SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search

The SMILE (Science and Math Informal Learning Educators) Pathway is for informal educators looking for high-quality STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities across multiple disciplines and contributing institutions. All materials are designed and chosen especially for those who teach school-aged kids in non-classroom settings. SMILE is also a meeting place for educators excited about what they do and ready to talk about how they do it. Additionally, SMILE creates a national partnership among science and technology centers, museums, community-based organizations, and out-of-school educators.

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3-2-1 POP!
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In this physics activity, learners build their own rockets out of film canisters and construction paper. Learners discover how a chemical reaction (from a mix of water and Alka-Seltzer) creates gas pressure to propel the craft. The activity explores the three states of matter and Newtonäóťs Laws of Motion.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
COSI
Date Added:
11/09/2009
3...2...1 Puff!
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In this activity, learners build small indoor paper rockets, determine their flight stability, and launch them by blowing air through a drinking straw. This lesson plan includes procedures for the two part activity, background information, diagrams for making Ares 1 paper rockets, discussion questions, extensions, and black-line masters for learners.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Geometry
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Deborah A. Shearer
Gregory L. Vogt, Ed.D.
NASA
Date Added:
06/26/2012
A-Mazing Robot
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This activity lets you program your 'robot' (a willing friend) to pick up and dispose of some 'toxic waste' using as few commands as possible. Learners create command cards (Turn Left, Right, Forward 1, etc.), mark out a simulation area on the floor, and try to get the "robot" to dispose of something that serves as "toxic waste" into something that serves as a "containment vessel" - in as few steps as possible. Strategy, predication and cooperation are all part of this activity.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Dakota Science Center
New York Hall of Science
Date Added:
11/09/1999
The Ability of Permeability
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In this activity (page 11 of the PDF), learners investigate how quickly water moves through various materials. They measure and compare the permeability of gravel, sand, and soil. Although this was created as a post-visit activity for a workshop about earth processes, it also makes an excellent stand alone activity.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
COSI
Date Added:
11/09/2009
Above Water: Buoyancy & Displacement
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In an investigation called "Shape It!" learners craft tiny boats out of clay, set them afloat on water and then add weight loads to them, in order to explore: how objects stay afloat in water; what the relationship is among surface tension, buoyancy, density and displacement; and how shape, size, and type of material affect an object's ability to remain buoyant. The introductory text discusses how heavy steel ships can float on bodies of water like rivers, bays and oceans.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
State of New Jersey
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Liberty Science Center
New Jersey
New Jersey Department of Education
New Jersey School Age Care Coalition
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
Date Added:
11/07/2006
Absorb & Repel
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In this activity, learners investigate how different materials repel or absorb water. Learners use spray bottles to explore how everyday items like sponges, cardboard, feathers, etc. respond to water differently. This activity also introduces learners to the scientific method as learners make predictions about which materials will absorb or repel water.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Kohl Children's Museum
Date Added:
11/09/2012
Achi: A Strange Game of Tic Tac Toe
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In this game, learners strategize to be the first player to make three in a row. This game is similar to the classic Tic-Tac-Toe game, but learners slide game pieces along lines, instead of filling in boxes with X's or O's. Learners will practice mathematical thinking skills like strategizing, predicting and problem solving. This activity guide contains sample questions to ask, literary connections, extensions, and alignment to local and national standards.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum Of Houston
ExxonMobil
Date Added:
09/19/2014
Acorns
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In this outdoor game, learners play the roles of gray or red squirrels gathering and storing a supply of food in "fall" and recovering enough of them to survive the "winter." Learners carry bags representing their cheek pouches for carrying food. Learners investigate the advantages and disadvantages of how these two kinds of squirrels store food differently.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Simulation
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science
Date Added:
11/09/2014
Acting Out
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This activity (on pages 21-32 of PDF) has learners act out several classic brain teasers. Instead of moving checkers or pennies around on a table, learners play the role of the different pieces of the puzzle, and have to move themselves around. The lesson plan includes printable pictures of different characters than can be worn by the learners. Answers to the puzzles are provided so the facilitator can guide learners towards the solution.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Date Added:
11/09/2008
Adherence to HIV Treatment
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In this activity, learners simulate taking HIV antiretroviral drugs by using Tic Tac mints and Kool-Aid packets. Learners will experience firsthand how easy or difficult it is to fully adhere to a treatment program. Participation in this activity does not require eating or drinking anything and can accommodate learners with allergies.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Date Added:
11/09/2007
