Grade 3 to Grade 5 Science Lesson Plans

  • Getting Rid of Germs - This is a good activity to do in the winter when students spend a lot of time indoors. It shows how easily viruses like the common cold can be passed. Be prepared though because getting rid of all the glitter afterward will take awhile!
  • How Fast Does It Fall - The student will be able to determine how fast objects of different weights fall when they are dropped from the same height.
  • Keeping It Cold - Students learn a lot by trial and error. In this lesson students will try to be the ones to keep a popsicle frozen the longest. This is a good activity to do outside on a hot day. Just make sure you pack extra ice pops for the students to eat!
  • Liquid or Solid or Neither - This experiment is a childhood favorite. Mixing cornstarch and water together creates a substance that seems to be both a solid and a liquid. Students enjoy rolling it into a ball and then watching it run through their fingers when they stop.
  • Using a Ramp - The student will be able to compare two ramps to find out which one allows a vehicle to roll the farthest.
  1. All Around the Body - Students will know the parts of the body that make up each of the 4 body systems.
  2. Aztec Farming Technology - Students will Identify and describe the parts of a flowering plant. Differentiate between types of plants.
  3. Bird Flight - Learn about Daniel Bernoulli to see how the decrease in air pressure which occurs when air is moving (relative to air which is not moving or is moving more slowly) allows birds to fly.
  4. Bridge Building - To use knowledge of forces to create strong bridges out of toothpicks.
  5. Brown Bag Science - The purpose of this investigation is to introduce students to the concept of electricity and dispel any fears they may have that they don't understand the concept.
  6. Bubble-ology - The purpose of this activity is to introduce aerodynamics to the students by challenging them to devise the best ways to keep a bubble aloft.
  7. Buzzing About Bees - The student will know the parts of a bee and their functions.
  8. Can you take the Pressure - This lesson introduces students to the concept of air pressure. Students will explore how air pressure creates force on an object.
  9. Critter's Hide and Seek - Students will be able to answer the key question: How does camouflage affect a critter's ability to survive?
  10. Deadly Links - We give examples of ways in which pesticides enter food chain.
  11. Designing a Simple Machine - Students will be able to Formulate a model to show force, gravity, and velocity.
  12. Ecosystems - Students will create a concept web to organize ideas about interactions in ecosystems.
  13. Erosion - Children will appreciate the significant impact that soil erosion has on water quality and how leaf canopies and plants significantly prevent erosion of soil.
  14. Fashion a Fish - Understand the reason for the existence of several types of species of animals.
  15. Fast and Furious - Determine the motion of an object by following and measuring its position over time with 100% accuracy.
  16. Five Food Groups - Students will differentiate between different types of foods to determine which of the five food groups they belong in.
  17. Fossils - Fossils are evidence of organisms that lived long ago.
  18. From Single Cells to Body Systems - What Are Cells? What Do They Do?
  19. Heart Smart - What are the functions of the heart?
  20. How Do We Hear? - Ask the class to listen carefully as the teacher rings each of the tuning forks separately, then work together to line the forks up from lowest to highest pitch.
  21. How Magnets Work - In this lesson students will be introduced to the basic principles of magnets and how they work.
  22. How The Five Senses Take In Information - Reading several books about Helen Keller.
  23. Identifying Trees by Leaves - Students will be able to recognize common trees by sight and gain a familiarity with the resources and procedures to tree identification for unknown species.
  24. Just Passing Through; Transparent - Understanding how objects react to light.
  25. Kinetic and Potential Energy - Students investigate and understand how kinetic energy can be stored as potential energy and then be released as kinetic energy again.
  26. Large or Small Intestine - Student will be able to connect the relation of the large intestine, small intestine, rectum, and anus to the entire digestive system.
  27. Life Cycle of a Salmon - The student will draw a simplified diagram to illustrate the life cycle of a fish (salmon).
  28. Machines - The students will learn to recognize the six simple machines and how they are used in everyday life.
  29. Food chains and Food Webs - How do living things get the energy they need?
  30. Magnets - To discover why magnets repel or attract one another. To understand why all metals are not attracted by magnets.
  31. Mammals Are Everywhere; Whales - Given the topic of killer whales, the students will write in Microsoft Word several paragraphs using the proper format and facts with few or no mistakes.
  32. Moving Molecules - They will also understand and demonstrate the movement of molecules when heated or cooled.
  33. Nature Awareness Brochure - For children, through the means of using technology, will become better acquainted with the effects nature has on the world.
  34. Needs of Animals - The Needs of Animals in order to survive.
  35. Objects in Our Solar System - Students will have an understanding of the main components of our solar system and how they interact.
  36. Observing Soil Types - Students will record data in a chart. Students will conclude how soils differ.
  37. Ocean Advocacy Project - Synthesize researched information to create a product which educates the public about and or advocates for a particular conservation practice intended to preserve the ocean ecosystem.
  38. Properties of Light - Students will experiment with flashlights and mirrors, and random objects.
  39. Reading Thermometers - Looking at thermometers and learning how to read them.
  40. Recycling - The Impact on Humans.
  41. Rock and Mineral Attributes - Students are able to identify the various attributes of rocks and minerals.
  42. Science&Music in the Sahel - Students will, at the end of this lesson(group of lessons) be able to gain a much better understanding of the Sahel, the countries making up the area in which they live, its people, landforms, and wildlife.
  43. "Seed Search" - This is a lesson for day one of a seeds and plants unit.
  44. State Changes With Chocolate - Conduct investigations that explore the properties of matter and changes in matter.
  45. Stream Table - Have students set up a stream table which will represent a model of the Grand Canyon.
  46. The Busy Life of a Particle - The lesson is focused primarily on students having an understanding of streams and their contents along with graphing and presenting the information they have found.
  47. The Earth and its Moon - Students will understand that the Earth rotates once each day on its axis, this is cause of night and day.
  48. The Food Pyramid - Students will develop a general knowledge of the food pyramid and learn what foods they need to be eating in order to stay healthy.
  49. The Human Body Systems - Students will demonstrate knowledge on how the human body is made up of systems with structures that are related.
  50. The Planets - Students will know the 4 inner planets and their common characteristics.
  51. The Sun - We are going to use our Safe "sun" glasses experiment to view the sun but not actually look directly at it.
  52. The Wonders of Weather - The study of weather patterns and how they differ throughout the United States.
  53. The Scientific Method and Science Fairs - Children understand the scientific process, beginning with the problem, then stating the hypothesis.
  54. Types of Rocks - TLW describe the relationship between rocks and minerals.
  55. Volcanoes - Students will be able to create a concept map describing the volcano type assigned and give a presentation to the class or small group.

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