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August's Monthly Theme:

Our Water, Our World

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
  • Garbage in Our Oceans
    Difficulty: 2 National Education Standards

    In this activity, students will learn about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Students will discuss how organisms are being impacted by this garbage patch and the impact it has on our resources and environment. Students will identify the major items contributing to the garbage patch. Students will design a solution to reduce the impact these items have on the environment. Their solutions may include (but are not limited to) ways to clean up the garbage patch, education of individuals, or new uses for materials.

  • Water Cycle
    Difficulty: 2 National Education Standards

    Students will be able to describe the water cycle by creating and observing a model.

  • Will There Be Enough
    Difficulty: 3 National Education Standards

    Students will play a game in order to model how and why people have to work together in order to prevent overuse or destruction of natural resources.

  • Wacky Water
    Difficulty: 1 National Education Standards

    In this activity, students will explore similarities and differences among liquids and build foundational ideas of matter and molecular structure. Students will investigate different properties of liquids to help them explain how raindrops run down a window, observe how insects can walk on water, and understand that liquid fits into the container in which it is held.

  • A Raindrop Roadtrip
    Difficulty: 2 NGSS

    In this activity, students will 'become' water droplets and travel among the different storages of water. Students will roll a die to determine which station in the classroom they will go to: the atmosphere, ocean, forest, or glaciers. They must answer a question correctly to roll the die again and continue to another storage in the water cycle. As students journey around the water cycle, they will keep track of their travels and also name the process that allows them to travel from one water storage to another.

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.