Engineering for the Three Little Pigs
The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate the importance of rocks, soils and minerals in engineering and how using the right material for the right job is important. The students build three different sand castles and test them for strength and resistance to weathering. Then, they discuss how the buildings are different and what engineers need to think about when using rocks, soils and minerals for construction.

Exploring Cause and Effect Using Expository Texts About Natural Disasters
In this lesson students explore expository texts about natural disasters that focus on cause-and-effect relationships. As a class students record their understandings in a graphic organizer. Students then work in small groups and write paragraphs outlining the cause-and-effect relationships they have found.

This performance task assesses students' abilities to make and record measurements of temperature and probes their understanding of the concept of insulation. Hot water is poured into three containers (metal, ceramic, and plastic) and temperature is taken and recorded over a 10-minute interval to investigate the effect of different container materials on heat transfer and insulating capacity.

Antarctic Food Web Game
NOTE: You will need to click on View and the interactive will open in a new window. This interactive resource provides students with information about the ways that energy flows through an ecosystem and how organisms are interconnected within a food web. Students are challenged to complete an Antarctic food web by placing producers and consumers in the correct position in the web.

Amusement Park Ride: Ups and Downs in Design
This STEM lesson plan outlines an inquiry-based activity where students explore the concepts of kinetic and potential energy as they design and test model roller coasters constructed from foam tubing. After completing the coaster, students will use math calculations to complete a cost analysis of production.

Organelles in the Cytoplasm
This video segment from "An Introduction to the Living Cell" explores some of a cell's most important structures. Supplemental resources, including a background essay and discussion questions, are also provided.

Using Properties to Identify Ionic and Molecular Compounds
In this activity, students will test the physical properties of several samples of compounds, such as melting point and conductivity to help them classify the chemicals as ionic or covalent compounds. The students will write their own set of procedures for the tests, and construct data tables to display their results. They will then write up the evidence and discuss its meaning in a formal conclusion.