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Topic 9: Sound and Light

Sound Activity

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to show how vibrations cause sounds.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by asking students what they think causes sound.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with the amount of water to place in the glass and since it is glass, it’s easy to break.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

The only thing I would change is to not allow the students to separately do the water in a glass. Instead, I would have all the students sit around a table and I would demonstrate to avoid a mess and possibly breaking the glass.

  • Scientific principle

Sound

 

Light Activity

 

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to show how light reflects and refracts.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by asking students questions like “Have you ever put a straw into a cup of water? What did you notice? Have you ever tried to reach something on the bottom of a pool? What did you notice?”

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with understanding the mirage.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

The only thing I would really change is I would show examples of the questions I would ask when introducing this topic. I would also have the students make rainbows.

  • Scientific principle

Light

Topic 8: Electricity and Magnetism

Magnet Activity #1

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to show what items can be magnetic and a visual of the magnetic field with the iron filings.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by asking students what type of items they think are magnetic and test them out.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with understanding the magnetic fields.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

The only thing I would really change is to have the students brainstorm on what they think would be magnetic instead of just giving a bag full of items to test out.

  • Scientific principle

Magnetism.

Electromagnet & Loudspeaker Activity #2

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to demonstrate electromagnetism and the key components that you would need to make an electromagnet.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by explaining what an electromagnet is and how we can make one. I would then have my students make an electromagnet with the given supplies.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with wrapping the wire around the nail. I also see students having difficulty with getting the speaker to work correctly.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I would have the students try wrapping the wire around different objects to see if that would create an electromagnet.

  • Scientific principle

Electromagnetism.

 

Topic 7: Solar System

Phases of the Moon Activity #1

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was demonstrate how we see the different phases of the moon and to show how the moon rotates on its axis and rotates around Earth.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by asking students how they think we see different phases of the moon and have a visual demonstration.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see the difficulty with the names of the phases and when they are demonstrating with the flashlight and styrofoam ball, it might be difficult for the students to stay really still to see an accurate representation.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I wouldn’t change anything because this is a great visual for the students and this is something that would really help with learning the phases of the moon.

  • Scientific principle

Phases of the Moon.

Earth’s Seasons Activity #2

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to show how the tilt of the Earth has everything to do with what seasons we experience.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by explaining the different seasons and having the students stand up and model this.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with understanding equinox and solstice.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I wouldn’t change anything because this is a great visual for the students and this is something that would really help with learning how and why we have seasons.

  • Scientific principle

Seasons, summer and winter solstice, and fall and spring equinox.

Topic 6: Energy, Motion, and Forces

Hotwheels Activity #1

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to show students kinetic and potential energy.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by giving the definitions of both kinetic and potential energy and some examples of both then have my students give me some examples of kinetic and potential energy and then roll into this activity because I think this is a great visual for both types of energy.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

The only difficulty that I think students would have would be connecting the tracks because they were a little tough.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I would prepare the tracks for the students.

  • Scientific principle

Kinetic and Potential Energy.

Simple Machines Activity #2

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to demonstrate, identify, and describe simple machines.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by explaining what simple machines are and give real-life examples of each simple machine.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with building the lever and knowing when to use a simple machine and how you can use multiple ones at a time.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I would have the students find their own examples or build their own simple machine instead of just giving them the tools and pointing out which is which.

  • Scientific principle

Simple Machines

 

Topic 4: Properties of Matter Part 2

Egg Experiment. Activity #1

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to show students a chemical reaction.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by asking students to tell me what they think a chemical reaction is and for them to give me examples.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I don’t really see much difficulty.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I would try placing the egg in different acids and seeing if there is a difference.

  • Scientific principle

Chemical Reaction

 

Where does the water go? Activity. Activity #2

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to demonstrate osmosis and this activity shows how things mix rather than seperate.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by making lemonade and asking them what is going on.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with possibly mixing up the potatoes.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

Watch osmosis jones.

  • Scientific principle

Osmosis

Topic 3: Atoms & Molecules

Indirect Observation using Ob-Scertainers. Activity #1

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to make observations without directly looking at it.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by blindfolding a student and having them feel/touch/hear/smell random objects and guess.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with the noise in the classroom.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I would change the Ob-Scertainers to only be a shape.

  • Scientific principle

Indirect Observations

 

Building Atoms. Activity #2

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to help with the understanding of the makeup of an atom.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce this by showing and teaching the different models of an atom.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with understanding the difference between valence electrons and total electrons.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I just wouldn’t use buttons and I would use colored markers instead.

  • Scientific principle

Makeup of an Atom

Topic 2: Properties of Matter

Sink/Float Activity Sheet. Activity #1

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to show density and help define “less dense” and “more dense”.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce this activity the same way as the activity sheet.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with understanding that no matter if an object is small, it doesn’t always mean that it will float.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I would have the students give examples of what will float or sink.

  • Scientific principle

Density

 

Making Slime. Activity #2

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to show physical/chemical changes and observations.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by teaching the subject of physical and chemical changes.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with measuring and the students might not see past the fun.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I would have the teacher make the slime instead of the students.

  • Scientific principle

Property Changes

Topic 1: Size and Mass

Measurement Activity Sheet. Activity #1

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to get students comfortable using metric units and completing conversions.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by telling the students the many uses of the metric system like communicating with other countries. I would start off by teaching the prefixes ex. milli- and centi- and teaching how to use a ruler.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with the conversions and prefixes.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

Establishing the prefixes/conversions

  • Scientific principle

Metric System

 

Volume Activity Sheet. Activity #2

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to better understand mass and volume.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by demonstrating the same activity with different shapes that have a different volume.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with the equation, length x width x height.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I would add the measurements on the cube. I would also lay the big cube completely out showing a different shape but same volume.

  • Scientific principle

Volume

 

 

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