The Einstein Fall Inservice is tomorrow, and the warehouse is teeming with living materials! Over a hundred elementary teachers will attend the teacher inservice, and 45 of those teachers will train in one of our life science units (Ecosystems, Animal Studies, Organisms and Microworlds).
When leasing any of these units from The Einstein Project, there are a few steps to follow to ensure that the living materials stay healthy. First, all living materials come with a “Living Materials Care” sheet. These sheets can be found in the teacher folder within the unit, and can also be found under the “Living Materials Care Sheet” link on the Einstein website. Also in this section of our website, teachers will find general living materials guidelines as well as the advisory regarding the release or disposal of organisms.
Our website provides teachers with video links from Carolina Biological on how to care for the living materials in specific units. These videos are available for many of our life science units and can be found on the “Unit Offerings” section of our website.
In addition to the care sheets and video clips, some living materials, such as guppies and snails, arrive with a big label attached to their container. This label provides reminders and directions for how to acclimate the organisms to their new aquatic environment.
As always The Einstein Project is willing to help problem solve with living materials concerns. We hope that you enjoy teaching these units, and that students are fully engaged in science learning.
If you teach a unit with living materials, which one is your favorite? Do you have any tips to share?