What Water Can Do

In science there are a bunch of different physical activities that make something change. The end result of these changes are called effects. One type of effect is called erosion. Erosion is the physical process in the surface of the earth is worn away through some type of physical change. Today we are going to be making guess as to is doing the eroding and what is being eroded.

In the next series of pictures, I want you to hypothesize (take an educated guess) of what is doing the eroding, what is being eroded, and why might erosion be happening?

Things to keep in mind while analyzing the pictures:

  1. What do they all have in common?
  2. What is being eroded?
  3. Why is it being eroded?
Horse Shoe Bend - Grand Canyon
Horse Shoe Bend – Grand Canyon
Mountain stream Aval S-charl, tributary of the Clemgia, seeking a way through the rubble of an erosion field
Mountain stream Aval S-charl, tributary of the Clemgia, seeking a way through the rubble of an erosion field
An atoll, a type of island that used to be bigger.
An atoll in the Maldives

Image Sources

Horse Shoe Bend by KeYang

Mountain Stream

Atoll by Ishan

Learning About Different Perspectives Activity

photo of a bridge through the lens of a pair of glasses

These images will be used in a word association activity. I will project the images on the screen and have students write the first 1-3 words that the image makes them think of. Following the activity, we will have pair discussions that focus on these questions:

  1. Share the word(s) that you wrote down with your partner. What about the image made you write the word(s) you did?
  2. Are the words you wrote similar or different from your partner?
  3. Why do you think the images made you think of different words or similar words?

Following these discussions, we will have a whole class discussion talking about students’ responses and moving toward the question of “what shapes our perspectives?” The goal of this lesson is to build an understanding that multiple factors (such as our past experiences) shape our perspective of the world and that, oftentimes, our perspective varies from that of our classmates. Most importantly, we will address that while our perspectives vary we need to respect the perspectives of our peers even if we disagree.

Image sources:

Bird in the sky photo: Photo by Antonio Gabola on Unsplash

telescope with city: Photo by Kieran Manion on Unsplash

modern abstract: Image by Michael Gaida from Pixabay

featured photo: Photo by Saketh Garuda on Unsplash

What’s a Noun? Activity

This lesson would be mainly used for younger elementary students that could coincide with other grammar components. Using these examples you will have a basic understanding of what a noun is!

A woman smiling. This woman is a person and a noun can be a person.
A noun can be a person! This is a person! Can you think of an example?
a sunset picture of Hawaii. Hawaii is an example of a place.
A noun can be a place! Hawaii is a place! Can you think of an example?

A noun can be a thing! A desk is a thing! Can you think of an example?

Image Sources:

Photo by Daniil Lobachev on Unsplash

Photo by Remi Yuan on Unsplash

Photo by Nathan Riley on Unsplash

Environmental Science Lesson

This is a photo of trees that have been fallen, the trees haven to been limbed and the trees have not been harvested.

In this lesson students will explore the effects of deforestation. Students will observe and answer posed questions as the teacher and class discuss and point out observations in images shown below. As questions are posed, students may be directed to turn and talk to discuss their answers with a partner.

Guiding Questions:

What changes do you see as you look at the first picture and the second picture?

What might happen to a forest when all the trees have been cut down?

What do you think the birds are doing? What about other animals who live in the forest?

This is an image of a forest with trees that are green and leafy. The sun is shining through on different parts of the forest.
Forest / Green Leaf Trees During Day by Santtu Perkiö
This is an image of trees that have been limbed and cut down. The trees are laid in organized piles, awaiting to be moved.
Fallen Trees / Firewood on River photo by Ales Krivec
This is an image of birds flying in the sky, the birds are flying in the direction of the upper right area of the screen.
Birds / Flock of Silhouette of bird Illustration by Mehdi Sepehri

Featured Photo, Leafless Trees by Massimo Rivenci

Creative Writing Prompt

Use your imagination! For your assignment, you will look at the images and pick one that stands out to you. You will use the image to prompt a story and practice your writing! After you have finished your story, you will share it with a peer.

A fishing boat aground on the beach of Chacachacare, the westernmost of the Bocas Islands in Trinidad and Tobago.
Option 1
View from the airplane
Option 2
Crater Lake in the winter time.
Option 3

Guiding Questions

  1. What about the image stands out to you?
  2. What events may have occurred before or after this image was captured?

Image Sources:




Describing Character Traits

For this assignment, students will analyze and describe visual character traits that a specific image has. Students will also hypothesize what a character’s personality may be like depending on their body language, facial expression, and the setting they are in. This activity is best suited for elementary or primary grades K-5 to build character description skills.