Aerial Imagery
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This activity (on page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into aerial imagery. Learners will use the internet to gather free aerial imagery of nearby points of interest (or use laminated images prepped by educator). Then, they will imagine they are traveling in a spaceship to visit Earth for the first time and explore how their view changes as they approach Earthäóťs surface. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Earthquakes.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2006
Aerogel
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This activity/demo introduces learners to aerogel, a glass nanofoam. Learners discover how aerogel is made and how well it insulates as well as learn about aerogel's other unique properties. Learners see real aerogel and feel how well it insulates.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Nanoscience Informal Science Education
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
NISE Network
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network
National Science Foundation
NISE Network
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Date Added:
01/02/2013
African Arts
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In this two-day activity (on pages 16-22), learners use a process like that of the Yoruba people of Nigeria to create an African symbol on cloth. Learners first make cassava gel, then paint decorative symbols on cloth, and finally dye it. Learners examine the significance of symbols in African culture and communication, and the use of natural plant products for human projects.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
National Science Foundation Informal Science Education Program
Nebraska Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development
University of Nebraska State Museum
Date Added:
11/09/2001
Air Cannon
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In this activity (page 1 of PDF), learners will construct an air cannon by cutting a hole in the bottom of a bucket and stretching a garbage bag over the other end. Then, they aim the cannon at a paper target and try to knock it over by giving the plastic bag a good whack. Learners also experiment with hole size to make the cannon more effective. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV: Forecasting.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2005
Air, It's Really There
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This lesson focuses on molecular motion in gases. Learners compare the mass of a basketball when it is deflated and after it has been inflated. The inflated ball has the greater mass so learners can conclude that gas is matter because it has mass and takes up space. Then learners consider how heating and cooling affect molecular motion in gases. They dip the mouth of a bottle in detergent solution and observe a bubble growing and shrinking when the bottle is warmed and cooled. Learners will discover that the attractions between gas molecules are so minimal that attractions canäóťt be used to explain the behavior of gases like they can for liquids and solids.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Chemical Society
Jim Kessler
Patti Galvan
Date Added:
04/26/2011
Air Lift
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In this physics activity, challenge learners to lift a book with just air using a plastic bag and a straw. This activity demonstrates compressed air and forces.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Science Foundation
PBS
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
WGBH
WGBH Boston
Date Added:
11/09/2002
Air Pressure and Dent Pullers
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In this activity, learners simulate Otto von Guericke's famous Magdeburg Hemispheres experiment. In this modern, low cost version, a pair of learners try to pull apart two suction cups (dent pullers). Learners then calculate the amount of force holding the dent pullers together.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Don Rathjen
The Exploratorium
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Airboat
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In this activity related to Newton's Laws of Motion, learners build a boat powered by a propeller in the air. The airboats can be designed in many ways and can include various recyclables like plastic bottles, craft sticks, Styrofoam, and cardboard. This activity guide includes step-by-step instructions with images, an explanation of Newton's Laws, and focus questions.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Community Science Workshop Network
Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop
Date Added:
11/09/2011
Airplane Wing Investigation
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This activity (located on page 3 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into Bernoulliäóťs principle and airplane wings. Learners will design and build their own airplane wing models out of Styrofoam, record their mass, and then use a fan to measure the äóěweightäó change when air flows over the wing. Results from testing other wing shapes and sizes are then measured to chart relationships between lift and wing size and shape. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Balloon Fiesta.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Geometry
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2007
Alien Encounter
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In this activity, learners use multiplication skills to get groups of aliens safely back to their planet.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Children's Museum Of Houston
ExxonMobil
The Children's Museum of Houston
Date Added:
11/09/2012
Alike and Different
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This activity (on pages 7-13) has pairs of learners survey an array of similarities and differences between them. The differences survey worksheet focuses on genetically inherited physical features, such as hair color, eye color, ear shape, and tongue folding and rolling. By tallying the whole group's features, they will consider which features are "dominant" (occurring more often). The activity includes reflection questions to encourage writing.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
National Science Foundation Informal Science Education Program
Nebraska Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development
University of Nebraska State Museum
Date Added:
11/09/2002
All Mixed Up!
