# Draw a Math Story: From the Concrete to the Symbolic

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Students create math stories by first drawing, then writing, and finally using math symbols to show addition or subtraction.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

# Activities for Identifying Similarities and Differences

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This article discusses the four forms of identifying similarities and differences: comparing, classifying, creating metaphors, and creating analogies and how these strategies can be used in an elementary classroom.

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Author: Jessica Fries-Gaither

# Asking Questions, All the Time

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The ability to ask and answer questions while reading is essential to comprehension. This article discusses instructional strategies used to teach questioning and provides many online resources. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which explores the seven essential principles of the climate sciences for teachers in k-grade 5 classrooms.

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# Save the Stuffed Animal! Push & Pull

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Students develop an understanding of the concepts of "push" and "pull" as they "save" stuffed animals from danger using LEGO MINDSTORMS(TM) NXT robots. After learning more about the concepts through a robot demonstration, students explore the concepts themselves in the context of saving stuffed animala from the table edges. They choose to either push or pull the animal to safety, depending on the orientation of the robot and toy. They see the consequences of their choices, learning the importance of understanding these force concepts and the differences between them.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Monique Moore, Ursula Koniges

# Build Your Own Artificial Satellite

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Students build their own satellite using household materials. Through the process, they learn about satellites and their functions.

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Author: Syeda Lammim Ahad

# Activities for Studying Tree Rings Online

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Selected resources provide three web-based activities to complement science lessons in an issue of Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The free, online magazine for Grades K-5 teachers explores the essential principles of climate literacy.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy