Saving Sam is a great Back To School activity that my students love to complete each year! Not only does it promote teamwork, but it requires students to problem solve as well.What I love about this activity, besides the fact that my kids think it's FUN, is that I get to see first hand their problem solving skills, their ability to work together as a group, and I get a glimpse of their writing skills.
Are you teaching your students about what scientists do and the tools they use? Then this freebie is perfect for you! In this download you will get a Scientists Can, Have, Are tree map to use whole group or individually. You will also get a cut and glue labeling activity for the tools a scientist uses (hand lens, tweezers, balance, ruler, beaker, microscope, and googles).
After discussing what a scientist is and what s/he does, students made their own 'foldable' scientist. Inside they wrote up a Tree Map (Thinking Maps) of what a scientist has, can, and use. (Follow link for more details)