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Happy Holidays from the ISP!

By myralopez on December 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

May the spirit of the season touch you. Peace and joy to you and your family this holiday season. We truly appreciate counting you as part of our community. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year. From your friends at, Institute for School Partnership    

Falling Leaves

By WashU on October 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

Activity: Pick a tree to watch during the fall. When the leaves start changing colors, try and predict how long it will be before leaves starting dropping off the tree. Notice from which side of the tree leaves fall first. Are all the trees losing their leaves at the same time? Try and see if [&h...

Football Plays

By WashU on October 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

Activity: Compare a football with other kinds of sports balls; baseball, tennis ball, etc. Observe what happens when you throw them. Try throwing them straight up in the air and then a forward pass. Next try bouncing them on a hard surface (Not in your living room!) Also try catching them. Observ...

Acorns, Food or Seeds?

By WashU on October 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

Activity: Look for an oak tree with acorns. Sometimes as you are walking along the sidewalk you see many acorns lying on the ground, under a tree. Sometimes they are still attached to the tree. Notice the leaves and bark of the tree where you find the acorns. Look carefully at one of the acorns, ...

Shadow Play

By WashU on October 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

Activity: Autumn is a great time to notice how the shadows from the sun on earth are changing. Shadows become longer starting in the fall. In the morning or afternoon, trace your shadow at the same time in the same place with a piece of chalk over a couple weeks.  If your child is not familiar [&...

Inside the partnership: Jamestown Elementary

By myralopez on June 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

Sara Berghoff, fifth grade science teacher   How has the program changed the way you teach science? One of the ways the program has changed the way I teach is, now I use the inquiry method. Students were allowed to discover. Before the program, for example, I would have never let the kids wr...

Inside the partnership: Russell Elementary

By myralopez on June 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

Georgene Collier, fifth grade science teacher How has it changed the way you teach science? This program has changed the way I teach in so many ways. When I first started teaching science, I was pleased if the students did the experiment the way I told them to. But that was boring to me — […]

David Kirk

By myralopez on May 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

Evolution should be an important part of a sound K-12 science curriculum For much of his career, Washington University biology professor David Kirk, PhD, focused his research on the spherical, multicellular green alga, Volvox carteri. Kirk, in collaboration with his late wife Marilyn M. Kirk, the...

Safely observe solar eclipse with young children

By myralopez on August 15, 2017 in Educator Resources, Uncategorized

St. Louis and the surrounding area is abuzz with excitement about the upcoming total solar eclipse, as well it should be. This very unique experience is not to be missed, if possible. There are online resources available for information and activities, such as from the St. Louis Astronomical Soci...