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3D Activities

 

Free Activities with NGSS* Performance Expectations
Carolina understands tight budgets. That’s why we developed Carolina Essentials™. This series of free activities follow NGSS-prescribed teaching and learning methods that include phenomena, big questions, student investigations, modeling activities, and assessment questions. Click Here to shop our Carolina Kits 3D Collection

 

  • Succession on Mount St. Helens In this activity, students analyze the eruption and biotic changes on Mount St. Helens since the 1980 eruption to produce evidence for the succession stage directly after the eruption and 30 years past. View »
  • Termite Pheromones This investigation demonstrates how soldier termites sense pheromones. Students observe and document motions of termites under 2 different conditions: pencil circles and pen circles. View »
  • Comparative Metamorphosis In this investigation, students observe development of 3 different insects from the larva or nymph stage through the adult stage. They also complete a comparative development study of metamorphosis, observing complete and incomplete metamorphosis. View »
  • Wisconsin Fast Plants® Monohybrid Crosses Inquiry In this scientific inquiry activity, students germinate F2 generation Wisconsin Fast Plants® seeds and identify the phenotypes and possible genotypes of the F2 generation plants. View »
  • Which Leaf Shape Can Hold the Most Butterfly Eggs? In this elementary-level activity, students investigate the relationship between leaf shape and the number of butterfly eggs that can be laid on a leaf (grades K–5). View »
  • Using Algae Beads as a Model for Photosynthesis Introduce students to photosynthesis with fresh water algae. By creating algae beads (made of algae and sodium alginate solution), they indirectly observe the change in concentration of oxygen in beads that are exposed to different amounts of light. View »
  • Invertebrate Biodiversity and Abiotic Factors Understanding the relationships between biotic diversity and abiotic factors in an ecosystem can be a difficult task. Using soil invertebrates, students can identify both the number of species present in a soil sample and the number of individuals within a species. View »
  • Pill Bug Behavior Choices This introductory investigation into animal behavior uses pill bugs and choice chambers. Students begin with an experiment to test how pill bugs respond to humidity and can go on to design an inquiry to test another environmental factor. View »
  • Sense of Smell and Olfactory Fatigue In this introductory activity, students use fragrant oils to determine the time of olfactory fatigue for both of their nostrils and examine the link between smell and memories. View »
  • Materials Plants Need to Grow Examine the phenomenon of plant growth by designing and carrying out an experiment to show that plants need air and water to grow. For grade 5. View »
  • Homeostasis in Animals Introduce students to homeostasis with this activity. Gather data on set point or resting heart rate, exercise, collect data again, and relate the data to negative feedback mechanisms. View »
  • Elephant Toothpaste This demonstration showing the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, catalyzed by iodide ions, provides students with visual evidence of a chemical reaction. View »
  • Invertebrate Biodiversity with Berlese Funnels Using soil invertebrates, students identify the number of species present in a soil sample and the number of individuals within a species. With some simple math, they can then calculate the density of invertebrates in a plot. View »
  • Survival: Swim to the Light For this lab, students gather observations of algae in full light, change habitat conditions by reducing light, and apply the observations. Essential question: Can all organisms survive equally well in the same habitat? View »
  • Decomposition by Physarum polycephalum Observe the phenomenon of the plasmodial form of Physarum polycephalum as it streams in search of a food source. Essential question: What role do decomposers play in an ecosystem? View »
  • Density: An Intensive Property of Matter In this investigation, students collect mass and volume data for different samples of the same audience and develop a formula for density based on slope calculations. View »
  • Introduction to Cladogram Construction In this activity, students use observable traits of animals as a line of empirical evidence supporting common ancestry among the animals. View »
  • Natural Selection of Leaf Thickness on Planet Eorthe, Galaxy Tlaloc In this introductory activity, students graph and analyze data, observing trends and change over time. The data set consists of leaf thickness measurements taken 4 times during a growing season and the number of fruits produced by plants with each thickness of leaf. View »
  • Engineering an Electromagnetic Train This physics inquiry activity asks students to engineer the fastest “train.” The activity can be used to visually introduce electric and magnetic fields or as a summary engineering design challenge. Students can work in pairs or small groups, and all materials are reusable. View »
  • The Evolution and Survival of the Galápagos Medium Ground Finch In this activity students will use data to construct frequency distribution graphs as evidence of the process of evolution, leading them to identify those birds that are better able to survive and reproduce during a drought period. View »
  • Altering Carrying Capacity by Changing Environmental Factors This is a scenario-based activity in which students must use bacterial growth data to determine the carrying capacity of an “ideal” growing medium and then determine how two different treatments affect the growth and carrying capacity of the medium. View »
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