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Grades 3-5

Matter: Physical & Chemical Changes Presentation
PowerPoint: An awesome presentation to either review or introduce the differences between physical and chemical properties and changes in matter.
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Pumpkin Science open in new window  pop
Lesson Plan
ESL Grades 2-6 - Gives English language learners a background in how plants grow. It also provides them with practice in estimating and in predicting outcomes.
http://www.everythingesl.net/lessons/pumpkinscience2.php
Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5

Acidic & Basic Test open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will be introduced to acidic and basic liquids through this simple test.
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/physical9.html
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Air Pollution: What Can You Do?
Lesson Plan
This lesson is about air pollution awareness. It will help students to understand what air pollution is and how students can communicate their feelings about it.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/468.shtml
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Air Pressure open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will get a better understanding of air pressure by seeing it at work.
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/physical6.html
Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5

Apple Facts - Student Created Bulletin Board
Lesson Plan
A bulletin board activity that shows what students know about apples.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/1583.shtml
Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5

Bubble and Squeak
Lesson Plan
This unit is about increasing the children's understandings that food changes as a result of both chemical and technological processes. They will observe changes to food through observation, experimentation and cooking. The children will observe and classify everyday materials using various criteria. They identify and describe changes in materials through cooking. This is a 4 week unit.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/274.shtml
Grade Level(s): 3-5

CANdemonium open in new window
Lesson Plan
Sound - Recycle some cans to make a BONKO for great after-dinner music.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/can.html
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

Cloud Watching open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will examine, identify, and record cumulus, cumulonimbus, cirrus, and stratus cloud formations.
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/earthspace3.html
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Creative Chemistry Egg Races open in new window
Lesson Plan
Three egg race activities: Balloon Rockets, Build a Lighthouse, and Firewriting.
http://www.creative-chemistry.org.uk/activities/eggraces_main.htm
Grade Level(s): 3-5, 6-8

Crystal Creations open in new window
Lesson Plan
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/crystal.html
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

Density open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will see the effects of density when a variety of liquids are poured on top of eachother and when a variety of objects are dropped into each one.
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/physical8.html
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Dinosaurs open in new window
Lesson Plan
A series of experiments about dinosaurs and paleontology
http://web.archive.org/web/20040929095941/www.galaxy.net/~k12/dinos/
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

Disaster Shapes open in new window
Lesson Plan
Some natural elements of disasters exhibit distinct shapes that students will recognize. In this activity, students will make a mobile that will allow them to take a closer look at these shapes.
http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/gen_act/disaster/disart.html
Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5

Discovering Dinosaurs open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students learn theories about dinosaurs. Includes discussion questions, extensions, printables, links, vocabulary.
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/tlc-dinosaurs/index.h...
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Dissecting Owl Pellets open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will examine owl pellets and what their diet consisted of, specifically rodents. This will further their understanding of simple food chains as well as bone structure and identification.
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/life8.html
Grade Level(s): 3-5, 6-8

Ear Guitar open in new window
Lesson Plan
Share some secret sounds with a friend.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/ear_guitar.html
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

Electricity & Magnetism open in new window
Lesson Plan
A series of experiments about electricity and magnetism
http://web.archive.org/web/20040603203002/www.galaxy.net/~k12/electric...
Grade Level(s): 3-5, 6-8

Endangered Animal Display open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will be exposed to the many animals that are extinct in this world as well as learn the characteristics and the plight of an endangered animal of their choice.
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/life6.html
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Exploratorium Science Snacks About Light open in new window
Lesson Plan
Several hands-on activities/experiments for learning about light.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/iconlight.html
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

Floating & Sinking open in new window
Lesson Plan
In this unit, students investigate the phenomenon of buoyancy. Includes 16 activities and assessment suggestions.
http://www.dcs.edu/HASP/Floating/
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Hatching Eggs: A Step by Step Guide open in new window
Lesson Plan
Lots of great tips and information for hatching chicks from eggs!
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/life20.html
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K, 1-2, 3-5

Homogenous and Heterogeneous Mixtures
Lesson Plan
Learning about mixtures.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/505.shtml
Grade Level(s): 3-5

How to Make a Terrarium open in new window
Lesson Plan
Materials list and directions for making a terrarium.
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/life5.html
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

Identifying Erosion
Lesson Plan
Students will be able to identify erosion and explain the causes of erosion.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/298.shtml
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Invisible Ink open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will be introduced to the concept of chemical change when they observe the chemical change that occurs between vinegar or lemon juice and heat.
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/physical11.html
Grade Level(s): 3-5

It's Time to Get Organ-Wised
Lesson Plan
Several activities for a unit on the body and body organs.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/375.shtml
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

Lesson Plans for Forest-Minded Teachers open in new window
Lesson Plan
More than 30 tree-related lesson plans in PDF format.
http://www.idahoforests.org/plans.htm
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Life Cycle of the Pacific Salmon open in new window
Lesson Plan
The purpose of this activity is to help students understand the concepts of life cycle, dependency, recycling, and innate behavior
http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/gen_act/animal/salmon.html
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Lifting Fingerprints open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will examine the uniqueness of each other's fingerprints through the dusting and lifting of them.
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/life14.html
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Light and Angles
Lesson Plan
The lesson will focus on studentsí discovery of light reflection from a mirror through use of inquiry based methods. This lesson fulfills the California State Standards for Fourth Grade Physical Science 2:
  • Light has a source and travels in a direction and
  • Students know light is reflected from mirrors and other surfaces.

