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     Lesson Plans
A Bagful of Surprises  Early Childhood
A fun activity that uses a shopping bag and ordinary objects to build language skills.

Absorbing Experiments  Early Childhood
Children will soak up science, math, and language skills with this water table activity for ages 3-4.

All About Light  3-5
An educational program for grades 3–5 that encourages students to practice reading and writing while learning about the science of light.

Animal Habitats  Early Childhood
Get in the "habit" of investigating the world around you with this animal habitat activity.

Animal Sculptures  Early Childhood
Stir imaginations with this animal sculpture activity.

Autumn Leaves  K-23-5
Leaves inspire a variety of fall activities to encourage learning across the curriculum.

Bubbles  Early Childhood
Explore the properties of air, water, color, and light with bubbles.

Clifford: My Journal of Amazing Things  Early Childhood
Keep your own record of amazing things you know about nature, animals, people, and structures.

Color Fun  K-2
Integrate art, science, and writing with these color-filled activities.

Copycats  Early Childhood
Practice observation and language skills while learning simple print-making techniques.

Curriculum Builders: Discovering Science in Nature  Early Childhood
Guide children's exploration of the great outdoors and make it a great experience.

Curriculum Builders: Seeing Science Everywhere  Early Childhood
Find ways to encourage children's natural curiosity and learn about science.

Fingerpaint Leaf Prints  Early Childhood
Observe different sizes, shapes, and vein patterns of leaves by making fingerpaint leaf prints.

I Spy Activity Archive  Early ChildhoodK-2
Find a variety of activities based on I Spy to enjoy and build all sorts of skills.

Kicks Up a Storm: Weather  K-2
Make a wind spiral and see how warm air rises.

Learning With Our Shoes  Early Childhood
Children will learn that there's more "underfoot" than they expected with this creative shoe activity.

Let's Take a   Early Childhood
Children will get a new sense of their environment with this “hands-on” activity.

Look to the Skies!  Early Childhood
Encourage children to look up, down, and all around them.

Magic School Bus: Ants in Its Pants: Social Behavior  K-2
Students use observation skills as they find out how ants work together.

Magic School Bus: Baked in a Cake: Chemistry  K-2
Learn about chemistry while baking pretzels.

Magic School Bus: Cracks a Yolk: Eggs  K-2
Observe and identify the life-support structures in eggs.

Magic School Bus: Dries Up: Desert Adaptation  K-2
Find out about desert animals while discovering which foods they eat contain water.

Magic School Bus: Flexes Its Muscles: Body Mechanics  K-2
Uncover facts about bones, joints and ligaments by comparing your arms and hands with a chicken wing.

Magic School Bus: For Lunch: Digestion  K-2
Students observe themselves chewing to learn about how the digestive process begins.

Magic School Bus: Gains Weight: Gravity  K-2
Drop objects of different weights to learn about gravity and the scientific process.

Magic School Bus: Gets Swamped: Wetlands  K-2
Learn how wetlands help clean polluted water with these activities.

Magic School Bus: Getting Cellular: Cells  K-23-5
Observe and manipulate yeast to determine whether yeast cells are alive.

Magic School Bus: Getting Energized: Energy  K-23-5
Harness wind energy to lift paper-clips with pinwheels.

Magic School Bus: Hops Home: Habitat  K-2
Create an indoor home for an earthworm and learn about habitats.

Magic School Bus: In a Pickle: Microbes  K-23-5, 6-8
Grow bread mold in a warm and a cold environment to learn about microbe growth.

Magic School Bus: In the City: City Critters  K-2
Take a wildlife field trip of the neighborhood to discover what animals might live there.

Magic School Bus: In the Haunted House: Sound  K-2
This amazing experiment lets you to see sound vibrations.

Magic School Bus: Inside Ralphie: Germs  K-2
Learn how the skin on an apple protects it like the skin on our bodies protects us.

Magic School Bus: Makes a Rainbow: Color  K-23-5, 6-8
Join Ms. Frizzle and the class in the closet and learn about the properties of light and color.

Magic School Bus: Makes a Stink: Smell  K-23-5, 6-8
Students smell a variety of mystery substances to identify them

Magic School Bus: Meets Molly Cule: Molecules  K-23-5
Observe water, oil and soap and learn about how the properties of a substance are determined by the properties of its molecules.

