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Daily Classroom Special: Paper Towers

About this Daily Classroom Special: 
Science to Go
provides easy yet meaningful science activities for grades k-8. Science to Go was written by Barbara Smith, Magnet Coordinator at Harvard Elementary, Houston (TX) and former Teachers Network web mentor.

Paper Towers

Objectives: 
Cause and effect, measurement, making observations, inferences, and conclusions.

Activity: 
Give each student or group of students a meter of butcher paper, 30 cm of masking tape, and scissors. Within a set limit of time (at least 30 min.), have them build the tallest free-standing tower they can. At the end of the time limit, have them measure their towers and discuss principles of construction.

What worked? 

What didn't? 

What problems did they have? 

What would they improve?

Materials: 
Butcher paper, scissors, masking tape, meter stick

 

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