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This lesson focuses on forces and motion. Students apply creativity and experimentation to describe the movement of matter among animals, plants, decomposers, and the environment. To summarize their learning, students craft a marshmallow tower and create a terrarium.

By creating a terrarium and marshmallow tower, students will understand how to observe, plan, and execute a design while exploring concepts related to biology, engineering, and creative problem solving. How can we use our observations and creativity to design and build a terrarium and a stable marshmallow tower using toothpicks and marshmallows? This essential question encourages students to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills, while also promoting exploration of concepts related to life sciences and engineering.

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