This lesson plan pack is almost as good as the first K-5 Science Lesson Plan pack! I have taken some of the lessons that over the years students have come to love and get excited about doing! And of course you know there will be experimental design opportunities found in these lessons!
Lesson 1: Tools that Extend our Senses
In this lesson, students learn how to use a magnifying lens in order to make observations. The lesson plan has a great science center extension along with writing opportunities for students. Perfect for Grade K! Topics covered by lesson: observations
Lesson 2: Changing Eggs
This is one of my all time favorite lessons I love doing with young scientists! In this lesson, students make observations of a raw egg and then they see an egg that has been changed by sitting in vinegar overnight. Students explore how the egg has changes. By the end of the lesson, students design their own question dealing with changing the liquid the same egg is put in for another 24 hours. This lesson contains interactive writing prompts, contains the observations charts, and a compare/contrast. Grades K-5; Topics Covered: Chemical Change, Experimental Design
Lesson 3: Mystery Powders
In this lesson, students get a mystery bag of powders to analyze and try to identify how many powders are in the bag. They then mix the substances and observe changes! To complete the lesson, students must figure out a way to identify the combination of powders they had in their bag. Grades 4-6; Topics Covered: Chemical Change, Experimental Design
Lesson 4 Putting Eggs into Motion
Kids love this lesson! Whenever I do it, I always get “can we do this again!” Through the lesson, students come to learn objects at rest tend to stay at rest while objects in motion tend to stay in motion. E Book on motion provided! Grades 3-6; Topics Covered: Motion, Inertia
Lesson 5: Dropping First or Last?
Another fun lesson kids really get into! This lesson actually mirrors a similar experiment Galileo performed only this one uses a quarter and a paper quarter. Students explore what happens when you drop objects and the relationship between gravity and the mass of the object. Grades 4-6; Topics Covered: Gravity, Mass and Gravity, Falling Objects
Lesson 6: Static Electricity
Personally I love this lesson! Static electricity is a lot of fun and this lesson will add to your collection! Students explore what happens when a balloon is charged and comes near piece of paper. Then they design their own experiment to test how a charge balloon reacts with materials made of different things. Grades 4-6: Topics Covered: Static Electricity, Experimental Design
Lesson 7: Matter cannot be created nor destroyed! Just Mummified!
I love using this lesson when introducing Egypt in Social Studies! What better way for students to understand how this ancient civilization preserved their dead than by experimenting! Students first make observations over a week to see what happens to an apple when it is put in plain salt. Then students design their own testable question to see if they can improve the results! Grades 2-6; Topics Covered: Conservation of Mass, Experimental Design, Egypt
Lesson 8: Decomposing Pumpkins!
This is a personal favorite of my students! Who doesn’t love to see what happens to pumpkins over time! Students design their own testable question to explore the factors that cause a pumpkin to decompose. Writing tools and research materials provided! Grade Level-K-5; Topics Covered: Decomposition, Experimental Design
Lesson 9: Magnetism Travels Through Objects
Magnet fun!! Gotta love magnets! But in this lesson, students explore magnets through designing their own experiment to see how many paper plates a magnet will still be able to attract a paper clip. Grades K-5; Topics Covered: Magnetism, Experimental Deign
Lesson 10: Why does Punxsutawney Phil’s Shadow Change
Groundhog Day!! In this lesson, students explore how the relationship of light affects how Phil’s shadow changes. Writing center materials are provided. Grades K-5; Topics Covered: Shadows, Interaction of Light with Objects