Science

Forces and Motion

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Matter: Properties and Change

Students will gather leaves looking for differences in shape, color, size and texture. Students will complete various science experiments and activities to learn how leaves change color and how people can identify different trees by looking at their leaves.

For this activity, students will go on a nature walk and collect natural objects that fit different property descriptions. After the collection walk, students will share their findings and then sort their objects on a nature scavenger hunt page.

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Earth Systems, Structures and Processes

After observing their class tree and submitting data points to the Nature’s Notebook platform as a whole group activity, students will record a personal observation in their individual science notebooks. Students will write about their findings and draw an accurate illustration of something they personally noticed and found noteworthy.

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Structures and Functions of Living Organisms

Decorating a special class tree for birds is a meaningful activity that will grant students a valuable interaction with wildlife. Students will prepare various treats for birds either at home or in the classroom, decorate the class tree with the edibles, and then note the resulting bird sightings. This activity can be completed anytime during the year or as an ongoing project, but it will be especially exciting when birds are foraging for food before a big snow.

Students will learn about the tree life cycle and be able to name and label tree anatomy and function.

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