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Terrarium | In this lesson plan students are challenged with building a self-sufficient terrarium. |

Zoom, Zoom, Vroom Vroom! | In this lesson, students will explore forces, kinetic energy, and potential energy by engineering their own vehicles utilizing via the engineering design process. |

Blowin' Around the House | In this engineering design challenge, student teams will design a house that will withstand high winds. |

DOLO - Dinosaurs Only Live Once? | During this activity, students will create an incubator to save the last dinosaur eggs. Students will use their knowledge of energy to develop a strategy and choose which materials would be best for their dinosaur egg incubator. |

Astounding Addition | In this lesson, students will explore and demonstrate various addition strategies within 1000. |

Party Planning: Using Multiplication | As the end of the year approaches, and your students have already learned several multiplication strategies, this party planning activity can help put all of that hard work into action. Students will be asked to use a menu and catalog to purchase food, decorations and goody bag items for an upcoming party. (I use this right before our end of the year 3rd Grade Luau Party, and have students purchase items that correlate with that theme. However, it can be used to plan an ideal birthday party, 4th of July Celebration, family reunion, etc.) After working together as a whole group, children will work with a partner and, ultimately independently, to solve one and two-digit multiplication and addition problems. Your students will get a chance to be creative and apply multiplication strategies to real world scenarios. |

Dining Dilemma! | The students will compare different nutritional content of chicken nuggets from many restaurants. They will factor in the calories, the total fat, saturated fat, and sodium levels in the nuggets to rank the nuggets from healthiest to least healthy. Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom. |

Jumping Beans: Adding with Open Number Lines | Students will use the open number line as a strategy to add within 1,000. The lesson begins with a formative assessment that evaluates students' strategies for efficiently solving addition sentences within 1,000. In order for students to have practice reinforcing the skill, students will complete the guided practice with open number lines, as well as playing the game, Jumping Beans. To conclude the lesson, students will evaluate a solution to an open number line problem. |

Decoding Decomposing {Adding two 3-digit Numbers} | Students will add 3-digit numbers by decomposing them by place value. It is a useful lesson to reinforce place value concepts when adding. |

Lunchroom Logistics | The principal needs help planning the school lunch schedule! Students will plan a lunch schedule to accommodate all of the students in the school. However, there can only be 100 students in the cafeteria at a time and only 20 students can sit at a table. Students will figure out how to arrange the lunch schedule so that every class eats together and so that certain grade levels are not together at the same time. Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom. |