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http://www.childrensengineering.com/PlantingaRainbowDB.pdf  1 views

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.
PostIt (diigo would not let me place a postit 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.
Grow Your Own Crystals!  Education.com  1 views


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.

MiniLandslide  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.

Make a Bendable Spinal Column Model  Education.com  1 views


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.

Test Your Tongue: Are Strawberries Sweet or Sour?  Education.com  1 views


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.

Learn about Life Cycle in a Bowl!  Education.com  1 views


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.

Solids, Liquids, Maple Syrup!  Education.com  1 views


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.

Design a Floating Cork Boat  Education.com  1 views


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.

Make a Garden View Box  Education.com  1 views


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.

Layering Liquids: Explore Density Science  Education.com  2 views


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.

Friendly Physics: Make a Water Wheel  Education.com  1 views


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.

The Amazing Returning Rod  Education.com  1 views


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.

Dividing by Fractions ... with Graham Crackers!  Education.com  2 views


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.

Be a Space Explorer with Volume and Area  Education.com  1 views


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.

Play Popsicle Math  Education.com  1 views


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.

Make a Math Monster!  Education.com  1 views


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.

Shapes Activity  3 views


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.

This activity can be connected to social studies by teaching children about bridges and/or transportation from different time periods.