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April's Monthly Theme:

The Trees of Life

Are you looking for better ways to integrate Siemens Science Day activities into your teaching? Access the Monthly Theme page to find relevant, interactive activities. Each month's theme is archived. 

Monthly Activities
  • Leaves Are the Place to Be
    Difficulty: 1 National Education Standards

    In this activity, students will explore the structures within a leaf where the process of photosynthesis occurs. Students will work in groups to create a demonstration (human model) of one of the processes within a leaf. Each group will be given a vocabulary term or concept to act out explaining their process.

  • Super Soaked Soil
    Difficulty: 3 National Education Standards

    In the first part of the activity, students will examine the physical characteristics of three types of materials that make up soils.

    In the second part of the activity, students will observe the absorption and drainage properties of three types of materials that make up soils.

  • What a Plant Wants
    Difficulty: 3 NGSS

    In this activity, students will analyze different types of soil. They will test several types of soil to determine the best soil in which to grow a school garden.

  • Leaf It to Me
    Difficulty: 2 NGSS

    In this activity, students will participate in a leaf scavenger hunt and assemble a basic leaf collection. They will use their collection to explore how diversity in characteristics such as leaf size, thickness and texture help plants survive in their environment.

  • Seed Dispersal
    Difficulty: 1 NGSS

    In this activity, students will investigate the variety of ways plants can disperse their seeds, or the fruits containing the seeds. Students will predict how different plants disperse their seeds using samples orimages. Then, small groups will each be given different types of seeds so they may demonstrate how they are dispersed using classroom materials.

  • I Don't Need You Soil
    Difficulty: 1 NGSS

    In this activity, students learn that plants acquire their material for growth chiefly from air and water rather than from soil. Students learn about hydroponic gardening and how plants do not necessarily need soil to grow. During this activity students conduct an experimental investigation to determine if plants grow best using only sunlight and water, or if soil somehow plays a positive role in their growth and development.

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Level of Difficulty Scale Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.