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Designing a Kitchen Backsplash

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Pupils protect a kitchen wall that stands behind the stove by designing a backsplash. Samuel's parents want a backsplash with specific color ratios for the tiny square tiles that will be included. Learners do the math and glue colored...
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Grocery Store Gas Points

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Three different solutions are offered for this task. Math wizards work together to figure out how much money Monica must spend at the supermarket in order to earn enough gas rewards to fill up her tank for less than the $35.00 she has...
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Neighborhood Snow Removal

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Everyone loves a little competition, and in this scenario, two neighbors go neck-and-neck to see who shovels snow faster. Your sixth grade mathematicians can place their bets and then use ratio and rate reasoning to determine the winner!
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The Story of Pencils

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Did you know that a standard pencil can produce a line that is 35 miles long? This and other pencil trivia make up the information that is used in solving proportion problems on this five-problem instructional activity.
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Investigation: Conservation of Energy

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
By rolling marbles down a six-foot length of track, physical scientists determine how much energy is lost to heat. It is recommended that you opt for the foam pipe insulation track because more friction slows the marble, allowing...
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How is Flowing Water an Energy Source? Activity A

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Here is a fun little exploration of the potential energy potential of falling water. Learners drop water from various heights using a straw, and they analyze the diameter of the splash. Pair this with two more activities of the same...
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World Regions

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Help your learners to visualize where historical events have taken place around the globe with a map that details the major regions of the seven continents. 
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Grammar's Great Divide: The Oxford Comma

For Students 5th - 10th
The Oxford comma, who'd have thunk it would be at the center of a great debate? Also known as the serial comma, this pesky piece of punctuation premiers as the star of a short video that investigates the question "To use, or not to...
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How is Flowing Water an Energy Source? Activity B

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Explore the world's water without leaving the classroom! In this second of three uncomplicated but wonderful activities, physical science learners feel the pressure of water. They discover that the deeper the water, the stronger the...
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Exploring Tessellations

For Teachers K - 2nd
Kindergarten through second graders explore tessellations. Pupils learn a little bit about the history of tessellations, then get to construct one of their own by using worksheets embedded in the plan. They use two shapes in their...
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Geometry Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 1st - 4th
One of the nice things about geometry is that it's all around us. The activity presented here has elementary schoolers go out to the playground to identify and name a variety of geometric shapes. They perform a "geometric scavenger hunt"...
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Exploring Tessellations

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Looking for a good lesson on tessellations for your elementary schoolers? This one looks to be quite good! Pupils discover that a tessellation is any pattern of repeating shapes that cover a surface without overlapping or leaving any...
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Exploring Pattern Blocks

For Teachers K - 2nd
Pattern blocks are one of the best math manipulatives ever invented. They are used quite extensively in the math lesson presented here. Youngsters use the pattern block to fill in shapes that are present on the worksheet embedded in the...
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Popsicle Bridge

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
Using popsicle sticks and glue, groups must work together to design and build a bridge that can support weight and is aesthetically pleasing. The lesson begins by learners reading about different features of bridge architecture, followed...
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Assembly Line

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
Working under specific constraints and with designated criteria, groups work together to create a product using an assembly line process. In addition, they work through the entire engineering design process with an excellent graphic to...
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Penny Droplets

For Students 3rd - 7th
Compare the number of drops of pure water and soapy water that will sit atop a penny before spilling over. This is an engaging exercise that will demonstrate the amazing property of cohesion in water molecules that results in a surface...