Magic School Bus: Meets the Rot Squad: Decomposition  K-2
Learn about decomposition by observing what happens to leaves mixed in damp soil.

Magic School Bus: Plays Ball: Forces  K-23-5
Discover the effect friction has on a moving object.

Magic School Bus: Shows and Tells: Archaeology  K-2
Understand the importance of artifacts by thinking about what the items in your classroom reveal about your class .

Magic School Bus: Spins a Web: Spiders  K-2
Observe spiders in their habitats or in a "spider hotel."

Make Your Own Mess  Early Childhood
Children can mix and squish ingredients together to make their own play dough.

Move Like the Wind!  Early Childhood
When the wind blows, dance and learn about movement.

Night and Day  Early Childhood
Day or night, this activity is just right for helping children develop skills in many areas.

Oily Colors  Early Childhood
Explore the properties of oil and water as they create colorful pictures.

On-Line Exclusives: Nature's Tools  Early Childhood
Get students thinking about tool use with this activity.

Outdoor Art-ventures!  Early Childhood
Inspire creativity by observing the world outside the classroom.

Outdoors Treasure Hunt  Early Childhood
Children will be surprised by all the learning discoveries they make with this treasure hunt activity.

Pineapple Investigations  Early Childhood
Use all of your senses and sharpening skills as you explore a fresh, delicious pineapple.

Plant a Salad Garden  Early Childhood
You'll be amazed at children's answers to the question, "How does your garden grow?"

Rain Rulers  Early ChildhoodK-2
Students use tools to measure and record rainfall over time.

Rocks and Rolls: Water Erosion  K-23-5
This activity demonstrates how running water moves earth and creates new landforms.

Sees Stars: Stars  K-2
Students do this take-home activity and then report their star counts and explore why stars cannot be seen in the daytime.

Splash into Summer  K-2
Wind up the school year with these engaging cross-curricular activities for outdoors.

Study Life Cycles With Butterflies  K-23-5
Dive into hands-on investigations that compare butterfly and human life cycles and help connect math and science.

Summer Splash Theme Unit  K-2
Find great activities to wrap up the year with this theme unit.

Take Reading Outdoors!  K-2
Learn how to incorporate the sights and sounds of the outside world into wonderful reading encounters.

Teaching Science With Video  K-23-5
This article provides useful tips for using video in the science classroom.

The Great Outdoors  K-2
Grow a garden, explore nature, and learn about plants and trees with the activities in this theme unit.

Unit Plan: From Seed to Plant  Early ChildhoodK-2
Dissect, discover, sort, and plant seeds, identify the structures of plants, and learn how much we depend upon plants

Unit Plan: Look Up! Look Down!   K-2
Discover ideas for learning about the Earth and Sky.

Unit Plan: Owls and Raptors  K-2
Owls and raptors are the focus for science lessons with an emphasis on discovery. Students dissect owl pellets and through play, learn about predator-prey relationships.

Unit Plan: Watch Your Step!  Early ChildhoodK-2
Kids create insects of their own and use them for dramatic play while learning about metamorphosis and the butterfly's life cycle.

Watch It Grow  Early ChildhoodK-2
Record how a garlic bulb grows.

Water Construction  Early Childhood
Science skills will flow as freely as water in this water table activity.

Weather Watchers Theme Unit  Early ChildhoodK-2
Find a variety of weather-related activities across the curriculum.

Wet All Over: Water  K-23-5
Dive into hands-on activities and learn about the water cycle.

Where Do Rainy Days Come From?  3-5, 6-8
Introduce the water cycle process with engaging, hands-on activities. Source: Instructor magazine

     Online Activities Teacher Guides
Maggie's Earth Adventures Teacher's Guide 
Target specific skill development in English grammar, Math, Science and Spanish through fun, educational and involved games.

Scholastic Explorers: Endangered Ecosystems: Teacher's Guide 
Lesson-planning suggestions for using the "Endangered Ecosystems" online activity in the classroom.

Weather Watch Teacher's Guide 
Lesson-planning suggestions for using the "Hurricanes!" online activity in the classroom.

Ocean Life  Early ChildhoodK-2
Find the things that don't belong in the ocean.

What Are Clouds Made of?  K-2
Dreamy activities show how clouds form. (PDF) Source: Early Themes: Weather