Fri, Nov 18, 2016 7:46 PM in Physical Properties of Matter
Something you might consider is have students sort different objects from nature into the different types of matter. You could have them find the different objects, or select them yourself, or find articles that contain properties from both categories (like non-Newtonian fluids?). It depends on how well your students have learned the material, and what grade level they are of course.
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Sat, Nov 12, 2016 2:04 PM in Animals in the class
From my experience, animals do not have enough interest with the students to keep a consistent attention draw for much longer than the initial introduction of it. When they're given free time to interact with the animals, they're still interested, but not enough to stare at it during their work. My foremost experience was with a gecko, and none of the students really payed attention to it until ...
Sun, Nov 06, 2016 2:59 PM in Weather and Elementary
One way you could emphasize the difference would be to teach by contradiction. If there's a warm day in winter or a contradictory day in spring (not raining if that's what the children think of spring), you could show them that the weather may be a particular way, but the season itself is still the same since it doesn't change in the same manner.
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Tried and True: Inquiring about water quality
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 5:37 PM Water purification
This article contains a good lesson about cleaning water, appropriately created for a young to middle school aged child. It is a bit vague on how the experiment is supposed to go, though. It's a good way to demonstrate the complexity of keeping water clean.
The Dirty Water Challenge
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 5:30 PM Water purity
This lesson illustrates a good way to demonstrate water filtration using almost completely every-day items. The only thing is that it seems rather limited in what the students can do to experiment, but tweaking it would come in whichever classroom it's adapted to.
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