Region 4 Science Instructional Resources




stem35-1stem-k-2-cover-1STEMulating Design Challenges in Science
Incorporate Real-World Issues in the Science Classroom

STEMulating Design Challenges in Science is your guide to design challenges with background knowledge on the necessary skills and concepts needed to help students prepare for the future.


This book covers the basic components of a STEM classroom along with how to implement the engineering design process to successfully complete design challenges. It also covers how to use an engineering notebook and provides teachers with facilitation questions and sentence stems to help support student growth and achievement.  Download the product flyer here.






Kindergarten - Grade 2 Activities


Catch My Drip   Making Music   Bring Home the Bacon
Colors for Kids   Move It with Magnets   Magnets Save the Day
Feed the Birds, Stop the Squirrels   In the Wind   Outdoor Learning Rocks!
Don’t Be a Water Waster   Help a Bird Out   Milkweed for Monarchs
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Grade 3-5 Activities


Keeping It Cold!   Saved by the Jacket   Don’t Let the Cookie Crumble
The Amazing City Ride   Paradise Playground   Alarming Buzz
Create, Don’t Waste   Fresh Water for Everyone   The Disappearing Beach
Honeybees Are Our Friends!   Protect the Species, Save the Planet   Keep Them Safe
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Currently available for Kindergarten-Grade 2 and Grades 3-5New editions for Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12 will be available soon!


Each grade band has four design challenges that

  • are aligned to the TEKS,
  • may include a budget component,
  • include reproducible masters and sample rubrics, and
  • encourage students to think about real-world issues.


Download the product flyer here


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Gateways to Science Companion Guide Series

The Gateways to Science Companion Guides series is a pedagogically focused science resource designed to assist educators in the development of research-based best practices. Each guide provides instructional methods to build students’ science content knowledge and improve comprehension of science concepts. 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. Download the product flyer here.

Each guide helps teachers to

  • emphasize reflective learning,
  • learn implementation and management tips,
  • support instructional delivery with a literacy focus, and
  • support language development.


460-2021-gwcg-academic-vocabfront-coverGateways to Science Companion Guide: Academic Vocabulary (Coming Soon!)

  • 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.


Product ID: 460-2021 | Price: $75





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


Product ID: 460-1849 | Price: $75






460-1850-interactive-notebooks-front-coverCompanion 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


Product ID: 460-1850 | Price: $75






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Region 4 Science Virtual Conference

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Join other science educators for a 1-day science conference to explore K–12 instructional strategies, assessment, and technology applications in science. Participate in research-based student learning strategies that integrate inquiry investigation with hands-on activities, collaborative and cooperative methods, and the 5 E instructional model.


Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Session ID: 1494727
Credit: 6 CPE

Registration Fee: $100




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