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Activities that you might want to try in your classroom (easy to obtain materials, and well tested)
Soda drink, extending to comparisons and graphing for older grades (note: need tall tubes for extension activities).
Glue. Free play for younger grades, quantitative assessment for older grades.
Jumping stick. Simple toy to show forces, chains of forces, and energy transformation.
Electric circuits. Light and heat for younger grades, energy forms for intermediate grades, electricity for older grades.
Roller coaster. Forces for younger grades, forces and energy transfer for older grades.
Outdoor hunt for soil animals, following up with worm or wood bug study, or discussion of food chains.
Landforms: building a mountain from a contour map.
My favourite activities to bring to classrooms
New favourite (excellent for free play extensions): motor free play
New favourite (excellent for free play extensions): chromatography of coloured markers
New favourite: bones and skeletal system lesson
sedimentary uplifting (with optional fossil discovery model)
building a mountain from a contour map
Heat Convection lesson
Free play pulleys
Mixing solids and liquids free experimentation. Messy but effective. Make it quantitative for older grades.
Flower colour chemistry. Try in the spring with petals fallen from rhododendrons and roses.