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1: McGrew's Zoo Exhibit
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 Students will construct a zoo exhibit based on one from the book using the materials provided, complete with zoo animal.You must use ONLY the supplies provided.  The zoo exhibit must be constructed on a flat surface and it must be as accurate as possible based on one from the book. 

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STEM
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Glenn Shelton
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
03/20/2020
2:  Solar Oven Engineering
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Students can work individually or in groups of 3 or 4 to create a solar oven out of a pizza box. Students are trying to figure out the best way to make a solar oven in order to melt the chocolate and marshmallow in the S’more. Students will be given a group of objects and tell them the basis of how to create a solar oven. The oven will need to be placed in direct sunlight for most of the day. This experiment works best on a very hot, sunny day.

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Mathematics
Science
STEM
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Glenn Shelton
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
04/02/2020
4th Grade:  Build an Operation Game
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As students study electricity and circuits, they can build their Operation games. Made from a few household materials, a makey-makey kit and the Scratch website, students can create and play their Operation game.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Author:
William Allred
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
04/30/2020
4th Grade:  The Candy Bomber
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After learning about Gail Halvorsen, the World War II pilot who created tiny parachutes from handkerchiefs and string to deliver chocolates and other candy to the children of Berlin, students will engineer parachutes to deliver their own packages using Parrot Mambo Drones.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Author:
William Allred
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
04/30/2020
5th Grade:  Build Your Own Operation Game
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As students study the human body, they can include the different body systems as they build their Operation games. Made from a few household materials, a makey-makey kit and the Scratch website, students can create and play their Operation game.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Author:
William Allred
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
04/30/2020
5th Grade:  Hot Diggity Dog
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You will investigate various materials to determine their insulation value. From this investigation, you will design and build a doghouse that will keep your dog cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Author:
William Allred
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
04/30/2020
5th Grade:  Predator Challenge
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Each team has a budget of $45 to spend to modify a cup into the ultimate predator.  After predators are constructed, students battle to pop each others’ balloons.  Whichever predator is able to survive is the apex predator.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Author:
William Allred
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
04/30/2020
Introduction to the Engineering Design Process: Saving Sam
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You and your partner will each receive one paper clip. You may touch the boat, life preserver and Sam with only this paper clip.  You are not allowed to touch Sam and the listed items with your hands. At no time may you injure Sam by stabbing him. If you drop him, he has drowned and you must start over.

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Engineering
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Lee Ann Holmes
Date Added:
02/17/2020
K-2 Ricky the Rock That Couldn’t Roll
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After reading Ricky the Rock That Couldn’t Roll, students will engineer a slope/hill and see if they can get a non-spherical rock to roll the length of it. Students will be given 4 (fake) dollars to buy materials according to their plan.

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Computer Science
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Science
STEM
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Author:
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
05/19/2020
K: Dashing Through Obstacles
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Students will create an obstacle course for the Dash robot to demonstrate the following movements and position words: straight, in front of, behind, zigzag, between, on top of, round and round , under, above, back and forth, below, beside, fast and slow.

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English Language Arts
Science
STEM
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Author:
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
05/19/2020
K: Humpty Dumpty
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Poor Humpty Dumpty keeps falling off the wall.  Can you create a  safer wall for Humpty Dumpty.  Students use Keva planks or other building blocks to create a new safer wall that the Humpty Dumpty (plastic easter egg) does not fall.

Subject:
English Language Arts
STEM
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Carrie Robledo
Date Added:
05/19/2020