Every week during online learning, I give my scientists an outdoor challenge. In this activity, I encouraged them to draw a map of their properties or yards, adding as many details as possible. I showed them examples of maps that also included compass roses and keys. The next step was to hide a treasure of some kind, and then place an x on the map to indicate where it was hidden. Finally, the map was given to someone and he/she searched for the treasure using the map.
Fourth grade meteorologists are studying the water cycle.Watch the water cycle happen in a bag! The water will evaporate, condense, and fall as water droplets. Then the whole cycle will begin again. What starts the process? Click here to watch an informative video about the water cycle.
What will happen if you drop food coloring in jars or cups filled with cold water, room temperature water, and hot water? That was the question I posed to my third grade scientists during online thermal energy instruction. Click here to watch a video we used as our model.
During third grade’s online thermal energy unit, one of the homework choices was to design, construct, and test a solar oven. Click here for one example of a solar oven.