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Super Science Connections

Integrated Activities for Grades K–3

Super Science Connections: Integrated Activities for Grades K–3 (SSC) was designed to help elementary school teachers who have little science background integrate hands-on science activities into a typical K–3 curriculum. It was written by K–3 teachers, for K–3 teachers.

SSC integrates children's literature, writing, mathematics, art projects, social studies, and health instruction with hands-on science—observing, devising experiments, hypothesizing, and drawing conclusions. It models ways in which your classroom can become a place where students learn and enjoy science in context. SSC contains 39 activities centered on a science concept or process skill connected to the AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy. The activities are divided into these topics: • Color and Light; • Insulation; • Pressure; • Surface Tension; • Water and Changing Its State

Read Me First!

Before using any of the activities for the first time, please read the two introductory sections: Getting Started and Reference Materials. Getting Started has a discussion of teaching strategies, introductory activities that are a prelude to the other sections, and a full table of contents of all SSC activities. Reference Materials has connections to Benchmarks (1993 and 2009), connecting SSC with literature, mathematics, art, and much more. It is a very useful introduction that will prepare you for using any of the SSC Activities.

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Disclaimer. This publication is intended for use by teachers or other adults with properly supervised children. All adults and children are expected to follow normal safety precautions when performing the activities described in this manual (see A Note about Safety). Neither the authors nor the publisher assumes liability for the use of information in this publication.

Copyright © 1994, 1995, 2012 by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. ICE Publication 94-009

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Permission to copy worksheets. You have our permission to make as many copies as are needed for students in your classes of any or all of the worksheets that accompany each activity.

Printed copies of SSC are available for purchase from ICE, The Institute for Chemical Education; ICE publication 94-009.