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Michael McCambridge
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michael.mccambridge@greenbush.org
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Wiggly Worms
Dig into these great worm activities that will teach students all about earthworms. Observe the intricacies of their anatomy and discover the secrets to a worm’s life.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science:

  • K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

 

Hissing Cockroaches
Students will have the opportunity to investigate live Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches to learn about their lives as insects, how their bodies help them survive in their environment, and what they contribute to their habitat.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science:

  • 1-LS3-1   Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
Slime Time
This lab focuses on distinguishing properties of solids and liquids. Students will experiment with various types of solids and liquids, and use their understanding to engineer the best slime.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science:

  • 2-PS1-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
  • 2-PS1-2 Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.
  • K-2-ETS1-1 Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
  • K-2-ETS1-2 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
  • K-2-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
MagLev Cars
How can magnets improve our ability to travel from place to place? Students will use their knowledge of magnetic forces to experiment with MagLev cars. They will face the challenge of calculating the speed of their MagLev car at various angles and making predictions using that data.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science:

  • 3-PS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
  • 3-PS2-2 Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.
  • 3-PS2-3 Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.
Hovercrafts: May the Force Be With You
With information from Newton to Star Wars, engage students in science. Students will make and use hovercrafts to explore energy and forces such as gravity and friction. *ALLERGY WARNING – This lab will involve the use of latex balloons.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science:

  • 4-PS3-1 Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.
  • 4-PS3-4 Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.

 

Improvisation: Building Concentration and Cooperation in the Classroom

In theatre, people work together to create a play. Often, actors improvise, meaning they make up their characters, dialog and situations in the moment. When this art form is taught to students, it helps build a collaborative classroom where students listen, concentrate, cooperate, and have meaningful conversations. This two-hour lab introduces students to the concept of improvisation and takes them through a series of activities to build their concentration, cooperation and ability to take risks within the comfort zone of the group. Teachers will have the ability to continue using these activities throughout the year with their students to maintain and extend their progress.

21st Century Learning and Innovation Skills:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration

 

 

Shrinking Science

Turn a piece of plastic into a work of art and science. Students learn about conservation of mass by heating #6 plastic and creating shrinking art.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science:

  • 5-PS1-2 Measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved.

 

Improvisation: Building Concentration and Cooperation in the Classroom

In theatre, people work together to create a play. Often, actors improvise, meaning they make up their characters, dialog and situations in the moment. When this art form is taught to students, it helps build a collaborative classroom where students listen, concentrate, cooperate, and have meaningful conversations. This two-hour lab introduces students to the concept of improvisation and takes them through a series of activities to build their concentration, cooperation and ability to take risks within the comfort zone of the group. Teachers will have the ability to continue using these activities throughout the year with their students to maintain and extend their progress.

21st Century Learning and Innovation Skills:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration

 

 

Shark Tank® Slime Engineering

What does it take to engineer the best slime? Develop the best recipe and then try to sell it to the sharks. Will they take the bait or will the competition reel them in? Stay tuned to find out!!

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science:

  • MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
  • MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • MS-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for ELA:

  • SL.6.4, SL.7.4, SL.8.4 Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

 

Improvisation: Building Concentration and Cooperation in the Classroom

In theatre, people work together to create a play. Often, actors improvise, meaning they make up their characters, dialog and situations in the moment. When this art form is taught to students, it helps build a collaborative classroom where students listen, concentrate, cooperate, and have meaningful conversations. This two-hour lab introduces students to the concept of improvisation and takes them through a series of activities to build their concentration, cooperation and ability to take risks within the comfort zone of the group. Teachers will have the ability to continue using these activities throughout the year with their students to maintain and extend their progress.

21st Century Learning and Innovation Skills:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration