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American Robin: Build a Robin's Nest

Ask questions before reading about how robins build nests, revisit the text for details, reflect on what's learned and get Writer's Woskshop ideas.

American Robin: Eggstra! Eggstra! The Story Behind a Robin's Eggs

Read about how the way robins lay eggs is different from other birds.

American Robin: Territory Study

Read and write about the place where nesting and mating occurs.

Causal Patterns in Density

Use brass and aluminum cylinders while controlling for mass and volume to make the property of density more obvious.

Causal Patterns in Ecosystems

Demonstrate the invisible role of decomposers in a food web, using glass worm tank and bread mold activities.

Challenges with Sinkers

Manipulate aluminum foil and clay to make shapes that sink slowly.

Classifying Living Things

Record student observations on the similarities and differences between plants and animals on a Venn diagram and determine the basic needs of each.

Comparing Animal Skeletons

Dissect a “mystery object” – an owl pellet with bones in it. After studying the human skeleton, students can begin to identify the bones in the pellet.

Describe a New Substance

Weigh amounts of baking soda and vinegar then mix them together. Weigh them again afterwards. Try this with open and then closed containers.

Dissolving Race

Compare a sugar cube and an equivalent amount of granulated sugar, each dropped in an equal volume of water. Mix granulated sugar with cold and warm water.

Earth's Interior

Simulate the wave movement caused by earthquakes with a Slinky®, use Silly Putty® to show the qualities of both liquids and solids and illustrate convection currents with a specially designed fluid.

Electrostatics Exhibits

Rub a clear plastic tube with different kinds of cloth to see how many Styrofoam chips can be picked up or moved around.

Energy Flow in Communities

Begin a simple terrarium and maintain a Communities Chart to track the feeding relationships inside. Each time something is added, the impact is recorded on the increasingly complex chart.

Evaporation and Condensation

Take two wet paper towels and enclose one. What will happen the next day? Watch as water droplets condense on the outside of a plastic cup filled with cold water.

Exploratory Walk

Use all five senses and observation skills to explore a familiar location.

Gray Whales: Adaptations That Help Gray Whales Survive

Explore how whales adapt to their environment as mammals in the sea.

Gray Whales: Hitchhikers - Free Rides on Gray Whales

Read and write about the animals that hitchhike on whales and why they hitchhike.

Gray Whales: Lagoon Tour- Whale Watching

Go on a virtual Whale Watching Tour. Generate ideas for writing using the "Questions for Details" strategy.

Gray Whales: Life in the Nursery Lagoons

Learn how baby whales "play to learn" with their mothers.

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