Lessons by Title

Be a Rocket Scientist!

In this lesson, children will learn scientific facts as they follow the book, “If You Decide to Go to the Moon,” which documents a boy’s fascinating excursion to the moon and back. The children will then construct and launch straw rockets to learn about the physics of space.

Be the Bird, Build a Nest!

In this lesson, children will read the book, Mama Built a Little Nest, by Jennifer Ward and use their own engineering skills with loose parts to create a nest to hold their egg.

Block Shadows

In this lesson, children will explore relationships and make predictions about different block shapes and sizes and their shadows.

Cars and Ramps

In this lesson, children will explore physics concepts as they play with cars and ramps in the block area.

Classroom Pet

In this lesson, the children will make a list of possible pets and discuss responsibilities for a classroom pet.

Dandelions in the Wind

In this lesson, you will introduce young learners to STEM concepts such as velocity, speed and wind as they blow on dandelion puffs to disperse the seeds.  

Designing Bridges

In this lesson, children will use a variety of open-ended materials to create engineering designs of bridges and then construct and test their designs.

Ephemeral Art Play

In this lesson, children will explore their immediate neighborhood and look for natural elements that they can collect to create ephemeral art, which is art that only lasts for a short period of time.

Floating Rocks!

This lesson introduces children to the concept of weight, buoyancy and density as they observe some rocks floating on water and some rocks sinking.

Growing Lettuce From Scraps

In this lesson, you can use scraps from your kitchen to quickly and easily regrow lettuce for your children to observe, investigate and enjoy as a snack.  

HEXBUG Maze

In this lesson, the children will observe different HEXBUGS to predict how they might move through a block maze.

How Big is a Foot?

In this lesson, children will use butcher paper to trace their bodies and predict their height and width with their feet.

I Can Recycle!

In this lesson, students will learn about items that can be recycled and why this is important to protect the earth.

Jumping Jacks

In this lesson, children will time themselves and chart their progress as they do sets of jumping jacks.

Making Playdough

In this lesson, children will make playdough while examining states of matter and changes that occur as liquids and solids mix.

Mixing Paint

In this lesson, children will use primary colors to create classroom paint sets while predicting and observing what happens when paint colors are mixed.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

In this lesson, the children will explore their outdoor environment on a scavenger hunt to find and classify different natural materials.

Neighborhood Walk

In this lesson, children will explore their immediate neighborhood and look for natural elements they can observe, describe and document.

Not a Box!

To be a child again and rediscover the joy of a simple box? This lesson represents STEM creativity at its finest!

Painting With Wind

In this lesson, children will blow paint through straws to investigate the relationship between wind force and velocity.

Pancakes!

In this lesson, the children will explore changes in matter as they mix and cook pancakes.

Paper Airplanes

In this lesson, children will plan, create and test paper airplanes using an engineering-design inquiry process

Pet Survey

In this lesson, children will use a survey sheet to determine whether their classmates have any pets, what pets they have and similarities and differences among pets.

Pinwheel Power in the Wind

Celebrate the warm winds of spring with a colorful, breezy pinwheel investigation! In this lesson, students will learn about wind energy as they use a pinwheel to model a wind turbine.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

In this lesson, children will graph the different vehicles that they scoop out of a bucket and then analyze their collected data, creating rules for why a vehicle is similar or different than other vehicles.

Plant Journal

In this lesson, children will observe and document plant growth over time, while using descriptive language to examine changes in plant characteristics.

Prediction Jar

In this lesson, children will examine the characteristics of different objects and make predictions about what object is in a large jar.

Salt Painting

Salt painting is a creative way to teach children about absorption. In this lesson, children will learn how the watercolor paint reacts with the salt as the paint “travels” along the glue/salt line.

Shadow Profiles

In this lesson, children will explore the relationships between their head profiles and the resulting shadows that are made.

Smells So Sweet

Activities that engage a child’s sense of smell can also help develop a child’s sense of taste and language skills. In this lesson, children will learn how to use their sense of smell as an important observational tool.

Squash and Pumpkins

In this lesson, children will gather observational data about a variety of squash and pumpkins and explore what is inside of these vegetables.

Who Sank the Boat?

In this lesson, children will be introduced to weight and buoyancy experiences and apply these experiences at the water table.

Who’s Hiding?

In this lesson, children will analyze illustrations in the book, “Who’s Hiding?” to determine which animal is hiding. The children will use the partial data in a guessing/thinking format to figure out which animal is hiding.