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    By caroleu

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    Have you ever heard of GEMS units? GEMS stands for Great Explorations in Math and Science; these units are developed at UCal-Berkeley. If you go to the following link, you can look at them by grade level, theme, etc.
    http://lhsgems.org/gemspubs.html

    I can't say enough good things about the units I have used (Aquatic Habitats and Secret Formulas are my favorites). They are written by and for teachers with very specific directions for each day of the unit. They are hands-on, open-ended (not always a perfect outcome, just like real science), and lend themselves to journaling w/ illustrations. My students love them and so does my administration. At one school, my parents actually did most of the prep work, including buying the supplies. At my present school, the administration funds them for my entire grade level. (Nice by-product is that the parents will think you are the greatest teacher ever because their kids are so excited about science/school.)

    There are many units I would love to use - but they don't fit the curriculum for my grade level (I teach in a Core Knowledge school).
    Take a look and see. If you see some you are interested in, maybe post again about GEMS or the specific units and get some feedback from teachers who have used them.

    Note: I am doing Aquatic Habitats right now and have some slideshows you could look at on my website. PM me if you want the URL.

    Good luck!
    Carole

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