Grade Levels: K-3

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

Weather Patterns

Record the weather for at least a week. It’s a great opportunity to practice using the thermometer and recording data. Invite pairs or small groups to observe the weather and measure the temperature. Have them record their data in a chart or take pictures. Then have groups make a prediction about the weather for the next day. Encourage them to make strong predictions that explain their thinking. If the weather is erratic, how might that affect their prediction? What would they need to do in order to make a solid prediction? Discuss with the whole class.

Make a Model

Discuss with the whole class why a scientist might create a model. We use models to demonstrate how something works or to help understand something that is too big or too small for us to experience. For example, it is difficult for scientists to access an erupting volcano, but a model can help us understand why and how eruptions occur. Have small groups create a model. They may want to demonstrate how a simple machine works, such as ramps or levers, or the layers of soil. Then have groups share their models with the whole class.

Observe and Learn

Put a secret object in a box and seal it. You may want to use an object such as a coin, rubber ball, or a small plush toy. Then invite students to observe the box and make a prediction about what’s inside. They can’t see the object, so what other senses can they use to predict what might be inside? Encourage them to shake the box and listen to the noise of the object sliding around inside. Have students share their predictions, ensuring that they explain their thinking.