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Young scientists investigate the scientific concepts and principles that help make common toys such as hula hoops, yo-yos, slinkies, and silly putty work. As a class, they read "Backyard Rocket Science, Served Wet" to get a look behind the scenes of inventions. They then develop exhibits to display in a "Science of Toys" museum.
Tackle the topic of scientific and technological change. Here are three short-answer questions for your class to respond to. They'll discuss the Cold War race for nuclear supremacy between the US and the USSR, the relationship between nationalism and nuclear proliferation, and ethical issues that have arisen with the advancements in science and technology.
Pupils complete various activities to investigate growing apples. They examine words related to apple growth and write the words on apple shapes. They also take a vocabulary quiz and complete an apple concentration game. Next, they watch a PowerPoint presentation and research the science of growing apples using the given links. Finish this project by having learners write a research paper about the topic.
A superb interdisciplinary approach highlights this lesson which incorporates space science knowledge and narrative skills. After reading The Magic School Bus, two excellent poems, and watching a video, all about our solar system, young scholars write about their favorite planet and why they like it. Numerous writing activities are included. Extensions suggested include keeping an illustrated Solar System Journal.
Practice vocabulary using words from life science. Pupils read new words associated with life science but must guess the definition. They get to discuss their initial definitions after receiving the dictionary definitions on a worksheet. This is designed to have a quiz at the end.
Have your class build their vocabulary bank by studying life science terms. Basic terms like organism, cell, unicellular, and vertebrate are included on the definition sheet provided. Demonstrate how to identify different life science terms. Also, discuss the root of the words in order to compare them to other words they already know. Consider finding the roots together and then assigning groups of learners to brainstorm a list of words that start with the same root.