Counting on Bridges (K)
Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (K.1, K.2, K.9, K.10c); 2018 Science (K.1, K.3)
Explore the engineering involved in bridges through the fable The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Students will work in pairs to engineer their own bridge and test the strength of their bridge under various weights. Students will compare objects based on relative size and weight and record their observations. Your classroom of engineers will have fun using math and science in this hands-on lesson.
Light and Shadow (K)
Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (K.8)
After reading a story about shadows, students will explore shadows creating their own hand shadow puppets using flashlights and screens. Students will explore how reflected light, like that of the moon, can also be used to create shadows. Students will hold a mirror to reflect light onto their screens and experiment with different objects to block the light.
Built to Survive (K)
Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (K.1, K.6, K.7a, b); 2016 Math (K.9)
How does an animal survive in its habitat? What are the basic needs of an animal? Do specialized body parts help to support an animal’s ability to live? Students will participate in experiments that demonstrate some unique characteristics in the bird world. By looking closely at individual body parts, we can learn how an animal is built to survive!
Sensational Animals (K)
Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (K.1, K.3, K.5)
Animals have amazing and often enhanced senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Through a variety of engaging activities which showcase animal adaptations, students will compare their five senses to animals with extraordinary senses.
Count My Legs! (1st grade)
Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (1.1, 1.5, 1.7c); 2016 Math (1.1a)
Students observe different organisms, such as mealworms, ladybugs, hissing cockroaches, centipedes, and millipedes, via preserved and living specimens. They will discuss their life needs and classify these organisms based on their physical characteristics. The relationship of weather to their life processes is discussed. These organisms are identified as being part of a system of living things interdependent with the environment.
I'll Huff and I'll Puff (1st grade)
Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (1.1, 1.7); 2016 Math (1.12)
Did you know the Three Little Pigs were engineers? In this lesson, students will explore the engineering strategies of The Three Little Pigs and construct housing for their own "little pig." Houses will be built to protect their pig from extreme weather conditions (tornadoes and earthquakes). Students will compare houses and decide for themselves the most effective construction. If a pig can construct a "weatherproof" house, so can your first graders!
Rotating from Day to Night (1st grade)
Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (1.1, 1.2a, 1.6, 1.7)
Students use models and conduct activities that demonstrate the relative position of the Earth and Sun to each other, discovering why we have night and day and the science behind why we have four seasons. Using a light source to represent the Sun, students act out this relationship in a concrete fashion, including an experiment that illustrates the movement of the Sun from east to west and the Sun as a source of light and heat for the Earth. Come rotate with us today!
Lesson Requirements: Large floor space, ability to darken room, scissors
All Aboard the Number Train (1st grade)
Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (1.7, 1.10, 1.15)
All Aboard for this mathematical problem solving adventure! Students will collaborate with a partner as they determine the value of Cuisenaire rods based on their length. They will then use these manipulatives to compare numbers and add sums. Finally, they will use mathematical clues to create a train using the correct Cuisenaire rods.
Engineering with Curious George (1st grade)
Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (1.10); 2018 Science (1.1, 1.2a)
After listening to a Curious George adventure story, students will investigate how wind exerts force on an object and how the wind can be harnessed to move objects. Given various materials, students will design wind catchers to power a vehicle. They will also test their wind catcher designs by measuring the distance their vehicle traveled and reevaluate how they might engineer a better design.
Give Me a Clue! (1st grade)
Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (1.12, 1.14)
Recognition and description of patterns will help students be detectives! Students will take their own fingerprints and examine them to identify patterns. They will analyze this data through sorting and graphing. Students will then use their new detective skills to solve a mystery!
Arthropod Cycles (2nd grade)
Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (2.1, 2.4a, 2.5a-b, 2.7a, 3.4)
Students will learn about the life cycle of arthropods as they observe living specimens. They will discuss how arthropods are classified based on two or more attributes and the series of changes they go through in their life cycles. Students understand that living things are part of a system and are interdependent with their living and non-living surroundings.
How Bamboo Are You? (2nd grade)
Standards of Learning: 2018 Science (2.1, 2.4b, 2.8); 2016 Math (2.1d, 2.8)
Students will investigate the life cycle of various plants and learn about the basic structure and function of plant anatomy. An inquiry into the usefulness of plant products will heighten students' awareness of the importance of plants as a natural resource. Hands-on investigation of bamboo specimens and products engineered from bamboo will expand students' knowledge of sustainable resources and their use.
Matter Heats Up (2nd grade)
Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (2.11); 2018 Science (2.1, 2.3)
Students will observe and measure changes in matter that occur as a result of changes in temperature. They will explore the use of their senses in scientific investigation by describing the properties of various objects. Through the use of heat sensitive paper and heat energy detection devices, students will investigate the movement of heat from one object to another.
Strike One (2nd grade)
Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (2.14)
In this lesson students will investigate probability as chance through games and hands-on activities. Students will work collaboratively to identify the likelihood of an event occurring using the terms impossible, unlikely, equally likely, likely and certain. Students will identify the possible outcomes of situations and predict results using probability expressed as a fraction.