Directions: Describe the physical characteristics of each character(s) in the images. Then, hypothesize what the characters are feeling and describe why. Give a scenario as to why a person i feeling sad or why they are excited! Be creative, but sensible!

Angry white rabbit with carrot and baby rabbit
Snowball image from Secret Life of Pets
Excited boy and girl with laptop
Children on laptop
LEGO man sitting at work desk
Lego man at work desk

Hide and Seek 2D shapes in a 3D world!

This lesson is about finding 2D shapes (squares, triangles, circles, parallelograms, etc) in 3D buildings in our world! This lesson is created for 7th grade students studying 2D and 3D shapes.

How many different 2D shapes can you find in the buildings below?

Photo is of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, United States.
Photo by Lance Anderson on Unsplash
Source for image

Photo of the Wilayah Mosque, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
What if we took a “slice” of the building?
Photo by Fahrul Azmi on Unsplash
Source for image
Photo of the glass portion of the Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Photo by Paul VanDerWerf on Flickr.

Modes of Transportation

In this activity, students will identify modes of transportation. They will then select which mode of transportation that they would like to try and where they might go. They will illustrate their mode of transportation of their choosing. We will discuss more than these three modes of transportation.

A large cruise ship in the middle of the ocean in Norway.
Option 1: Cruise Ship/ Boar
Helicopter landing in snow with snow covered mountain in the back
Option 2: Helicopter
A red double decker bus driving in the street, with a big white building in the background
Option 3: Bus

Image Sources




Facial Expressions Activity

This activity is designed to help students learn more about how we can tell what others are feeling based on their facial expressions. That sometimes when people don’t verbally express how they are feeling, you can use clues from their face and body to gain information. As a class we will analyze three pictures of different facial expressions and the different aspects of their facial features that inform us as to why we think they feel that way.

Prompting Questions:

How does their mouth look? How do their eyebrows look? Does their forehead have wrinkles?

This is a picture of a little girl excitedly pointing at a computer screen. Next to a little boy with his arms up
How does the little girl feel? What facial cues can we use?
A young boy with his fist clenched and his eyebrows furrowed
How does this little boy feel?
A women with her hand spread on the side of her face, her mouth open wide and he eyebrows arched up high
What body clues can we use to tell how she is feeling?

Picture 1

Picture 2

Picture 3

Science Sequencing Learning Activity

blooming flower

This science lesson could be great for students in younger grades (K-1) to discuss things that grow! The goal is to help students understand the process of growth, and the order in which growth occurs. Students will see the three images below in the order that they are presented here. The students will then be required to order the images, telling the teacher as a class which image comes first in the growth process, which comes second, and which comes third. The teacher then will reorder the images so that they are in the correct growth order (seed, sprout, flower).

Ideally, this learning activity would be paired with giving students the chance to grow their own flower or plant, so that they would be able to see the way in which their growth looked compared to the images they sequenced as a class: they could ask themselves, where in the growth process is my flower – am I in stage 1, stage 2, or stage 3?

This activity, while integral in understanding growth as a process, is also a great opportunity for the students to practice sequencing, which is a reading comprehension skill. The integration of a literacy skill within a science lesson, will help to create a cohesive learning environment.

Image Sources:

Seed Image / Found via pixabay with author niebieskibanan

Sprout Image / Found via pixabay with author Tuan86

Flower Image / Found on Google Image search

Featured Image / Found via pixabay with author stux

Weather Activity

Snowy Road

This mini lesson would be mainly used at the elementary level, primarily in lower grades. Using these images students will be able to identify what type of weather they see. I will using guiding questions to have them make various decisions with different situations for each weather type.

Photo of rainstorm
Would it be smart to bring a raincoat in this weather?

Photo by Brian Yurasits on Unsplash

Sunny day
Is this good weather to play outside in?

Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash

Snowy road
Would it be smart to wear a hat and gloves when in this weather?

Photo by Gemma Evans on Unsplash

Insect Activity for Kindergarten

Bees on a beehive

In my public domain search I found three pictures of different insects that can be found locally. I would lead kindergarten students in a “close reading” of the images in a whole class setting before we read a story on different bugs in order to activate prior knowledge. My guiding questions would include:

  1. How are these bugs similar? How are they different?
  2. Have you ever seen any of these bugs in person?
  3. What kind of food do you think these insects eat?
  4. Can you think of any ways that these insects can help each other?
Monarch butterfly on a flower
Photo by Erin Wilson on Unsplash
Bee on a flower
Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash
Ladybug on a leaf
Photo by Neringa Hünnefeld on Unsplash

Image Sources

Featured Image- Bees