AAMP up Science


AAMP Up Science

CCS Standards (http://tinyurl.com/7s4bwph http://tinyurl.com/7s4bwph)

will require a significant shift in the teaching of content—less memorization of facts and more focus on fostering literacy and critical thinking skills in science.

  1. 1.Key Ideas and Details, using textual evidence, discovery entail ideas and creating summaries, training students on procedures or technical tasks:
  2. 2.Craft and Structure: Author’s purpose, academic vocabulary, analyzing the structure of used by textbook authors or mentor texts.
  3. 3.Integrate knowledge with technical tools such as flow chards, models, etc, evaluate facts and reason judgment based on research, compare and contrast findings.
  4. 4.Be able to independently read and comprehend science and technical journals.within text complexity bands.


Read. Analyze. Emulate.


PLEASE SEE Aampupreading Page for multiple examples of how to “deconstruct text” without delivering mind-numbing “lectures” and other activities that have limited learning leverage, such as “outlining” the chapter”. On the AAMPup Reading Page, I suggest using Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels’

Comprehension and Collaboration,

as a “top pick for all educators”, as it is an outstanding resource that trains both teachers and students how to “inquire” and think about big ideas in all content areas.

Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels’ commitment to literacy is reflected in their willingness to provide free access to many different thinking forms, collaborative team forms, discussion form, etc. to scaffold thinking and discussion.



ALSO, FREE FROM THESE AUTHOR: A comprehensive link to Websites of Special Interests to Teachers and Kids: The pdf link:




Below is the copied and pasted version of this link in order to provide teachers with immediate hyperlink opportunities to explore these websites:


Natural Science and Technology


I’ve included websites rated Top 15 science websites with have graphic links. They tend to include “third party content”.




The Discovery Channel online offers science, technology, history, and more

through video clips, games, current news stories, and interactive media. A

cool feature called Explore by Subject offers a wide range of topics to match

any interest.




EcoKids is Earth Day Canada’s environmental education program for youth

who care about the planet. This is their interactive environmental website

for children, their families, and educators in Canada and around the world.




At the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s website, the For Kids,

For Students, and For Educators buttons lead you to educational multimedia

interactivities designed to pique interest in the universe beyond our planet.




This site of the San Francisco–based Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art

and Human Perception is packed with scientific information and interactive

possibilities on a wide range of topics.


o http://www.howstuffworks.com/


Through posing questions, this site explains how just about everything in

the world works. Fifteen umbrella topics divide into a seemingly infinite

variety of subcategories. Kids will love this!


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. One of the top science websites. Rated most popular science website. Current research on climate change, hurricanes, ocean life, etc.



ScienceDirect http://www.sciencedirect.com/

is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books.




http://www.sciencedaily.com/ “Your resources for the latest research news”. Hundreds of current articles in science.









A science discovery website. Current articles on design, technology, living, transportation, energy, business, science.






Popular Science Magazine. Trending research on innovations in technology, science, design, cars,






Latest blogs and commentaries on all science education, politics, brain and behavior






Website dedicated to physics, nanotechnology, chemistry, etc.





12 | NewScientist




Extensive, current articles on a variety of subjects



13 | LiveScience




A wide variety of science articles on many subjects.




14 | Space







15 | RedOrbit5,286


“Your Universe Online”




Websites of Special Interest

to Teachers and Kids*

* While every effort has been made to provide accurate Internet addresses, we (neither the authors nor the publisher) do not assume any responsibility for changes that occur after publication. Further the publisher does not assume any responsibility for third-part websites or their content. Comprehension and Collaboration © 2009 by Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels (Heinemann: Portsmouth, NH).2 Comprehension & Collaboration




Visit this terrific site to explore geographic, scientific, and historical concepts,

Issues, and events. Participate in interactive content-driven activities,

games, and multimedia presentations.




This website of “the science magazine for curious kids” features interesting

and entertaining information and activity ideas.




The Educators section of the Boston Museum of Science website contains

both student (Student Resources) and teacher (Classroom Resources)

materials. Podcasts, videocasts, and virtual exhibits provide great content

for a variety of topic studies.




