Let's have some fun with science and experiential learning! We have selected a few instructions for students in upper elementary, middle, and early high school - to build, test, learn, and reflect. You should recall some of these concepts based on your previous learning in the classroom or based on your own interest. Every experiment or activity has a list of materials, and these items should be easily available at home or in the local hardware store. Try them! Simply download the appropriate lesson instructions below. 📚👇
What you will do: Using sand and plastic beads mixed together, students will analyze the ratio of beads to sand in different trials to mathematically confirm the characteristics of heterogeneous mixtures. They will then mathematically form homogenous mixtures with a fixed ratio of sand and plastic beads.
Concept of Density
What you will do: In a plastic box, students will fill different number of balls (designated by actual densities of selected materials) to understand the concept of variation in density between materials.
Motion Via Energy Transformation
Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration Game
The Equations Balancing Board
What you will do: Students will visually balance the atoms on both sides of a chemical equation with beads on a custom designed equations board. They will further match the pictures of the reactants and products to understand the difference in states and physical characteristics of the same molecules and compounds under different conditions.
Visualizing the Moon Phases
Visualizing the Solar System
What you will do: Students will grasp accurate differences in the physical dimensions of the planets and their distances from the sun. The activity further compares the perimeter of the earth’s orbit around the sun with that of the rotation of the other planets around the sun.
Plot a Radioactive Decay Graph
What you will do: The activity will allow students to understand the process of radioactive decay and to determine the half-life of the fictitious element using the time unit of (activity) trails.