  • http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/4610.shtml
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Light Unit: Grade 4 open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Activities used in this unit should provide students with an opportunity to examine the characteristics and behaviour of light.
    http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/elemsci/gr4ufesc.html
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Make a Sound Viewer open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Students will be able to see, and thus better understand, the vibrations that sound makes through this simple project.
    http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/physical12.html
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Making a Leprechaun Trap open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Students will use their knowledge of force and motion to make working leprechaun traps.
    http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/visart17.html
    Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

    Making a Pinhole Camera #1 open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Students will make a pinhole camera and be able to see the effects of light traveling in straight lines have on images.
    http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/physical3.html
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Making a Pinhole Camera #2 open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Students will make a pinhole camera and be able to see the effects that light traveling in straight lines have on images.
    http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/physical4.html
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Making Fossils open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Students will better understand how fossils are created by making their own.
    http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/life19.html
    Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

    Mammal Scavenger Hunt
    Lesson Plan
    Students go to various websites to answer questions about mammals.
    http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/4094.shtml
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Measuring Rainfall open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Making a gauge to measure daily precipitation - from Education Place.
    http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/gen_act/weather/rain.html
    Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5

    Mold Terrarium open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Watch tiny blue, green, and white plants grow all over food. (aka mold)
    http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/mold.html
    Grade Level(s): Preschool, K, 1-2, 3-5

    Monster Waves open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    In this activity, students will build a tabletop village and use it to visualize the relative height and affects of gigantic waves called tsunamis.
    http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/gen_act/disaster/monster.html
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Moving Molecules Game open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Students will imitate the movement of molecules in a variey of situations to assist them to visualize and better understand the concept of the constant motion of molecules.
    http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/physical15.html
    Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

    My Life As A Tree open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    This is a good way to introduce the students to three parts of a tree and how they function. Extensions can be easily added such as studying the tree rings for evidence of disease, fire, and other detrimental effects on a tree.
    http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ScienceSSMyLifeAsATree-RingsBarkCambium...
    Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

    My Tree Book open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Students will adopt a tree and throughout the year will record and examine its characteristics and the changes that it goes through.
    http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/life9.html
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Ocean Oasis Teacher's Guide Activity 8 open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Activities for classes demonstrating how desert plants conserve water--a supplement to the film Ocean Oasis.
    http://www.oceanoasis.org/teachersguide/activity8.html
    Grade Level(s): 3-5, 6-8

    Potential and Kinetic Energy open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Students will observe and record the amount of work done by marbles rolling down a plane and more fully understand the relationship between potential and kinetic energy. - CanTeach
    http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/physical16.html
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Pumpkin Classroom Activities open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    A few ideas to go along with a pumpkin unit from the Pumpkin Circle Project
    http://www.sadako.com/pumpkin/activities.html
    Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5

    Rain Forest
    Lesson Plan
    The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the students to three aspects of the rain forest: people, animals, and life.
    http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/391.shtml
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Rock Collecting open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Students will practice classifying rocks in the categories sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic.
    http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/earthspace7.html
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Simple Machine Parts open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Students will take apart and examine different parts in toys, through this they will better understand the concept of cause and effect in simple machines.
    http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/physical17.html
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Simple Machines open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    A series of experiments about simple machines: levers, wheels and inclined planes
    http://www.galaxy.net/~k12/machines/
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Sink or Float open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    The basic principles being addressed in this lesson are those of density, buoyancy, and the scientific method.
    http://student.biology.arizona.edu/sciconn/Sink_Float_lesson.html
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Sink or Float: The Weight of Water and You open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    Fun Experiment to Try at Home! Purpose: To determine how an object floats. Also includes background information.
    http://school.discovery.com/sciencefaircentral/jvc/surpscifacts/physic...
    Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

    Solar System Unit
    Lesson Plan
    After researching the nine planets of our solar system and the sun, the students will be able to describe the in detail characteristics of the planets, sun, and starts of our solar system.
    http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/420.shtml
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

    Solids, Liquids, and Gasses open in new window
    Lesson Plan
    A series of experiments about the phases of matter
    http://web.archive.org/web/20040618011756/www.galaxy.net/~k12/phases/
    Grade Level(s): 3-5

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