The kids’ section of the National Wildlife Foundation is loaded with information

about animal conservation and animals in general. It also includes

a special focus on age-appropriate explorations of global warming. Participate

in interactive web communities related to America’s fast-disappearing





The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather

Service provides up-to-date weather forecasts. Under Education/Outreach,

click on the NOAA Education Page for general educational information

about weather and a list of weather sites of interest to kids.




The Kid Territory section of the San Diego Zoo website offers interactive

craft assignments, zoological science trivia, animal-themed games, and

employee profiles that inform kids about what it’s like to work at the zoo.

The Meet the Critters link allows you to make virtual contact with every

single animal that lives at the SD zoo.




Check this out for great information, photographs, and stories about anything

pertaining to the ocean and to marine conservation.




This site delves into the science behind the news and delivers an amazing

array of all-purpose scientific information. Click on the education link to

access the teacher activity pages and curriculum suggestions for grades



Current Events




The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition provides high school students

and teachers with engaging, real-life news and information on the world of

business from one of the most trusted sources in the world.




The Environmental News Network is an excellent database of news stories

concerning wildlife, agriculture, ecosystems, energy, business, climate, pollution,

green building, technology, and health. Content is best suited to high

school and young adults.




News Round is the Children’s British Broadcasting Corporation’s news website.

It is a valuable resource for current event info targeting 6- to 13-yearolds.

The page includes links to top stories in world news, British news,

sports, showbiz, and animals, as well as video and photo journals for students.

There is also a very useful content glossary under Extra Stuff to aid in

topic-specific research.




This online New York Times kids’ edition for grades 3–12 is a truly fantastic

site. It offers daily updated news summaries, science Q&As, On This Day

and Word of the Day features, and the ability to explore the New York Times

learning network by subject.



Subtitled “America’s leading news source for kids,” Scholastic’s News Online

lives up to its reputation. Extensive student-oriented news stories, updated

daily, engage kids with a “tell us what you think” feature that encourages the

reader to blog responses with the Scholastic Online community. This site is

also the home page of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.




Science News for Kids is a website devoted to science news for children aged

9 to 14. It offers timely items of interest to kids, accompanied by suggestions

for hands-on activities, books, articles, Internet resources, and other useful





This site, targeted specifically to students in grades K–6, offers a variety of

opportunities for kids and teachers.Within each grade level, click the Past

Issues link (http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/teachers/archive/bp/archive/)

to print any or all of the TFK articles.




Updated weekly, this site features educational resources and games related to

current events and trends.


History and Social Studies




The website of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in

Cincinnati, Ohio, offers historic information, narratives, and lesson plans

related to the Underground Railroad. Click on Expand Your Knowledge or

For Educators.




The website of the History Channel shares videos, topics, podcasts, games,

and more on all things historic. A favorite feature for kids is the everchanging

This Day in History video. Other video clips are particularly

useful for building background on an historic concept or event.




This site covers the story of America from New World encounters to contemporary

history with information, narratives, maps, and links to other relevant

American history websites.




This civics curriculum initiative from Lesley University teaches kids about

the importance of voting through a range of grade-specific learning activities.

Each activity set is built for student-centered active engagement to maximize

student involvement and motivation.




This site includes Nobel lectures, a history of winners and their prizes, and

more. The Educational Games section offers interactive multimedia games

featuring Nobel lore and prize categories.




With sections for students, teachers, and families as well as for adults and

scholars, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum provides in-depth

information about one of World War II’s most shameful crimes.

Online Communities and Networking




Delphi Forums is an online resource for creating and engaging in blogs,

forum discussions, and chat rooms. Registration is free and forumconstruction

is user friendly.




Guys Read is a web-based literacy resource hosted by children’s writer and

humorist Jon Scieszka, who created this website to help boys find stuff they

like to read.




The “forum” is a very extensive mathematical problem-solving web community.

Indicators allow users to see how many students are viewing particular

solutions at once.




Created by students for students, the ThinkQuest Library is a free educational

resource featuring 7,000+ websites created by participating school

groups from around the world. Classroom web design contests are an exciting

opportunity featured on the site.


Reference and Library Resources




If you are looking for a site where kids can ask questions and search for

information and almost always find text and ideas they can read and understand.

Ask Kids is the answer to your dreams! The site sends kids to many

alternative sites which are written at a reading level and in a language that is

understandable for kids.




