This interactive winter themed lab allows students to research a winter biome, create and decorate an origami “ice cube” and present their finding to the class. Approximately two to three class periods in length. As a point of reference I teach a 50 minute class. I have found three class periods enough time for research, creation of the product, and presentation. This lab is a huge hit in my class! Students love origami and incorporating art into class and web-based research makes it even more fun and engaging! A list of websites to facilitate student research are included. Although I usually make this a web-based research activity, I have successfully used traditional textbook and library-based research methods in the past. Could be adapted to be shorter or longer based on teacher preference. Includes “I will” and “We will” daily goals that teachers may post. “I will” and “we will” goal statements are aligned with the fundamental five method of teaching, but will work for any teacher who posts daily class goals or just wants to impress any administrators who walk through their classrooms! A great resource for any curriculum that includes biomes, ecosystems, ecology, or environmental science. Created by Mister Science.
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Key words: winter activities, origami, biomes, elementary labs, science, arctic, tundra, polar, arctic desert, ecology, ecosystems, junior high labs, science activities