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    • Ginger Chulack { I can’t tell you how much my students and I enjoy these fun, creative, information-packed, easily adaptable lessons. We learn SO much and new things each time. Well done, Science Matters! Your excellence is appreciated. } – Dec 31, 8:49 PM
    • sbsciencematters { Hello Brenna, I am happy to inform you we now have all 8 Dice game cubes!! I uploaded them to the 5th grade page but here is a direct link http://sbsciencematters.com/5th/earth/5.8WaterCycleGame.zip } – Nov 04, 6:11 PM
    • sbsciencematters { Hello Cathy, I am happy to inform you we now have all 8 Dice game cubes!! I uploaded them to the 5th grade page but here is a direct link http://sbsciencematters.com/5th/earth/5.8WaterCycleGame.zip } – Nov 04, 6:10 PM
    • Christopher slough { Wow. Fantastic resource. Thank you so much for all of this. } – Apr 14, 5:49 AM
    • Cathy { These lessons have been extremely useful and resonate well with my students! Quick question, though — I am hoping to play the water cycle game with my classes, but the “R3” attachment only contains the die for the river station. Do you have a file with the other 8 dice/cube labels? I could create something similar from scratch but would hate to reinvent the wheel. Thank you again for these great resources! } – Apr 04, 4:11 PM
    • sbsciencematters { These Lessons were written just before NGSS. However, content standards may be transferred to other grade levels and many of the cross-cutting concepts that guide the NGSS are present in these lessons. } – Jun 24, 5:51 AM
    • sbsciencematters { These Lessons were written just before NGSS. However, content standards may be transferred to other grade levels and many of the cross-cutting concepts that guide the NGSS are present in these lessons. } – Jun 24, 5:51 AM
    • Arleta { Are they aligned to NGSS? } – Jun 21, 12:36 AM
    • Arleta { Is this lesson aligned to the new standards? } – Jun 20, 9:13 PM
    • sbsciencematters { Yes, the lessons are all integrated with science notebooking. } – Jun 19, 8:19 PM
    • Sarah { Are these lesson integrated with language arts? } – Jun 18, 7:12 PM
    • Denise K { Thank you many times!!! This is marvelous!! } – Mar 12, 10:27 PM
    • Nadya { Thanks for sharing, they helped a lot as our country’ textbook has offered nothing but theory. } – Feb 18, 3:13 AM
    • Kadie Ripley { Thank You so much this helped me on my 4th grade homework you saved me!!! } – Feb 08, 9:55 PM
    • Sally { As a new teacher who is teaching Science for the first time, without a current curriculum, your lessons have been a life saver. Thank you so much for sharing. Awesome lessons!!! I appreciate you sharing this in order to eliminate the first year of blindly finding my way. My students receive the greatest benefit from your generosity. As I become a more seasoned teacher I will be sure to take notice of your shining example and pay it forward. I am forever grateful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! } – Feb 03, 2:37 PM
    • Karly { Thank you!! } – Jan 22, 8:13 PM
    • sbsciencematters { Hello Karly, I have tracked down that missing document! I added it to the “Lesson 4 Density” archive. But you can download just that missing PDF directly here —> http://sbsciencematters.com/5th/physical/5.4Layering-Liquids-Data-Sheet.pdf } – Jan 22, 3:31 AM
    • sbsciencematters { I believe the Chart your looking for is on page 7 in this document = 6.9Renewable-NonrenewableEnergy.pdf } – Jan 21, 3:39 AM
    • Sandy { Hello, Lesson 6.9 Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources suggests using a renewable and nonrenewable energy usage chart. I did not see this attached. Is there any way that I can get a copy emailed to me? Thanks so much! The lesson looks great and will be very helpful! } – Jan 19, 11:02 AM
    • Karly { I so appreciate these lessons – my science class wouldn’t be the same without them! I’m having trouble finding the “Layering Liquids Data Sheet” for Lesson 5.4b. It wasn’t in the complete .zip file of all lessons or the .zip file of just Lesson 5.4. I can figure out how to make it, but if it’s available I’d love to just copy it. Thanks again! } – Jan 15, 5:29 PM
