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Engineering Design Process (EDP) Quick Reference Guide - NEW!
Engineering practices are embedded in the new science TEKS, but what does that look like in a science classroom? The Engineering Design Process Quick Reference Guide is an easy-to-use instructional resource designed to support teachers as they plan and facilitate engineering design challenges in the science classroom.

 

The guide provides:

  • an overview of the engineering design process (EDP),
  • planning and facilitation supports for each phase of the EDP,
  • “look fors” intended for instructional observations, and
  • reflection questions for students and teachers.

 

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Science 2021 TEKS Charts - NEW!

Adopted TEKS 2021: Implementation 2024-2025

 

Each TEKS Chart is a foldout with pre-punched holes that fits into a three-ring binder. All of the science TEKS, including both science engineering practices; recurring, themes, and concepts; and content are captured in one place. Highlight TEKS by unit or reporting category. Easily examine vertical alignment. Educators have been known to hide, cherish, and highly value these easy-to-carry foldouts even if they own more than one!

 

TEKS Charts can be ordered in packages of 10 for elementary (K–5), middle (grades 6–8), or high (grades 9–12) school.

The updated Science TEKS Charts have a notation on the left-hand black margin that says Adopted 2021.

 

 

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Detecting, Confronting, and Replacing Misconceptions in Elementary Science

This new resource from Region 4 Science is designed to help teachers discover and work with students to reframe their thinking about specific science concepts. Each of twelve misconceptions includes three parts with the following goals:

  • Detect activity uncovers the existence of any potential student misconceptions.
  • Confront activity creates cognitive dissonance between what is believed and what is correct. This forces learners to evaluate their thinking.
  • Replace activity offers strategies that engage all students to solidify new thinking.

Are you interested in being notified as soon as the resource is available?  E-mail science@esc4.net and we'll add your to our notification list!

 


 

STEMulating Design Challenges in Science...

...is a guide to implementing design challenges in the science classroom. This resource provides background knowledge on the necessary skills and concepts needed to help students prepare for the future. It covers the basic components of a STEM classroom, guidance on how to use an engineering notebook along with how to implement the engineering design process using facilitation questions and sentence stems to support student growth and achievement to successfully complete design challenges.

 

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Grades K-2

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Grades 3-5

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Grades 6-8

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Grades 9-12

 

 


Gateways to Science: Companion Guides
Your Partner for Pedagogy
Region 4 Science has turned its top workshops into guides for you to use in your classroom. Designed to assist educators in the development of best practices specific to the science classroom, these strategies are effective whether a teacher is using Gateways to Science or other resources.
 
More than 15,000 student editions of Gateways to Science, STAAR® Edition have been purchased by Texas educators. Educators rely on Region 4 Science for quality resources for the science classroom.
 
 

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Companion Guide for Academic Vocabulary

  • Explains the importance of building multiple brain pathways to academic vocabulary words for quick memory retrieval
  • Addresses factors to focus on when considering the most impactful academic vocabulary words
  • Provides over 20 interactive strategies to help students learn and retain academic vocabulary words
  • To learn how to commit academic vocabulary to memory, watch this brainy product video!
  • Download samples or order online.
   
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Companion Guide for Interactive Notebooks
  • Illustrates the progression of K‒12 interactive notebooks and how to scaffold for different grades
  • Includes templates to facilitate the implementation and management of interactive notebooks in the classroom
  • Provides clarity for assessing interactive notebooks
  • To learn how to gauge engagement, watch this informative product video!
  • Download samples or order online.
 

 

 

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Companion Guide for Literacy Strategies
  • Incorporates reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the science classroom
  • Clearly explains pre-reading, during-reading, and after-reading strategies
  • Provides editable templates and examples to support easy implementation
  • To learn how literacy is like driving, watch this key product video!
  • Download samples or order online.

 

 


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Engaging, ready-to-use, biology lessons at the rigor of the TEKS
 
Stop spending hours on end pulling from various resources to plan interesting biology lessons. Teaching Biology with E’s provides teachers with complete 5E lessons that will engage the brain, spark curiosity and discussions, and ultimately get students to learn and love science. See your class come alive with excitement through the use of thoughtfully designed lessons.  

 

    Available for:        

Cell Structure

and Function

Mechanisms

of Genetics

Biological

Evolution and Classification

Biological

Processes and Systems

Interdependence within

Environmental Systems

 

 

 

 

 


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Warm Up to Science: TEKS-Based Engagement Activities
A formative assessment item for every student expectation, and then some.
 
The perfect fit for any lesson, these warm-ups can be used at the beginning, middle, or end of a lesson to check for understanding. Warm Up to Science saves you time, allowing you to focus on understanding what your students know. Pique their interest, cause them ask to why, and make them want to learn more! Discover what they know, listen for misconceptions, and informally assess their levels of knowledge all on the sly. Your students won’t even realize they’re working!
 
To learn how this product is a perfect fit, watch this just-the-right-size product video!
 

 

 

 


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STAAR® Review to Go
A set of student-centered, engaging review activities. Just Say “Yes” to Riveting, Rigorous Review! This is STAAR® review in a nutshell—or in this case, a folder.
 
Stop using released items as content review. Saying “Yes!” means students will race to review because these activities involve engaging brain exercise, deep dive discussion, and hands-on hustle as students work to fine-tune their knowledge and show off what they have learned. Each folder activity includes content review, a literacy piece, and a sample test item at the rigor of STAAR®. Folders are designed so students can check their own work to monitor their learning.
 
To learn how to crack those hard-to-open nuts, watch this enlightening product video!

 

 
Available for:
 
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 8
Biology
 
 
 
Spanish 
 
Spanish
 
 

 


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Gateways to Science
The Goldilocks of Science. An All-Inclusive, Cover-to-Cover, 5 E Science Curriculum
 
Need more time for learning and less time for planning? Need ready-to-go 5 E lessons? Need a scope-and-sequence? Gateways to Science is the answer for which you’ve been searching!

 

 
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Supporting STAAR® Achievement in Science
Focused, Foundational 5 E Science Lessons You Can’t Live Without
 
Do you need excellent examples of 5 E science lessons but aren’t ready to commit to purchasing Gateways to Science? Do you or your students ever struggle with hard-to-teach and difficult-to-learn concepts? If so, we wrote these lessons for you! In fact, we wrote them for you even if that description doesn’t apply! The lessons in these books are totally separate, apart, and different from lessons in Gateways to Science. Make your life and your students’ lives easier with this invaluable resource! 
 

 

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