Window Shopping

This activity was inspired by the song “How Much Is That Doggy In The Window”. This activity encourages students’ understanding of the value of money.

Hopping Coil

Create opposing magnetic fields using a coil of magnet wire and a ring magnet. Take the challenge to make the coil do continuing performances on its own! What can be changed to make the coil bounce higher or faster?

Simple Motor

Skewer a coil of magnet wire to create a simple spinning motor! A spinning rotor needs an axle that is rigid with the ends in perfect alignment. Difficult to arrange with wire that is flexible enough to form a coil, but automatically provided by a toothpick! The motor converts electrical energy into kinetic energy – […]

Checkbook Window Shopping

Go “shopping” using checks to pay for products and learn techniques to accurately keep track of checkbook balances.

Design a House

Design and build a house using different materials. Explore what is possible. Relate what exists to dreams of what can be.

Puppy Programming

Lead the puppy to the tennis ball by giving exact directions, programming the puppy’s path. This fun and easy activity reinforces programming techniques such as planning, sequencing, testing, debugging, and creating procedures and loops.

Design a Town

Working together, students design and build a town using different types of materials. In this process, students will explore the elements of town development.

Story Bubbles

Students create bubbles using fun stickers. Students then create a story using the bubbles they made.

Mathematical Hopi Kachina Figures

Combine geometry with Native American Indian culture to create a figure inspired by the Hopi Kachina doll!

Mysterious Magnetic Movements

A variety of scientific and gravity “defying” demonstrations can be done by combining pill and ring magnets in unique ways to create a multipurpose demo unit great for exploring magnetic attraction and repulsion.

Accessing the ELA & CCSSM Connections in the NGSS

NGSS provide opportunities for students to learn reading, writing, and math skills in the course of learning science concepts.

Assessing Learning during Hands-On Activities

This sheet highlights practical ideas for assessing student learning during hands-on activities.

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