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In this activity, learners separate a mixture of pebbles, salt crystals, and wood pieces. They add water and pour the mixture through a strainer. The pebbles are left in the beaker, the wood is caught by the strainer, and the salt stays dissolved in the water. The main idea is that different physical properties of the components can be used for separating them, and that evaporation can be used to isolate a solute from a solution. This activity is currently used in the Nature of Matter Unit in OMSI's Chemistry Lab. Cost estimates are per 100 learners.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Date Added:
11/09/1997
All Systems are Go!
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In this online activity, learners role-play as medics, treating a patient with missing organs. Learners select different organs, then drag them into the proper location in the patient's body. System by system, they put the patient back together. When learners set up a free account at Kinetic City, they can answer bonus questions at the end of the activity as a quick assessment. As a larger assessment, learners can complete the Smart Attack game after they've completed several activities.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Provider:
American Association for Advancement of Science
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Association for the Advancement of Science
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
11/07/2009
All Things Being Equal
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In this game, learners strategize to win the most cards by building number equations. Learners practice operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) to construct their equations. This activity guide contains sample questions to ask, literary connections, extensions, and alignment to local and national standards.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum Of Houston
ExxonMobil
Date Added:
09/19/2014
Altered Reality
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In this activity, learners discover that the human brain is highly adaptable. Learners try to toss beanbags at a target while wearing prism goggles. Learners collect and interpret data and then have an opportunity to design additional experiments. This activity demonstrates how the brain adapts to new situations.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Brain U
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
ARRA
SEDAPA
SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award) supported by the National Center for Research Resources, a part of the National Institutes of Health
University of Minnesota
Date Added:
10/30/2011
Aluminum Boats
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Test the buoyancy of an aluminum foil boat and an aluminum foil ball. Why does the same material in different shapes sink or float? This activity explores the fact that the amount of water pushed aside by an object equals the force of water pushing upward on the object.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
New York Hall of Science
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Date Added:
11/09/1999
The Amazing Water Trick
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Using two baby food jars, food coloring, and an index card, you'll 'marry' the jars to see how hot water and cold water mix. Besides illuminating the cool fact that an index card can act as a lid (with no water gushing out), this activity also teaches about the differing densities of hot and cold water.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Ellen Klages
Linda Shore
Pat Murphy
The Exploratorium
Date Added:
11/09/1998
Amazon Water Cycle Roleplay
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In this creative roleplay activity, learners will explore the various processes of the water cycle using movement, sound, and props to aid in comprehension. Learners will understand that water changes forms throughout the water cycle, and that this cycle runs continuously throughout all the cycles at the same time. This standards-based lesson, which is great for the classroom, camps, or afterschool programs, includes roleplay cards and ideas for props.

