Teaching Tips


  • Read Together to Build Concept Knowledge | Animal Adaptations

    Alicia Poulin’s first grade classroom reads a book together to build concept knowledge about animal adaptations. As they look at the book together, Mrs. Poulin prompts the students to notice how the animals pictured in the book use their adaptations to meet their needs and survive.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Watch Together to Deepen Concept Knowledge | Animal Adaptations

    First grade teacher Alicia Poulin uses a video clip from “Wintertime Creature Powers,” an episode from the PBS KIDS show Wild Kratts to deepen concept knowledge about animal adaptations. She then leads the class in a discussion about how animals use their adaptations to survive in a cold, snowy climate.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Play Together to Extend Concept Knowledge | Animal Adaptations

    First grade teacher Alicia Poulin demonstrates how to play a Wild Kratts game, “Aviva’s Powersuit Maker,” and explains its features. She is preparing the students to play the game independently or in learning centers to extend concept knowledge about animal adaptations. Mrs. Poulin then leads the class in a discussion of how humans can mimic animal adaptations to help them in their everyday lives.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Formulate a Question and a Hypothesis | Animal Adaptations

    First grade teacher Alicia Poulin guides her students in formulating a question and a hypothesis before they conduct an investigation to find out how an otter’s dark fur helps it adapt to a cold, snowy climate.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Conduct an Investigation | Animal Adaptations

    A first grade class conducts an investigation together to find out how an otter stays warm in a snowy climate. Cups of ice covered with light and dark paper serve as models for otter bodies, and a lamp is a model for the sun. The teacher describes each component of the investigation before they get started.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Analyze Data and Draw Conclusions | Animal Adaptations

    A first grade student collects data from an investigation by stacking pennies to measure ice melt. The class then analyzes this data to draw conclusions about how an otter’s dark fur keeps it warm in a snowy climate.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Use PBS KIDS ScratchJr to Write a Science Report | Animal Adaptations

    Pairs of students use PBS KIDS ScratchJr, a coding app, to write an animated science report about what they have learned about how animals use their adaptations to meet their needs and survive. Once they have completed their reports they will share them with the other students in the class.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Explore Together in Learning Centers | Animal Adaptations

    A small group of first graders play “Aviva’s Powersuit Maker,” a digital game from Wild Kratts, in one of three learning centers set up for students to explore how animals use their adaptations to meet their needs and survive. At other centers, students watch a video and read books while taking notes to add to a concept map.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • A Visit to a 1st Grade Classroom | Animal Adaptations

    First grade teacher Alicia Poulin uses books, videos, and digital games to build concept knowledge about animal adaptations. She then guides her students in formulating a question and a hypothesis before conducting an investigation. After analyzing the data and drawing conclusions, the students use PBS KIDS ScratchJr, a coding app, to write a science report about what they learned.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Culturally Relevant Teaching of Science | Animal Adaptations

    In her very diverse classroom, first grade teacher Alica Poulin creates an environment in which everyone’s culture is valued. She shares how she views her students’ cultural differences as opportunities to learn, and how she uses the cultural backgrounds of her students to guide her curriculum.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Watch Together to Build Concept Knowledge | Energy & Motion

    First grade teacher Alicia Poulin uses a video titled “Energy!” from the PBS KIDS show Martha Speaks to build concept knowledge about energy and motion. She then leads the class in a discussion about how the children in the video use energy to make things move or change.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Demonstrate to Inspire Curiosity | Energy & Motion

    Alicia Poulin uses a stuffed animal to demonstrate kinetic and potential energy for students in her first grade classroom. She then asks the students to share what they saw, and records their observations on an Energy & Motion concept map.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Read Together to Deepen Concept Knowledge | Energy & Motion

    Alicia Poulin’s first grade classroom reads a book together to build concept knowledge about energy and motion. As they look at the book together, Mrs. Poulin prompts the students to notice and share the different ways the children in the illustrations are using energy.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Play Together to Extend Concept Knowledge | Energy & Motion

    First grade teacher Alicia Poulin demonstrates how to play and explains the features of “Marbleous Marvel Coaster,” a digital game from the PBS KIDS show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! She is preparing the students to play the game independently or in learning centers to extend concept knowledge about energy and motion.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Formulate a Question and a Hypothesis | Energy & Motion

    First grade teacher Alicia Poulin guides her students in formulating a question and a hypothesis before they conduct an investigation to find out whether a longer, taller slide gives an object more potential energy than a shorter slide.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Conduct an Investigation | Energy & Motion

    A first grade class conducts an investigation to find out whether a toy car going down a long ramp will go farther than the same toy car going down a shorter ramp. The teacher models how to do the investigation accurately for the whole class before the students investigate on their own in small groups.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Analyze Data and Draw Conclusions | Energy & Motion

    First grade teacher Alicia Poulin guides her students in recording data from their investigation, and then analyzing that data to draw conclusions about whether a taller, longer ramp gives an object more potential energy that a shorter ramp.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Use PBS KIDS ScratchJr to Write a Science Report | Energy & Motion

    First grade students use PBS KIDS ScratchJr, a coding app, to write an animated science report about what they have learned about potential energy and kinetic energy. Their teacher, Alicia Poulin, circulates to provide assistance for those who need it. Once they have completed their reports they will share them with the other students in the class.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Explore Together in Learning Centers | Energy & Motion

    First graders play a PBS KIDS digital game in one of four learning centers set up by their teacher to provide them with different ways to explore energy and motion. At other centers they read books about energy, conduct an investigation with ramps, and share science reports they created using PBS KIDS ScratchJr.

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Connect Home and School | Energy & Motion

    First grade teacher Alicia Poulin tells her students about a family letter—in both English and Spanish—that she will be sending home so they can share with their families what they have been doing in class to learn about energy and motion.

    Grades: K-2,13+

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