    • Ginny Oshaben { Thanks for sharing such intelligent, well organized, insightful lessons. My students will love them. } – Jan 14, 2:55 AM
    • sbsciencematters { You are very welcome! We are happy to share. Thanks for letting us know the link did not work. I have fixed the link to the Black Boxes lesson. } – Jan 12, 5:52 PM
    • Scott { First, thank you so much for sharing your resources. I am planning for the 5th grade matter unit — there are currently no files liked to the Black Boxes lesson. It redirects to a website that is no longer active. } – Jan 02, 3:10 AM
    • sbsciencematters { These units were designed the Pre-Existing Framework. However, many teachers are adapting them for the new framework, which may require topics to move between grade levels. Feel free to browse around and make changes as needed. } – Dec 17, 1:53 AM
    • sbsciencematters { Yes, please send us your questions and we would be happy to help. Thanks } – Dec 17, 1:51 AM
    • Katie { Such a great resource for a first teacher teacher! Thank you! } – Dec 15, 7:55 PM
    • Rebecca { So happy I stumbled upon this gem of a website. These student-centered lessons are perfect for my 5/6 combo. } – Dec 14, 5:34 AM
    • Valena Bratton { Thank you for this site! It is wonderful! It has exactly what I need and it’s easy to understand! I teach 4th grade science, and your site really covers many of the topics I am currently covering wiht my students. This site is one-stop I frequently visit. Thanks again!!! } – Dec 04, 9:43 PM
    • sbsciencematters { Please give more information to where the materials labeled “R” is. What exact PDF and page are you referring to? Thanks. } – Dec 01, 10:42 PM
    • nadira { thank you but i want to ask one question about types of volcanoes could you help me please ? Thanks . } – Nov 22, 9:23 AM
    • Melinda { I absolutely love these lessons!!!! Way to go! Thanks for all of your hard work! } – Oct 23, 11:36 PM
    • Michelle { Hello! This is awesome. Are your lessons Next Generation standards based? Thanks so much! } – Oct 12, 9:01 PM
    • Jacquie Carter { where do I find the materials labeled R? } – Oct 09, 9:20 PM
    • sbsciencematters { I was able to click and download the Pre Assessment listed on this page, the zip file contains 3 PDF’s of the PRE Assessments. The link is http://sbsciencematters.com/4th/earth/4.AEarthSciencePre-Assessment.1.zip Let me know if you have any further issues. } – Sep 20, 6:36 PM
    • sbsciencematters { Not yet. We are in the process of discussing how we can best address the new NGSS Standards. } – Sep 20, 6:31 PM
    • sbsciencematters { Unfortunately our funding was only for 4th – 6th and we are not aware of anything comparable either. } – Sep 20, 6:30 PM
    • asha { Thank you so much. This site and materials amazingly great stuff. } – Sep 18, 7:05 PM
    • rob { HI! My 4th and 5th grade colleagues love this curriculum. I teach third grade and am looking for something comparable. Any suggestions? thanks! rob } – Sep 16, 11:55 PM
    • Margo Calhoun { I simply want to say, “Thank you, so very much for the work put into this website.” You may never know the value I place on this information. I am a math and science teacher. Math and the flow of math throughout the grades comes natural to me. Every year in science I learn so much more, on how “I should have taught concepts”. Again, thank you so much for the hard work put into these units. They are a tremendous help! Margo Calhoun Pioneer Elementary Chickasha OK. } – Sep 14, 3:41 PM
    • charlotte mitchell { Hey this is awesome stuff. Do you have any units on Force and Motion for 5th grade? } – Sep 11, 11:08 PM
    • lhu { I love science } – Sep 05, 6:34 AM
    • Brian Crim { This is awesome! Thank you! } – Sep 05, 1:44 AM
    • Leah { I love this curriculum. However, I am unable to correctly upload the pre-assessment. When it loads it is a post assessment. Other than that I feel I have struck gold! } – Sep 04, 12:11 AM
    • Amber { Thank you! } – Sep 03, 6:31 PM
    • Katie { Thanks for generously sharing your resources. I’m looking forward to integrating your efforts/materials with what I’ve been collecting these last few years. } – Aug 29, 7:02 PM
