Blow the Roof Off!

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Blow the minds of young scientists with this collection of inquiry-based investigations. Based on a series of eight videos, these "hands-on, minds-on" science lessons engage young learners in exploring a wide range of topics from making scientific observations and identifying cycles, to understanding the law of conservation of energy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Insert videos and lessons from this series into earth, life, and physical science units in the upper-elementary and middle school grades
  • Use the included activities and experiments as science learning centers
  • Allow students to address the discussion questions with a partner or in small groups before talking about them as a whole class
Classroom Considerations

  • Be sure to plan ahead when teaching these lessons, as they involve a variety of different materials that may not be available in your classroom
  • While these lessons were designed for fourth and fifth graders, they can be adapted for use across the upper-elementary and middle school grade levels
Pros

  • Resource offers lessons to be taught prior to and following a viewing of each video
  • Supporting materials are included for each lesson in the series
  • Includes a "General Guidelines for Safety in Science" document that can be posted in the classroom
  • A list of all necessary materials and places where they can be purchased is included with the resource
  • Lessons create cross-curricular connections between math and science
Cons

  • None