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Scientific Investigation and Math Inquiry with Gizmos

MARKING PERIOD 2

Colleagues please remember to include Gizmos in your lesson plans! Below you will find gizmos for the second nine week.

3rd Grade Science


Gizmos to follow 3rd Grade Science Pacing Chart

3.1g, h, i, j, k, l, m: Scientific Investigation


Germination

  • Plant seeds and watch how many sprout. Examine what factors affect germination. Vary the amount of heat, water, and light the seeds …


  • Growing Plants

  • Investigate the growth of three common garden plants: tomatoes, beans, and turnips. You can change the amount of light each plant gets, …

Measuring Trees
  • Measure the height, diameter, and circumference of trees in a forest. Count growth rings to determine the age of each tree. Grow the trees …

Graphing Skills

Create a graph (bar graph, line graph, pie chart, or scatter plot) based on a given data set. Title the graph, label the axes, and choose …


3.6 a, b, c, d: Living Systems: Ecosystems

Pond Ecosystem
  • Measure the temperature and oxygen content of a pond over the course of a day. Then go fishing to see what types of fish live in the …



Prairie Ecosystem

Observe the populations of grass, prairie dogs, ferrets and foxes in a prairie ecosystem. Investigate feeding relationships and determine …


Forest Ecosystem

  • Observe and manipulate the populations of four creatures (trees, deer, bears, and mushrooms) in a forest. Investigate the …
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3.5 a, b,c: Living Systems: Food Chains
  • Pond Ecosystem

  • Measure the temperature and oxygen content of a pond over the course of a day. Then go fishing to see what types of fish live in the …



Prairie Ecosystem

Observe the populations of grass, prairie dogs, ferrets and foxes in a prairie ecosystem. Investigate feeding relationships and determine …


Forest Ecosystem

Observe and manipulate the populations of four creatures (trees, deer, bears, and mushrooms) in a forest. Investigate the …

Lesson Info

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Fourth Grade Science

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      4.1: Scientific Investigation

      • Pendulum Clock

        Find the effect of length, mass, and angle on the period of a pendulum. The pendulum is attached to a clock that can be adjusted to tell …

      • Graphing Skills

        Create a graph (bar graph, line graph, pie chart, or scatter plot) based on a given data set. Title the graph, label the axes, and choose …

      • 4.2a, b, c, d: Force Motion, & Energy: Moving Objects

      • Force and Fan Carts

        Explore the laws of motion using a simple fan cart. Use the buttons to select the speed of the fan and the surface, and press Play to …

      • Sled Wars

        Explore acceleration, speed, momentum, and energy by sending a sled down a hill into a group of snowmen. The starting height and mass of …

      • 4.3a, b, c, d, e, f: Force Motion, & Energy: Electricity

      • Circuit Builder

        Create circuits using batteries, light bulbs, switches, fuses, and a variety of materials. Examine series and parallel circuits, …

      • Energy Conversions

        Where does energy come from? How does energy get from one place to another? Find out how electrical current is generated and how living …

      • Magnetism

        Drag bar magnets and a variety of other objects onto a piece of paper. Click Play to release the objects to see if they are …

      • 4.7a, b, c: Earth Patterns, Cycles & Changes: Solar System

      • Solar System

        Explore our solar system and learn the characteristics of each planet. Compare the sizes of planets and their distances from the Sun. …

Fifth Grade Science

    • Gizmos to follow 5th Grade Science Pacing Chart

      5.1 Scientific Investigation

      • Herschel Experiment

        Shine sunlight through a prism and use a thermometer to measure the temperature in different regions of the spectrum. The thermometer can …

      • Graphing Skills

        Create a graph (bar graph, line graph, pie chart, or scatter plot) based on a given data set. Title the graph, label the axes, and choose …

      • 5.3a, b, c, d, e: Force Motion, & Energy: Light

      • Waves

        Observe and measure transverse, longitudinal, and combined waves on a model of a spring moved by a hand. Adjust the amplitude and frequency …

      • Basic Prism

        Shine white light or a single-color beam through a prism. Explore how a prism refracts light and investigate the factors that affect …

      • 5.5a, b, c: Living Systems: Plant/Animal Cells & Characteristics

      • Cell Structure

        Select sample cells from a plant or animal and place the cells on a microscope to look inside the cells. Information about their …

      • Dichotomous Keys

        Use dichotomous keys to identify and classify five types of organisms: California albatrosses, Canadian Rockies buttercups, Texas …

      • 4.2 & 4.3 Spiraling Review

      • 4.2a, b, c, d: Force Motion, & Energy: Moving Objects

      • Force and Fan Carts

        Explore the laws of motion using a simple fan cart. Use the buttons to select the speed of the fan and the surface, and press Play to …

      • Sled Wars

        Explore acceleration, speed, momentum, and energy by sending a sled down a hill into a group of snowmen. The starting height and mass of …

      • 4.3a, b, c, d, e, f: Force Motion, & Energy: Electricity

      • Circuit Builder

        Create circuits using batteries, light bulbs, switches, fuses, and a variety of materials. Examine series and parallel circuits, …

      • Energy Conversions

        Where does energy come from? How does energy get from one place to another? Find out how electrical current is generated and how living …

      • Magnetism

        Drag bar magnets and a variety of other objects onto a piece of paper. Click Play to release the objects to see if they are …

3rd Grade Math

Gizmos to follow 3rd Grade Math Pacing Chart


3.5, 3.6, 3.20(x, ÷): Computation and Estimation: Multiplication/Div


Critter Count (Modeling Multiplication)

Use groups of critters on leaves to model multiplication as repeated addition. Change the expression to change the number of groups or …


