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6 Ridiculous Science Myths You Learned in Kindergarten | Cracked ...

6 Ridiculous Science Myths You Learned in Kindergarten | Cracked ... | Science classroom material | Scoop.it
Teachers are people, too, and people have this nasty tendency to occasionally lob whatever untruth comes flying at them right back at somebody else like a game of bullshit ping pong.
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Paul Cottle: Don't let Common Core overshadow science - Tallahassee.com

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Paul Cottle: Don't let Common Core overshadow science
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Melynda Shea is a fifth-grade science teacher and the 2013 Teacher of the Year in Sumter County.
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Brand New Science Passages: K-8

Brand New Science Passages: K-8 | Science classroom material | Scoop.it

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, November 17, 2013 10:54 AM

Just received these science passages from a ReadWorks e-mail this morning, 11.17.13.  I love that they give the Lexile level.  :-)

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Snazzy science apps explain the unknown to kids - USA TODAY

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Snazzy science apps explain the unknown to kids
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Young children ask a ton of questions as they try to make sense of the world they live in. Many have to do with science.
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Cicada Killers versus Cow Killers

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In the summer, bare soil can attract two scary-looking insects with threatening names:cicada killer and cow killer. Fortunately for people, they will sting only if handled aggressively. One's sting feels like a pinprick, the other's is quite painful.

 

Cicada killers, also known as giant gound hornets, save their venom for dog-day cicadas, the big green cicadas that appear every summer, damaging small tree branches as they slice them open to lay eggs. The female wasp patrols tree canopies in search of cicadas, which she paralyzes with a sting. She takes wing with her oversize prey and drags it down her four-foot-long nesting burrow. She places one or two cicadas in a chamber, lays an egg on the stunned insects and carefully seals the enclosure.

 

A wasp larva soon hatches to consume the cicadas, matures and spends the winter underground — unless it is itself eaten by the larva of a cow killer.

 

Cow killers, more often known as velvet ants, aren't ants; they are wingless female wasps that lay eggs on the pupae and mature larvae of cicada killers and other ground-nesting solitary wasps and bees. When velvet ant larvae hatch, they consume their defenseless hosts. Female velvet ants can deliver a powerful sting. It isn't venomous enough to kill a cow, but to a human, it feels as though it could. Female velvet ants are not aggressive and will attempt to escape if pursued. They must be cornered or stepped on before they will resort to stinging, and will even emit a warning squeak before doing so.


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