Chemical vs Physical Change
Gina Oles compares physical change to chemical change by letting her 5th grade students to recognized the characteristics of a chemical change in contrary to a change in just shape, form and size.
Ms. Thomas follows up a previous lesson about matter with a lesson on evaporation. Students will investigate the rate of evaporation for water, acetone, and rubbing alcohol and determine what factors will effect the rate.
Force and Motion: Balloon Velocity
Mr. Williams lets his students come up with their own predications on how to determine an object’s motion. Then presents a fun experiment using balloons.
From Idea to Invention
Jenna engages her 5th grade class by dispelling the myths of “who can be an inventor” and then proceeds to lead her students through a lesson where they must “invent” a device that will support a 12 oz. can of soda.
Golly by Gum
Ms. Stanley shows excellent examples of how students work collaboratively together using the scientific process and scientific vocabulary by using a simple lesson on mass.
Harry Potter and The Dichotomous Key
Ms. Guilford uses the “Every Flavor Jelly Beans” from the Harry Potter books to illustrate the very important scientific tool for classification – a dichotomous key.
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
A timely lesson for Halloween, Ms. White lets her kids get their hands dirty while they discover how to tell which pumpkin will have more seeds.
I Face the Wind
To help her first grade students understand how air takes space, Julie Parker involves them in a series of fun experiments.
Insulators and Conductors of Electricity
By using Turn and Talk technique, Ms. Thomsen engaged the students on an activity, where the students had to light a light bulb, to inform them about electric circuits and to show them different materials that conduct or prevent electricity.
Mr. Compton sparks the curiosity of his students when he presents them with seemingly average beans.
Magnetic vs Non-Magnetic
Based on the student’s knowledge on magnets, Ms. Mitchell gives the children an opportunity to make observations about magnets. They keep a journal on their observations and test their conclusions to see if they were right or not and why.
Anthony Grego’s students get involved in a scientific process to determine the speed of a marble on various incline levels.
4th grade teacher, Fran Reilly extends the study of matter, its physical properties and measuring mass and grams with a lesson measuring the volume of an object using water and a graduated cylinder.
Mixtures: Disolve to Resolve
Using hot and cold water. Ms. Westring pairs up her students to examine how materials dissolve differently.
Ms. Hazelrigg allows her students to play the role of ornithologists. Groups of two will try to discover the prey of an owl by dissecting owl pellets.
Oil Spill Clean Up
Following a unit on natural resources, Ms. Barrows shows her 5th grade students through a very interactive lab how our natural resources can be affected by an oil spill and what might go into cleaning up such a catastrophe.
Rice is Life
Ms. Hettrick presents a lesson to her students that connects the life cycle of plants to the food on our table.
Rockets and Co-Teaching
Ms. Seigler shows a lesson plan that is a great example for pulling in the assistance of an instructional coach or another teacher.
Roller Coaster Force and Motion
Focusing the lesson on roller coasters, Ms. Clark covers the topic of force and motion, gravity and other vocabulary words.
Ms. Campbell uses a lesson about force and motion to illustrate how to use the Scientific Process in an elementary science classroom.
Separating Heterogeneous Mixtures
Using simple materials such as chocolate chip cookies, sand, magnets and coffee filters, Ms. Chapman teaches her class how to separate heterogeneous mixtures.
Sheep in a Jeep
Using the “Sheep in a Jeep” book, Ms. Moore creates activities to shows her students that the motion of an object can be changed or stopped when it meets with another force.
The Effects of Spreading Disease
Following up with a previous class about organism, Ms. Ramel creates a disease unite with cups of milk to make students see how fast a disease spreads.
The Grand Canyon
During her section on earth sciences, Ms. McGhee’s class, studies how weather and water effect the planet. This lesson will look at the effects of erosion using the Grand Canyon as an example.
Ms. Yost continues her section on earth sciences and food chains with some fun and surprising experiments with worm.