Science

Who Borrowed the Team Mascot?
Originally highlighted as a Team Building Activity
Two CSI style investigations using elementary chemistry.  Students work to decide the culprit, based on powdered substance evidence.  Then follow up determining the accomplice using three chemistry labs.
Who Borrowed the Team Mascot? 


Fire
Fire needs three things to burn: fuel, oxygen and kindling temperature.
Experiments with all three, plus create CO2 and make a fire extinguisher.
Experiments with Fire

Fun with the Sun
Activities include: Sun as an Oven - Solar Cooker, Sun as a Clock - Sundial, Sun as a Magician - Prism and Sun as an Energy Source - Solar Array
Fun with the Sun

Mining for Minerals
Use chocolate chip cookies to simulate mining.  Select from three different brands of cookies to represent gold, silver or copper.
Mining for Minerals

Newton's Laws
Simple experiments and activities to demonstrate Newton's 1st, 2nd and 3rd Laws plus non-Newtonian fluids.  Includes gravity and friction.
Newton's Laws

Planets
Experiment for each planet: Mercury - How are craters formed? Venus - Atmosphere & Temperature. Earth-Why does the Earth bulge? Mars - Iron in Food. Jupiter - Planet in a Bottle. Saturn - Density Stacker. Uranus - Simple Telescope. Neptune - Wind Experiments.  Pluto - Why isn't Pluto a planet?
Planets

Planet Book
Make a cut out book: see all the planets at once.  One page per planet, fill in information about each planet.
Planet Book

Properties of Water
Experiments and activities about water.  Water cycle.  Surface Tension: Drops on a Penny.  More Surface Tension: Ooh! The Colors.  Suspension or Solution: Clear or Cloudy.  Glue from Water.
Properties of Water






Make a Sedimentary Sandwich
Materials: white bread, wheat bread, peanut butter, jelly, gummy dinosaurs, graham cracker crumbs, raisins, knife, spoon, plate
STEP ONE:       Make sedimentary layers
                                        River Bottom           Plate                
STEP TWO:      Small pieces off rock they are deposited on bottom of the river
                                                Sand                 White Bread
STEP THREE:   A flood washes mud and rocks into the river
                                                Mud                  Peanut Butter
STEP FOUR:     As plants along the river bed die, their remains fall into the river
                                        Plants               Jelly
STEP FIVE:      Creatures die and may be fossilized
                                        Fossils              Gummy dinosaurs
STEP SIX:        Winds carry the dust into the river
                                        Dust             Graham Cracker Crumbs
STEP SEVEN:  Rocks are dumped onto the bottom of the river
                                        Rocks                Raisins
STEP EIGHT:    When the river barely flows, rocks and dirt make clay on the bottom
                                        Clay                  Wheat bread

What’s Up? Sedimentary rocks are formed when eroded fragments of old rocks and dead organisms settle (usually in seas or rivers) to form  sediment. Over millions of years, layers of sediment build up and are buried one on top of the other. They are compressed, and their weight squeezes out the water. Eventually the pieces of rock in the sediment become bonded together to form sedimentary rocks.  75% of all rocks are sedimentary. They are the types of rocks where fossils are found.

Autumn Leaves

Where do the colors of fall come from?

Materials: different leaves, rubbing alcohol, clear cup, tape, coffee filters - in one wide strips, ruler, pencil

Step One: Pour one inch depth of rubbing alcohol into cup
Step Two: Scratch one leaf, rub some of the green onto the coffee filter 1 1/2 inches from bottom
Step Three: Wrap the top end of the filter around a pencil, tape
Step Four: Place pencil across cup, allow end of the filter paper to touch the alcohol. (Don't put the green portion in alcohol)
Step Five: Record what happened

What's up? The pigments are always present in the leaves. In the summer and spring the green pigment over powers the other colors. Using chromatography (separating colors), you see the other colors in a leaf.