There is no time like the present to make sure that students have access to high-quality, hands-on science education, starting in kindergarten. Here at the Robertson Center, we are all about supporting that mission. That’s why we are thrilled to share 5 elementary school science units for anyone to use, free of charge, no strings attached.
Getting these units ready for publication was a blast, and the whole RC team couldn’t help but think about the units and experiments we wanted to try out for ourselves. Check out our team’s favorite elements from the units below!
Jacqui Friedman, Program Manager
My favorite part of our ES science curriculum are the storylines in the units. I love that each unit has a narrative, and that kids are not only engaging in experiments, but are characters in their own science story. For instance, in the fourth grade electricity unit, the kids have to help their teacher fix broken string lights in time for the classroom holiday celebration. It’s so whimsical and engaging, not to mention fun!
Stacey Gershkovich, Director
The 3rd grade racetrack building challenge reminds me of when my brothers participated in the boy scouts pinewood derby. As a parent, I love that this curriculum helps kids systematically think about the different factors that go into the chances a car will win!
Rachel Marino, Associate
I love our lessons on Natural Recyclers and Human Impact from the second grade unit. Both of these lessons help contextualize the natural systems that already exist in our environment to recycle waste and materials, while guiding students to think critically about the effect that humans have had on our natural environment. Lessons like these enable students to make real-world connections as they consider how they can help play an active part in combating climate change today.
Alison Odze, Specialist
I’m inspired by the fourth grade lesson where students power a light bulb using fruit from the teachers’ workroom. There’s something so exciting about seeing day-to-day materials used in new and unexpected ways. It opens up the door for so much creative thinking, and quite literally illustrates the power of potential!
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