Is it magic or magnetic? Natural curiosity will draw students to the Magnetism Science Station to test their Guided Inquiry and Full Inquiry hypotheses from the Flip4Science™ Magnets lessons. Pour iron filings on the station and see if students can draw the patterns created. When studying the magnetic properties of ordinary items (Lesson 2), demonstrate by trying to pull items away from the large Horseshoe-Shaped Magnets. Give students Science Journals to record their observations and chart their findings. Tie in map skills by studying how a compass works (Lesson 3). Using their results from Lesson 2, give students an opportunity to construct a compass out of unusual components, like paper clips or sand. They can decide whose compass works best after a scavenger hunt!
Playfully teach 100 interesting facts about insects with Caught in the Web™, an insect game. Older students can draw the true/false cards for research topics or for compare-and-contrast essays. Have students use the Magnetic Science Tiles to assemble and label a dragonfly on one side of the Write-on/Wipe-off Tabletop Center. On the other side, ask questions such as, What effect have bugs had on our food, health or economy? Or, What is the life cycle of a silk moth? Science Journals are just right for recording and drawing their individual observations. Let teams post answers on the Tabletop Center, then listen to the buzz as teams discuss their findings with each other.
Introduce the parts of the body by playing Spill Your Guts™, piecing together organs inside a clear plastic model. Keep the Human Body Flip Chart with clear layering pages in plain view to showcase how the systems work individually and together. Reinforce learning at P.E., identifying the bones and muscle groups as they play. Determine the proportions of bone size to height, and research how human skeletal systems have enlarged throughout history. Point out that even hard bones can be shaped and changed—just ask the kids with braces!