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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Contents Acknowledgments  xi Chapter 1: STEM Education Chapter 2: STEM Learning Centers 1 15 Learning Center Activity 2.1  Light and Color (physics) 18 Learning Center Activity 2.2  Child-Designed Inclines (physics) 20 Learning Center Activity 2.3  The Great Incline Race (physics) 22 Learning Center Activity 2.4  Wishing Well: Using a Wheel and Axle (physics) 24 Learning Center Activity 2.5  Pendulum Pick-Up (physics) 26 Learning Center Activity 2.6  Worm Tunnels (life science) 28 Learning Center Activity 2.7  Insects and Spiders (life science) 30 Learning Center Activity 2.8  Seed Sort and Grow (life science) 32 Learning Center Activity 2.9  What Grows Above and Below the Ground? (life science) 34 Learning Center Activity 2.10  Five Special Rocks and Minerals (earth science) 36 Learning Center Activity 2.11  Once Upon a Time: Exploring Fossils (earth science) 38 Learning Center Activity 2.12  What’s Inside a Rock? (earth science) 40 Learning Center Activity 2.13  Can a Rock Float? (earth science) 42 Learning Center Activity 2.14  Wonders of the Sea (earth science) 44 Learning Center Activity 2.15  Where Should the Dinosaurs Go? (mathematics: algebra) 46 Learning Center Activity 2.16  Nature’s Shapes (mathematics: geometry) 48 Learning Center Activity 2.17  Feed the Zoo Animals Game (mathematics: number and operations) 50 Learning Center Activity 2.18  Measuring Pumpkins (mathematics: measurement) 52 Learning Center Activity 2.19  Graphing Reptiles and Amphibians (mathematics: data analysis) 54 Learning Center Activity 2.20  Choosing a Class Pet (life science) 56 Chapter 3: STEM throughout the Classroom 59 Cooking Activity 3.1  Geometric Grilled Cheese (mathematics: geometry; physics) 65 Cooking Activity 3.2  Cornmeal Muffins (life science, physics) 66 Cooking Activity 3.3  Limeade and Lemonade (life science, physics) 68 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL vii