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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 »
  • 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 »
  • The Ups and Downs of Weather Use this demonstration to show how temperature, pressure, and the Coriolis effect drive weather. 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 »
  • 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 »
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