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Comparing water cycles

Note: This is Activity 2 of the water cycle lesson for grades 3–5. Purpose:  To appreciate the difference in the amount of precipitation between rainforest regions and students’ location. Materials:  Access to the Internet, pencil, recycled sustainable notebook paper, graphing paper, poster board, markers, crayons,…

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Sort and Classify

This activity is part of the lesson on exploring ecosystems. Sea nettle, a type of jellyfish. Students will engage in sorting biotic and abiotic things. They will also classify the animals (vertebrate, invertebrate) and plants within a particular ecosystem. Purpose: To build awareness and understanding about…

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Exploring Ecosystems

By Lisa Algee 3rd-5th Grade (upper elementary/primary) Note: This is lesson 3 in a 4-part series on the water cycle, photosynthesis, exploring ecosystems, and scientific inquiry in local ecosystems. Find lessons 1, 2 and 4 here (click relevant link). Lesson 3: Exploring ecosystems (a) Root…

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Water cycle mobile

Note: This is Activity 1 of the water cycle lesson for grades 3–5. Purpose:  To solidify the stages of the water cycle by creating colorful mobiles that will be showcased in the classroom for parents to see. Materials:  Recycled paper plates or construction paper, markers, crayons,…

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The water cycle

By Lisa Algee 3rd–5th grade (upper elementary/primary) Note: This is lesson 1 in a 4-part series on the water cycle, photosynthesis, exploring ecosystems, and scientific inquiry in local ecosystems. Find lessons 2, 3 and 4 here (click relevant link). Overview Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is…

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Scientific inquiry in local ecosystems

Created by Lisa Algee 3rd-5th Grade (upper elementary/primary) Note: This is lesson 4 in a 4-part series on the water cycle, photosynthesis, exploring ecosystems, and scientific inquiry in local ecosystems. Find lessons 1, 2 and 3 here (click relevant link). This scientific inquiry is geared…

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Impressionism

Note: this activity is part of the lesson on photosynthesis. Activity 5: Impressionism Purpose: To show students how an artist such as Monet was inspired by nature to create masterpieces. Perhaps students can create their own masterpiece using his technique of capturing light (using lighter shades…

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Sun or tree metaphor

Note: this activity is part of the lesson on photosynthesis. Activity 4: Sun or tree metaphor Purpose: To understand metaphors and how to construct them. Materials: Recycled paper, pencil, colored pencils, crayons, marker, watercolor paper, watercolors, and water cups. Procedure: (Discuss metaphors) • Have you ever heard…

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Food and exercise

Note: this activity is part of the lesson on photosynthesis. Activity 3: Food and exercise Purpose: To bring awareness to the fact that food and exercise can impact one’s energy level and overall health. For one week, students will keep track and reflect on their food…

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