Gary the snail seems to be a happy little snail. He spends most of his time clinging to the side of the bottle. He is a rather quiet fellow.
Scampi the shrimp died….moment of silence……but coconut the shrimp is doing well. He enjoys spending his days sitting on the moss ball or on top of Gary’s shell. He does not seem to realize that Gary is not a reliable taxi service. He also enjoys short bouts of frantic swimming and stuffing his face with fish food. He supposedly nibbles on the moss ball but he seems to prefer the fish food. It is interesting to see it move into his stomach.
The grass seeds have sprouted and are growing well. The soil is very wet though. Hopefully mold will not start to grow.
I have found some more interesting sites.
An interesting simulation about camoflauge
This one is an art site. I think it would help the kids a lot with learning to draw in their science notebooks. Some kids seem frustrated by drawing.
Experiments for sound
What works the best to clean a penny? I think I would skip the ammonia.
Spy writing!! With kinders I would have them write a litter or shape instead of a sentence.
Make a pinball machine
This is from a site for older students but this idea we could do as a class.
Zip line racers. I think I would make the frame for the racer and the students could experiment with different sizes of rubberbands.
Marble roller coaster
Very cool water wheel. I might modify it by using bottle caps instead of egg cartons so it lasts longer. We could build both and discuss the pros and cons of the different designs.
Here is another water wheel design
These look like so much fun!
Boat designs. Again I would make different designs (since it involves using an exacto knife or box cutter) and have the students test them.
This might be an interesting project to do. We would make a model of our school using cardboard.
Make your own barometer. I am interested to see how well this works. I got the idea from http://www.parents.com/fun/games/educational/teach-about-weather-with-this-science-craft/?socsrc=pmmpin130627ffBarometer
This next one demonstrates air pressure and the fact that hot air takes up less space than cold. The bottle has hot water. Place a balloon over the top and put in a bowl of ice water. I got the idea from http://savvyandsleek.blogspot.com/2011/08/kid-craft-science-experiment.html?m=1
This demonstrates density. Fill a bottle with water. Add a thin later of oil. Add a few drops of food coloring. Sprinkle with salt. The salt is more dense than the oil so is moves through it carrying the color and a drop of oil with it. The oil bobs back up to the top. I got this idea from http://www.kiwicrate.com/projects/Salt-Volcano/2331
This year I am planning on having the kids make blocks from milk cartons. We will stuff them with paper from the recycle bin. Since we have about 20 kids and drink milk every day we will end up with a lot of blocks!
I love open ended toys like this. You can use these with cardboard to make your own toys.
This one I can see kids and adults having fun with.
These fossils would be great for measuring, sorting, counting and weighing.
I love that this toy does not take up much room and the track can be changed around.
Here are some cool science items that I would buy if I won the lottery.
So if I do win the lottery I am gonna have some really fun toys! I might even share them with the kids…….maybe
I made three different catapults. We will test them and see which one works the best. I have been testing them out with cat toys.
The last one is made with a clothespin and a popsicle stick. This one is easy to make and works very well.