Lauren Switzer

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Recent Posts by Lauren

Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:59 PM in First Day of School Science Activities
You can use a science lesson to create your seating arrangements. Pass out a picture of an animal to each student. Make sure no animals are duplicated. Let students share their animal with the rest of the class. Discuss what all of the animals have in common and what makes them different. Have the students group themselves based on their animals' similarities (i.e. classify the animals). Then grou...

Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:51 PM in Simple Machines
I love the idea of having students create cars (and dog sleds). What a fun hands on activity! I teach 3rd grade Math and Science. To help reinforce the use of simple machines, my team and I use an app called Crazy Machines 2 (There are other versions, but we found this one was more user friendly). It only costs $1.99 so it's not too expensive to download to a class set of iPads. Our students get t...