... scientific scavenger - imaginechildhood.com | Blog Mystery... detective work... outdoor play... a prize a the end... this can't be a science lesson. But it is. Even though school has started for the year, that doesn't mean the outdoor classroom you've been using these past few months is out of commission. Often the excitement and mystery of scientific pursuits can be lost in the crisp white pages of a 300 page text book, which is exactly why I put together this scientific scavenger hunt. Scientific Scavenger Hunt Materials: Compass Measuring tape Magnifying glass Specimen Bags (I used the ones like the bags that come in the Nature Study Kit and sewed on the labels, but they could be completely crafted by hand as well) Note Paper (or notebooks) Pencils or Crayons Paint Brushes (for archaeological excavation) Glass Jars Scrap Cloth Strips (for notating clue locations) Misc. Directions: This is where you can let the subjects your junior detective is learning and your imagination take over. Happy Scavenging! ~Sarah
I-spy bottle I’ve seen these all over the internet lately and decided it was time to make one for my kids. I had this great bottle that had hot chocolate in it that I got at a specialty home store. I thought it would be perfect for this, and it was. I searched the house for small things to put in the bottle, and in no time at all I had a pretty good collection. What you’ll need: 1 plastic bottle small items/toys rice hot glue gun Directions: 1. make sure bottle is clean and dry 2. lay out all your small items/toys and take a picture of them 3. print this picture out and laminate it if you can 4. start filling bottle alternating rice with a few toys until bottle is about 3/4 full – you want to leave some room at the top so you can shake and move the rice around the bottle 5. unless you want a large mess on your hands – use a hot glue gun and glue the lid on! Every shake will show new treasures: Linking up to Tot Tuesdays Linking up to ABC and 123
Spooky Science: A Matter Experiment I know many of my VA friends are teaching a science unit on Matter now so I want to pass this one along before October is over. In this experiment, students are using the Scientific Method of Question, Hypothesis, Procedure, Observation and Conclusion to investigate changes in matter. Students worked with a lab partner. Students are given a package of Halloween Gummies and told to pick one out to use in this experiment. Here is a student using a magnifying glass to get a closer look. Lab groups placed their gummies in a small cup overnight. The next day, the students got their gummy back and observe changes. They were VERY surprised to see the changes. Students recorded all their observations on the lab report below. Here are the experiment sheets if interested.
Mad Science Theme Pin It It's President's Day so I thought it was the perfect time to do some penny experimenting (Abraham Lincoln is on the penny, after all!). The Lil Divas LOVE our experiments, so they were instantly intrigued by the idea of performing some experiments with our pennies. This is another fun & easy experiment/observation to do with the kids at home or school. Before you begin: Compare a newer penny to an older one. I then asked them to tell me how we could clean the dirty pennies. What You Need: old pennies - the older the better! 3 clear cups water dish soap salt vinegar (you could also use lemon juice) What To Do: 1. fill the 1st w/plain water & add 10 pennies fill the 2nd w/water + dish soap & add 10 pennies fill the 3rd w/1/2 cup vinegar + 2 teaspoons salt & add 20 pennies I took this opportunity to introduce my "special" cleaning mix. After adding the salt & vinegar into the 3rd cup, I took one dirty penny and dipped it into the cup half way after about 10-15 seconds I took it out Results: Bern
Gummy Bear Science My kids had a great time experimenting with gummy bears! We used the "Black Forest" brand of Gummy Bears - results may vary depending on the brand you use. Here is what happened with the Black Forest gummy bears: Gummy bears do some interesting things when put into different liquids. Here's what our overnight results look like: We recorded length & mass before & after the experiment. My students completed a lab report with 2 charts and 2 graphs for data analysis, here are 3 of the 6 pages: All of the gummy bears GREW due to osmosis. You can get the complete lab worksheets for free at my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking here. We're still in school here - anyone else?