Subject:
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
California Academy of Sciences: Lesson Plans
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
11/29/2008
Ambiguous Cube
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In this activity, learners construct a three-dimensional ambiguous cube to explore visual illusions and how our brains interpret or misinterpret information. Learners will be surprised to see what the cube looks like when they hinder their depth perception by viewing it with only one eye.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Geometry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Don Rathjen
The Exploratorium
Date Added:
11/09/2009
Ancient Observatories: Timeless Knowledge Activities
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This lesson plan provides learners with two activities to explore the connections between events in their lives and the seasons of the year. Learners follow lists of instructions and create diagrams to visualize these connections. This lesson plan includes activity instructions and answer keys.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Geometry
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
NASA
Date Added:
06/26/2012
Animal Anti-Freeze
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In this outdoor winter activity, learners search for and create hibernation sites that will protect gelatin "animals" from freezing. Learners come to understand that hibernating animals need to take care in selecting a sleeping spot that will provide protection from the winter cold.

Subject:
Life Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science
Date Added:
11/09/2014
Animal Attraction
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Investigate a flower's power of marketing by making an imitation flower that successfully signals a bee (or other pollinator of your choice) to visit. Try to determine what characteristics will attract a pollinator to your flower. Also available as an online game.

Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Chicago Botanic Garden
New York Hall of Science
Date Added:
11/09/1999
Animal Diversity
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In this outdoor activity, learners find, count and compare as many different kinds of animals as they can find in two different areas: a managed lawn and a weedy area. Learners compare their animal finds, and also examine which plants in the different areas attracted the most animals. Learners consider how people have affected the diversity of animals in the lawn.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science
Date Added:
11/09/2014
Animal Ears
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This activity (page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into animal behavior and communication. Groups of learners will fashion a headband with fake ears, similar in shape to those of the animal they are going to observe. Then, they record observations of the animaläóťs reactions when a learner, wearing the ears in different positions, brings it a snack. Learners develop categories of behavior to organize and evaluate the results. Safety Note: an adult handler must be present if working with a horse or even a large dog. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV: Horse Ears.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2006
Animal Hats
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In this arts and crafts activity about animals and animal characteristics, learners will design animal hats and role-play as animals. Through this dramatic play, learners will practice and develop problem solving, cooperation, symbolic thinking, language and personal expression skills. Use the suggested open-ended questions to encourage learner reflection about their animal hat and animals in general.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Date Added:
11/09/2004
Animal & Plant Cell Slides
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In this activity, learners make slides of onion cells and their own cheek cells. Use this lab to teach learners how to prepare microscope slides and use a microscope. Learners will also identify differences between plant and animal cells. Note: a microscope is required for this activity, but is not included in the cost of materials.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Community Science Workshop Network
Mission Science Workshop
Date Added:
11/09/2013
Animal Reflection Response
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In this activity (page 1 of the PDF), learners observe how an animal responds to its own reflection. First, learners will observe the behavior of a small animal in a cage or aquarium (e.g., goldfish, gerbil, bird) for five minutes, grading the animaläóťs activity level on a scale. Then, learners repeat the observation period after placing a mirror up to the cage or aquarium, comparing the results. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV: Horse Ears.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2006
Animal Scent
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This activity (on page 3 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into animal behavior. Learners will create five or six scent blocks by rubbing wood blocks with different kitchen spices, foods, or animal scents. Then, learners let their pets investigate each block separately. Carefully observed behaviors are recorded for interpretation. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Animal Scent.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2006
Animals are Amazing!
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In this activity, learners use measurement concepts to make models of what their body parts might look like if they were a snake or a chameleon.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Children's Museum Of Houston
ExxonMobil
The Children's Museum of Houston
Date Added:
11/09/2012
Animals in a Grassland
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In this outdoor, warm weather activity, learners use sweepnets to search a grassy area such as a large lawn or field, collecting small animals to find as many different kinds of animals as possible. Learners observe and try to identify the animals they catch and observe how different animals interact with each other. Because some animals can't be caught easily with sweepnets, the Branching Out part of the activity involves making very small "pitfall traps" in the ground. At the end of the activity, learners release all the animals back into the grassy area.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science
Date Added:
11/09/2014