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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.
Sixth graders discuss how simple machines overcome friction. In this simple machine activity, 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.
Fifth graders look at the impact of sound and noise. In this sound lesson, 5th graders review the decibel and common sounds along with their noise levels. They complete a worksheet about the different sounds that one might hear during the day and how it can impair hearing.
Students explore magnification. In this scientific observation skills instructional activity, students observe sea life items and draw pictures of what they observe. Students predict which lens will have the strongest magnification when given three different scientific tools. Students describe their sea life items under different magnification, and compare their observations with those of their classmates.
Students examine science. In this scientific method lesson, students are introduced to what every experiment contains (hypothesis, critical thinking) and how an experiment is conducted. They watch a demonstration and then work independently on a series of questions related to scientific method. This lesson includes background information and a set of questions for students to answer.