    • Molly { I just came across this amazing resource– it’s going to be so helpful– we have old, incredibly dry textbooks at my school and almost no other science resources, so I’ve been looking for alternatives! Do you typically teach all of one major branch of science at a time (e.g., all of the life sciences standards, then all of the earth science standards, etc.) or do you mix and match? What order do you recommend? Thanks! } – Aug 10, 4:29 AM
    • Amanda { This is absolutely amazing. Thank you all so much for making these freely available to educators online. I’ve been looking for quality resources, and so far nothing holds a candle to this. Thanks again for supporting science teachers everywhere! } – Aug 06, 5:03 PM
    • Melinda Tangen { I was so excited to find this wonderful unit. The Science Books in our school are over 25 years old. I have rewritten and developed almost all of the units, but lacked a good ecosystems unit. I always say we don’t need to reinvent the wheel, but we do need to go from tube tires to steel belted radials! THANK YOU for the free use of your work. You saved me a lot of hours! } – Jun 14, 10:43 PM
    • Ananda Creager { I am a 4th grade Science and Health teacher in Maryland, and I found your Ecosystems Unit Plan to be an amazing resource. It really helped me to see ways I can break down my own lessons in the future, and I plan to keep using your site as a resource in the future, when I teach 5th grade. I was wondering, is this site complete, or will you continue to add more Unit Plans? Thank you, Ananda Creager } – May 29, 11:10 AM
    • kierstin { YYYEEESSS THIS IS A GOOD WEBSITE BECAUSE IM A 4TH GRADER AND I USNDER STAND EVERY THING ON THIS WEBSITE LOL GOOD LUCK TO WHO EVER USEES IT } – May 22, 4:05 PM
    • kierstin { THIS IS AN AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEE WEBSITE THIS WILL DEFINTLY HELP ME ON MY SCIENCE EXPO } – May 22, 4:02 PM
    • sbsciencematters { There are 7 powerpoint files, which one do you need? } – May 14, 5:07 PM
    • sbsciencematters { Here is the new Video link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxmtE5yurdM&feature=player_embedded#at=28 } – May 14, 5:05 PM
    • Donna King { Thank you! I cannot wait to try some of these activities. } – May 01, 1:55 AM
    • Bailey Summers { I also found this after struggling with science and a curriculum to use for my backward design plans. Thank you!! } – Apr 22, 5:27 PM
    • Mary North { For a retired teacher to come back to fill in a middle school science and literature position without ever having taught science before, your layout, the sequencing, the developmental awareness of sixth grade students has been a ray of possibility that we will get through the eight weeks and learn together with some success. Thank you for sharing your work. } – Apr 09, 1:03 AM
    • Angela { Thank you so much for allowing us to use this resource! I am homeschooling our oldest of three who is a sixth grader and really am grateful that this is available!! } – Apr 03, 1:51 PM
    • Amy Wigle { I can”t begin to thank you for your work in planning these units. I teach 4th grade and just came across the Ecosystems untit. I’ve only taught one lesson so far and my students were so engaged. I love that you have expllicitly implement in the lessons, pal pair, group work, and exploration, putting the cognitive load on students. I teach all subjects, as many elementary teachers do, and it is difficult to have time to plan units and fun lessons like you have so generously made available to teachers. } – Apr 02, 4:18 PM
    • Marianne Butzler { High quality and easy to use! I do think some kind of teacher guide or additional teacher background would be helpful. Brush up on some of these topics before hand so we can be as prepared as we can be. So nice to have this resource available for free. With the advent of Teachers pay teachers, free and high quality is getting harder to come by. Thanks again! } – Apr 02, 1:29 PM
    • Katie Bartling { I can’t open the power point from the zip…I think that I have older software. Is there a way that you can email it to me. Thanks } – Mar 26, 8:53 PM
    • sbsciencematters { Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The link is now fixed. here it is: http://sbsciencematters.com/6th/physical-energy/6.1FormsofEnergy.pdf } – Mar 06, 7:08 PM
