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The Moon Seems to Change: Phases of the Moon

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Use Eric Carle's sweet book, Papa, Please get the Moon for Me to learn about phases of the moon. They use a moon template calendar to chart moon phases for a month, sing lunar phase chants, and create a delicious visual diagram using a...
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The State of Things

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Is it a solid, liquid. or gas? Cut out these graphics for a fun manipulative game that has kids sorting everyday items into their states of matter. They complete three worksheets referencing the sorting activity. 
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The Science of the Sun

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
There's more to that glowing ball of light in sky than most children realize. From the overall structure of the solar system, to the changing of the seasons, these hands-on lessons open the eyes of young scientists to the important role...
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Will He See His Shadow? Groundhog Day Activities

For Teachers Pre-K - 4th Standards
What a fantastic collection of activities for celebrating Groundhog Day! This resource includes a variety of holiday reading selections, groundhog facts, links to printables, story comprehension lessons, and much more!
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Sorting Living and Nonliving Objects

For Students 2nd - 6th
Is a rock living? How about lima beans? You'll find everything you need for an interactive sorting activity exploring living and non-living things. 
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Simple Machines Make Things Go

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Trying to plan a physical science unit on forces and motion? Make your work a little easier with this comprehensive collection of simple machines resources. Offering a wide variety worksheets, activities, and projects, these materials...
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EdTech Tuesdays: Shout Science!

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Learn how you can use technology to bring together the subjects of English language arts, science, and social studies with this look at Shout Science! Follow along as Rich and Jennifer demonstrate the different features of this storybook...
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Shark!

For Teachers K - 3rd
Is that a shark? Here's a 10-lesson unit that will have learners expanding their definition of what a shark actually is as they examine different features, habitats, and diets. They explore endangered species, using information cards...
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How Big is a Blue?

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Whales are all big, but some are larger than others! Kids will love sorting the 10 whale species by size at their desk (whale cut-outs provided). Next, use a whale rope to visualize how long each of these whales actually is. A large...
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Youth Emergency Preparedness

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
In case of an emergency, try out this short unit! Prepare your youngsters for disasters with a set of activities that will teach them what emergencies are, how to prepare for them, and what to do when they experience them. This intricate...
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Life-Size Printout: Adult, Modern Homo Sapiens

For Teachers 1st - 12th Standards
A set of printable skeletons will make a perfect addition to any class learning about life science. With life-size displays of both an adult and juvenile skeleton, the educational resource will engage young scientists as they learn about...
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Help a Sister Out: Garden Companions

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Explore Native American gardening traditions with a lesson on companion planting. Based on the concept that certain crops grow better when planted near other specific crops, kids research the gardening method with background links and by...
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Adopt-A-Plant

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Note the way that plants change during the season by adopting a plant on your school campus. After your class chooses their plant, they research the plant's needs, how it differs from other plants, find ways to support their plant's...
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Rotting Away

For Teachers 2nd Standards
What happens at the end of a plant's life cycle? Show kids the natural way that plants show that they're decomposing, as well as the importance of compost, with a activity about living organisms. After reading Log Cabin by Anne...
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Soda Straw Rockets

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Three, two, one, blast off to a better understanding of force and motion with this exciting science lesson! Beginning with a discussion about rockets and gravity, young scientists go on to complete a series of worksheets about net forces...
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Astrobiobound! The Search for Life in the Solar System

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
A multi-faceted and exciting activity awaits your astronomy students. In collaborative groups, they plan a mission to hunt for extraterrestrial life within the solar system, while adhering to specific measurement criteria. 
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Noodling Around: Powers of Ten

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
How many noodles long is your classroom? Find out when engineers of all ages explore measurement through the use of pool noodles. With the noodles pre-cut to certain metric lengths, the activities could be used to introduce the metric...
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Disappearing Act

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Crafty critters are camouflaged to escape predators, and crafty science pupils can construct a camouflage demonstration. They work with a partner to show that as a camouflaged animal moves, it becomes more visible. 
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Where’s the Water?: Acting Out Science Cycles

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Young scientists transform themselves into rivers, oceans, clouds, and drops of water in order to explore the water cycle. After assigning and explaining to students their different roles in the activity, the teacher reads aloud a...
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The Mayflower's Atlantic Crossing

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
By the end of this interdisciplinary lesson, youngsters will be able to describe the Gulf Stream ocean current and how it impacted the journey of the Mayflower ship. Reading, research, and the use of a really neat interactive website,...
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Popsicle Bridge

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
Using popsicle sticks and glue, groups must work together to design and build a bridge that can support weight and is aesthetically pleasing. The instructional activity begins by learners reading about different features of bridge...
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Assembly Line

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
Working under specific constraints and with designated criteria, groups work together to create a product using an assembly line process. In addition, they work through the entire engineering design process with an excellent graphic to...
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Matter

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd Standards
In a fun lesson, kids learn about states of matter by identifying solids and liquids, then experimenting with gas to see if it has energy. Young scientists place raisins in a jar of club soda to see how the gas affects the floating or...
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Light but Strong: A Lesson in Engineering

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Aspiring space engineers design a rocket launch platform together to explore materials. The platform needs to be lightweight so that it can be transported easily, but super strong so that it can support the weight of the rocket and its...