science

Symbiosis Showdown

So I have totally struggled with the types of symbiosis in our science book and was looking for ways to spice up this lesson.  It’s something the kids get and there is a great Brainpop video but I wanted a way for it to really stick and for them to have lots of examples….hence Symbiosis…

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Monster Genetics – GIVEAWAY

You can read all about Monster Genetics here  This is one of my favorite activities for this time of year! It is perfect way to introduce genetics and  for the students to understand.  I know the Rock, Paper, Scissors part can be confusing so this video clears it up pretty well. Using Monsters to teach Genetics…

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Classroom Cave Day!

We started off our classroom cave experience by leaving out some secret parts around the classroom. Anticipation really builds when you know something is coming. It helps to have all the supplies organized ahead of time too! 🙂 View this post on Instagram Cave exploring coming up soon. Taking a page from @elementaryshenanigans playbook with…

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Nonfiction Text Features

We’ve been diving in our first genre of Information Text and all its characteristics.  The first topic we study is text features and how they help us – directly related to Common Core! I’m making it a huge deal this year to put the standard front and center and refer to it often! This is…

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FIRE SCIENCE – Summer Science Day 9

There’s always a spark of excitement about this day! First off we make Black Snake Fireworks that we light off outside.  We do this in the safety of sand to make sure it doesn’t spread.   These are pretty cool and the students help mix but only the adult ever deals with fire!  We then…

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AIR SCIENCE – Summer Science Day 8

The students had a literal “blast” today. We started off making classic balloon rockets and testing paths for them.  This gives students a chance to work together, build paths, test ideas, and figure out what gives it power. We also did races with aluminum cans powered by static electricity!  They loved trying to see whose…

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COLOR SCIENCE – Summer Science Day 7

This day is so much fun! You can also add a chromatography experiment in here as well just with coffee filters and different color markers.   We started off with the milk and coloring experiment using different kinds of milk.  This was a great experiment is explained great in the video below.  It is so…

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DISGUSTING SCIENCE – Summer Science Day 6

EEEWWW, GROSSS, I love hearing those comments in science.  It’s not often we get to even touch on some funny gross science, so this day is pretty special. We have some articles we read to go along with this day from Scholastic.   The first activity we do is Petri Dish swabs.  We make the…

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BUILDING SCIENCE – Summer Science Day 5

This is such a fun day because it closely relates to STEM!  We start off making marshmallow shooters. I’m lucky to have 2 helpers (my mom! and a cadet teacher) to help students and this really makes this go more smoothly.  Cutting the cups and attaching the balloons can be tricky so it is good…

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BUBBLE SCIENCE – Summer Science Day 4

First off we made lava lamps.  These are most than just your ordinary lava lamp because of the added Alka Seltzer tablet which increasing bubbles.  These are so great and can be personalized for each student by using different colors! The kiddos really went crazy for this one – we also hypothesized about other items…

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