Big Idea:What do scientists do, and how do they work? This engaging activity using chant, or rap, provides students with an overview of the eight essential Science Practices specified by the Next Generation Science Standards.
Big Idea:What is a Scientific model? Why do scientists use models? Students engage in a guided exploration that helps them to understand that models are sophisticated tools that advance scientific understanding.
Big Idea:Group brainstorming for ideas is productive in getting many ideas shared, but can be a set back if the group cannot decide on one idea. Students become members of Continental Congress to help them decide on a course of action for the colonists.
Big Idea:What are the parts of a controlled experiment? A funny book of failed experiments, a monster in charge of the laboratory over spring break, and a guidebook from Plaid Pete, help students to figure out the parts and have some fun along the way.
Big Idea:What is an ecosystem? What are the important components that make up an ecosystem? Plaid Pete has a big project coming up, and students will research and plan right alongside him - to construct a model ecosystem.