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Make a Butterfly Habitat

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Create a habitat for a butterfly right in your own backyard, and build your first grader's science knowledge while you're at it.
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Could create an indoor classroom habitat or outdoor schoolyard habitat, and students could help research what types of plants are needed

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Make a Hummingbird Feeder for Pennies

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This window feeder is simple, but it certainly does the job. Best of all, once the hummingbirds are used to feeding from it, you can remove it from the base and feed them by hand!
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DIY hummingbird feeder

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You could test different colors of fake flowers and measure the amount of solution consumed to test which color attracts the most hummingbirds.
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Leaf hunt sheet (free 'nature detectives' download)

Our famous leaf spotter sheet! Brilliant for a leaf hunting adventure this weekend - hold a leaf spotting contest, play leaf bingo, collect each different leaf to make a collage...
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I love the simplicity of this leaf identification chart. It looks like this website has a bunch of other kid-friendly nature ID tools as well.

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Kids' crafts: Make a rubber-band powered boat - Living On The Cheap

Kids' crafts: Make a rubber-band powered boat - Living On The Cheap | Science Practice | Scoop.it
Are you looking for some cheap and easy crafts to make with your kids? How about a rubber-band-powered boat?
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I love how simple this is! It would be great in a lesson on potential and kinetic energy or forces and motion.

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An Arm and a Leg - Activity - www.TeachEngineering.org

As an introduction to bioengineering, students design and build a prototype of an artificial limb using a simple syringe system.
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Model of a lung - Balloons - Activities - Questacon Science Squad - Sydney - On Tour: Programs - Questacon

Model of a lung - Balloons - Activities - Questacon Science Squad - Sydney - On Tour: Programs - Questacon | Science Practice | Scoop.it

This is a great hands-on way to learn about lungs and breathing. The materials list calls for plasticine, but any modeling clay can be used. The plastic bottle and balloon can be pre-cut for younger students.

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Listening in on Lightning

This is cool! You can use an AM radio to detect far-away lightning strikes. And you can make your own lightning too.

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Hands-On Activities & Projects: Cup Speaker | Exploratorium

Hands-On Activities & Projects: Cup Speaker | Exploratorium | Science Practice | Scoop.it

This video from the Exploratorium's After School Activities shows how to make your own headphones with paper cups! This activity only works well if it is done right, so this step-by-step demonstration is a great resource. It also shows exactly what materials you will need and where you can find them. This is perfect for a unit on sound or electricity.

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Magnetic Pick Up -- National Geographic Kids

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This is one of several National Geographic Kids activities experimenting with magnets.

 

This activity would be a great way to "prove" that magnetism is a force that can act at a distance.

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Hot and Cold Water: Mixing

Hot and Cold Water: Mixing | Science Practice | Scoop.it
A collection of ideas, activities, and lessons for grades 5-8.

 

This would be a great demo to introduce convection in the moving bodies of water or temperature zones in lakes.

 

 

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LEGO® Chemical Reactions | SMILE

LEGO® Chemical Reactions | SMILE | Science Practice | Scoop.it
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Brilliant! In this activity, legos represent molecules. The estimated materials cost is quite expensive, but the legos can be used again and again. The full activity includes a wet lab.

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Binocular Stargazing | Gary Seronik.com

Binocular Stargazing | Gary Seronik.com | Science Practice | Scoop.it
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I just finished writing a book about the Milky Way and it was so much fun. It inspired the stargazer in me! It turns out that you can see quite a lot just with a good pair of binoculars.

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Balloon Drums How to Make Your Own Balloon Drums

How to Make a Balloon Drum
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Sound activity: kids could take the same balloon and stretch it over different openings, listening for differences in pitch and tone based on the tightness of the balloon, the size and shape of the material, and what it composed of. Kids could come up with a way to elevate the drum to allow it to vibrate freely.

I like this because the sound is much nicer than that from cardboard-box instruments.

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Spring Fever Wheat Grass

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This is the perfect indoor spring planting activity. Even little ones can do this and all ages will love watching the seeds sprout!

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Make Frozen Bubbles

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Let's make frozen bubbles using dry ice and a bubble wand. You can pick up the frozen bubbles to examine them closely.

 

Winter is coming soon...we might as well have fun with it by making frozen bubbles! I can't wait to try this when the temperatures drop. No need for dry ice!

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Science Experiments for Fireflies

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"During the warmer months, especially if it is humid, many fireflies will fly around local neighborhoods in search of food and a mate. Fireflies produce a chemical reaction within their body lengths, emitting a glowing light on dark nights."

 

I have done the pen flashlight experiment with kids and it worked very well. We were able to get males to land on the flashlight pen. We also discovered, based on flashing patterns, that there were multiple species in our location.

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Ice Cream Science : Activities : Beyond the Chalkboard

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Mmmmm...ice cream making! For this to work, kids really need to shake those bags. Put on music to make it fun. Bring mittens because their hands will get cold while they shake.

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Erupting colors: a fireworks art and science activity - The Artful Parent

Erupting colors: a fireworks art and science activity - The Artful Parent | Science Practice | Scoop.it
Did you know you could create such beauty with milk, dish soap, and watercolors? Not me. This is an activity called "erupting colors" from MaryAnn Kohl's Science Arts book. I don't own the book, but clearly need to.

 

This would be an awesome way to teach chemical reactions or the bipolarity of soap molecules.

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EASY SCIENCE ACTIVITIES WITH ELIZABETH BLAKE: FRICTION THROUGH WATER

This is a super-easy way to introduce the concept of  fluid resistance. This activity would also be a great to tie into body-shape adaptations of fish and aquatic mammals. Kids could form different shapes of fish and test their fall times.

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Museum of Science and Industry | Fly a Hot-Air Balloon

Museum of Science and Industry | Fly a Hot-Air Balloon | Science Practice | Scoop.it
Fly a Hot-Air Balloon...

 

This is a Museum of Science and Industry classic activity. These things can really take off! Awesome.

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Oreo Cookie Moon Phases : Science Bob’s Science Experiment Blog

Oreo Cookie Moon Phases : Science Bob’s Science Experiment Blog | Science Practice | Scoop.it

This activity puts a fun spin on learning the phases of the moon.

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