First Grade Lesson Plan: Plant Eaters vs Meat Eaters

1st Grade Science Content Standards: Life Sciences

2. Plants and animals meet their needs in different ways.

A. Students know different plants and animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.

D. Students know how to infer what animals eat from the shapes of their teeth (e.g., sharp teeth: eats meat; flat teeth: eats plants).

This activity-based lesson plan allows students to experiment with different animal “teeth”. Students will be given different tools to represent animal teeth to teach them the shapes, structures and functions of different teeth and how that relates to what animals eat.

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First Grade Lesson Plan: Solids, Liquids & Gases

1st Grade Science Content Standards: Physical Sciences

1. Materials come in different forms (states), including solids, liquids, and gases.

A. Students know solids, liquids, and gases have different properties.

B. Students know the properties of substances can change when the substances are mixed, cooled, or heated.

Learn about the three common states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas.  This activity will explore a non-Newtoinan fluid that acts like a liquid and a solid.  It can be used to show he students how a substance can move from a more liquid state to a more solid state and vice versa during this exploration of changes in physical properties.

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First Grade Lesson Plan: Reading, Recording & Comparing Temperature

1st Grade Science Content Standards: Earth Sciences

3. Weather can be observed, measured, and described.

A. Students know how to use simple tools (e.g., thermometer, wind vane) to measure weather conditions and record changes from day to day and across the seasons.

1st Grade Science Content Standards: Investigation and Experimentation

4. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations.

B. Record observations and data with pictures, numbers, or written statements.

This activity-based lesson plan teaches students how to properly read the temperature.

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Second Grade Lesson Plan: Digging for Fossils

2nd Grade Science Content Standards: Earth Sciences

3. Earth is made of materials that have distinct properties and provide resources for human activities.

B. Students know smaller rocks come from the breakage and weathering of larger rocks.

D. Students know that fossils provide evidence about the plants and animals that lived long ago and that scientists learn about the past history of Earth by studying fossils.

2nd Grade Science Content Standards: Investigation and Experimentation

4. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations.

F. Use magnifiers or microscopes to observe and draw descriptions of small objects or small features of objects.

G. Follow oral instructions for a scientific investigation.

Students will turn into archeologists during this Fossil lesson. They will learn how to divide and label a dig site simulating what the professionals do!

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Second Grade Lesson Plan: Matching Sounds

2nd Grade Science Content Standards: Physical Sciences

1. The motion of objects can be observed and measured. As a basis for understanding this concept:

G. Students know sound is made by vibrating objects and can be described by its pitch and volume.

This activity-based lesson plan teaches students the science of sound through testing their own ears.

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Third Grade Lesson Plan: Constellations

Third Grade: Earth Sciences

4. Objects in the sky move in regular and predictable patterns.

A. Patterns of the stars stay the same, although they appear to move across the sky nightly, and different stars can be seen in different seasons.

Students will research a constellation and the myth that surrounds the constellation. A portable planetarium is also available for the classroom through Discovery Science Center.

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Second Grade Lesson Plan: The Rock Cycle

2nd Grade Science Content Standards: Earth Sciences

3. Earth is made of materials that have distinct properties and provide resources for human activities.

B. Students know smaller rocks come from the breakage and weathering of larger rocks.

D. Students know that fossils provide evidence about the plants and animals that lived long ago and that scientists learn about the past history of Earth by studying fossils.

2nd Grade Science Content Standards: Investigation and Experimentation

4. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations.

F. Use magnifiers or microscopes to observe and draw descriptions of small objects or small features of objects.

G. Follow oral instructions for a scientific investigation.

Students will learn and make a referral guide about The Rock Cycle through crafts.

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Third Grade Lesson Plan: Me & My Shadow

Third Grade Science Content Standard: Physical Sciences

2. Light has a source and travels in a direction.

A. Sunlight can be blocked to create shadows.

Third Grade Science Content Standard: Earth Sciences

4. Objects in the sky move in regular and predictable patterns.

E. The position of the Sun in the sky changes during the course of the day and from season to season.

This activity-based lesson plan will teach students about shadows and the sun’s movement pattern. They will even get a souvenir: a drawing of their own shadow!

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Third Grade Lesson Plan: Moon Phase Flip Book

Third Grade Science Content Standards: Earth Sciences

4. Objects in the sky move in regular and predictable patterns.

B. Students know the way in which the Moon’s appearance changes during the four-week lunar cycle.

Students will learn about the 16 phases of the moon and get a flip book to take away with them.

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Third Grade Lesson Plan: Solar S’ mores

Third Grade Science Content Standards: Physical Sciences

1. Energy and matter have multiple forms and can be changed from one form to another.

A. Students know energy comes from the Sun to Earth in the form of light.

B. Sources of stored energy take many forms, such as food, fuel, and batteries.

C. Machines and living things convert stored energy to motion and heat.

In this activity-based lesson plan, students will learn about energy and the sun through a delicious experiment!

