## Wednesday, November 6, 2013

### Zoo Habitat Design

Collaboration Project (math and science)
Students collaborate and create a giant zoo! First, tape sheets of grid paper together (cut off the white borders). Next, cut out various irregular shapes off the giant grid for the students (see image). Give each student a piece from the grid. Their mission is to figure out the area and perimeter of their land for their exhibit. They choose an animal and plot out important aspects of its habitat. Does their animal live in the arctic, forest, grasslands, or rainforest. Students think about what colors to use to correctly match their animal's habitat. They must make their animal feel at home in its exhibit. Does their animal play in the water, hide in a cave, or roll around in the mud? They add details to the exhibit. Then, they find an image of their animal online and glue it into the habitat they made. When all of the students are finished, they work together and create a zoo! They problem solve where each animal should go. Should the rhinos be near the elephants? They, glue their designs on an oversized sheet of butcher paper. Then, they add paths, signs, and fences.

## Saturday, September 7, 2013

### Raisin Math

This activity comes from Learn NC!

Give each student a small box of raisins.
First, kids estimate the number of raisins in their box.
Then, they count up their raisins and write down the number.
They graph their answer on a line plot.
You can create a line plot with post-it notes or have kids use round stickers to plot their number. Check out Teaching to Inspire to see kids in action!
Once all the numbers are on the line plot, find the mean, median, mode, and range!
How many raisins are more likely to be in a mini box?!
Then, observe your raisins! Do some boxes have plumper raisins? Why do some boxes have less?

Compare Raisins
Divide students up into teams of 2. One member gets one brand, the other gets a different brand.
First, kids estimate the number of raisins in their box.
Then, they count up their raisins and write down the number.
How did the brands compare?
They graph their answer on a line plot (use 2 different colored stickers or post-its to keep track of each brand).

## Sunday, September 1, 2013

Cut out wheel, color, and fill in the blanks.
Trace wheel on green construction paper.
Cut out a triangle and glue flower to create a lily pad cover sheet.
Add a paper fastener, spin, and learn!

Coloring pages via Edupics and DragoArt

## Sunday, August 4, 2013

### Water Balloon Compass

Integrate science and social studies by creating a water balloon compass! Click here for a video tutorial! Visit Questacon for written instructions!

## Friday, August 2, 2013

### FOAM Math

This math experiment comes from Growing in 5th Grade! Kids compare the suds created by different dish soaps. They add 1/2 cup water and 2 drops of soap to a water bottle and shake! Then, they measure the height of the suds! Which soap created the most suds?! Is this a physical or chemical change?!

Science - Go With The Flow! (laminar flow)
Visit Exploratorium to explore water patterns (turbulence) created by shaking dish soap, water, and a drop of food coloring!

## Sunday, July 28, 2013

### Newspaper Fraction Dancing!

Turn on the music! This math activity comes from Mrs. King Rocks! Kids learn about fractions by folding and dancing on newspaper! Visit Mrs. King's Music Class to see the activity in action!