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Group Science Activities for Kids

Investigation Packs are group science activities for kids that help them dig deeper into Science A-Z content, apply scientific practices, and develop the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. Reading resources called Investigation Files, or I.Files, feature high-interest, in-depth science content in an engaging design that includes features of informational text, such as graphs, maps, and photographs. Students do a close reading of the I.Files and then cite evidence that helps them solve the Mystery File in each pack through group discussion.

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Life

Animals


What Animals Need

Leafcutter Ant

low

Big-Belly Seahorse

mid

Giraffe

mid

Rockhopper Penguin

mid

Spectacled Caiman

mid

Mexican Axolotl

high

Bird's Nest Coral

Mystery File

Living/Non-Living


Living Things

Pumpkin

low

Daddy Longlegs

mid

Giant Anteater

mid

Sea Star

high

Mold

Mystery File

Plants


What Plants Need

Water Lily

low

Corn

mid

Maple Tree

mid

Saguaro

mid

Sunflower

mid

Pitcher Plant

high

Mushroom

Mystery File

Senses


Properties of Senses

Smell

low

Hearing

mid

Taste

mid

Sight

high

Inner Compass

Mystery File
Earth & Space

Earth, Moon, and Sun


Life on Earth

Gobi Desert

low

Great Barrier Reef

mid

Greenland

mid

Komodo Island

mid

Mammoth Cave

mid

Mount Everest

high

The Moon

Mystery File

Weather


Wind

Santa Ana Winds

low

Blizzards

mid

Haboob

mid

Hurricanes

mid

Tornadoes

mid

Monsoons

high

Roller Coasters

Mystery File

Earth's Surface


Bodies of Water

Ponds

low

Oceans

mid

Rivers

mid

Lakes

high

Icebergs

Mystery File
Physical

Doing Work


Simple Machines

Wedge

low

Ramp

mid

Wheel and Axle

mid

Lever

high

Pulley

Mystery File

Energy


Things That Make Heat

Toaster

low

Clothes Dryer

mid

Fireplace

mid

Hand Warmers

high

Microwave Oven

Mystery File

Light


Properties of Light

Fish that Glow

low

Glow Sticks

mid

Lighthouses

mid

Neon Lights

mid

Sports Lights

mid

Candlelight

high

Moonlight

Mystery File

Properties


Toys

Blocks

low

Bubbles

mid

Crayons

mid

Jigsaw Puzzles

mid

Spring Toys

mid

Action Figures

high

Putty

Mystery File

Magnets


Properties of Magnets

Magnets at Work

mid

Money and Magnets

Mystery File

Things Move


People Movers

Sled

low

Hang Glider

mid

Skateboard

mid

Jet Boat

high

Video Game Car

Mystery File