Hello, fellow teachers!!!! I am just asking if you all have any planning tips for science (grade 4 specifically-although I'm looking for something kind of generic). I have been looking on TPT and on Pinterest, and of course I see adorable science projects and tri-fold activities, interactive notebooks, etc. I do use these pretty regularly and kids enjoy them. However, I want to include some activities that are a little bit higher order, and something that involves the kids to think/generate rather than just copy a definition down/fill in the blank and color the picture. By the time we transition, we realistically have about 25 minutes of science per day. I am looking for something that can be a "workhorse" so to speak, that has the students evaluating, generating, etc. on an as-used basis and that can be used regularly. One of the things that we have been doing is a RACE question (restate the question, answer all parts, complete sentences, evidence from the text). The students are given a single question (that is aligned to the lesson objective/standard) based on their text. We usually will read the text together or with a partner, and then they have to answer the question using the RACE model. There is a self score section, a peer score section, and then a teacher score section (and they self score and peer score before it ever comes to me, so they get that peer feedback and can make changes). We also included a "Keep, Trash, Cloud" vocabulary element, where the vocabulary words are listed on the paper, and they have to determine which are going to be helpful in their response (so they're evaluating the words, applying them to their response, etc.) I have really loved this model and it has been great so far. However, I don't want to burn the kids out on it. It's not all we do by any means, and we have fun craft-ivity type days, but we usually do at least one RACE question per section of the overall chapter (about 3 times every couple of weeks). I'm looking for something else that is a great, meaningful activity that can be applied to science, since we realistically don't have time to do experiments/projects every day. Any ideas? I don't really like them to just do the workbook pages because I feel that they don't retain enough of it. I want something that can be interchanged for different science standards, that doesn't require a ton of preparation/materials every day, and that is meaningful to the kiddos and keeps them thinking and challenged (not busy work). Thank you!!!!!!! I love picking other teachers' brains and I know you all probably have some awesome science ideas! Thank you!