Earth Balancers STEAM Activity Lesson Plan

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Kids can celebrate Earth Day and be introduced to STEAM concepts in this balance toy made from easy to find and recycled materials!

This lesson plan is for grades 2-5 and teaches kids about physics, astronomy, environmental science, engineering, and math.  Specifically the lesson discusses  balance, weight, center of gravity, and ecosystem balance. It also includes (2) templates, visual step-by-step instructions, a vocabulary list, rubric, extension ideas, and a printable Earth Day handout and cards.

(13) pages included in Lesson Plan

This project fulfills the following Next Generation Science Standards in grades 2-5:

  • Grade 2: Engineering Design K-2-ETS1-2
  • Grade 3: Forces & Interactions 3-PS2-1
  • Grade 3,4, & 5: Engineering Design 3-5-ETS1-3
  • Grade 5: Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System 5-PS2-1
Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
55 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.


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