    • Victoria { The video link for Grade 6 Energy Lesson 6.6 does not work. } – Mar 02, 9:01 PM
    • Melissa { I enjoyed your workshop in Palm Springs very much! I am trying to download lesson 6.1, the forms of energy but the link is not working. Can you help me? } – Feb 19, 12:46 AM
    • sbsciencematters { Hi Kaite, I found more information about the “push boxes”. the push boxes are squeeze boxes. they can order them at di-mac.com. The Push Boxes are now included as a PDF in that lesson 5.8WaterCycleGame.zip You can download it here… http://sbsciencematters.com/5th/earth/5.8WaterCycleGame.zip } – Feb 14, 4:34 PM
    • sbsciencematters { Hi Brenna, I found more information about the R3+ “push boxes”. the push boxes are squeeze boxes. they can order them at di-mac.com. The Push Boxes are now included as a PDF in that lesson 5.8WaterCycleGame.zip You can download it here… http://sbsciencematters.com/5th/earth/5.8WaterCycleGame.zip } – Feb 14, 4:33 PM
    • sbsciencematters { Hi Dana, I found more information about the “push boxes”. the push boxes are squeeze boxes. they can order them at di-mac.com. The Push Boxes are now included as a PDF in that lesson 5.8WaterCycleGame.zip You can download it here… http://sbsciencematters.com/5th/earth/5.8WaterCycleGame.zip } – Feb 14, 4:21 PM
    • sbsciencematters { I was able to download the Entire Unti and unziped it will all working files. Do you get an error when trying to unzip the file “Grade-5-EarthScience-Complete.zip”? What lesson needs Exit Cards? Thanks. } – Feb 14, 2:01 AM
    • sbsciencematters { Thanks for letting us know the powerpoint was missing from the 6.1 lesson ZIP package. This has been fixed and you can download the zip package again to get the PowerPoint files. Here is the link http://sbsciencematters.com/6th/earth-erosion/6.1MechanicalandChemicalWeathering.zip } – Feb 14, 1:38 AM
    • sbsciencematters { What Grade Level and what lesson are you referring to regarding the “push box”. Thanks } – Feb 14, 1:26 AM
    • sbsciencematters { Hello Jennifer, the link was fixed for Lesson 6.1. Here is the link http://sbsciencematters.com/6th/earth-plate/6.1DensitysEffectonLayers.pdf Have a great day! } – Feb 14, 1:24 AM
    • Ms. Spence { Excited to try this. Downloaded entire unit but it won’t open. Also, where do you find the exit cards for each lesson. Thank you! Ms. Spence } – Jan 31, 4:56 AM
    • Dana Brown { Hello, Just found your awesome unit online! Question, where do you buy the ‘push box’ for the Fault Formations Lesson 2? Many thanks, Dana } – Jan 08, 9:45 PM
    • Brenna Clarke { I am trying to find R3+ for the Water Cycle Game. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks! } – Jan 07, 5:18 PM
    • Chad { I was reading through the 6th grade lesson on Weathering and Erosion. The lesson refers to a PowerPoint presentation. However, I am unable to locate the link for the PowerPoint. Is this not accessible? } – Jan 06, 1:57 AM
    • Katie.Bartling { I am trying to figure out what a push box is and I am not finding directions for it. Please help. Trying to teach this on Thursday. } – Jan 05, 7:20 PM
    • Jennifer Kim { Hi. I attended the CSTA conference in Palm Springs and learned about your resources. I will be teaching the plate tectonics unit when we return from winter break. I am unable to access lesson 6.1 (Density affect on layers). Is there any way you can check out the link? Thank you so much for sharing your resources! They are incredible! } – Dec 16, 6:31 AM
    • sbsciencematters { Does the File start to Download? Did you open the .zip file once it finished downloading? Exactly which lessons are you referring to? I do not see any lessons named “Processes of the Earth”. is it: Lesson 1 Rapid Processes Change Landforms? Please clarify which lesson your trying to download and i will help. Thanks } – Dec 04, 9:33 PM
    • sbsciencematters { Click on the Button at the top that says “Download Complete Grade 4 Earth Science Lessons” Here is that same link to download. http://sbsciencematters.com/4th/earth/Grade-4-EarthScience-Complete.zip } – Dec 04, 9:31 PM
    • sbsciencematters { The Link is now fixed. } – Dec 04, 9:29 PM
