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Walt Disney World Monorail System - 1 views

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      4.4.1    Disney Monorail
      ELL:  Disney website is available in many languages
      Gifted:  Build a model of the monorail system
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      Additional activities:  Math story problems based on miles traveled, number of passengers, etc.
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    4.4.1:  Investigate transportation systems and devices that operate on or in land, water, air, and space and recognize the forces (lift, drag, thrust, and gravity) that affect their motion. 

    Students will study the monorail to determine how it operates, what generates the power, and what are the effects to our environment.
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DNR: Learn more about Indiana Arbor Day - 1 views

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      Differentiation:  planting trees is a universal activity that would build community within the classroom and within the school.  
      Gifted students could make models of what "trees" are used for to assist human beings.  
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    From the DNR / State of Indiana, this website provides many links to educational programs offered by DNR and our State Forestries.  In particular, I like the free tree seedlings for Indiana third graders.  I could see this one "gift" developing into a unit on conservation of resources.  Specifically, standard 3.2.6:  Describe how the properties of earth materials make them useful to humans in different ways.  Describe ways that humans have altered these resources to meet their needs for survival.  We could discuss the lumber industry, and how it benefits human-kind.  Moving on from there, we can discuss how to replenish the supply.  
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http://www.indyzoo.com/SiteAssets/pdfs/ZooAnimalDiversityCurriculum-IPS.pdf - 1 views

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      Supplementary activity for Diigo 15.  Indianapolis Zoo, meets life sciences third grade standards and a host of other standards.  Complete curriculum. (Grade 3)
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      While this activity is intended for third grade, I plan to use some of the facts to teach Kindergarten!  
      ELL:  Use pictures of animals to match with facts (could be used to teach English.)
      Gifted:  Allow students to have access to all animal cards.
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    SO excited to find this!  For all third grade teachers, this complete program provides content and activities for third grade science standards.  (Animal behavior, adaptive behaviors).  
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5th Grade SC Unit 3 Activity 6 - 1 views

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      6.4.1  Potential / kinetic energy.  Love how this students to be the access of their own learning journey.  
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    Students will discuss and understand how to apply potential or kinetic energy to power a simple device (in this case, a yoyo.)  
    Standard 6.4.1

    Working in groups, allow students to experiment with yoyos, a marble rollercoaster, etc.  Follow activity guidelines.
    Gifted students could design an amusement park (to be used in school.)  
    ELL's pair with a gifted student who can assist them with this project.  
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Life in the Arctic Tundra | Scholastic.com - 1 views

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      Can be differentiated with ELL by using primarily pictures to aid comparison.

      Gifted students can expand and cover more than one animal in the biome.  
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    Standards 1.3.4:  Describe how animals' habitats, including plants, meet their needs for food, water, shelter, and an environment in which they can live.

    This activity sets up with a display of tundra themed books which begin our Arctic adventure.  Students will record questions and discoveries in an arctic food journal.  Students will discuss the habitat, why it is the RIGHT place for Polar Bears to live, and how certain animals have adapted to ensure their survival in their home habitat.
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http://sciencespot.net/Media/scimthdexps.pdf - 0 views

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      This could truly apply to any 2-6 grade class.  I think it should be hands on instead of just the worksheet, and modified the activity in the bookmark.  ELL'swill like the project because it is more hands on.
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    Bikini Bottom Experiments
    I really enjoyed reading these questions, and the activity ideas quickly came to me!  
    We could discuss how to design effective experiments, conduct experiments similar to the "Flower Power" experiment.  Have students compare the two experiments by determining the results, and keeping logs of the two.  (one experiment done correctly, and one done with the design flaw of SpongeBob's experiment.)  
    Kids will LOVE this!
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BrainPOP | Science | Learn about Scientific Method - 1 views

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    Very cool movie to explain the design process.  I am not counting this for an"activity"... but wanted to share.
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Rock Around The World - 1 views

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      Very cool website.  This could be a place to discuss African American scientist, George Alcorn.  (invented the Imaging XRay Spectrometer.)  Black History Month opportunity
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    VERY cool Earth Science/Space crossover project.  Students can send in a rock from their area, and NASA will use a special tool (like the one on the Mars Exploration Rovers) to tell you what it's made of.  Students could compare rocks on Earth to the rocks found on Mars.  

    Class can view and print various rock pictures from this website and create their own rock book, differentiating by ability.  (could be categorized by color, composition, geographic location, etc.)  It can be expanded as needed.  Kindergarten example would be to create a journal entitled "My Rock Collection."  They would find pictures of rocks that are blue, red, yellow, green, purple, etc and categorize them.  
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Announcing Communities Participating in SSEP Mission 1 to ISS, and NEW Flight Opportuni... - 1 views

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      This project would also be excellent for creating a sense of community in the classroom as everyone would be working together toward a common goal (acceptance of their project by NASA_.   ELL differentiation:  I would probably find a different project to accommodate ELL's as this project is very intense, and requires a strong command of language (in order to follow instructions.)  It is possible to create a book of picture instructions for the project or give them a smaller, yet still important role in the class for this particular assignment.
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Build a Terrarium | Education.com - 1 views

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      Modification to project required to meet standard.  *** Can be modified to include discussion of recycling***
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    2.3.1:  Observe closely over a period of time and then record in pictures and words the changes in plants and animals throughout their life cycles - including details of their body plan, structure and timing of growth, reproduction, and death.

