Students learn about the role engineers and mathematicians play in developing the perfect bungee cord length by simulating and experimenting with bungee jumping using washers and rubber bands. Working as if they are engineers for a (hypothetical) amusement park, students are challenged to develop a show-stopping bungee jumping ride that is safe. To do this, they must find the maximum length of the bungee cord that permits jumpers (such as brave Washy!) to get as close to the ground as possible without going "splat"! This requires them to learn about force and displacement and run an experiment. Student teams collect and plot displacement data and calculate the slope, linear equation of the line of best fit and spring constant using Hooke's law. Students make hypotheses, interpret scatter plots looking for correlations, and consider possible sources of error. An activity worksheet, pre/post quizzes and a PowerPoint® presentation are included.
This is an integration of science leaf observations with musical composition for early elementary students.
In this biology lab extension, student will have already collected leaves from the playground and surrounding school areas and sorted them into categories according to leaf properties. Students will use the leave classifications/ sorts to graph the properties of the leaves.
This is a small group emergent reader lesson for the preschool/kindergarten age range. It would be perfect for your Fall/Leaves changing thematic units! Teachers can gather GOLD data on student's knowledge of concepts of print and comfortability navigating the book. Enjoy!
This is a whole group shared reading lesson aimed for preschoolers! It is a great resource to model directionality as well as some math concepts. It would fit great into your Fall Thematic Units.