K-5 science lessons about science and chemistry in everyday life
Activities and animations investigate clouds, rain, evaporation, snow, wind, and why coats keep us warm in cold weather.
Activities and animations investigate properties of materials, why certain properties work for particular uses, and how heating and cooling affect matter.
Activities and animations explore dissolving, density, chemical reactions, and the characteristics of solids, liquids, and gases.
About Inquiry in Action
Inquiry in Action is a FREE resource of fully developed lesson plans in physical science for teachers to use with students in grades K-5.
Features of Inquiry in Action
- Lessons are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Weather and Climate (Kindergarten) and for Structures and Properties of Matter (2nd and 5th grades).
- Lessons are based on phenomena that students observe and explore through hands-on investigations using common inexpensive materials. All lessons have been reviewed for safety with notes added where necessary.
- Lessons are presented in a 5-E format (Engage, Explore, Explain, Evaluate, and Extend) and feature embedded animations to help explain the science concepts.
- Each lesson includes student activity sheets (2nd and 5th grades), student reading (2nd and 5th grades), and teacher background information (K, 2nd, and 5th).
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