I know you've all seen the cute root beer float lab for first and second graders where they see all three states of matter. But you can use the floats in upper grade too!
I created this one for 4-8 graders.
Review states of matter and explore the law of conservation of matter as
well as physical and chemical changes with this root beer float lab.
Students measure the parts of the float as they create it to show that
the mass stays the same. They also discuss whether a physical or
chemical change is happening.
This lab uses the 5E method (engage, explore, explain, extend, evaluate)
and includes step by step directions along with a student lab sheet.
The lab sheet is 2 pages and there are several pages of detailed teacher
directions with pictures.
I was walking in the store the other day and noticed these cute pretzel packs that I remember seeing on someone's blog last fall.
What I didn't realize last year was how inexpensive they are! This box has 40, count 'em, 40 little packs of pretzels!
And the entire box was under $5! The decision was made. I had to get them and make a fun learning day of them.
It starts with a fraction math book:
Pumpkin shaped, like some of the pretzels, the book asks students to represent the their pumpkin and bat pretzels in fraction form, make equivalent fractions, compare fractions, and use ratio and percent forms of probability.
Also included are ratio art, graphing and data, and then non-math items.
For non-math we have both fiction and nonfiction writing prompts, and a nonfiction fluency and comprehension selection about bats.
We're hitting it all here! Math, science, social science (natural problem solving integrated into the reading and comprehension), reading, fluency, nonfiction, and art...I've got you covered.
Best of all, I've specifically kept all activities related to autumn, pumpkins, and bats, not Halloween. That means you can use this up to Thanksgiving and you don't have to worry about most students who avoid the Halloween holiday.
The best part is, other than buying the pretzels, the only prep work is copying!