Lesson Plans

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Please see the PDF file below for an introduction to our 5th-grade digital resources. These resources can be done independently, but if you are looking for a scaffolded approach we suggest this...

Now that students have learned about artificial light at night, have them use their science, design, and engineering skills to engineer a world without light pollution! Please complete this...

We experience gravity every day, but understanding gravity is quite complex. Take a tour of the solar system to understand the relationship between gravity, mass, and weight.

Explore the National Parks of the United States and learn their purpose. Teach students about the beautiful world around them and inspire them to help protect it. Do the Engineering a World...

What are stars and constellations? Learn and explore in this activity.

The distances between our planets are so vast they are almost incomprehensible. Visualize the expansiveness of our “cosmic neighborhood” with a roll of toilet paper to create a scale model.

How small is Earth compared to Jupiter or Saturn? How much bigger are the gas giants to the terrestrial planets? Have students use Play-Doh to find out in this perfectly scaled and perfectly fun...