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Explore the Salish Sea - Unit 3: Salish Sea Rocks
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Salish Sea Rocks is Unit 3 of the Explore the Salish Sea Curriculum. Each unit contains a detailed unit plan, a slideshow, student journal, and assessments. All elements are adaptable and can be tailored to your local community.
In the unit, students will explore Earth’s processes that create the perfect spawning habitat for a few species of small but mighty fish.

Subject:
Applied Science
Biology
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Junior SeaDoctors
Pacific Education Institute
UC Davis Veterinary Medicine
SeaDoc Society
Date Added:
12/19/2022
Explore the Salish Sea - Unit 4: Tide Out, Table Set
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In this unit, students will solve a mystery about changes in oyster larvae in the Salish Sea, causing oyster farmers to send their larvae to Hawaii until they grow stronger. They will look for clues in:
• activities and games, articles, and films that introduce the concepts of habitat and ecosystem
• structures and behaviors for survival in intertidal zone habitats
• the Earth-moon-sun interactions that drive the tides
• the importance of First Foods of the intertidal to first nations communities;
• how intertidal organisms interact across the Salish Sea food web
Afterward, they will arrive at the importance of a balanced carbon cycle in the health of the ocean and use a full scientific investigation to test if their local waters have a healthy pH for oyster larvae and other shelled creatures. Clear pathways of hope are woven into this complex issue, so students know that scientists and leaders are working to solve this problem - and kids can help!

Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Environmental Science
Life Science
Maritime Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Module
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
SeaDoc Society
UC Davis Veterinary Medicine
Junior SeaDoctors
Date Added:
04/25/2023
Explore the Salish Sea - Unit 5: Ocean Tech
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The moon is more explored than the ocean, and that includes the Salish Sea. Where it is inconvenient or even impossible for people to go, we can engineer technology to go there for us, like the Mars Rovers, space probes, automatic unmanned vehicles, drones, and in this unit, remotely operated vehicles (ROV’s). Ocean Tech revisits the engineering process, but this time it requires physical, mechanical, and electrical engineers working together as a team to achieve a student-driven mission.

Chapter 5, Life in the Deep: The Subtidal World, is our first look into the amazing life forms that live their whole lives underwater. Is there access to the subtidal world near your school? If you can get to one (even if it is a pond or a pool), your students’ engineering efforts will find their reward. What mystery or problem will your students explore with their own ROV? Dive in!

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
SeaDoc Society
UC Davis Veterinary Medicine
Junior SeaDoctors
Date Added:
04/25/2023
Explore the Salish Sea - Unit 6: Dive!
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Did you know that a elephant seal can hold its breath for 77 minutes and dive 5,000 feet (1524 meters) into the sea? We are still working on the science to discover just what enables these remarkable feats under intense pressure, cold, and dark. Diving birds and mammals utilize physical, behavioral, and physiological adaptations to withstand the extreme conditions of diving and still return to the surface with oxygen reserves (and a meal!). Your students can join us in investigating just how they do this.

This unit will review the concepts of pressure-changing with depth, marine food webs, structure and function, photosynthesis and respiration, and of course, the process of science. It will introduce metabolism, the diving reflex, sensory structures for detecting prey, wave properties of acoustics, trophic pyramids, and bioaccumulation of toxins in long-lived predators. Oh yeah, and there will be orca forensics!

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
SeaDoc Society
UC Davis Veterinary Medicine
Junior SeaDoctors
Date Added:
04/25/2023
Explore the Salish Sea - Unit 7: Migration
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Migration explores the routes, distances, and purposes for wildlife migration with a special focus on Pacific salmon. This iconic species of the Pacific Northwest has shaped life in Salish Sea watersheds since they first entered rivers and creeks to spawn, bringing their ocean-derived nutrients in reach of land animals, plants, and people. Nearly 1/4 of the nitrogen in the leaves of our giant temperate rainforest trees once swam in the sea as salmon. They are the reason for the great natural wealth of the Salish Sea and beyond.

Learning to identify habitat needs based on their specific migrations will empower students to identify ways they can improve salmon habitat near their own schools and possibly design and carry out a salmon habitat improvement project. Reach out to salmon experts in your community for support with this unit and project, from protecting storm drains to raising salmon in the classroom. Share your salmon project story along the way. Your school may just be featured as our next Salish Sea Heroes!

