Used widely in gifted education, this creative brainstorming tool will help students come up with even more, divergent ideas about how to solve problems, innovate solutions, and invent new products. It is great to use this in combination with the IDEAS Engineering Journal to help students generate ideas for modifications.

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The IDEAS Engineering Journal is meant to be used to engineer improvements to an existing design. Have you built a glider or a wobble head rattle writer or ANYTHING? Use this journal to brainstorm modifications, try them out, test your design with a customer, and come up with an improved final design. A few screen…

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Students investigate weather-related phenomena including the cause of rain, evaporation, snow, and wind. Students also explore how a coat helps us stay warm in the cold and how blocking the sun to make a shadow causes the temperature to decrease. Lesson 1.1 – What Makes it Rain? Students use tiny drops of water on a…

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NOTE: Those these are indicated for 5th grade, they align with both 5th grade and 8th grade AzSS standards. Through exploring melting, dissolving, and chemical change, students discover that mass is conserved during all these processes. Lesson 4.1 – Conservation of Mass Students measure the mass of substances before and after melting, dissolving, and a…

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Through investigating solids, liquids, and gases and the phenomena of dissolving, evaporation, and condensation, students develop models to investigate matter at the particle level.   Lesson 1.1 – Matter Is Made of Tiny Particles Students squeeze a flexible plastic bottle filled with air and another filled with water to investigate the questions: Is an “empty”…

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