Measurement Inquiry - For CAP classrooms, this could double in the discovery center with a graph (children put their name under the color they think has the most)-- Use non-breakable PLASTIC jars and hot glue the lids on.
This little observation activity is great for lower elementary students. They compare water with and without trash in it. Children get up close and personal with how abandoned trash can pollute our water.
Use this oil spill lesson plan to teach young students about the effects of an oil spill on the environment. Book links and an easy demonstration will help them understand how damaging an oil spill can be.
I would use these in my classroom after teaching contractions. I would divide students into groups and have each group create different contraction kites, then have them share and hang from the ceiling as reminders!