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Students practice the scientific method in the classroom, either in preparation or as a substitution for real-world field experience. They examine a simulated biodiversity research situation, using a "mini-plot" or sampling square protocol, and select their sampling parameters, collect data, and classify "species".
Young scientists view videos to watch the changes through the life cycle of a plant. Then they will germinate seeds on a sock and in a plastic bag. Finally, they answer questions about the sequence of plant growth and record changes in local plants and make an original garden.
Combine literature and history by examining the work of Japanese writers after the Russo-Japanese war. This resource is for advanced classes with an interest in how literature reflects and reacts to societal change. Activities outlined in the lesson include a personal reaction to a policy change at school, a lecture, a discussion of the novel Sanshirô, and a diary entry.
Research various types of bridge designs. Your class will be asked to consider what it would be like without bridges while learning about how they work. They will construct a model bridge based on given parameters. They then calculate cable circumferences, length and thickness. There are many activities with this plan including geometric shapes, trusses, and rubric for evaluation. This could easily be made into a unit.
Space science stars journey through our night sky and take virtual photos of galaxies to investigate simple random samples. Higher math is used to analyze the data collected. Copy the evaluation/assessment questions onto a handout for learners to answer as they work though the interactive component.
Students examine the characteristics of particular whales. In this whale characteristics lesson, students discover the methods scientists use to track whales and attempt to match the unique pattern of callosities themselves. A role playing activity is included in which the students pretend to be scientists who may have spotted a special whale named Phoenix.
Students review the the major organs of the digestive system and the function of each. They name some of the problems of the digestive system covered in the video. Students are challenged to link each condition with the appropriate part of the digestive tract. Below are some common digestive problems.
Students discover that all living things have a life cycle in which they are born, reproduce and die. In groups, they examine and analyze the changes that happen during the lifespan of a human. To end the lesson, they discuss how the lifespan of other organisms is different from humans.
Fifth graders discuss the currents conditions on the planet of Mars. In groups, they work together to develop a mechanism that allows for a balanced ecosystem to survive on the planet. After presenting their ideas to the class, they discuss the same conditions for Earth and how they can help make Earth a cleaner place to live.