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Conduct research focused on improving a current technology by having students work in groups to investigate improvements that could be made to a particular piece of technology. They list the current problems and attempt to develop solutions that could be included in a newer version. They will also write specification sheets, and present their information using a technology based medium.
Fifth graders examine the differences between fact and opinion and how to infer meaning from text. In pairs they take turns reading paragraphs to each other from three separate passages. Next, they identify sentences from the passages as fact or opinion, and answer comprehension questions by inferring meaning from the text.
In this aircraft avionics learning exercise, science fans read about the first unmanned air vehicle that collects data about the Earth and is subject to damage by cosmic ray showers. Pupils analyze two graphs of data showing the neutron flux vs. the altitude and the number of upsets vs. the flight hours. Students answer 9 questions using the graphs about the altitude of the aircraft, the number of upsets by cosmic rays encountered.