Connections to Africa Grades 4-6 Designing Green Solutions Pre-Activity

This activity is designed to start your students in recognizing themselves as scientists and thinking critically about problem-solving. The goal is to teach concepts through discovery and to encourage using scientific thought processes. As with all lessons provided, please feel free to adapt them according to your students’ abilities. You may find it more successful to lead activities and discussions as a whole group rather than using individual Research Plan sheets. Certain scientific vocabulary may or may not be appropriate for your students’ level of understanding. Take these ideas, make them your own and your students will have a greater chance at success.

State Standards include-

Physical Science

Light, Sound, and Motion: The amount of change in movement of an object is based on the weight of the object and the amount of force exerted and Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival

National Standards include-

Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry and Understandings about scientific inquiry

Physical Science: Properties and changes of properties in matter; Motions and forces: and Transfer of energy

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Personal health: Populations, resources, and environments; Natural hazards; Risks and benefits; and Science and technology in society.


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