    Modification to activity:  Students will create a journal to log all data from start to finish.  Building the terrarium will occur at the beginning of the project, and notes will be kept as the plants grow.  

    ELL:  Easily explained through modeling and pictures
    Higher Ability:  Students could be class photographers and be responsible for uploading photos and printing them for the journals.
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Challenger - 1 views

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      The Challenger Center also offers Special Needs missions.
      Lessons are differentiated as students will be assigned to different roles.  This is a very "challenging" endeavor, and requires completion of lessons prior to the visit.
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    Excellent activity for grades five and up.  "Students work as teams in mission control and aboard a spacecraft as they test their decision making skills and solve problems during this innovative, inquiry based, space-themed science and math simulation."

    This activity could meet MANY science standards and math standards including the Design Process, The Nature of Science, and Reading for Literacy in Science.  For the purpose of this assignment, I am assigning it to:
    6.2.4  With regard to their size, composition, distance from the sun, surface features and ability to support life, compare and contrast the planets of the solar system with one another and with asteroids and comets. 
    6-8.RS.1:  Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science texts.  
    6-8 RS.3:  Follow precisely a multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments or taking measurements.
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Diamond Mines - Crater of Diamonds State Park - 1 views

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      ELL - English Language Learners could work with a partner to research the site, but the sifting and categorizing process is hands on, and doesn't require strong language skills.  By using pictorial examples for instructions, ELL students can be successful in this effort.
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    This site doesn't provide specific activities; however, I would design earth science activities to assist kids in researching this park, and the surround area.  We would discuss how and why the area has these deposits, the history of the area, and how to go about finding diamonds and other cool rocks.  

    Extension activity:  Order bags of dirt from Crater of Diamonds park and have the kids sift through to find and identify various rocks and minerals.  
    Standards:
    3.2.1:  Examine the physical properties of rock samples and sort them into categories based on size using simple tools such as sieves.
    3.2.2:  Observe the detailed characteristics of rocks and minerals.  Identify rocks as being composed of different combinations of minerals.
    3.2.3:  Classify and identify minerals by their physical properties of hardness, color, luster, and streak.  
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Education World: Creating a Multimedia Journey - 1 views

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      This is a creative activity that addresses science and language arts curricula.  Computers/internet access is required.
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    This activity addresses the third grade Physical Science standards 3.1.1, 3.1.2, and 3.1.3.  It meets the core standard of Observe and describe how sound is produced by vibrations.

    I like this activity because it allows students to choose where their journey will take them.  Internet access is a requirement.  I do not think this activity would be as dynamic if it were adapted to be just a listening activity.  

    ELL's could use the internet to "travel" and investigate sound in their native language.  High ability learners could create an atlas to go with their journals.
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Education World: Dental Health Month: Hands-On Science Activities - 1 views

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      Can be differentiated for ELL's by using pictures to demonstrate the history of toothbrushes, and how to properly care for your teeth.

      Higher ability students could keep a journal of the experiments complete with pictures.
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    This is an excellent lesson that can be modified a number of ways.  I find that it fits well with Science and Technology Standards 2.4.1 and 2.4.2.  
    2.4.1:  Identify parts of the human body that can be used as tools.
    2.4.2:  Identify technologies developed by humans to meet human needs.  Investigate the limitations of technologies and how they have improved quality of life.
    Students could identify how teeth can be considered a tool.  They could discuss the toothbrush (and its evolution to items like Sonicare.)  The experiments will help them understand the limitations of the toothbrush, and how their choices affect their teeth.
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Make a Living and Non Living Scrapbook | Education.com - 1 views

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      Great for ESL.  Can easily be adapted for higher ability students as well.  Can also be adapted if no camera or computer is available 
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    Students will use a camera to investigate and collect data on living and non-living things.  They will compare living things to non-living things, and keep a record of their findings.  (scrapbook).

    Extension:  Easy to extend for higher ability students by having them write their observations along with the pictures.  (i.e. compare why they categorize something as "living or non-living."

    ESL:  Easy activity for students with a language barrier as it is a picture driven lesson.  Students will learn through their own observations and the pictures they keep.

    Adaptation:  Could easily be adapted to be an internet research project or magazine research project (students cut out pictures to keep.)
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Cloudy with a Chance of........ - 1 views

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      For use with the Science Process standard, Prediction.  This hands on activity would be useful with ESL, and the cooperative learning style would also help with ESL,and also be easy to differentiate g/t kids by allowing them to make a video or podcast of the daily weather and thew news.  If grants can be written, this would be a good one to take a field trip to a local television station 
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http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/math/PDF/fencegarden.pdf - 1 views

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      See above
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      Fun activity for fourth grade!  Kids love to think of real life solutions.  Who knows?  Maybe they COULD design a real garden for the school!  Advanced students could ponder the logistics of HOW to actually make this happen and students needing additional assistance could work in small groups or with the teacher.
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Laura Candler's Geometry File Cabinet - 2 views

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      This is a great resource website.  It isn't really part of the assignment, but I thought everyone might like to check it out.
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How Many Peas Fill the Classroom? < Teaching Channel - 1 views

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      Common core math 5.MD.4  I like that this allows students to ponder different questions, think through different ideas on how to calculate it, and in the process, learn about volume.  Students who need an extra challenge could determine how many peas would fill their homes, or how many to fill the school.  Students needing extra assistance can be paired with students who are stronger in math, and/or work with the teacher in small groups.
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