In this activity, students will apply Newton's Laws of Motion to a video clip from Toy Story 2.
Day 1: For part one, students will record, on their student worksheets, the definitions of each of Newton's Laws of Motion. Then they will use those
How does a paper model of a jumping frog demonstrate the conversion of elastic potential energy to kinetic energy to gravitational potential energy? Students will use a 3x5 index card to make an origami frog. The jumping paper frog will be used to
In Microscope Madness, students rotate through 8 lab stations in which they explore the history of microscopes, work on their skills using the compound light microscope, and make observations at the microscopic level.
Students work in groups of 3
The Amazing Race of Science is designed as an end of the year review game. Students will compete in a format similar to the television show, going from task to task to complete each leg of the race and be the first team to arrive. Teams must
The Fandango Genetics Project is done at the end of the genetics unit. It ties together all components of the unit in a fun, hands on manner. I have done this project for 4 years and it is always a class favorite! It can be adapted to all levels
What are some ways you can tell if a chemical reaction has taken place?
In this lab experiment, student groups will rotate through eight lab stations and examine eight different reactions. Students will follow the directions listed on station
Science Trivia includes 32 general science trivia questions. Students fold a piece of paper in half four times and number the resulting boxes #1-32. Science Trivia will have students find a certain box number and record the answer to the trivia
In Metric Measurement Olympics, students rotate through 8 lab stations in which they compare our system of measurement to the metric system, explore how they make measurements in daily life, and work on their skills of estimation and making
At the conclusion of the unit on Forces and Motion, students design and build a balloon powered car that will travel the greatest distance in the Balloon Car Cup. After building and testing their car, students will apply the physics concepts
How do people change the environment around them? Students will use The Lorax (1972) movie and book by Dr. Seuss to explore examples of human-environmental interaction and their effects on the environment.
This is a four day project which is
Prior to this activity, we learned about what matter is made up of, the four states of matter, how the particles behave in each state of matter, and we identified the gas phase of matter by its properties.
In this activity, students will describe
This is a short, two part quiz on observations and inferences.
In part one, students view a Far Side cartoon and decide if the given statements are observations or inferences.
In part two, students use the Far Side cartoon to come up with two
Have you ever wondered what DNA looks like? In this activity, students are going to break apart the cell membrane of a strawberry and separate the DNA from the nucleus. They will get to see and touch actual DNA! Strawberries are easy to use
One of the best ways to explore physics and how it relates to the real world is through sports. Every sport utilizes multiple physics principles. For this project, students will choose a sport and study the physics principles involved.
Prior to this activity, we discuss examples of dense things such as a dense fog and a dense population. We use these examples to put together a scientific definition of density. We discuss three scenarios that examine the relationship between mass
Most linear measurements in science are expressed in millimeters and centimeters. This activity will provide a challenge for your students by testing their ability to estimate metric measurements.
In Metric Golf: Part 1, students will design an
In this project students will adopt an element from the Periodic Table of the Elements. As a proud parent of their element, they will create a baby book to remember each stage of the element’s life.
I assign this project at the beginning of the
This parent teacher conference summary sheet helps me reflect on each student I will be discussing and helps me focus on important points to cover in each parent teacher conference. The attached file can be customized to fit your classroom needs.
Science Trivia Version 2 includes 32 general science trivia questions. Students fold a piece of paper in half four times and number the resulting boxes #1-32. Science Trivia will have students find a certain box number and record the answer to the
No one ever thinks that Wile E. Coyote is a scientist when watching Looney Tunes cartoons. However, Wile E. does science in every episode in his quest to catch the roadrunner!
In this activity, students will watch an episode of Looney Tunes and