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Build a Popsicle Stick Bridge | Education.com - 1 views

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      Students can work in groups by first designing their bridge using pencil and paper, so ELLs and special needs students can be split up into these groups.

      This activity can be connected to social studies by teaching children about bridges and/or transportation from different time periods.
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    Students work on designing different bridges out of popsicle sticks.
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http://www.childrensengineering.com/PlantingaRainbowDB.pdf - 1 views

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    Students will help create a fake classroom garden out of craft materials to help them understand the design of a plant. They will have to understand the different parts a plant and how to put the parts together to create a plant.

    Post-It (diigo would not let me place a post-it on this pdf page): Students can work in pairs to construct their plants (high ability with a low ability student). Advanced students could put labels on thier plants' parts. Students in higher grades could construct certain species of plants and descibe what makes their plant unique.
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Crunch a Can with Air, Water and Science! | Education.com - 1 views

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      This activity can be used for younger grades as a whole class experiment. Students could state their hypothesis about what will happen and then determine if they were correct or not.

      ELL students can work with native English speakers to make sure that they understand what the experiment entails.
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    This activity deals with pressure and condensation by crushing a soda can with only air and water. Students can experiment with different variables like temperature of water or type of can.
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Grow Your Own Crystals! | Education.com - 1 views

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      This project can have an art component by allowing the students time to draw what the crystals look like. Students can also write or draw a hypothesis about what they will see before the growth begins.

      Students in older grades can do this experiment and then investigate how the crystals were formed through research and class discussion.
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    Students can watch and observe the growth of crystals in this experiment. This investigation can be done as whole class or in groups.
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Mini-Landslide - Activity - www.TeachEngineering.org - 1 views

  • Students explore how different materials (sand, gravel, lava rock) with different water contents on different slopes result in landslides of different severity. They measure the severity by how far the landslide debris extends into model houses placed in the flood plain.
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      This activity can be tied to social studies by having students create an essay, PowerPoint, or poster on how landslides have and do affect the world's population. This can be done in groups of students (with all ability levels).
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    This activity allows students to see the effects of a landslide on a small scale in the classroom. This is a neat experiment that looks easy to assemble and explain.
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Make a Bendable Spinal Column Model | Education.com - 1 views

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      This activity could also be connected to health class when learning about the systems of the body. Students could also create other objects that resemble body parts and their functions.

      This activity can be connected to langauge arts by having students research and write about the function of the vertebral column.
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    This activity allows students to make a bendable spinal column model to see how this functions in the body.
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Test Your Tongue: Are Strawberries Sweet or Sour? | Education.com - 1 views

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      This activity can be used for older grade levels by having students first try the experiment and then having them find answers as to why different substances cause different tastes.

      This activity could also be connected to math by graphing the results of what student liked what taste the best or the worst.
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    This activity is a fun experiment involving the sense of taste. Students can practice their observation skills by noting the differences in tastes.
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Learn about Life Cycle in a Bowl! | Education.com - 1 views

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      More advanced students can make a detailed book with observations of what they see happening everyday with the worms. Students who are farther behind can create a book with pictures of what they see happening.

      This activity could be connected to language arts by having students write an essay about the steps of the metamorphosis process.
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    There's no better way to learn about metamorphosis than to observe the life cycle of a living creature up close. This activity allows students to see the life cycle of mealworms.
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Solids, Liquids, Maple Syrup! | Education.com - 1 views

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      ELL and special ed students can be paired with another student to help create a journal of observations with pictures and words dealing with the states of matter.

      This activity can be used for older grades too. The students could find the densities of the solids and liquids. They could even go so far as to cook a breakfast and discuss liquids to solids as they are cooked.
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    The activity allows students to compare and contrast different solids and liquids. There is also a cooking portion of the activity that can be done with maple syrup.
Amanda McCarthy

Design a Floating Cork Boat | Education.com - 1 views

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      This activity can be used in older grade levels. In the older levels students could work with other materials besides corks and toothpicks.

      ELLs can be paired with native English speakers to help design their boat. The ELL could put the boat together while the native English speaker writes down the steps to making the boat.
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    This activity allows students to create a floatable boat out of corks and toothpicks. They use the scientific method to design their boats.
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Make a Garden View Box | Education.com - 1 views

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      Students can plant all different types of plants. This project could be used for older students who are learning more details about plants or who are trying to do experiments on what makes plants grow best.

