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3-D Dinosaur is filled with fossils and dinosaurs. Students learn about fossils, dinosaurs, and the Mesozoic era.


  • Name the three periods in the Mesozoic era.
  • List two types of living things that can become fossils.
  • Name the two people involved in the Bone Wars.
  • Name two reasons that fossils become visible.
  • Use a computer to watch a presentation on the Mesozoic era.
  • Make fossil rubbings and look at real fossils.
  • Put together a dinosaur skeleton.
  • Learn about Greek and Latin roots in dinosaur names.
  • Create and name a dinosaur.
  • Sort dinosaur cards into herbivores and carnivores.


Take learners from ground zero to unlimited heights! Created for upper-elementary students, the Aeronautical STEM Unit provides both content and hands-on experiences regarding the basics of flight, including:

  • Cross-curricular lessons – language arts, history, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Teacher’s guide – activity procedures, student work pages, assessment rubrics, reading connections, demonstrations, SMART Board connections, scope and sequence road map, and more!
  • Curriculum and all tools, equipment, reference matter, and storage for 24 students.
  • Nine discrete lessons, 21 unique activities, and six weeks of curriculum.
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  • TEKS correlations available upon request.



Students learn how athletes have increased in size, strength, and speed; how equipment protects them; and how new equipment is needed to continue to protect them. They use the engineering design process to create a vehicle to safely transport and protect an egg during a crash.

Essential Question

What is the best way to absorb the energy of contact in sports?

Student Objectives

  • Learn about the increase in size and strength of athletes at all levels.
  • Explore the size increase in athletes.
  • Learn about inertia and momentum.
  • Learn how Newton's laws affect athletes.
  • Use the engineering design process to create a vehicle to safely transport and protect an egg during a crash.



In Air and Water, students learn about Earth’s dynamic systems of air and water. Students investigate Earth’s atmosphere, the water cycle, weather forecasting, and how water is cleaned.


  • Name the four parts of the water cycle.
  • Name three layers of the atmosphere.
  • Explain why the Sun causes weather.
  • Explain how weather moves across the United States.


  • Draw arcs and label the atmosphere.
  • Make clouds using cotton balls.
  • Model the hydrologic process.
  • Practice forecasting weather.
  • Test water and model the amount of each type of water on Earth.
  • Learn how sewer systems clean water.


Air Engineering Challenges is a two-week Elementary STEM Unit in which students work in teams of two to four to find out about hydraulic systems. Activities teach students research skills and teamwork. Students design and make an interactive display.

The Elementary STEM Units include cross-curricular activities and experiments that teach concepts in math, science, technology, and language arts. In today’s classroom, flexibility is key, and these STEM Units were created to be easily set up and adaptable.

Each unit comes with a unit guide, teacher notes, scope and sequence, teacher’s guide, student pages, assessments, and all of the materials needed for a class of 24 students.


A pack with enough materials to restock the Air Engineering Challenges Elementary STEM Unit for 24 students.


In Air Everywhere, students study air – clean and polluted. Students also study how the air can keep airplanes in the sky.


  • Name the two things that make up 99% of the air.
  • Explain what a noble gas is and name one.
  • Explain why hydrogen is not used in blimps and balloons and compare the weight of helium to hydrogen.
  • Explain how carbon dioxide and oxygen are important to plants.
  • Prove air occupies space and contains molecules that have an odor.
  • See air bubbles in ice cubes.
  • Make a model of parts of the respiratory system.
  • Build and test a parachute.
  • Chart how air pollution can travel.


In Air Power, students learn about the power of air. Students also learn that wind can push sails to make boats and cars move and that air can be compressed and used to do work. Air can make waves.


  • Identify the term for moving air and the type of energy it contains.
  • Explain how a pneumatic device differs from a hydraulic device.
  • Name two uses for compressed air.
  • Identify two benefits of using compressed air.
  • Design, build, and race sail cars.
  • Design and build a pneumatic machine.
  • Create waves using wind power.
  • Create and demonstrate pinwheels.
  • Demonstrate that wind can create electricity.



3-week unit


Introduce students to experimenting with variables and finding velocity with this unit on air-powered rockets. In the first section, students build simple straw rockets and test how different rocket lengths and launch angles affect flight. Students record the resulting data and use it to calculate velocity. In the second part, the class turns to rockets launched by the powerful AP Launcher. These tube rockets are ideal for outdoor or gymnasium launches that help students explore fin placement and design their own rockets. Finally, they build and launch rocket-boosted gliders.


The Varying Launch Angles activity delves into the effect of launch angles on the flight of straw rockets. After building a basic rocket, students complete two launches at a given launch angle and repeat this process while increasing the angle in increments of 15 degrees. As they work, students measure and record each launch’s flight time and range. After completing the launches, the data collected is evaluated to learn about the connection between launch angle and rocket performance.

  • Straw Rocket Launcher
  • AP Rocket Launcher
  • Tire pump
  • Various small supplies such as glue and tape
  • Assorted kits and materials
  • Straw Rockets Teacher’s Guide
  • Basic Rockets Course Guide
  • AP Rocket and Glider Video
  • Straw Rocket Video
  • Air Rockets Scope & Sequence
  • Scissors
  • Calculator
  • Digital scale
  • Stopwatch
  • Tape measure
  • Safety glasses


In Alternative Energy, students explore the basic concepts of energy as well as the law of conservation of energy. Information is presented about renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and how these resource types are important for meeting global energy demands. The advantages and disadvantages of alternative energy forms such as solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower are presented. Hands-on experiences include experiments with a wind turbine, solar cells, and hydrogen fuel cells.


  • Learn the characteristics of renewable and nonrenewable energy resources.
  • Explore traditional and nontraditional, or alternative, forms of energy.
  • Gain an understanding of the scientific law of conservation of energy.
  • Learn about the use of wind energy and perform an efficiency experiment using a wind turbine.
  • Learn the important role the Sun plays in the production of energy on Earth.
  • Explore hydropower and geothermal power.
  • Complete a fermentation experiment to explore biomass energy.
  • Perform an experiment to simulate hydrogen fuel cell technology.
  • Evaluate various energy resources and draw conclusions based upon statistical data.
Students complete three performance assessments: 1) Energy – investigate various energy resources and their classifications; 2) Solar Energy – name characteristics of solar energy and explain how a solar cell works; and 3) Fuel Cell Energy – understand and explain how fuel cell technology functions.



In Animal Adaptations, students learn about animals. Students also learn about animals’ unique features and about how these features help them to survive.


  • Name the two main types of adaptations.
  • Explain how the functions of lungs and gills are similar.
  • Name the structural adaptation that birds have to keep them warm.
  • Name two ways that animals use camouflage.


  • Learn about the two main kinds of adaptations – behavioral and structural.
  • Experiment with camouflage.
  • Experiment with ways that animals keep their bodies at the right temperature.
  • Look at features that allow animals to live in the water.
  • Look at features that allow animals to live on land.
  • Make Venn diagrams.
  • Learn about one special adaptation – flight.



Animal Survival takes students on a journey to show them the amazing animals we have in our world. Students explore ways these animals manage to stay alive as they fight for survival in the wild world.


  • Name three animals that produce thousands of eggs.
  • Give three examples of evolution.
  • Name two ways animals adapt to temperatures.
  • Name the three classifications given to animals based on what they eat.


  • Play a game to learn about evolution.
  • Watch a presentation and play a game to learn about ecosystems and animal adaptation.
  • Play a game to learn about competition for resources.
  • Learn about food chains and food webs.
  • Watch a presentation and play a game to learn about natural defenses and endangered species.