S'more Science!

Answering "I Wonders..." about Really Cool Topics (RCTs)!

RCT #1 - ATOMS, ELEMENTS and the PERIODIC TABLE

Have you been wondering... what makes up matter? what elements are? how the periodic table is organized? Check out the resources at these suggested links and others to find answers to your questions related to this topic.


http://schools.bcsd.com/fremont/5th_Sci_matter.htm#Matter%20&%20Energy

http://www.chem4kids.com/files/elem_intro.html


Pretend to discover a new element, name it, and place it on the periodic table. Explain why you placed it there. Write a scientific description of your element properly introducing it to the world!

RCT #2 - AMUSEMENT PARK PHYSICS

What are the forces behind all the fun? Why do rides sometimes make people feel sick? Are amusement park rides really dangerous? Here are some suggested sites that might help you find answers to these questions and others.


http://www.learner.org/interactives/parkphysics/

http://www.hometrainingtools.com/a/amusement-park-physics


Design a miniature bumper car ride using marbles to represent cars and model their crashes. Test as many different kinds of collisions as you can think of by varying the sizes, angles, and numbers of the "cars." Create a "warning" sign to display in front of the ride describing what will happen during each of the different possible "car" crashes. Recommend who should NOT participate in this ride based on these outcomes.

RCT #3 - TO INFINITY and BEYOND

How big is our solar system and the objects in it? Besides planets and stars, what else is in space? Are these some of the things you've been wondering? Perhaps, you have other questions. Try some of these activities and investigate the suggested resources to reveal some of the secrets of our solar system and beyond.


http://mcdonaldobservatory.org/teachers/classroom

http://www.longfellow.d21.k12.il.us/curric_pages/Planets_5thgrade.html


Pretend to be a guide aboard a shuttle called "Space Trek" that is touring humans around our solar system. Consider what sights you would point out and what information you would share with the passengers. Anticipate any misconceptions your passengers might have about our solar system and be ready to correct them. Share any recent scientific discoveries, as well. Create a tour map that can be distributed to passengers which compliments your oral presentation and explains the importance of the ship's designated stops.

RCT #4 - COMPARING CELLULAR PLANS

Curious about the building blocks of life? Wondering how plant or animal cells compare/contrast? Not exactly what you were wondering? Well, don't worry; the activities at these suggested sites and others just might help answer these questions and others that you may now have.


http://www.mensaforkids.org/pop_lesson_template.cfm?showPage=/content/school_lesson_pop.cfm&planID=2&gameName=Lesson_Plan_2

http://classroom.jc-schools.net/sci-units/cells.htm#5


Pretend you are creating an exhibit for a science museum. Think of an organism and construct a model of one of its cells with its key structures. Explain how the viewer can tell by looking at the cell whether the organism is an animal or a plant. Describe how the function of the cell is related to its structures and explain how understanding cells is important to modern science.

RCT #5 - THEN and NOW

Wonder who rocked the science world with amazing discoveries and breakthroughs throughout the years? Contemplated which scientist(s) of the past has/have significantly impacted modern times and how? Check out these sites and maybe a few of your own to research a scientist or two from history who interests you.


http://www.famousscientists.org

http://kids.usa.gov/teens-home/science/scientists/

http://www.sciencechannel.com/famous-scientists-discoveries

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/scientists.html


Wonder what scientists have been up to lately? Curious what scientific discoveries have recently impacted the fields of medicine, engineering, climatology, etc.? Here's a link or two that are sure to point you on a path of discovery. Can you find a scientist(s) today who is/are challenging or pushing forward the contributions of a scientist(s) you were interested in from the past?


https://student.societyforscience.org/sciencenews-students

http://www.timeforkids.com/news-archive/Science


Assume the role of an evening news anchor then and now. Record a newscast from both time periods reporting on at least one "new" scientific development, discovery, and/or invention of the times. Explain to viewers why the news stories are noteworthy. In a post-broadcast interview (off the record, of course) describe in what ways the news stories are related and explain which scientific development you think will have the greatest impact on history over the course of time and why.