Unquestionably the most popular homework help site on the web. B. J.

Pinchbeck started this research portal when he was nine years old. Twelve

years later he continues to maintain the site and field kids’ questions. The

site has received favorable reviews from the New York Times and Newsweek,

among others.




A listing of approved sites for kids. The Education category includes links to

sites about animals, art, dinosaurs, history, math,music, science, and space.




The official site of the Library of Congress offers much more than you’d

expect. Click on Kids, Families to discover the compelling story of America’s

past as presented by the Library of Congress. Or explore the site endlessly

for anything you can imagine.




Click the Student button on the Smithsonian Institute’s education website

and you can explore resources by topic: Arts, Science and Nature, History

and Culture, and People and Places. Click on the Educators button and follow

the links to searchable teacher resources and lesson plans in Arts and

Design, Science and Technology, History and Culture, and Language Arts.




This urban legends reference site debunks rumors and old wives’ tales of all

kinds. Faulty and truthful claims are categorized by topic. Under the Hottest

Urban Legends section are rumors and scams that are currently being circulated

on the Internet and in the media.


Educator Resource Sites




Interesting Nonfiction for Kids (INK) is a blog that keeps track of the

newest and most interesting nonfiction books for kids.Meet writers who are

presenting nonfiction in a whole new way. Discover books that show why

nonfiction writers are some of the best storytellers around.




The goal of this Annenberg Foundation site is to advance excellent teaching

in America’s schools. You’ll find information on school reform, professional

development, teaching and learning, curriculum suggestions, and so on.




The student section of the learner.org site has interactive exhibits that focus

on extensions of a concept or theme that is explored on the site.




MiddleWeb provides a wealth of resources for schools, districts, educators,

parents, and public school advocates working to raise achievement for all

students in the middle grades.




This site helps teachers and kids make judgments about the safety and reliability

of websites and the Internet in general.




From PBS, this extensive educators’ resource allows you to search for featured

lessons and activities by curriculum area and grade level.




This umbrella site covers all the PBS shows aimed at the early elementary grades

that can now be seen on the Kids Go channel on cable TV. Through this site,

you can access materials for both teachers and kids built around many wonderful

shows, including Arthur, Animalia, WordWorld, Between the Lions and more.



This website allows you to make free phone calls and even free video conferences,

with the proper equipment, to any place in the world.


ProCon.org - Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues

This website offers snippets of research on both sides, pro and con, of controversial issues. It’s a “one stop” shoping for students developing an argumentative essay with a counter argument. Many topics: Eductation, (teacher tenure), Medical and Entertainment (Video games and violence), Money and Business, (Big Three Bailout), Energy (alternative fuel).

Ted Talks: http://www.ted.com/
Truly awe inspiring, “riveting talks by remarkable people”. Very rich content to spark lively conversations about innovation and the future. One of my favorites Thomas Thwaites: How I built a toaster -- from scratch “It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil ... it's frankly amazing he got as far as he got. A parable of our interconnected society, for designers and consumers alike”. Provides real insight in to the complexity of life.

And Sir Ken Robinsons’ poignant and funny insights in to the need to change education, and the squandering of our human resources, saying we don’t need an “evolution”, but a “revolution” in education. http://tinyurl.com/9tly6pe






Fine Arts




The National Gallery of Art’s NGAkids home page is an abundant resource

of interactive art that kids can make online. It’s equally populated with multimedia

presentations of artist biographies and extensive art history guides.

A homework research database allows kids to search the entire NGA collection

for information and images




Content on this teen section of the Museum of Modern Art’s website reflects

current exhibitions and trends in the museum and the arts world generally.

Including interviews, podcasts, videocasts, interactivities, and contests, this

site launches high schoolers headlong into the art world.




Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art’s MuseumKids page is a fantastic

resource for children passionate about art and archaeology. Under the For

Kids to Try Right Now! header there are dozens of links to fascinating ageappropriate

virtual multimedia. From Degas’ Dancers to Medieval Arms and

Armor, all interests are covered.




A website dedicated to hooking kids on classical music, Classics for Kids has

a monthly focus on specific composers and eras. The site also features lesson

plans/teacher resources, professional musician interviews/profiles, and an

award-winning podcast.




