Foundational Science

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Games

APOLLO: TO THE MOON

  • Content Area: Earth Science, Space Program
  • Ideal Group Size: Small Group / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary/Middle School

DON’T GET DESERTED IN THE DESERT (Deserts)

  • Content Area: Earth Science, Deserts
  • Ideal Group Size: Small Group / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary/Middle School
  • Standards: 6.13 Use models (e.g., diagrams, maps, globes, digital representations) to explain how the rotation of Earth and unequal heating of its surface create patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. a. Use expe

DON’T JOURNEY TO THE CENTER! (Landforms)

  • Content Area: Landforms, Science, Geography
  • Ideal Group Size: Whole Class / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary
  • Standards: 4-ESS2-1 Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation. 4-ESS2-2 Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features (

FOR THE CROWN (Simple Machines)

  • Content Area: Science, Simple Machines
  • Ideal Group Size: Small Group / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary and Middle School
  • Standards: Common Core: S4P3.a Identify simple machines and explain their uses

GET TO THE ZOO

Topic: Animal Adaptations

  • CONTENT AREA: Elementary Science - Animal Adaptations
  • RECOMMENDED AGES: Grades 2-6
  • STANDARDS: NGSS LS4C: Adaptation

HABITAT HANG-UP

Topic: HABITATS/ECOSYSTEMS

  • Content Area: Elementary Science, Ecosystems
  • Ideal Group Size: Whole Class / Suggested Time: 40 minutes
  • Recommended Aged: Early Elementary/Elementary

HELP WANTED (Parts of Plants)

  • Content Area: Science, Plants
  • Ideal Group Size: Small Group / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Early Elementary
  • Standards: K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

HOME SWEET HOME

Topic: Living and Non-Living

  • Content Area: Science
  • Ideal Group Size: Small Group / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Aged: Early Elementary
  • Standards: ESS3.A: Natural Resources, LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms, LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

LENNY'S LOOKING FOR LUNCH

Topic: SOUND AND LIGHT

  • Content Area: Elementary Science
  • Ideal Group Size: Small Group / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary
  • Standards: -S4P1.a Identify materials that are transparent, opaque, and translucent. -S4P1.b Investigate the reflection of light using a mirror and a light source. -S4P1.c Identify the physical attributes of a convex lens, a concave lens, and a prism an

MESS IN THE LAB

Topic: Science Lab Safety

  • AUTHOR: Tracie Gones
  • CONTENT AREA: Science
  • RECOMMENDED AGES: Upper Elementary
  • RECOMMENDED GROUP SIZE: Small groups would be ideal, but whole class would work

MISSION NUTRITION

Topic: HEALTHY EATING - HYBRID GAME

  • Game Designer: Ann Brucker
  • Content Area: Nutrition, Healthy Eating
  • Ideal Group Size: Whole Class / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary

MISSION: SOLAR SYSTEM

Topic: Planets, Solar System

  • Content Area: Science, Solar System
  • Ideal Group Size: Whole Class / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary
  • Standards: NGSS: ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System The solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by its gravitational pull on them.

PENGUINS AND PROBLEM SOLVING! (Life Cycle)

  • Content Area: Science, Animals
  • Ideal Group Size: Small Group / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Early Elementary, Elementary
  • Standards: K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

Penguins on Parade

Topic: All Number Locks

  • Content Area: Elementary Science, Penguins
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary

SAVE THE ANIMALS

Topic: Animal Habitats

  • Game Designer: Angela Von Hagel
  • Content Area: Science, Animals
  • Ideal Group Size: Small Groups Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary

SEASONAL SABOTAGE!

Topic: Science: Seasons & Weather

  • CONTENT AREA: Science, Seasons
  • IDEAL GROUP SIZE: Small groups or whole class
  • RECOMMENDED AGES: Grades 3-8
  • STANDARDS: VA 3.8 The student will investigate and understand basic patterns and cycles occurring in nature. Key concepts include patterns of natural events such as seasonal changes. VA 4.7 The student will investigate and understand the relationships am

SEASONAL SECRETS!

Topic: Science: Seasons & Weather

  • CONTENT AREA: Elementary Science, Seasons
  • RECOMMENDED AGES: Grades 3-8
  • STANDARDS: VA 3.8 The student will investigate and understand basic patterns and cycles occurring in nature. Key concepts include patterns of natural events such as seasonal changes.

SO MUCH SOIL! (Rocks / Soil)

  • Content Area: Earth Science, Rocks and Soil
  • Ideal Group Size: Small Group / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary
  • Standards: 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1

THE MATTER HATTER

Topic: MATTER

  • Content Area: Science
  • Ideal Group Size: Whole Class / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary

TRIP TO NAMELAND (Landforms)

  • Content Area: Science, Social Studies, Landforms
  • Ideal Group Size: Whole Class / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary
  • Standards: State Standards (NC.3.E.2), NGSS 5-ESS2-1, 5-PS1-1

VACATE THE CAVE!

Topic: The Scientific Method

  • CONTENT AREA: Science: The Scientific Method
  • RECOMMENDED AGES: Grades 4-8
  • STANDARDS: NGSS MS-ESS2-2 Earth's Systems, MS-ESS3-3 Earth and Human Activity,

WACKY WEATHER

Topic: Weather

  • Content Area: Early Elementary Science
  • Ideal Group Size: Whole Class / Suggested Time: 40 minutes
  • Recommended Aged: Early Elementary
  • Standards: NGSS K-ESS2-1- Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.

WHERE IN THE WORLD? (Ecosystems)

  • Content Area: Science, Ecosystems
  • Ideal Group Size: Whole Class / Suggested Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary
  • Standards: 3-LS4-4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity, 5-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics