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Parachutes are a great activity for elementary students to complete. This elementary guide is written for Grades 3-5. With these fun activities, students grasp a variety of subjects including testing variables, rate of descent, gravity, Newton’s laws, and design.
The Parachutes Elementary STEM Activity Guide contains NGSS, CCSSELA, and CCSSM addressed; teacher and student instructions for math, science, and engineering activities; assessment questions; and student pages. This guide contains two guided inquiry lessons and a culminating engineering challenge where students apply concepts learned in their inquiry lessons.
Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Pitsco Parachutes – Getting Started Package or Try This: Parachute Kit, tape, scissors, glue, string, rulers, paper clips, modeling clay, stopwatches, tape measures, labels, washers, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.