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An investigative look at seven backyard habitats to see how many critters you can find!

This curriculum, developed by the University of California Botanical Garden Programs alongside local school districts and youth organizations, presents itself as a life science unit for grades k-4 that explores the plants we eat.  With eight lessons that include dissections, tastings, diagrams, experiments, investigative questions and reflection questions, students will take their first steps to becoming food scientists!

An inquiry-based science and nutrition program developed by the Teachers College at Columbia University, this curriculum is divided into units that teach students about science by studying their own diet and activity choices. The curriculum includes background information and assessment tools to help students apply what they learn to their personal health choices.

A book of fun science experiments.

Get kids talking about the science of food, the five food groups, and what a healthy meal looks like. Answering questions like “Why are so many vegetables green?,” “What’s the difference between brown bread and white bread?,” and “Why do beans make you gassy?,” cheerful haiku poems, and a simple Q&A format make this book a nutritious treat.

FoodMASTER provides lessons that allow students to apply their math and science skills to real-world practices in the kitchen.  The teacher edition explains what teachers are responsible for throughout the class, and suggests how to space out the lesson so time is used as efficiently as possible.  The student edition provides fun classroom activities and short quizzes to ensure they are picking up on the objectives of the lesson.  These projects will have students excited about math and science once again!

Brief Description:
Students use books and handouts to create game show questions about insects and then form teams and play the game.

Have students conduct research on a topic
Students will form questions based on facts and information gathered from research
Share researched information with the class through a fun game
Challenge students to work as a group

Books and handouts about insects, paper and writing materials, whiteboard or chalkboard, play money.
Getting Started / Procedure:
Explain to students that they are going to be able to be team contestants in a game of Jeopardy, but first they have to create the questions for the game.  Students are […]

Poems about science? That’s right! These short poems combine science and wonder to create sensational tales of spectacular science.

From molecules and plant cells to the human digestive system, this book contains 111 coloring plates that are an effective learning method for uncovering concepts and structures of a range of biology. This is not a typical “coloring book” and would better be termed a coloring “workbook.”