Teaching Children About How Clouds Form

September 10th, 2018

At some point in our lives, we’ve all sprawled on our backs and gazed in wonder at fluffy, drifting clouds. Technically, clouds are a massive collection of tiny ice crystals or water droplets — so tiny, they float way up in the air. But for your students, clouds are more than just dust and water. They’re mysterious, puffy objects that wander through the sky and constantly change into endless, wonderful shapes. It can be challenging to communicate the facts about...

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What Is Oobleck?

August 16th, 2018

Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid. If you have no idea what that means, then you are certainly not alone. Most people wouldn’t know a Newtonian fluid if they drank it for lunch every day in the cafeteria. Let’s put this in more understandable terms. Oobleck is a suspension, or a substance that can mimic the qualities of a solid or a liquid. These materials are also classified as non-Newtonian fluids. A Newtonian fluid has a constant viscosity, such as water or gasoline....

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Teaching Children About Acids and Bases

July 31st, 2018

Have you ever tried to teach kids about the fundamentals of acids and bases, only to be met with groans and other bored reactions? We understand that that’s no fun. Maybe you’re excited about the concept and want to make it interesting for the kids, but are struggling to find a way to make such a potentially dry topic come alive. The key to doing this is by showing your students just how far from dry this topic actually is....

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Create Your Own Lava Lamp

July 6th, 2018

Lava lamps are the epitome of 1970s cool. You may have had one in your own room growing up as a kind of throwback to the era of disco and bell bottoms. But did you ever think about the science behind the lava lamp? It gets the pretty colors and bubbles from the reaction between the water and oil. Oil has a lower density than water, allowing it to sit on top of the water. The density of the coloring...

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Learning About Surface Tension: Color Changing Milk

June 8th, 2018

What is surface tension? It’s the tension in a liquid’s surface film, which takes up the least amount of space possible because of the fluid’s elasticity. The cohesion of liquid molecules keeps the surface of liquid placid and still. The particles in the liquid will adhere to each other more tightly than other things, hence creating the tension. Of course, trying to explain surface tension to kids in a language they can understand is a much greater challenge. It’s easier to have...

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Rubber Egg Experiment for Kids

May 22nd, 2018

Have you ever heard of a naked egg experiment?  It’s a trick involving dissolving eggshells — one of those fun kitchen experiments that feels almost absurd to call a lesson. Everyone will want to take part in this cool activity. Why do a rubber egg experiment? It’s a great way to teach kids about the different parts of an egg, what their functions are, and how a chemical reaction works. So gather your supplies and get ready for a scientific...

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Guide to Teaching Children About the States of Matter

May 4th, 2018

Many of us have experienced that existential “wow, science!” moment in adulthood. It may have occurred while watching an ice cube melt in the sun. Suddenly, it dawns on us that the ice is actually made of crystalline water molecules, that they are absorbing light from a star 93 million miles away, and that it’s causing them to wiggle excitedly until they slide off the ice cube. The colossus of scientific knowledge behind even this simple process can be overwhelming,...

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Tornado in a Bottle Experiment

April 5th, 2018

Tornadoes are violent winds that create a funnel underneath a storm system. As the winds rotate, they often pick up speed, and eventually, they form what is called a funnel cloud — a column of water droplets, dust and other debris with a tapered shape extending from the base of a thunderstorm. This is a pretty weighty concept to explain to kids, though. It’s much easier to simply let kids observe a tornado, seeing how the winds move and what...

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Teaching Science to Different Learning Styles

March 7th, 2018

Most successful teachers are personally invested in their students’ success. The best are instructional chameleons, changing colors and adapting to each unique situation. No two students are alike, both in terms of personality and learning style. As a result, no single teaching style is going to be effective in all situations. Further complicating the issue is the fact that each academic subject also tends to have a specific style of instruction that works best. Anyone who thinks teaching is easy...

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Getting Kids Interested in STEM

February 2nd, 2018

What’s your child’s favorite subject in school? The common answer is recess or PE, but science, math and other STEM-related subjects aren’t often cited as favorites. Changing how kids feel about STEM can make a world of difference as they move through elementary school and into middle school, high school and college. Learn how to get your kids into science to reap the benefits down the road. What Is STEM? Before we dive too far into how to get kids...

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