Factor Trees (Factoring Numbers)
The Factor Trees Gizmo has two modes. In Factor mode, you can create factor trees to factor composite numbers into primes. In Build mode, …

No Alien Left Behind (Division with Remainders)

The alien school children from the planet Zigmo travel to distant planets on a field trip. The goal is to select a bus size so that all …



    3.2 (x,÷): Number & Number Sense: Inverse Relationships (x,÷)

    Factor Trees (Factoring Numbers)

    The Factor Trees Gizmo has two modes. In Factor mode, you can create factor trees to factor composite numbers into primes. In Build mode, …


    No Alien Left Behind (Division with Remainders)
    • The alien school children from the planet Zigmo travel to distant planets on a field trip. The goal is to select a bus size so that all …




    3.19: Patterns, Functions, and Algebra: Numeric Patterns

    Pattern Flip (Patterns)

    • In the Pattern Flip carnival game, you are shown a pattern of cards. The first cards are face-up so you can see the pattern, and the rest …



    Function Machines 1 (Functions and Tables)

    Drop a number into a function machine, and see what number comes out! You can use one of the six pre-set function machines, or program …


    Pattern Finder

    • Observe frogs jumping around on colored lily pads. Find, test, and reason about patterns you see in their jumping.


    3.3a-c: Number and Number Sense: Fractions

    Equivalent Fractions (Fraction Tiles)

    Explore fractions using the Fractionator, the machine that makes fraction tiles. Compare fractions and find equivalent fractions by …


    Fraction Artist 1 (Area Models of Fractions)

    • Develop understanding of fractions by making modern paintings. Find different ways to divide a canvas into equal-sized sections. …
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    Extend understanding of fractions by making modern paintings in the style of Piet Mondrian. Create and analyze paintings with …


    Fraction Garden (Comparing Fractions)

    Plant flowers in two gardens to help develop fraction sense. The two gardens act as number lines, from 0 to 1. Use the flowers in the …


    Modeling Fractions (Area Models)
    • Model and compare fractions using area models. Set the denominators with the arrow buttons, and then set the numerators with the arrow …


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    Fractions Greater than One (Fraction Tiles)

    Explore fractions greater than one with the Fractionator, a fraction-tile-making machine in the Gizmo. Create sums of fraction tiles on …


    Toy Factory (Set Models of Fractions)

    • Create a set of stuffed animals: monkeys, giraffes, and rabbits. Toys can be painted red, green, or blue. Describe the makeup of the …
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    Fourth Grade Math

    Gizmos to follow 4th Grade Math Pacing Chart

    4.2 a-c: Number and Number Sense: Fractions

    Fifth Grade Math

    Gizmos to follow 5th Grade Math Pacing Chart

    5.3 a,& b: Prime, Composite, Even & Odd Numbers

    Math and Science Gizmos Which May Be Adaptable For Grade K-2 Students for Whole Class Instruction

    Mathematics & Science


    Adding Decimals (Base-10 Blocks)– Use 100, 10, and 1 place value mode, model


    Growing Plants – Discover that plants need both light and water to grow numbers by place value


    Cannonball Clowns– Number line, estimation, English and SI units


    Germination – Vary, water light and heat, count seedlings which germinated


    Cargo Captain – Multi-digit subtraction, groupings and place value


    Dichotomous Keys – Characteristics, comparing, observing


    Chocomatic – Comparing shapes, quantities and counting


    Forest Ecosystem - Increase one species, and see what happens to the forest populations of plants and animals after several years.


    Critter Count – Turn off the multiplication and they can count; skip counting


    Measuring Trees – Count trees, drag ruler to measure tree height and diameter,

    see how trees grow over years.


    Fido's Flower Bed – Comparing different quantities, counting, comparing shapes


    Magnetism – Investigate magnets and items which may or may not be magnetic


    Function Machines – T-chart, looking for patterns, using addition and subtraction


    Density – Use for sinking/floating, physical characteristics models


    Graphing Skills – Charting and analyzing data; bar graphs


    Household Energy Usage – Click on various electrical appliances in various parts of the house and compare the wattage they use (use power tab only)


    Mascot Election – Talley marks and counting by 5’s


    Phases of Water – Water can be heated or cooled and observed microscopically with a magnifying lens


    Measuring Trees – Length measurement


    Force and Fan Carts – Explore motion by using a simple fan cart, use 3 buttons and objects to compare speeds of the cart


    Free Fall Tower - Drop objects off a tower and observe what happens, develop idea


    No Alien Left Behind

    1. Count aliens of speed, gravity, objects of different sizes and weight fall at the same

    2. Use buses to separate the aliens into fair shares speed in a vacuum (unless they have a parachute), explain vacuum.

    3. Use buses with 2’s so they can determine even or odd

    4. Grouping by 5’s and 10’s


    Number Line Frog Hop – Limit to 0-20, move frog and bugs where needed, and place values (jump style of 10’s and 1’s)


    Summer and Winter – Explore why seasons occur on earth, discover the earth’s tilt

    causes seasons


    Quilting Bee (Symmetry) – Shapes, combining shapes, and symmetry


    Coastal Winds and Clouds – Observe daily weather conditions and their results on

    winds and clouds


    Reaction Time 1 – T-chart, ordering numbers, ordering from smallest to largest


    Solar System – Explore our solar system and the characteristics of each planet and

    their distances from the sun.


    Target Sum Card Game – Multi-digit addition


    Phases of the Moon – Shows phases of the moon and the earth, moon and sun

    system, remind students where the sun (source of light) is

    Math and Science Specialists

    Samara Booker

    K-5 Title one Math Specialist


    Helena Easter

    K-12 Science Specialist