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Fourth Grade Lesson Plan: Making a Compass

4th Grade Science Content Standard: Physical Sciences

1. Electricity and magnetism are related effects that have many useful applications in everyday life.

B. Students know how to build a simple compass and use it to detect magnetic effects, including Earth’s magnetic field.

Through this activity-based lesson, students will learn about the Earth’s magnetic field and make their own compass!

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Fourth Grade Lesson Plan: Effects of Glaciers

4th Grade Science Content Standard: Earth Sciences

5. Waves, wind, water, and ice shape and reshape Earth’s land surface.

A. Students know some changes in the earth are due to slow processes, such as erosion, and some changes are due to rapid processes, such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.

C. Students know moving water erodes landforms, reshaping the land by taking it away from some places and depositing it as pebbles, sand, silt, and mud in other places (weathering, transport, and deposition).

This activity-based lesson plan will teach students all about glaciers, their affect on the Earth and the Earth’s affect on them.

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Fourth Grade Lesson Plan: Microorganisms – Making Yogurt

4th Grade Science Content Standard: Life Sciences

3. Living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for survival.

D. Students know that most microorganisms do not cause disease and that many are beneficial.

Through this activity-based lesson, students will learn all about microorganisms through making a delicious treat!

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Fifth Grade Lesson Plan: Build Your Own Water Cycle

Fifth Grade Science Content Standards: Earth Sciences

3. Water on Earth moves between the oceans and land through the processes of evaporation and condensation.

B. Students know when liquid water evaporates, it turns into water vapor in the air and can reappear as a liquid when cooled or as a solid if cooled below the freezing point of water.

C. Students know water vapor in the air moves from one place to another and can form fog or clouds, which are tiny droplets of water or ice, and can fall to Earth as rain, hail, sleet, or snow.

This hands-on lesson will teach students about the water cycle through making their own water cycle.

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Fifth Grade Lesson Plan: Physical & Chemical Properties

Fifth Grade Science Content Standards: Physical Sciences

1. Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of matter in the world.

A. Students know that during chemical reactions, the atoms in the reactants arrange to form products with different properties.

F. Students know differences in chemical and physical properties of substances are used to separate mixtures and identify compounds.

G. Students know properties of solid, liquid, and gaseous substances, such as sugar, water, helium, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide.

This fun lesson teaches students of the physical and chemical changes of a substance. The two part experiment and demonstration shows kids what happens when certain substances are mixed with others.

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Fifth Grade Lesson Plan: Separating Mixtures

Fifth Grade Science Content Standards: Physical Sciences

1. Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of matter in the world.

A. Students know that during chemical reactions, the atoms in the reactants arrange to form products with different properties.

F. Students know differences in chemical and physical properties of substances are used to separate mixtures and identify compounds.

G. Students know properties of solid, liquid, and gaseous substances, such as sugar, water, helium, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide.

This activity-based lesson plan teaches students how mixtures are separated through the use of ink and water.

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Fifth Grade Lesson Plan: Stomata & Transpiration

Fifth Grade Science Content Standards: Life Sciences

2. Plants and animals have structures for respiration, digestion, waste disposal, and transport of materials.

A. Students know many multicellular organisms have specialized structures to support transport of materials.

F. Students know plants use carbon dioxide and energy from sunlight to build molecules of sugar and release oxygen.

This hands-on experiment will have students asking and solving their own questions about transpiration.

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Kindergarten Lesson Plan: Liquid Density

Kindergarten Science Content Standards: Physical Sciences

1. Properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted.

A. Students know objects can be described in terms of the materials they are made of and their physical properties (color, size, shape, attraction to magnets, floating, and sinking).

B. Students know water can be a liquid or a solid and can be made to change back and forth from one form to the other.

This hands-on lesson plan explores liquid density and how varying densities react towards each other.

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Kindergarten Lesson Plan: Magnetism

Kindergarten Science Content Standards: Physical Sciences

1. Properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted.

A. Students know objects can be described in terms of the materials they are made of and their physical properties (color, size, shape, attraction to magnets, floating, and sinking).

B. Students know water can be a liquid or a solid and can be made to change back and forth from one form to the other.

This activity-based lesson plan allows students to experiment with magnetized and non-magnetized objects.

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Kindergarten Lesson Plan: Why Ice Floats

Kindergarten Science Content Standards: Physical Sciences

1. Properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted.

A. Students know objects can be described in terms of the materials they are made of and their physical properties (color, size, shape, attraction to magnets, floating, and sinking).

B. Students know water can be a liquid or a solid and can be made to change back and forth from one form to the other.

This activity-based lesson plan explains the density of water, how it is determined and how it changes with temperature.

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