Science

Creating a floating boat

After listening to the podcast How To Turn Failures Into Robots from Big Life Kids Podcast S was inspired to create a boat out of a plastic bottle.

So we did a bit of brainstorming & then found this video on YouTube. So S wrote down the materials needed so we would be ready for the morning. Rice, 2 pencil, 2 foam, bottle.

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Homemade Bag Ice Cream

Today’s science lesson is brought to you by ice cream! When you find a box of Rock Salt in your cupboard you say, why not?!I am working on being more transparent with my lessons. So today that means actually spending some time on the science behind Ice Cream & not just saying “cooking is science.” (Note: we did the science aspect at the end after we got to eat it as they were more focused then on learning).The science behind the bag ice cream. Our recipe:

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Moon Landing Anniversary

It is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. So we decided to do a unit on it. Keep reading to see the activities we created!

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Weather Unit: Rain

We have had some crazy weather lately, so we decided to do a unit on weather.

Today was no exception. Sunny & warm 1 minute, then dark & bad storms the next. And then not even 10 minutes later back to sunny & clear like nothing happened.

So we took these moments of rain to come in & start our unit. As expected today we started with rain.

We started with a basic “what is weather”. Then who studies weather. Next we talked about how they use tools to make their predictions. Next we talked about rain, precipitation, and how it is measured. And then we ended by making our own rain gauge.

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(Caption: Tools. Rain gauge. And a picture of our rain gauge.)

Instructions for the Rain Gauge:

Materials:

* 1 – 1 liter bottle.

* Sharp knife

* Tape

* Ruler

* Sharpie

Steps:

* Cut off top of bottle (around 4″ or so)

* Turn the top upside down & place it into the bottle.

* Line up the edges & tape in place.

* Use a ruler to mark intervals on the side of bottle. (0 at the bottom & go as high as you like).

* Place it outside & wait for rain.

A did a great job paying attention and engaged. (Took about 20 minutes). But of course the sun was back out by the time we were done. But now we are prepared for the next rain!

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STEM 3 Little Pigs

Today after school we decided it would be a great day to do our 3 Little Pigs Activity.

To prep for this I wrote down my ideas, did a bit of searching, and came up with my ideas. Here I have a few options depending on time & how it is going. The nice thing about this is I now have some ideas set for future days if needed. 🙂

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Kiwi Crate: Arcade Claw

We enjoyed another one of our Kiwi Crates today. This one was about arcade games. A was so excited about this she started it first thing in the morning in her PJ’s. 🙂 The first step she started was creating a pom pom guy.

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Space Exploration: Part 2

Our space exploration continues. Today we finally had some time to break out our paint. With our Kiwi Crate there were watercolor stickers of each of the planets. After reading the story that came with the kit, we talked about what each of the planets looked like (& had pictures for reference). Then A proceeded to paint the planets. S also painted some pictures.

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Space Exploration: Part 1

We got a new Kiwi Crate the other day. This time I decided to use it as part of a larger Project Based Learning unit. So we started off with sitting on the stairs & “seeing that our house has floated into space”. Then the (pretend) phone rang and it was mission control asking A & S for their help in building a rocket ship & exploring space. In addition to their rocket ship they also built their Control center.

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Activity: The Rainbow Explosion

You’ve got to try this! All you need is: milk, food coloring, cotton swab, & rubbing alcohol!

We got the book Exploring Kitchen Science for Christmas. Last week I pulled it out & let A look through it & pick out some she would like to try.

Today we tried the Rainbow Explosion. This was a great experiment because: we had all of the ingredients at home, prep was little, & results were immediate. Before we started we made predictions about what would happen.

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Activity: Rainbow Rain Clouds

A has been asking about doing an experiment. So after a quick Pinterest search I found this fun looking one. (A likes things that combine water, food coloring, & some mess, so this looked perfect!) We took a short clear glass, added some water, topped it with regular foam shaving cream, & then slowly added drops of food coloring. Through trial & error we learning that less shaving cream makes the experiment go faster.

We experimented with colors, amounts, stirring. And then as we saw it start to drip through, we talked about rain clouds. What a fun experiment! SKILLS: Fine Motor, color mixing, rain.

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