Investigation Packs
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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

Living/Non-Living


Living Things

Plants


What Plants Need

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

Weather


Wind

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

Lever

high

Pulley

Mystery File

Energy


Things That Make Heat

Light


Properties of Light

Properties


Toys

Magnets


Properties of Magnets

Things Move


People Movers