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TEEMSS has produced 15 units aligned to the National Science Education Standards (NSES) that take full advantage of computers, sensors, and interactive models. Five units are available for each grade level (3-4, 5-6, and 7-8) that target NSES standards for Inquiry, Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Technology and Engineering. The Inquiry thread runs throughout all the activities. The activities for each grade level, though written for a specific age, are adaptable to other grade levels if ones curriculum requires it. Each unit contains two investigations, each with a discovery question, materials list, several trials, analysis, and further investigations. Technical hints are customized for each sensor type and manufacturer. A teacher’s version of each activity also contain discussion guides and background material.

StandardGrades 3-4Grades 5-6Grades 7-8
1. Sound
Explore sound and vibrations
sensors: microphone
6. Water and air temperature
Mix fluids and measure temperature changes
sensors: temperature
11. Air pressure
Explore soda bottles, balloons and lungs
sensors: gas pressure
Physical Science
2. Electricity
Explore light bulbs, batteries, and wires
sensors: voltage
7. Levers and machines
Learn about and design and test your own simple machines
sensors: force
12. Motion
Graph, describe, and duplicate motion
sensors: motion
Life Science
3. Sensing
Compare electronic and human sensing of your environment
sensors: temperature, light
8. Monitoring a living plant
Monitor a living plant in a plastic bag
sensors: relative humidity, light
13. Adaptation
Explore population, selection pressure, and adaptation
sensors: computer model
Earth and Space Science
4. Weather
Observe and measure weather-related changes
sensors: temperature, relative humidity
9. Seasons
Connect planetary motion to day/night cycles and seasons
sensors: light
14. Water Cycle
Study water phase changes and relate to terrestrial phenomena
sensors: relative humidity, temperature
Technology and Engineering
5. Design a Playground
Study your playground and build models of several pieces of playground euipment
sensors: force, motion
10. Design a greenhouse
Build and monitor a working greenhouse model
sensors: temperature, light, relative humidity
15. Design a measurement
Choose something to measure and devise a way to do it
sensors: temperature, light, force, motion, air pressure

View the actual curriculum units integrated with particular probeware vendors. Please note that these are web-only preview units. Go to the Portal to download the actual software for use in your class.

Customize your own activity

The new “Do It Yourself” (DIY) unit allows teachers to create, save, and share activities.

With a simple fill-in-the-blank authoring system, teachers choose from any of the sensors and standard activity tools (predictions, drawing tool, data collection, analysis, and assessment tools) to write customized activities for their curriculum,classrooms and students.

Teacher support

Each activity has a Teacher Guide that includes a discussion guide, background about the content, assessment ideas, technology information, and a suggested timeline. Teacher guides are available online and in PDF format for easy printing.

A web-based teacher reporting tool allows a teacher to review student portfolios and gather student responses for assessment and class discussion.