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Here is a great way to help your young scholars discover ways to combine shapes to fill the area of a given shape using pattern blocks. They discover relationships between different shapes. Using the Internet, learners create puzzles for a partner and play an on-line game.
What exactly is a food web? Scholars examine endangered species and examine the earth's ecosystems as a big puzzle requiring all pieces to function correctly. Draw a basic web as you explain and discuss what might happen if one animal became extinct. Use these informational paragraphs to explain they way all living things are dependent upon one another. Although the cereal box idea isn't entirely clear, the virtual food web game linked here is a fantastic tool. Extend the concepts through the two linked Auntie Litter podcasts, the recommended book, or having scholars draw their own food webs.
In this pedal power learning exercise, students solve a math puzzle in order to determine how much power could be generated by pedaling a bicycle. They try to figure out how much power would be needed to run a child's laptop, and how much pedaling power would be needed for a laptop in the "One Laptop Per Child" project.
If 71% of our planet is covered with water, why do we need to bother conserving water? Find out with these activities designed for middle and high school environmental scientists. From reading articles to solving crossword puzzles, to building their own desalination devices, a variety of learning styles are addressed, while showing kids the importance of protecting one of Earth's most valuable natural resources. Although the activities are Florida-focused, water conservation is a global issue, so either during or after completing the lesson plan, you may wish to talk about water conservation in your own region.
Students consider the future of endangered species. In this conservation lesson, students view a slide show and use mathematical data to construct a prediction for the survival of an endangered species. This lesson includes, personal accounts, math puzzles, a variety of online resources, pictures, and vocabulary.
Students use this problem to develop spatial skills. As the students handle the shapes and join them together they strengthen their understanding of the attributes of shapes. This lesson also gives students the opportunity to make up their own puzzles which is good for building confidence.
Add some fun to rhyming using a word puzzle instructional activity. First, learners match up single-syllable rhyming words. Then, they find all the words in a word search. This beginning reading activity only has words spelled horizontally from left to right, so scholars won't need to read backwards or vertically.
Students create a class puzzle by cutting a large poster board into enough puzzles pieces for each student to have one. They decorate their individual puzzle pieces with symbols and pictures that represent their life. In small groups, they compare and contrast their puzzle pieces. Finally, they determine how their class is like a small community in which each citizen is responsible for the good of the community.