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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. (time for initial prep, but then shoebox-kit ready for use)
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.
Solar system to scale.
My favourite activities to bring to classrooms
New favourite: Separating a heterogeneous mixture - messy, good extension points.
New favourite: Bridge structures and forces. Relates to bridges around us and good free play extension.
Constant favourite: Roller coasters for marbles. Forces for younger grades, energy transformation for older grades.
Motor free play with arty free play extensions.
Chromatography of coloured markers with art extension.
Bones and skeletal system lesson - note students need to handle my bones with care.
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.