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Young scholars examine the last stage of the monarch butterfly. In this life cycles lesson, students read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and study photos of the monarch life cycle. Young scholars illustrate the third stage of the monarch butterfly.
Students learn the technology of kite making and how to make a kite and fly a kite.
Play the Jeopardy Science Game and test your students knowledge of basic elementary science concepts. The questions in this game should be able to be answered by a 5th or 6th grader and are fairly general. Topics cover life, space, physical, and Earth science.
Read Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomi De Paola then participate in different activities which practice skills such as English language development, using non-standard measurement, fine motor skills, dramatic play, and using our five senses.
First graders use literature with science as they discover the effects of air on plants and animals. They make observations and record data in a graph to analyze.
Are you thinking about taking your class to the local zoo? Kids of all ages love visiting exotic animals in order to learn about biodiversity, habitat, and animal adaptations. Here is a 44-page activity guide that provides educators with a wide variety of pre-trip activities intended to enhance the overall field trip experience. Each activity is hands on and involves reading, research, creative thinking, and collaboration to facilitate interest and a deeper understanding of the curriculum. For example, one activity provides children with the opportunity to create a cheetah diorama.
This resource provides thorough instruction in scientific classification for your elementary scientists. They classify a set of alien organism cards, rock samples, a mixture of beans, and a pile of pasta. This provides plenty of practice with using observation skills and introduces learners to dichotomous keys. All of the necessary worksheets, teacher instructions, photographed answer keys, and a grading rubric are all provided to make teaching this vital science activity a piece of cake!
You will need to prepare either a class set or a single demonstration catapult in order to teach this powerful lesson on kinetic and potential energy. Activity sheets are provided to walk learners through the construction of a catapult. If you choose to teach via demonstration, you can jump straight to Activity Sheet 3, on which is a data table for recording distances. Different features of the catapult are varied for comparison. A vocabulary list and challenge questions are provided. 
Two types of radiation are discussed in this conversation between a professional and a preteen scientist. Solar rays and galactic cosmic rays are extremely powerful and need to be shielded against when astronauts travel in space. Radiation can affect us on Earth, but the atmosphere blocks and deflects much of it. This video would be a pleasant preview to the topic of radiation energy for your upper elementary science learners.
This psychedelic session of STEMbite introduces the concept of diffraction to your upper elementary science class. The teacher in the video uses a compact disc to show the rainbow results of the bending of light and then dons a pair of holographic diffraction glasses over his Google glass. He draws an explanation on a piece of paper to make the concepts clear and explains how useful diffraction is in science. Use this clip during your unit on light.
Dandelion and maple tree seeds are blown and thrown to show two methods of seed dispersal. The narrator videotapes from his vantage point, his hands visible, but never his face. He examines helicopter blades as a human imitation of maple seeds. He eats and apple and deposits one of its seeds into the toilet as he explains how seeds can be dispersed by traveling animals. Elementary science classes would both enjoy and benefit from this homemade video when studying the plant life cycle. Have them research other methods of seed dispersal or other products humans have developed that imitate nature's ways.
Simple machines and the relationship between work and force are defined. Inclined planes, the wheel and axle, pulleys, levers, wedges, and screws are detailed. This video consists entirely of typed white print appearing across a purple screen. Create a reading comprehension worksheet to go along with this video and assign as homework for your upper-elementary science learners.
3rd graders will participate in a variety of tasks which help them to understand the basic concepts of plant growth. Research and reporting skills are developed as they gather information from various sources related to the use of plants by humans for food, shelter and clothing, and in the production of various products.
Eighth graders explore and demonstrate an understanding of the factors that contribute to the efficient operation of mechanisms and simple machines. They design and make a mechanical toy device that moves a given object a specified vertical and horizontal distance, and investigate the efficiency of the mechanical device.
Students experiment to find which liquids are more dense.  In this density and mass lesson, students predict and then test objects to observe and measure their density. students observe which items sink and float. Students complete worksheets to record if the objects sink or float, what their properties are, what they learned and what surprised them.
Students examine the definitions and characteristics of plasma. After reading an article, they analyze new technologies to study plasma. In groups, they create a poster on how the different types of plasma work and write letters to their Congressmen about research funding for plasma.
Students demonstrate their understanding of the water cycle and how it effects the environment by graphically depicting and describing the water cycle.
Sixth graders examine the main parts of an airplane and explain their functions. They inquire about a flight simulator. They study a flight plan and what happens when they move the flight controls. They view and keep a logbook.
A tremendous presentation on the properties of light. Young scientists are treated to slides which share a lot of fascinating information about light. This impressive PowerPoint is filled with great photos, graphics, and discussion questions throughout, which should keep your charges engaged for its duration. To me, this is what a PowerPoint presentation should be all about.
Students construct and maintain model of natural habitat, suggest improvements to the model of the natural habitat to make it more realistic and habitable, and demonstrate careful observation and recording of how animals survive in their habitat.

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