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In this shape lesson, learners cut out tangram shapes and create different pictures with them. They look at 3-D shapes as well. There is a nice, hands-on component built into this lesson.
Explore geometry with your young mathematicians! First, have them color in different two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes. Then take them on a walk around the classroom. Can they identify different shapes using the target vocabulary? Now take them outside, where this gets a little harder. Can they still identify these target shapes? You will have to create a shape worksheet of your own.
Students evaluate trash. In this Science instructional activity, students collect and weigh trash from their classrooms. Students categorize the trash and the corresponding weights, recording the information on a data sheet.
Students are introduced to electricity. In this electricity lesson, students listen to the book Switch on, Switch off by Melvin Berger and discuss the use of electricity in light switches. They create a picture of an atom using pom poms.
Students define reflection and refraction. In this Physics lesson, students compare a variety of items to find properties of reflection or refraction. Students record their findings.
Second graders look at different types of energy. In this energy instructional activity, 2nd graders define energy and the difference between kinetic and potential energy. They see examples with falling books and a slinky.
Students investigate energy. In this Physics lesson, students explore different sources of energy: heat, nuclear, and chemical. Students sing an electricity song.
Students view a static electricity demonstration. For this Physics lesson, students compare static and current electricity. Students watch an electricity slide show and sing the Electricity song.
Students explore electricity. In this Physics lesson, students investigate the origin of static electricity. Students compare static electricity to current electricity.
Learners investigate electricity. In this Physics lesson, students experiment with insulators and conductors of electricity. Learners use batteries as the energy source for the experiment.
Fourth graders explore the history of electricity. In this electricity lesson, 4th graders review the connection between electricity and magnetism. They do a research project on the history of electricity.
Fifth graders analyze optical images. in this optical instructional activity, 5th graders look at how light reflects and refracts. They discuss different types of lenses and how they change the picture that is taken.
Students explore tools. In this tool lesson, students see how tools and machines were invented to help people work easier. They see different types of simple machines such as wheel and axle, lever, and wedge.
Students study animals. In this machines and tools lesson, students study animals to figure out how various tools were created for humans to use. They are read the story An Elephant Never Forgets its Snorkel to help spark ideas. They discuss and share their thoughts as a class.
First graders explore simple machines. In this technology lesson, 1st graders review pulleys, levers, wedges, and ramps. They experiment with lifting items with and without these simple machines.
Second graders experiment with simple machines. In this machine lesson, 2nd graders go to different labs to see examples of a lever, inclined plane, wedge, pulley, gears, and wheel and axle. They discuss how a machine makes work a lot easier.
Third graders discuss electric currents. In this circuit lesson, 3rd graders create a picture of a battery circuit and a light bulb. They show the positive and negative charge and the flow of electrons.
Third graders discuss how energy is created. In this energy lesson, 3rd graders look at how a city receives energy and how it is made. They create their own generator using a pin wheel and pipe cleaners.
Fifth graders explore electromagnetic waves and light. In this light lesson, 5th graders draw the parts of a wave of the electromagnetic spectrum. They compare a flashlight to a laser to see how the light looks when shined through different objects.
Sixth graders discuss how simple machines overcome friction. In this simple machine lesson, 6th graders review the parts of a plane and how they make up for gravity and friction. They roll different objects down an inclined board predicting which will be affected most by friction.