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September's Monthly Theme:

Under the Surface

Are you looking for better ways to integrate Siemens Science Day activities into your teaching? Access the Monthly Theme page to find relevant, interactive activities. Each month's theme is archived. 

Monthly Activities
  • A Rocky Test
    Difficulty: 2 National Education Standards

    Students will gain an understanding of rock types and their different responses to physical and chemical weathering.

  • School of Rock
    Difficulty: 3 National Education Standards

    In this activity, students explore the effects of physical and chemical weathering on various types of rocks. They use abrasive tools to model physical weathering and a weak acid to model chemical weathering's effects on rocks.

  • Mapping It Out
    Difficulty: 3 NGSS

    In this activity, students will use a topographic map of their school grounds to identify geologic features using a printed map. Students are asked to identify different features that are on the map by exploring their school grounds.

  • What Lies Beneath?
    Difficulty: 5 National Education Standards

    In this activity, students will build a model to show several layers of different rock types. They will then use simple tools to sample the layers and create a cross-sectional map of the subsurface layers.

  • Cause and Effect on the Land
    Difficulty: 2 NGSS

    Students will examine how the Earth's land surface is affected by water in its different forms. They will describe how structures such as dams help to protect the Earth's surface. They will compare how dams made of different materials can vary in their function and effectiveness.

See More Monthly Themes

Access other monthly themes to spark ideas for your classroom.

Level of Difficulty Scale Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.