    • sbsciencematters { All links are now fixed! } – Dec 04, 9:26 PM
    • sbsciencematters { Lesson 1 Hierarchy has the charts and cards. } – Dec 04, 9:20 PM
    • lyndsay piette { Hi, I would love to use the 4th grade processes of the changing earth unit, but I cannot download the files. It says they are zipped. I have tried on multiple computers and still cannot download the entire unit. Is there anything you can do? Thank you for your time. } – Dec 03, 11:06 PM
    • Anon { Hi, I am wondering the same thing as Katie Guirn. Where do I download the resources that are referred to in the lesson plans? Thank you } – Dec 02, 4:51 PM
    • Albert { Thank you, Thank you, Thank you… I’m a first year teacher and this resource is awesome! Thank you } – Dec 01, 9:03 PM
    • Rachael Wilber { Thank you! It’s so nice to come across quality units like these! Very helpful. } – Dec 01, 7:00 PM
    • shawna baker { Can we get the lessons? thanks, shawna baker } – Nov 27, 12:57 AM
    • jessica evans { Hello, First of all, thanks so much for such great resources. I attended the CSTA conference in Palm Springs and have loved applying all my new ideas to my classes. I am hoping to download the complete 6th grade weathering and erosion unit to share with my 6th grade teachers but the link isn’t working. Is that entire unit available somewhere else online? Thank you! Jessica } – Nov 11, 10:48 PM
    • Travis O'Connor { I was trying to use this as a two week lesson plan for my classroom, for soil and erosion for an ODE lesson plan! I was going to convert from your standards to ODE, unless you already have that for me, which would be a big help. I could not get lessons 6.1 and 6.5 through 6.8c to open up or download. Is there a secret to it or am I doing something wrong? I need in the next week or less? Thanks, ‘Travis O’Connor 6th grade Science } – Oct 29, 7:42 PM
    • Austin Kirk { I just found your site after struggling with science for about 3 months. This is absolutely amazing. Thank you so much. The assessments show a number of different indicators of students understanding and the material allows students to really engage with the concepts. It is also so easy to use as a teacher. Wow. Thank you, thank you, thank you. } – Oct 21, 3:22 AM
    • Katie Guirn { Hi there! I absolutely love the Science Units you have provided. I was wondering where I can find..hierarchy cards and hierarchy charts? I would like to start this unit but I am not sure where to find those cards. Thank you. } – Oct 06, 9:59 PM
    • Jo Topps { HI Michelle, Thank you for your interest in Science Matters. At this time, we have not scheduled another teacher workshop. Please visit the Science Matters website later in the school year for additional dates for teacher workshops. Jo Topps } – Sep 10, 8:02 PM
    • Arty { Wow! This is so fantastic! You can tell these lessons were really thought out well; they are SO clear and useful! These are going to be a great help in my classroom! Thank you! } – Sep 10, 4:45 AM
    • sbsciencematters { Check the site! All of the units are up and running:) } – Aug 24, 3:45 AM
    • Michelle Carpenter { Hello my name is Michelle Carpenter and I’m a teacher in Lompoc, California. I am interested in your next Science workshop for teachers. Thanks for the lesson plans. } – Aug 16, 5:10 AM
    • Emily { THIS IS AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing these lessons and learning activities. } – Aug 04, 11:16 PM
    • Nora MacFarlane { Dear Science Matters Team, These units are wonderful! I am moving from 3rd to 4th grade this coming year, and I am searching for current science materials. Do you have a date for when the Earth Science unit will be posted? Thank you, Nora MacFarlane } – Jun 10, 3:54 AM


3 Comments
  1. Victoria Reply
    The video link for Grade 6 Energy Lesson 6.6 does not work.
    • sbsciencematters Reply
      Here is the new Video link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxmtE5yurdM&feature=player_embedded#at=28
  2. kierstin Reply
    YYYEEESSS THIS IS A GOOD WEBSITE BECAUSE IM A 4TH GRADER AND I USNDER STAND EVERY THING ON THIS WEBSITE LOL GOOD LUCK TO WHO EVER USEES IT

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