You might be familiar with the activity that moves your hair even if no one is touching it! Simply rub a balloon on a soft paper towel, cotton or wool shirt, and bring it near a person’s hair. It helps if the person has fine hair, my husband’s is GREAT so I often draft him for this demonstration. He just loves it! 😉 If you want more suggestions for playing around with static electricity while we wait out this virus event, here are suggestions from the Exploratorium. Enjoy! Holding Charge – All you need is a straw, hopefully in a …
I recently posted suggestions from Steve Spangler for bubbles.
My niece called for a bubble recipe as she played with her almost two-year old son and I thought it can be such a fun activity I’d find more resources for you.
Just like my last blog, my source is the Exploratorium Museum
I listed activities from simple materials to uncommon materials like dry ice.
One of my favorite science museums in the world is the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
They have been very generous and posted what they call snacks that feature simpler ways of creating many of the displays you’ll find at their fabulous museum.
I would like to share a few with you that focus on the topic of light.
Here’s the fifth in a series of fun, at home resources
I want to share from SteveSpanglerScience.com.
He’s posting fifty experiments for fifty days starting yesterday 3/23/20. Check them out!
I picked activities that worked for a variety
of ages and with simple materials you might find at home.
I suggest many extensions to challenge
kids as they do science (and make the activity
take a bit longer).
An extraordinary resource from Dorling Kindersley!
It has info about the arts, coding, history, language arts, math, science, sports, and MUCH more.
Great images and simple formatting can make this easy to share with children of any age!
Write Wacky Web Tales
Print and illustrate a story.
Change the words in the tale.
Print again, maybe make a book?
This was a favorite of one of my very capable kindergarten students.
It’s great for any age!
Kids can play online against the computer or, if they log in for free, they can challenge and play against other kids within their school, the US, or the world (if the time zones match up 😉
An amazing resource from the National Council of Teachers of Math: Figure This. Consider these activities to enrich your math class, for an after school class, a math club, a math night, or your sub folder in case you weren’t able to leave lesson plans for your sub.
I seem to find it easier to challenge capable students in math or solving puzzles than students who are passionate about writing.
It seems there are many online resources for math/puzzle solvers and not so many for writers.
Often the contests for writers include a fee or a requirement to purchase a bound book which can be out of a student’s price range.
Jerry Jenkins posted The Ultimate Guide to Writing Contests 2019. There are three dozen contests in his list. Here’s the one I found interesting.
Check out these amazing interactives that have been collected by the Utah Education Network (UEN).
This organization connects all Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to provide quality resources.
I’m grateful they’re willing to share without requiring a sign in so the resources can be used by teachers and parents.