Click on the Interactive Resources link of Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute’s

website and you will be led to a plethora of informative articles, podcasts,

and games that encourage music appreciation for all ages.




This jazz portal is intended to preserve and promote one of America’s greatest

art forms. Click the Learn It icon to access an amazing free archive of oral

histories and interactive “lessons” that teach young adults how to cultivate

curiosity in their music listening.




The Pennsylvania Ballet’s online Outreach and Education page offers some

profoundly creative dance appreciation media and materials. The drop-down

menu under For Kids, Parents & Teachers reveals artist interviews, kid workbooks,

video clips of ballet positions, and the brilliant “creating a ballet” lesson,

which catapults students into the process of storytelling through dance.


Health and Fitness




At this site geared toward educating kids about their bodies, resources range

from an age-appropriate glossary of medical terms to a “dealing with feelings”

section to healthy and easy recipes for kids. There is an extensive database

of health-related games, quizzes, and experiments. The site is also

available in Spanish.




Click on the age-appropriate magazine for nutrition and health-oriented

things to read, see, and do from the Children’s Better Health Institute.




Sports Illustrated’s website for kids is full of sports information, articles,

radio programs, survey questions, and more.




Renowned child yoga instructor Shakta Kaur Khalsa’s website includes articles,

teaching tips, and lessons geared toward making yoga a fun and healthy

daily exercise for kids. Click on the For Children link and you will find

clearly diagrammed methods for introducing simple stretching exercises

into the classroom.




This award-winning network features free culinary instruction for kids.

With video recipes performed and taught by kids, Spatulatta promotes

healthy eating and cultural exploration through cooking.




PLEASE SEE Aampup Writing for strategies on how to teach writing in content areas: Top Pick:


Kelly Gallagher’s Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts: http://www.stenhouse.com/shop/pc/viewprd.asp?idProduct=9513

(This website allows you to preview the book)

Mr. Gallagher, author of the definitive book, Readicide, How Schools are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It, presents a rich argument and on the purpose of teaching writing, Using models from some of the science magazines and journals below, you will provide the “real-world” purposes needed to inspire writing. As Kelly Gallagher said: “Students who are taught how to write without being taught the real-world purposes behind authentic writing are much more likely to end up seeing writing as nothing more than a school activity-nothing more than a series of obstacles to overcome in order to pass the state test or get to graduation. This book provides multiple, innovative, engaging strategies and student examples, with a special emphasis on expository and analytical writing. He admits, due to limited time, “he does not teach every purpose” for writing. Using informational mentor texts, or resources written by professional writers, Mr. Gallagher trains teachers on how to guide student writing, teaching students how manipulate one idea, and craft it for multiple purposes: Express and Reflect, Inform and Explain, Evaluate and Judge, Inquire and Explore, Analyze and Interpret, Take a Stand/Propose a Solution. This simple process produce multiple, authentic writing products in short period of time. This is an important resource, practically a “training manual” on how to meet all ten Common Core State Standards. See Mr. Gallagher’s website for other powerful writing products: http://kellygallagher.org/



(Please see Aampup Reading and Discussion for many more tips)


Rich Wormelli’s Summarization in Any Subject. 50 Techniques to Improve Student Learning. A wonderful resource for teachers looking for novel and innovative ways to interact with content. This link provides many FREE links to some of his techniques. VERY HELPFUL!! Makes learning joyful and not dreadful





SLIDE SHARES: See this and many other slide shares teaching how to establish and support a thesis;

YOU TUBE: Many videos on how to write and essay or argumentative essay:



Below are memory tricks used by writing teachers to help students think about writing, and/or scaffold reasoning and structure a thesis, argument or literary analysis.

“APE”: Answer, Proof, Explain

“ICE”: Isolate your idea, Connect, Explain

“PIE”: Make your Point, Illustrate it with an Example, Explain


You Tube Video explaining the PIE Method:


“ABC”: “The ABC method helps students prioritize information in their essays so that their main points are strong and support their thesis:


PLEASE”—Pick a topic, List Idea, Evaluate, Activate with a Topic                   Sentence, Support Sentence, Ending Sentence, Evaluate