Grade Levels: K-3

These classroom activities are designed to complement the Science Projects topic on BrainPOP Jr.

Paper Airplane Challenge
Teach students how to make a classic paper airplane. You can find simple directions on the Internet. Then ask students to think of ways to change the design of the plane. How might changes affect how the plane moves? Then divide the class into pairs or groups. Ask groups to design a plane that travels farther than the classic paper airplane. They may want to experiment by adding weight to different parts of the plane or lengthening different parts of the plane, such as the wings or body. Let students write down their hypotheses and change the design of the plane to match. Then, take your students outside. Have groups make their airplanes, fly them, and measure the distance they traveled. Discuss what made the planes travel farther and what did not.

Science Fair

Hold a science fair in your classroom or in conjunction with other classrooms. Review the scientific method and help students find science projects that are right for them. Remind them about the importance of asking the right question and planning an experiment to answer the question. Allow several weeks for your students to complete their projects, and have students organize their time schedule accordingly. Students should prepare a presentation of their projects to share their work. Then hold a science fair and invite friends and family members.

Ask an Expert

If possible, bring in a scientist, such as a biologist, medical researcher, paleontologist, archaeologist, or botanist, to discuss his or her work with your students. Some local museums have experts on hand who are available for school visits. Local universities and colleges are also great places to find interesting scientists. Before the visit, have your students prepare a list of questions they would like to ask. If possible, bring your class to visit a scientist at their workplace. The scientist can explain their scientific process and all the tools he or she uses to do research.