An Energetic Place to Live:
Sunny Land Developing is about to develop a new community in Florida. Students are needed to make suggestions for the company's choice of energy to integrate into the new homes. In this activity, students will review how people use electricity in their daily lives and learn about the differences between renewable and nonrenewable energy resources. Students will also be introduced to sound energy and how it is measured.
Students will use their knowledge of how to identify quadrilaterals and how to analyze data to determine a ranking for the best paver designs for a driveway. In this MEA, students will deepen their understanding of the attributes of parallelograms, rectangles, squares, trapezoids and quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these categories.
Dr. Friendly's Zoo Exhibit:
Dr. Friendly owns a zoo. He wants to create an exciting new zoo exhibit where two or more different mammals live and interact together. Help Dr. Friendly select the best pairings of mammals from the data provided.
Fairies to the Rescue!:
During this activity, students will utilize reading passages and data tables to create a strategy to determine which parachute design is the best design to help the fairies solve their problem.
Students are selected to develop procedures for conducting a study on plant fertilizers. They are given data to determine which fertilizer is best for school gardens based on growth rate, size of vegetables, amount of vegetables, taste, and color. They will reassess these fertilizers during the twist incorporating safety ratings.
Students may arrange the criteria based on their team's interpretation of most important to least important. Students may have to make trade-offs based on these interpretations.
Group Singing Lessons:
Third grade students will decide which performing arts facility their parents should choose for them to take group singing lessons at. They will apply multiplication, division, and time skills for telling time to the nearest minute and time intervals. Students will work collaboratively as a group to analyze this Model Eliciting Activity (MEA), and engage in collaborative discussion that involves higher level critical thinking. They will write argumentation letters on which performing arts facility is the best choice.
Kick The Can Man:
Students are asked to compare group observations, measure and estimate content of liquids, and prepare and participate in a range of conversations in order to design a method for choosing the healthiest beverage to supply to school children.
Nail It with Great Nail Polish!:
In teams, students will determine which nail polish works the best for your money. The criteria they will look at will be cost per bottle, strength (chip resistance), and safety (DBP and Toluene Free).
Peace Love Baseball:
Batter Up!!! Help the Peace Love Baseball Championship find a home!!! In this interactive lesson, the students will successfully multiply one digit whole numbers by multiples of 10. The students will also work collaboratively to express their opinions, while considering those of their peers.
Students will decide which type of protective surface should be put in under a new playground unit. They will consider many factors before ranking their decisions about the best surface.
Rockin' Road Trip:
Students will work together to determine the best bus for a class trip. Students will be able to decide between several buses with varying capabilities and costs while practicing their application of multiplying one-digit whole numbers by a multiple of ten.
Students are asked to label the properties of different balls that could be used to replace the dodge ball, in order to make the game safer. They are also given cost and profit information, and instructed to rank the balls in order from best replacement to worst. They are then provided with new information, the weight of each ball, as well as three new replacement options. They must then revise their ranking and provide reasoning.
Scheduling a School Day: Creating your own classroom schedule.:
A group of students has been chosen to help create the classroom time schedule for the school year. The students will have to use the parameters set forth by the teacher and principal, as well as their own expertise about how they learn best, to create a schedule for the school day that includes all subjects and works around time set aside for lunch and special areas. Then the students will have to adapt the schedules they created to accommodate additional considerations by the teacher and principal. This MEA will require students to use their math skills to measure time intervals and their ELA skills to write a letter justifying and explaining the schedule they created.
Surf's Up Dude!:
Hang ten, surfers! Get ready for the Super Surfers surfing competition! In this cool lesson, the students will demonstrate an understanding of how light travels and its ability to reflect, refract, and be absorbed. They will also work collaboratively to express their opinions, while considering those of their peers.
Thrift Town Melt-Down - Let's Cool up!:
During this activity, students will look at data from a fictional town, Thrift Town and develop a strategy of choosing which material would be the best for an ice cream container. The students will utilize higher order thinking skills, as well as deduction to find a solution.
Treehouse Makeover MEA:
The Shady Oak Treehouse Club is doing a makeover and needs help choosing flooring. Students will be asked to figure area, calculate cost, and add installation fees to cost. The students will then rank the flooring and choose the best one for the makeover. The data provided is: a model of the treehouse (in square yards), flooring price per square yard, and ratings for ease of cleaning and comfort. In the twist, student will be provided with an installation fee for each flooring material and must decide how to change their procedure with the new information.
Tricky Rice Math Patterns MEA:
This is a 3rd grade MEA that requires students to use mathematical patterns to solve the problem, along with the analysis of data. After reading One Grain of Rice by Demi, students will look for ways to help Rani's relative find a new pattern so she can secure a large supply of rice to feed the people of her province in India. The twist is likely to cause controversy, so prepare for some strong debates.