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  1. Hi, I am looking for a book that has a history of science with experiments that illustrate the principles for 4-8th grade age. Something like the Readers Digest How things Work books . Is there a book out there like this? Thank you!
  2. My 7 year old has been dying to do some science experiments but most that I have found are either over his head, require a lot of time, or have a lot of materials. He really wants to observe something happening and have immediate results. I came across Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt and he loves it. Most of the experiments are simple and done in 10-15 minutes, there are about 70 experiments total. The ingredients are easy to find candies like Life Savers or M&Ms. It doesn't really fit in with our study of animals, but it is fulfilling his desire to do real science experiments. He is really enjoying it so thought I would share. In fact we did 3 experiments this morning and he has declared today "the best day of school ever!" Overall I think younger elementary students would get the most enjoyment from this book but older kids would enjoy some of the experiments as well. I found it at a Scholastic Wearhouse sale but Amazon has it as well for around $10.
  3. DS 12 told me he wanted to do chemistry this semester, so we are doing ACS Middle School Chemistry. It's a great program, but it is not what he expected - he wants fizz and bubble and explosions. I would therefore like to supplement ACS with some fun experiments that he and his dad can do together once a week or so. I don't have the time to shop for the supplies for experiments described in books like Fizz, Bubble and Flash. I need complete materials and instructions to hand to DH and DS and let them rip. If there is text or an online module to provide the formal "science" part, all the better. DS is a great reader. Thoughts so far: -PLATO Physical Science is science but no fizz, so that does not make sense given our needs. -Supercharged Mastery Kits are too much (in terms of time & $) given that we need a supplement, not a full program. Suggestions? Experiences? Reviews? Warnings? I am in an endless loop of surfing through websites and need to just make a choice!
  4. :confused: We started chem this year with a 7th grader, 2 6th graders and a 3rd grader. We bought the Thames CHEM 2000 kit and everything else SWB recommemded for Chem, and I have to say that for the first time I am disappointed with this recommendation. Half the time the experiments don't work, and even if they do, there is so little explanation of the real concept behind the lab that it seems like all we are doing are magic tricks! It's very difficult to tie any learning of real chemistry with this kit because of the lack of information. I am not chemist but I do have a BS in biology and am 1 hr short of a chem minor, plus I worked in a water analysis lab for 2 years, so I do have a little exposure to chemistry. I still feel my instruction is inadquate with this lab. We are trying to follow the schedule set by SWB of doing labs for 90 minutes and writing them up, but there are so many "mini-labs" in this manual that we can't write them all up. Then the next class period we are supposed to research something related to the lab topic, but half the time we don't even know what we are looking for in the lab. Also, how do we get in the basics; ie, molecules, atoms, mixtures/compounds/solutions, etc? Is there any resource anywhere that might be helpful in identifying the most important concepts we should cover throughout the year? Anybody else try the CHEM 2000 lab, and how are you doing with it? Or does anyone have any suggestions for middle-school chemistry? Thanks for your help! Shelly
  5. My daughter is trying to find easy to do Chemistry experiments using everyday or homemade objects that are easily available in Africa especially using natural products. We would really appreciate some help with links or ideas that she can use. This would be for 10 year old kids in Africa who have not done much science so anything basic will do. She has some ideas but she just needs more that she can demonstrate with these kids when she is there in a few days time. She is thinking along the lines of red cabbage for pH etc If you have any links to some of these experiments or some that she can adopt easily for this that will be greatly appreciated. She will be able to find things there like old plastic bottles that she can use as test tubes but she wants some more experiments to add to her current list.
  6. Hello everyone! I just joined the thread and I am so excited by all the people here and the suggestions on curriculum. I am a former teacher but Science is not my strong suit! Can anyone recommend an engaging Science curriculum for grades 3-6? preferably one that incorporates hands-on activities/experiments rather than a bunch of worksheets. Thanks, Monise
  7. We're looking to do some cool, fun science stuff. What are some of your coolest finds? Any subject area. thanks!
  8. This is a bit long. Sorry. I'm not sure you can answer my questions if I don't explain the whole thing, though. And I don't know how to structure this post so all my questions get answered instead of just one because they are all a muddle. Last year (9th), we followed MODG's natural history syllabus (with supplimentation). This year, my son is again doing natural history, but without someone else's curriculum. One of my goals for this year is to get him designing, doing, and properly writing up experiments. We did this last year, but it fell into the suppliment catagory and we only worked on it a bit. This is a major reason we are doing a second year of natural history, that and because it allows us to concentrate on skills without having to worry too much about covering content. He will do chem and physics at CC for the rest of high school. Taking biology at CC won't work for our family for a variety of reasons. My question is: Is there a better way of learning to do experiments than just coming up with an idea for an experiment yourself and carrying it out? We have run into several problems with this approach: 1. It takes oodles of time. 2. He has trouble finding things to try that he doesn't know the outcome of already (or can't easily look up) AND that don't require time or equipment we don't have AND about which he is at least mildly curious. 3. When he does have an idea, it usually is something that could/would be done in elementary school. Some things we managed to accomplish last year: A large part of my husband's job is designing experiments (or critiquing other people's designs) so between us all we worked out a writeup and review format that is working. My son has a good idea of what an experiment is (as opposed to an activity) from watching every episode of Myth Busters he could get his hands on. We live in a place rich with nature so that isn't a problem. He can draw and observes well. He has a good idea of what naturalists do from his reading. The whole thing would be easier if he (and we) weren't so averse to hurting anything living that we aren't going to eat. Would the standard labs for high school (or college) teach this better? My husband thinks not, because he keeps having to teach engineers who have had the standard number of years of lab science how to design and write up even a simple experiment. He sees nothing wrong with the simplicity of my son's experiment ideas, as long as he is truly testing what he thinks he is testing. He just keeps saying, "I would love to hire engineers who start out being able to do this." I keep reading offhand statements on these boards about separating DNA and things like that, and being worried that all my son is doing is seeing if dried yeast sinks. Not that separating out DNA is something I have my heart set on his doing, but I would feel less worried if he were doing more sophisticated natural history experiments. They have to be real experiments, though, not just super-sophisticated activities designed to reinforce the lesson. Is there a curriculum out there that teaches how to design an experiment, a real experiment about something that you don't know, not just an activity? What do I do about the statistics piece. He hasn't had any statistics other than the simple mode/medium/mean stuff. There are other pieces to his science this year, like reading. Is this a stupid approach? -Nan
  9. Experiments! Experiments! Experiments! Is there a curriculum that would offer alot of experiments using things you might have on hand? I would like some flow of things and teaching lessons to go with them...
  10. What are some of your favorite science experiment books for the 10 and under crowd? While I plan on doing a mix of geology, astronomy, and nature studies with my kids next year, having some good science project books on hand for the occasional fun experiment would be great, on any topics. Thanks!
  11. My 5 year-old son has become highly interested in "science experiments" lately. But I'm running out of (safe) ideas, and you can only do vinegar and baking-soda, and things with dyes so many time before the luster wears off. So is there a good resource for finding safe experiments for a young "mad-scientist"? No links to personal hot-air balloon building please :D Bill (who knows this hive is sitting on some great ideas)
  12. My dw has kindly agreed to take over some of the teaching next year as my work schedule changes. Best of all, she is willing to do hands-on science with dd, who will be in 2nd grade. What books can you recommend for science experiments that don't require a lot of specialized equipment or materials?
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