First up is SAVE FRED. I'm not sure where this idea comes from, but my partner Science teacher (whom is brilliant) told me about it and I am now officially obsessed.
Materials: clear plastic cups, paper clips, gummy life savers, and gummy worms (I used bright crawlers)
Lessons taught: TEAMWORK (it is impossible to do alone), and Scientific Method
Challenge the students must get Fred (the worm), into the life preserver (gummy saver) which is stuck under the upside down cup. The kick is they can only touch the paper clips with their hands or any part of their body. If they drop Fred into the ocean (on the table) he drowns and they have to start over.
Set up: place the gummy saver on the table, turn the cup upside down and place it on top of the gummy saver, and stick the worm on top!
Here are some pictures: My kids loved coming up with hypothesis on how they could save him and testing them. :)
Here are some of the all girls class searching (yes I said all girls :), that mean I have an all boys class too :o).