to write conclusions. We had a bit of time left so I let several students share what they wrote and show their stopmotion videos. It was a hit!
Since I'm working with 3rd graders here, I developed a worksheet to walk them through the steps of the experiment and the scientific method. (I made 2 versions and ended up using the 1/2 page version to save on paper). You can find both versions and the directions sheet in my TpT Store


My students absolutely loved this experiment on Separating a Solution with Chromatography! The worksheets walk them through the steps so at the end we had to write conclusions. We had a bit of time left so I let several students share what they wrote and show their stopmotion videos. It was a hit!
To cut down on as much chaos as possible, I set up the tables with most of the materials they would need to complete the experiment. The only thing they had to do was put water in their containers. For this experiment, we did our data collection with iPads. We used a stop-motion app and took a picture of the progress every 30 seconds. This was an ideal way to record the data because they were then able to look back at the pictures to complete their worksheets. If you don't have access to iPads or a stop-motion app you can still complete this experiment, just skip the technology component. 
My students absolutely loved this experiment on Separating a Solution with Chromatography! The worksheets walk them through the steps so at the end we had to write conclusions. We had a bit of time left so I let several students share what they wrote and show their stopmotion videos. It was a hit!
Ok this is the moment you've been waiting for! You came here to find out which type of marker is the perfect marker right? Well, after trying several (we're really talking dozens), I took a chance and tried one of my old wet-erase markers and it was PERFECT! All 3 primary colors came out and it was pretty to look at. The green one separates beautifully into yellow and blue too, just in case you were wondering. 
My students absolutely loved this experiment on Separating a Solution with Chromatography! The worksheets walk them through the steps so at the end we had to write conclusions. We had a bit of time left so I let several students share what they wrote and show their stopmotion videos. It was a hit!

Here is an example of how it could look:




My students absolutely loved this experiment! The worksheets walk them through the steps so at the end we had to write conclusions. We had a bit of time left so I let several students share what they wrote and show their stopmotion videos. It was a hit!

My students absolutely loved this experiment on Separating a Solution with Chromatography! The worksheets walk them through the steps so at the end we had to write conclusions. We had a bit of time left so I let several students share what they wrote and show their stopmotion videos. It was a hit!


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Brittany Washburn
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2nd Grade Sound Science

2nd Grade Sound Science


What resources have you gathered for teaching your students about Sound energy, or the other types of energy?

In my district we teach 2nd grade students about Sound Energy as a whole unit. Enjoy this vocabulary foldable freebie just for being a reader of my blog.
In my district we teach 2nd grade students about Sound Energy as a whole unit. Enjoy this vocabulary foldable freebie just for being a reader of my blog.

I bought the font from Lettering Delights. It is called "Franks Friends" and I use it for nearly everything now. I just love their fonts!

I made this anchor chart to go along with my Sound Science Unit:
In my district we teach 2nd grade students about Sound Energy as a whole unit. Enjoy this vocabulary foldable freebie just for being a reader of my blog.

Do you like integrating technology and science? Check out these robotics units: 

What resources have you gathered for teaching your students about Sound energy, or the other types of energy? 
What resources have you gathered for teaching your students about Sound energy, or the other types of energy?


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Brittany Washburn
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Using Edmodo in Science Class

Using Edmodo in Science Class


This school year I am using Edmodo with both my 4th and 5th grade science classes. Sometimes, we answer simple questions and respond to each other. For this blog post I am going into detail about my 2 favorite types of Edmodo conversations. 

First, I want to make sure you know you can create a free Edmodo account for yourself. Then you invite your students to create accounts with your group code.



1. A great activity to do with intermediate students is simple research. Give them a question that they do not necessarily know the answer to. Have them google it and provide the answer plus the website they found the information. Then have students check out each other's resources and respond with a question or thoughtful comment.


Occasionally I comment if I feel like I need to clarify something or if someone is going on a tangent. You can choose to make the Edmodo time as long or short as you wish, just change the requirements about how many people they need to respond to or how hard the question will be to research.

Please ask any questions you may have. Thanks for taking the time to read!

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