      ELL and special needs students could help by planting the seeds in the box when first constructing the garden. Advanced students could draw and label the parts of the plants that were planted.
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    Students make a garden view box where they can see plants grow below and above the surface of the soil.
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How Windy Is It? A Weather Science Experiment | Education.com - 1 views

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      This activity can be connected to other forms of weather such as temperature or rain fall. Students can also look up information about how people measure the weather using scientific tools. This activity can be connected to language arts by having students write about the weather.
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    Students go outside to measure the wind with objects found around the house. This activity would be good for a small group of students and an adult.
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Layering Liquids: Explore Density Science | Education.com - 2 views

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      Students who are more advanced can find the density of the liquids and then explain why some liguids are "heavier" than others. This activity could also be used for higher grades that deal with finding densities of different substances.

      This activity can be connected to math by measuring the volumes of the liquids.
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    In this activity students compare the mass and volume of different liguids by pouring the liquids into the same container and seeing which ones are "heavier" and "lighter."
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Friendly Physics: Make a Water Wheel | Education.com - 1 views

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      Students can design a water wheel in groups and see how the wheel works. To extend this experiment students could then work together to make improvements to their wheel.

      This activity could also be connected to social studies. Students could see how water wheels have evolved over the years and what their uses were and are.
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    Students can build a water wheel and see the force of water in motion. They can also experiment with different forces and see how they affect the water wheel.
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The Amazing Returning Rod | Education.com - 1 views

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      Students who need help constructing the rod can work in pairs to complete it or the teacher can have a few already made for those students. ELL students can work with a native English speaker when constructing the item to make sure they understand the instructions. Students who have a good understanding of energy could write a paper about what they see and why it happens.
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    In this activity, a metal rod can be made to roll back to you automatically when pushed away. This activity deals with stored energy. The students can construct their own metal rods.
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Dividing by Fractions ... with Graham Crackers! | Education.com - 2 views

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      Students can work in pairs to help understand the concept. For students who are farther behind or are ELLs the teacher could model the activity with the students so they would be able to follow along easily.

      For the students who are more advanced you could ask them to figure out the fractions on their own or try doing harder division with two fractions instead of just one fraction and a whole number.
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    This activity helps show students how to divide whole numbers by fractions using graham crackers.
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Be a Space Explorer with Volume and Area | Education.com - 1 views

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      This activity can be done in pairs for students who are having difficulty in finding/understanding area and volume. This activity will also help students who need to apply their knowledge to real objects they can easily see instead of ones in a textbook on a flat surface.

      This activity could connect to science. Students could hypothesize how much area or volume an object has and then determine if they were correct or not. The students could do this for several items and see if they become more accurate.
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    This activity uses everyday objects to find volume and area.
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Play Popsicle Math | Education.com - 1 views

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      To increase the difficulty of this activity you could also use subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students who need extra help could be paired up to help eachother during the activity.

      This activity would make a good station activity for a small group of students.

      For ELLs make sure to only include the symbols (+, =, etc.) so they do not have to read equals and add.
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    Here's a hands-on activity that classroom teachers use to help kids get a feel for equations and start building lifelong skills. Popsicle sticks are used to create different addition problems.
Amanda McCarthy

Make a Math Monster! | Education.com - 1 views

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      This game can be played with addition, multiplication, and division. The game can also be increased in difficulty by adding two or more digit numbers and varying the problems constantly.

      The game can be played in pairs or groups. Students who are high achievers can play against eachother to create harder problems and students who struggle can work with eachother to create problems for eachother.

      This game can be linked with spelling by playing hangman first with spelling words and then playing this game for math.
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    Guessing game similiar to hangman but with numbers for subtraction.
Amanda McCarthy

Shapes Activity - 3 views

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      This activity can be used by younger grades by decreasing the amount of shapes used.

      To make the activity harder for students have them draw their own shapes using a ruler, compass, and/or protracter. Students could also find the angle measurements of the shapes.

      For students who need more help divide the shapes into their own categories so all the students will have to do is paste the shapes onto the page in their seperate categories. Students could also work in groups or pairs.
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    The purpose of this lesson is to help students mentally organize 19 shape names. The lesson is basically a reinforcing lesson-it should not be taught until after students have had some exposure to most of the shape names mentioned in this lesson.
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