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Activities for Identifying Similarities and Differences
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Activities for Identifying Similarities and Differences

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This article discusses the four forms of identifying similarities and differences: comparing, classifying, creating metaphors, and creating analogies and how these strategies can be used in an elementary classroom.

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Science
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
03/01/2008
Activities for Studying Tree Rings Online
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Activities for Studying Tree Rings Online

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Selected resources provide three web-based activities to complement science lessons in an issue of Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The free, online magazine for Grades K-5 teachers explores the essential principles of climate literacy.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
07/30/2019
All About Earth's Climate
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All About Earth's Climate

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In this informational text, elementary school readers learn about the difference between weather and climate and about components of the climate system. The text can be used to practice visualizing and other comprehension strategies. Available in K-2 and 3-5 grade bands and as an illustrated book as well as a text document, the story appears in the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
07/30/2019
All About Icebergs
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All About Icebergs

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This article provides an overview of icebergs' formation and characteristics and the hazards associated with icebergs.

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Science
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Reading
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Alison Schirmer Lockman
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
07/30/2019
Anarctica: King of Cold: Grades K-1: Illustrated Book
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Anarctica: King of Cold: Grades K-1: Illustrated Book

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This informational text explains that while both the Arctic and Antarctica are cold, Antarctica is much colder and drier - a polar desert. The text is written at a kindergarten through grade one reading level. This version is a full-color PDF that can be printed, cut and folded to form a book. Each book contains color photographs and illustrations.

Subject:
Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
08/17/2010
Anarctica: King of the Cold: Grades 2-3: Text Only Version
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Anarctica: King of the Cold: Grades 2-3: Text Only Version

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This informational text explains that while both the Arctic and Antarctica are cold, Antarctica is much colder and drier - a polar desert. The text is written at a grade two through grade three reading level. This is a PDF containing the informational text and a glossary.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
08/17/2010
Antarctica: King of Cold: Grades 2-3: Illustrated Book
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Antarctica: King of Cold: Grades 2-3: Illustrated Book

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This informational text explains that while both the Arctic and Antarctica are cold, Antarctica is much colder and drier - a polar desert. The text is written at a grade two through grade three reading level. This version is a full-color PDF that can be printed, cut and folded to form a book. Each book contains color photographs and illustrations.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
08/17/2010
Arctic Survival Skills: Traditional Inuit Games
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Arctic Survival Skills: Traditional Inuit Games

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This article describes several traditional Inuit games and provides background information and resources for incorporating them into a lesson or unit on Inuit culture.

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Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
07/30/2019
Arctica: King of Cold: Grades 2-3: Electronic Book
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Arctica: King of Cold: Grades 2-3: Electronic Book

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This informational text explains that while both the Arctic and Antarctica are cold, Antarctica is much colder and drier - a polar desert. The text is written at a grade two through grade three reading level. This is an onscreen version that contains recorded narration allowing students to listen to the text as they read along. Highlighted vocabulary words have individually recorded definitions heard by clicking on the links.

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Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
08/17/2010
Arctic and Antarctic Birds: Unit Outlines
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Arctic and Antarctic Birds: Unit Outlines

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This article assembles free resources from the Arctic and Antarctic Birds issue of the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears cyberzine into a unit outline based on the 5E learning cycle framework. Outlines are provided for Grades K-2 and 3-5.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Terry Shiverdecker
Date Added:
07/30/2019
The Arctic and Antarctica: Are They the Same, or Different? Grades 1-2: Electronic Book
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The Arctic and Antarctica: Are They the Same, or Different? Grades 1-2: Electronic Book

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This informational text introduces students to similarities and differences in the North and South Poles. The text is written at a grade one through grade 2 reading level. This is an onscreen version that contains recorded narration allowing students to listen to the text as they read along. Highlighted vocabulary words have individually recorded definitions heard by clicking on the links.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
08/17/2010
The Arctic and Antarctica: Are They the Same, or Different? Grades 1-2: Text Only Version
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The Arctic and Antarctica: Are They the Same, or Different? Grades 1-2: Text Only Version

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This informational text introduces students to similarities and differences in the North and South Poles. The text is written at a grade one through two reading level. This is a PDF containing the informational text and a glossary.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
08/17/2010
The Arctic and Antarctica: Are They the Same, or Different? Grades 3-5: Electronic Book
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The Arctic and Antarctica: Are They the Same, or Different? Grades 3-5: Electronic Book

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This informational text introduces students to similarities and differences in the North and South Poles. The text is written at a grade three through grade five reading level. This is an onscreen version that contains recorded narration allowing students to listen to the text as they read along. Highlighted vocabulary words have individually recorded definitions heard by clicking on the links.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2010
As Big as the Ocean: Creating Murals
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As Big as the Ocean: Creating Murals

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This article discusses how to use murals as an interdisciplinary, cooperative activity to blend science, art, and math concepts.

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Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
07/30/2019
Asking Questions, All the Time
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Asking Questions, All the Time

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The ability to ask and answer questions while reading is essential to comprehension. This article discusses instructional strategies used to teach questioning and provides many online resources. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which explores the seven essential principles of the climate sciences for teachers in k-grade 5 classrooms.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
07/30/2019
Assessment Strategies: Rubrics
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Assessment Strategies: Rubrics

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This article provides an overview of using rubrics as a method of assessment and discusses technological tools that facilitate the creation of rubrics.

Subject:
Earth Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Kimberly Lightle
Date Added:
07/30/2019
At HOme in the Cold Readers Theater Script: Grades 4-5
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At HOme in the Cold Readers Theater Script: Grades 4-5

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This Readers Theater script includes parts for 8-9 students. It is based on the Feature Story, At Home in the Cold and discusses various adaptations that allow animals to survive in the cold oceans of the Arctic and Antarctica. The script was written for students in grades 4-5.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Nicole Luthy
Date Added:
12/17/2009
At Home in the Cold Choral Reading Script: Grades K-1
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At Home in the Cold Choral Reading Script: Grades K-1

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This script for choral reading was written to be used with two groups of students. The script is based on the Feature Story, At Home in the Cold and discusses various adaptations that allow animals to survive in the cold oceans of the Arctic and Antarctica. The script is appropriate for use with students in grades K-1.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Nicole Luthy
Date Added:
12/17/2009
At Home in the Cold: Grades 2-3: Illustrated Book
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At Home in the Cold: Grades 2-3: Illustrated Book

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This informational text explore adaptations that allow penguins, whales, walruses, seals, and fish to live in the cold water of the Arctic and Southern Oceans. The text is at a reading level appropriate for second through third grade. This version is a full-color pdf file that can be printed, cut, and folded to form a book. Each book contains color photographs and illustrations.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
12/17/2009
At Home in the Cold: Grades 2-3: text only version
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At Home in the Cold: Grades 2-3: text only version

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This informational text explores adaptations that allow penguins, whales, walruses, seals, and fish to live in the cold water of the Arctic and Southern Oceans. The text is at reading level appropriate for students in second through third grade. It is a PDF file that contains text as well as a glossary.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
12/17/2009