Homemade Science Lab « The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Homemade science kits are fantastic, inexpensive holiday or birthday gifts. In addition, they’re great places to store loose science items you might already have around the house, like magnets or magnifying glasses. I’ll list how much some of the ingredients/stuff cost me at Target. In a single shopping trip, it’s easy to fill a plastic bin with enough supplies to do a number of science experiments (with a few last-minute additions from around the kitchen, like dish soap and milk.) The other morning, I talked about making your own science kit on Kare11 Sunrise. Pair your kit up with KidScience app for iPhones and iPods, and watch your kid turn your kitchen table into a science lab! I’ll list some “ingredients” for science kits and link directly to the experiments in blue (just click on the experiment name.) Safety goggles, petri dishes,magnets, plastic test tubes, eyedroppers, magnifying glasses, plastic beakers and graduated cylinders are great additions to any kit!
Motion: Forces Forces are a big part of physics. Physicists devote a lot of time to the study of forces that are found everywhere in the universe. The forces could be big, such as the pull of a star on a planet. Let's look at the forces acting on that soccer ball before you kicked it. If there is more than one force acting on an object, the forces can be added up if they act in the same direction, or subtracted if they act in opposition. There is one totally important formula when it comes to forces, F = ma. Or search the sites for a specific topic. Forces - Air resistance lesson outline incorporating Thinking Dice throughout. With a little planning, a teacher would be able to demonstrate “outstanding” practice, by using the thinking dice progressively, throughout the entire lesson. The teacher would carefully select the certain parts of the lesson to introduce the use of a certain dice to promote a different type/level of thinking. Let’s take a science lesson to demonstrate. Curriculum subject: Science Learning intention of lesson: Do all parachutes fall at the same speed? Year group: 5 (9-10 yrs) This type of science lesson is commonly taught throughout the UK as part of a “forces” topic. Lesson Introduction, teacher starts the lesson with a “Big picture” “little picture” discussion concerning where the children are headed in their overall science learning, then focuses on the learning intention at hand and what is going to happen today. It is here that the yellow dice could be used to “remember” previous lessons that may help today. “Can you explain in your own words our teacher’s problem?”
Phonics Word Wheels Common Core alignment can be viewed by clicking the apple core ( Beginning Consonants Word Wheels B- Word Wheel Free Phonics word wheel: bag, bed, big, bug, bad, beg, but, box. C- Word Wheel (Hard C) Free Phonics word wheel: cat, cot, cut, cab, car, cup, call, can. C- Word Wheel (Soft C) Free Phonics word wheel: city, cent, face, ice, place, trace, race (*Note: Since there are not many simple words that begin with soft-c, these are not all initial consonant sounds.) D- Word Wheel Free Phonics word wheel: dad, dig, dog, dug, dab, dip, did, dot. F- Word WheelMember Phonics word wheel: far, fix, fox, fly, for, fish, food, fast. G - Word Wheel (Hard G)Member Phonics word wheel: get, go, got, gap, good, give, gave, gas. G - Word Wheel (Soft G)Member Phonics word wheel: gym, gem, gel, germ, giant. H - Word WheelMember Phonics word wheel: hat, ham, hit, hug, had, her, hot, has. J - Word WheelMember Phonics word wheel: jam, jaw, jet, jar, job, just, jump, joke. K - Word WheelMember L - Word WheelMember See also:
SimScientists Force and Motion Facts Motion makes the world go 'round. Motion makes the moon go 'round too. In fact, motion makes lots of things go. When we think of motion we often think of cars, bicycles, kids running, basketballs bouncing and airplanes flying. But motion is so much more. Motion is important to our lives and impacts so many things that we do. What is Force? Force is just a fancy word for pushing or pulling. These two forces act at a distance and do not require direct contact between the objects to function. See D4K's site on Gravity. Magnetism produces a force that can either pull opposite ends of two magnets together or push the matching ends apart. Types Of Contact Forces There are 6 kinds of forces which act on objects when they come into contact with one another. Let's investigate how these forces can be seen in our lives. Normal Force A book resting on a table has the force of gravity pulling it toward the Earth. Applied Force Frictional Force Tension Force Spring Force Resisting Forces What is Inertia?
Creative KS2 topic: micro-organisms Germs and bacteria seem be a source of fascination for children of all ages. Perhaps it’s the idea of a secret world hidden from the naked eye that intrigues, knowing that there are organisms out there, on us, and all around us. Or maybe it’s just that a lot of children like things that are a bit disgusting! This topic is based loosely on the year 6 QCA unit ‘Micro-organisms’ but contains ideas that could be used in many different ways. 1. Generate your own germs… Micro-organisms give us a brilliant opportunity for some imaginative personification, and the creation of germ characters is an engaging introduction to the topic. This activity uses the Domestos bleach adverts as a starting point. There are many different ways in which the children could make their germs; one of my favourites is borrowed from the Eric Carle website (eric-carle.com). 2. Don’t forget your food miles… Why not try creating passports for your micro-organisms? 3. Investigate the secret life of grime… 4. 5.
Backyard Brains Galileo Drops the Ball - Virtual Experiment In around 1590 Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) climbed up the Leaning Tower of Pisa and dropped some balls to the ground. Two balls of different masses, but of similar shape and density that were released together hit the ground at the same time. Until then it was commonly believed that heavy things fall faster than light things. Many people still believe this, and casual observation of everyday phenomena often does tend to confirm this view. If you drop a brick and a feather at the same time the brick will probably hit the ground first. Galileo’s discovery is important in understanding how parachutes work. Click on the image to the left to try Galileo’s experiment for yourself. Find out more about Galileo Galilei.