100 Brief Real-Life Lessons
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Reading Level 3 - 4.5Interest Level 6 - 12
These two engaging, activity-packed workbooks were developed to give meaningful experiences to students who are more successful with short lessons. Each 15-minute activity gets science classes off to a great start, and help students relate science concepts to "real life" situations.
The program was created to meet the following criteria:
Each Science Shorts book has 50 reproducible lessons in the a variety of fun categories.
These topics depict a representative view of life on earth. Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, insects, and some of their predecessors are all introduced. The intent of this book is to provide students with the opportunity to draw conclusions regarding the similarity between people and all other life. Feeding habits, raising of young, habitats, and the emotions of wild things are some of the concepts that will help to provide students with a better understanding of the creatures that share this planet with people.
Lessons include Does a Frog Go South?; Edible Bugs; The Invisible Bear; Up Where They Belong; The Lone Ranger; Night Train; You Turkey!; Things with Wings that Sting; A Whale of a Tale; Crime Fighting Spiders; Ocean Hunters; Mobile Homes; Fish 'Til You Drop; Moose on the Loose; Monkey Business; He Thinks I'm His Mama; Her Nose Knows; Bye Bye Birdie; Camel Birds; Oh Deer!; Snake in the Grass; Armed and Dangerous; The River Horse; The Mayor; Can You Carry a Tuna?; more.
This book provides an introduction to physical science. Weather, disease, inventions, and all other topics are intended to offer a broad based understanding of the cause and effect of life on earth and in our environment. Also, an underlying attempt is made to instill a social conscience toward the fragility of the balance of nature.
Lessons include Tick Attack; Big Bolts; Water We Doing; The Squeeze; Can You Dig It?; The Wright Stuff; Tooth or False?; Planet Blue; Amazing Maize; Tremble; Let It Snow; Get the Point; Sunny Weather Warning; The Dirty Thirties; Tree Cookies; Nice Job, Mom; Cactus Bomb; Eggs change; A Dark Secret; Roll Out the Barrel; Over There; A Perfect World; Dead Lakes; Rock Secrets; Free Chickens; Down Under; The Planters; Hang On; Stand Up; You, the Scientist; more.
Each science short story is accompanied by four activities: Vocab Corner (use of vocabulary words in a puzzle, riddle, or poem); Just for Fun (word puzzle); In Your Words (crossword puzzle or word blocks) or Crack the Code (an ABC picture code or a hidden message); and A Science Stretch (an activity requiring students to go beyond the given information.
The large spiral-bound format allows for easy photocopying, and a complete Answer Key follows the Teaching Suggestions at the front of the book.
Each book contains a comprehensive Glossary, where students can locate not only the definition of scientific terms but the number of the lesson in which they appear. There is also a comprehensive bibliography at the end of each book.