Science Lesson Plans




Gym or open space



The circus gets opportunities to travel all over the world! They are going over the ocean on boat and get to see really interesting sea creatures. As a group, discuss different animals in the ocean and how the travel all over it.



Decide on two or three animals (depending on the class size) from the ocean. Divide the class into the two/three groups. Explain that when their animal group is called they will have to cross the ocean. However, they need to be listening for how to cross the ocean. (Example: All of my octopus can hop across the ocean.) If you call out "All the fish in the sea", every one needs to cross at the same time. Lastly, explain how there are other living things in the ocean such as plants. You (the teacher) have become _________. (Examples: seaweed, amoebas, coral, etc.) When they cross the ocean, they have to be careful not to get caught by / get stuck in your plant. If a student does get caught then they turn into a plant as well and help to catch other animals. When playing the part of the plant, it is important to remember that plants do not move. They can turn around and wave their arms, but they stay in one spot. Once the students are at the other end of the ocean, turn around and start again. (1) (9) Variations1) When they become more familiar with the game, you can start to choose other students to begin as the plants. 2)      To be more challenging call out things like “all mammals.”3)      Have the students go across the oceans on boats (scooters) if they get tagged then they need to put their scooters away and be plants.    


Science: 8:A, 8:B, 8:C, 8:D, 9:A, 9:B, 9:C

PE: 1:A, 1:B, 1:C, 1:D, 1:E. 1:G, 2:B, 3:A, 6:A, 6:B, 7;A, 7:B, 7:C

Materials  Area: Large open space Introduction Some of your animals have escaped! You need to go on a scavenger hunt to find them!  Activity Split the students into groups of three and assign each group a color. Their will be boxes with their colors and animals on them. At the start of the game each team will be given a clue as to what their animal is. For example one of the groups will get a card that looks like: MammalFound in AfricaPurple tongueEats off of tall trees The team would then look for a box that is their color and has a giraffe on it. In the box will be a puzzle piece and another clue. The team will continuously answer questions and pick puzzle pieces up to put together. The puzzle pieces will then tell them what their prize is for finishing, which will be a class pizza party.   Variations:1) Have students walk from clue to clue based on the last animal they found. For example if they find an elephant then they need to walk like an slow and big like an elephant.  2) They will have a secretary that writes the problems and solutions on a piece of paper to submit to the teacher. 3) The students can practice using a compass by following specific instructions from the different boxes. For example one of the boxes could say  “Congratulations! You found the Lion! The lion is the second largest cat. The male lion is easily recognized by it’s mane. Now its time to find another animal! He is found in swamps and Louisiana is the state with the largest population of these animals. The muscles on his jaw are incredibly strong. On average, he is six feet long. Practice caution! From the lion, walk twenty giant steps north, thirty baby steps west, and four hops South.” (9) 10)  TEKS
Science: 8:A, 8:B, 8:C, 8:D, 9:A, 9:B, 9:C

PE: 1:A, 1:B, 1:C, 1:D, 1:E. 1:G, 2:B, 3:A, 6:A, 6:B, 7;A, 7:B, 7:C