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
SeaDoc Society
UC Davis Veterinary Medicine
Junior SeaDoctors
Date Added:
04/25/2023
Exploring Climate Science with Virtual Reality
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Exploring Climate Science With Virtual Reality, a Teacher/Scientist Partnership experience. High school teachers engage with working scientists and engineers to for content learning for climate science and virtual reality and engage in follow-up sessions with professional development facilitators to develop pedagogical expertise for use in creating formative classroom tasks that are formative and productive. It is a three day initial workshop with four follow-up days to
1) deepen teacher understanding by learning with climate scientists to understand climate science standards content knowledge
2) increase awareness and knowledge of the use of virtual reality devices in climate science learning
30 to co-develop a climate science simulation game for use on Oculus Go devices with teachers, their students and a virtual reality scientist/engineer team
4) to develop and implement embedded formative classroom tasks that
complement climate science learning by using a relevant, place based phenomena, and provide insights into student thinking and productive next steps in learning.

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Exploring Climate Science With Virtual Reality Professional Learning Module by Georgia Boatman, ESD 123 and Peggy Willcuts PNNL is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Geology
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Date Added:
08/08/2019
Exploring the Salish Sea - Unit 8: Salish Sea Heroes
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The culmination of the Explore the Salish Sea Curriculum is improving the environment for wildlife and people in your own community. Students will review the science and traditional ecological knowledge-based recommendations they have made after each scientific investigation throughout the previous units, then choose one to put into action. Their choices will depend on available resources, time, and expertise available.

Subject:
Life Science
Physical Science
Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
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Author:
Pacific Education Institute
SeaDoc Society
UC Davis Veterinary Medicine
Junior SeaDoctors
Date Added:
04/25/2023
Fifth Grade Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects-Earth & Space:  Patterns in the Sky
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The Fifth Grade Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects,Earth and Space: Patterns in the Sky, uses the phenomena of perceived sun and moon movements that seem to move around the Earth to explore stars, Earth orbit and rotation and moon orbit around Earth.  It is part of Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects project, a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, North Central ESD, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects  can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. The EFSIS project brings together grade level teams of teachers to develop lessons or suites of lessons that are 1) pnenomena based, focused on grade level Performance Expectations, and 2) leverage ELA and Mathematics Washington State Learning Standards.

Subject:
Astronomy
Education
Elementary Education
Measurement and Data
Physical Science
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Date Added:
08/20/2021
First Grade Elementary Science and Integrates Subjects-Sky Explorers
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The First Grade Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects, Sky Explorers uses observation of the sun and moon in the sky as a phenomena for exploring patterns of objects in the sky.  It is part of Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects project, a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, North Central ESD, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects  can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. The EFSIS project brings together grade level teams of teachers to develop lessons or suites of lessons that are 1) pnenomena based, focused on grade level Performance Expectations, and 2) leverage ELA and Mathematics Washington State Learning Standards.

Subject:
Astronomy
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Measurement and Data
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Module
Reading
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Date Added:
05/20/2021
Food! How Do We Ensure Good Nutrition for All?
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Food! is a freely available community research guide developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) in partnership with the InterAcademy Partnership as part of the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project. These Smithsonian Science for Global Goals community research guides use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to focus on sustainable actions that are defined and implemented by students.

Food! is a module broken up into seven parts. Each part contains a series of tasks to complete. Each task contains additional resources to support that task. We have provided a suggested order for the parts and tasks. However, the structure of the guide hopefully allows you to customize your learning experience by selecting which parts, tasks, and resources you would like to utilize and in what order you would like to complete them.

Subject:
Applied Science
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Life Science
Nutrition
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Module
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Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
InterAcademy Partnership
Smithsonian Science Education Center
Date Added:
04/30/2021
Fourth Grade Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects-What Happened at Dry Falls?
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The Fourth Grade Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects, What Happened at Dry Falls?, uses the phenomena of a local Washington landform to explore erosion from the Ice Age Floods.  It is part of Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects project, a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, North Central ESD, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects  can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. The EFSIS project brings together grade level teams of teachers to develop lessons or suites of lessons that are 1) pnenomena based, focused on grade level Performance Expectations, and 2) leverage ELA and Mathematics Washington State Learning Standards.

Subject:
Cultural Geography
Education
Elementary Education
Environmental Science
Geology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Module
Reading
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Date Added:
07/16/2021
Free COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Illustrations
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Our artists are creating a collection of illustrations of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a variety of styles. Each illustration is available in multiple iterations. Download a package of editable image files by clicking the arrow at the bottom right of the image panel. Please review our licensing requirements below. Check back for new additions to the collection.

We encourage you to use and adapt these illustrations for non-commercial purposes.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
Innovative Genomics Institute
Date Added:
04/24/2020
Good Vibrations (3-5)
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This sequence of instruction was developed to help elementary teachers who are working remotely.  We developed a short storyline that ties together a few sessions to help explore a specific concept.  We tried to include some activities that honored and included the student’s family and experience, and some that included the potential for ELA learning goals.
"Good Vibrations" is designed around students making observations of sounds and the way sounds are transmitted to answer the questions: How can improve the design of a string telephone?(How does sound behave in and between different materials?)
It is part of Clime Time - a collaboration among all nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) in Washington and many Community Partners to provide programs for science teacher training around Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and climate science, thanks to grant money made available to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) by Governor Inslee. 

Subject:
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Unit of Study
Author:
Clancy Wolf
Jeff Ryan
Date Added:
06/10/2022
Grade 1 - Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects: Plants and Their Parts
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Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects is a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary integration  can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. The EFSIS project brings together grade level teams of teachers to develop lessons or suites of lessons that are 1) focused on grade level Performance Expectations, and 2) leverage ELA and Mathematics Washington State Learning Standards.

Subject:
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Barbara Soots
Ellen Ebert
Kimberley Astle
Washington OSPI OER Project
Date Added:
06/08/2020
Grade 2 - Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects: Tumbling Tumbleweeds
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Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects is a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary integration can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. The EFSIS project brings together grade level teams of teachers to develop lessons or suites of lessons that are 1) focused on grade level Performance Expectations, and 2) leverage ELA and Mathematics Washington State Learning Standards.

Subject:
Education
Elementary Education
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Barbara Soots
Ellen Ebert
Kimberley Astle
Washington OSPI OER Project
Date Added:
06/22/2020
Grade 3 - Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects: How Do Plants Grow and Survive
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Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects is a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary integration can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. The EFSIS project brings together grade level teams of teachers to develop lessons or suites of lessons that are 1) focused on grade level Performance Expectations, and 2) leverage ELA and Mathematics Washington State Learning Standards.

Subject:
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Life Science
Measurement and Data
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Barbara Soots
Ellen Ebert
Kimberley Astle
Washington OSPI OER Project
Date Added:
06/09/2020
Grade 4 - Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects: Sage Grouse and Sagebrush,  Threatened Partners
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Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects is a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary Integration can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. The EFSIS project brings together grade level teams of teachers to develop lessons or suites of lessons that are 1) focused on grade level Performance Expectations, and 2) leverage ELA and Mathematics Washington State Learning Standards.

Subject:
Biology
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Module
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Barbara Soots
Ellen Ebert
Kimberley Astle
Washington OSPI OER Project
Date Added:
06/25/2020
Grade 5 - Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects: Where Do Plants Get What They Need to Grow?
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Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects is a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary integration can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. The EFSIS project brings together grade level teams of teachers to develop lessons or suites of lessons that are 1) focused on grade level Performance Expectations, and 2) leverage ELA and Mathematics Washington State Learning Standards.

Subject:
Biology
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Life Science
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Module
Reading
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Barbara Soots
Ellen Ebert
Kimberley Astle
Washington OSPI OER Project
Date Added:
06/29/2020
Grade 5 Inquiry: Plight of the Honey Bees
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This inquiry by Karen Morley-Smith, Evergreen Public Schools, is based on the C3 Framework inquiry arc. Through shared reading, videos, articles, class discussions, reflections, and the study of natural rights and common good, students develop a rich understanding of the honey bee's role in the survival of life.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Environmental Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Barbara Soots
Washington OSPI OER Project
Jerry Price
Karen Morley-Smith
Date Added:
12/29/2020
Growing Elementary Science - Where does a Plant Get Food?
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This is a two day presentation that kicked off the beginning of the Growing Elementary Science Project in October of 2019. This was a teacher professional learning session with the goal of increasing teacher content and pedagogical content knowledge through engagement in a learning cycle to answer the question "Where does a seed get the material it needs to become a plant and produce more seeds?" Teachers also experienced a structured planning session to support them in developing a garden centric science unit to do with their students. The resource includes the template and a completed model to explore. 

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Jeff Ryan
Date Added:
08/10/2021