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As the cost of oil continues to rise and the environmental impacts of emissions become more widespread, the demand for alternative energy sources for cars is huge. In an engaging and challenging week-long lesson, your upper-elementary or middle schoolers are transformed into mechanical engineers as they design and build solar powered cars. If you live in an area that doesn't get much sun, it may be best to do this activity when you have the best chance of clear skies so the cars can be tested outside. Cover multiple Next Generation Science Standards, as well as Common Core literacy standards in a fun and exciting way.
Here is a fabulous collection of lessons for your emerging meteorologists! In them, learners will utilize satellite data to determine distribution of rainfall, research global rainfall patterns, and utilize their knowledge to propose new instruments and satellite missions that can help us understand the changes in the earth's climate. Some fantastic worksheets, weblinks, and other educational resources are embedded in an incredibly detailed and exciting lesson plan.
The kite has an amazing history! It has been used for thousands of years, has led to many scientific disoveries, and has made some people very famous. Just ask Ben Franklin! This terrific lesson offers many cross-curricular activities that all have to do with the kite. There are worksheets, and terrific resource links embedded in the plan as well. This activities in this plan are sure to be a hit with your students!
Young engineers build a glider, and they experiment with ways to change the flight characteristics of the glider. There are some templates embedded in the plan that learners can use as guides to cut out their gliders. The templates are terrific, and the tips given on how they can adjust the flight patterns are very interesting. Students measure and record the distance of each of their flights, and they work together to find the design that performed the best.
After reading an interesting account of how the X-1 aircraft was designed, built, and utilized, young engineers try their hand at constructing a paper glider version of the airplane. They cut out the plane out of a nicely designed template. They must locate the glider's center of gravity, which will be an important point to find in order to maximize their glider's potential. This fine science lesson plan should be exciting and engaging for your class. Very good!
A very impressive lesson plan on the Wright brothers and their place in aviation history. Learners discover many fascinating facts about the Wright brothers and their trials and errors regarding flight. Best of all, they get to build a sled kite. All of the instructions on how to build this simple kite are embedded in the plan, as is a nifty pre-building questionnaire which has them make predictions about how their kite will fly based on what they incorporate into it.
It's like a biological "Beauty and the Beast!" The fascinating mutualism between a South African meganosed fly and a deep-throated geranium builds a case study in coevolution for your biology buffs to analyze. After reading about this and other symbiotic relationships, young natural historians answer five critical-thinking questions. This assignment is relevant to curriculum that covers coevolution or adaptation.