DON"T FORGET TO visit us on STEM lesson plan flubber It has been so fun to travel to the Elem schools lately and make flubber.  The students from grades Pre-K4 to 5th grade are learning about making hypotheses, asking scientific questions, and the 3 states of matter. Some of the gifted students amazed me with their use of transparent, transluscent and opaque.  We also learned the word polymer!  The recipe for the Flubber- a fun polymer! Step 1 and 2 can be done in advance and combined at any time for the final step. Step 1- prepare borax solution Dissolve 3 tablespoons of borax ( can be found in the laundry detergent aisle of any grocery store) in 1/3 cup of hot water Set aside Step 2: prepare glue solution Add 1 cup glue and 1/2 cup water to a disposable cup or container. Add food coloring, if desired add glow in the dark gel, if desired Step 3: Add the borax solution 1 teaspoon at a time while stirring to the glue solution until the polymer/ flubber is completely formed. Enjoy! Remember- The flubber is safe to touch/ play with but DO NOT EAT! If you get flubber on anything- it can be cleaned safely with vinegar Flubber will last for 2-3 weeks if stored in an air-tight bag or container when not in use.  It will last longer (possibly) if you store it in the container in the fridge! If you don't want to make your own mix-  here is a link to some that you can buy off of Amazon Please like our page on facebook to share photos of you making your flubber!  Enjoy!      

STEM- Elementary Flubber Lesson with Georgia Standards

June 5, 2012 in Elementary STEM, Teaching Tidbits

DON”T FORGET TO visit us on

STEM lesson plan flubber

It has been so fun to travel to the Elem schools lately and make flubber.  The students from grades Pre-K4 to 5th grade are learning about making hypotheses, asking scientific questions, and the 3 states of matter.

Some of the gifted students amazed me with their use of transparent, transluscent and opaque.  We also learned the word polymer!  The recipe for the Flubber- a fun polymer!

Step 1 and 2 can be done in advance and combined at any time for the final step.

Step 1- prepare borax solution

Dissolve 3 tablespoons of borax ( can be found in the laundry detergent aisle of any grocery store) in 1/3 cup of hot water

Set aside

Step 2: prepare glue solution

Add 1 cup glue and 1/2 cup water to a disposable cup or container.

Add food coloring, if desired

add glow in the dark gel, if desired

Step 3: Add the borax solution 1 teaspoon at a time while stirring to the glue solution until the polymer/ flubber is completely formed.

Enjoy!

Remember-

The flubber is safe to touch/ play with but DO NOT EAT!

If you get flubber on anything- it can be cleaned safely with vinegar

Flubber will last for 2-3 weeks if stored in an air-tight bag or container when not in use.  It will last longer (possibly) if you store it in the container in the fridge!

If you don’t want to make your own mix-  here is a link to some that you can buy off of Amazon

Please like our page on facebook to share photos of you making your flubber!  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Share

STEM lab- can you “paint” macaroni?

May 4, 2012 in Elementary STEM

STEM lab- can you

The kids wanted to make macaroni sculptures which we do a lot during the winter. We water down glue and stick the macaroni together in all kinds of shapes. Sometimes we use peanut butter instead of glue and then coat them in birdseed and hang them in the yard.
This time- they wanted to “paint” them. Since maracorni will dissolve in water based paint, I had to use some of my sciency skills. We used 90% rubbing alcohol ($1 for a bottle at any drug store) and added food coloring in different colors. They had a ball and worked for hours on their art. They also learned a valuable lesson about the differences between water and alcohol.

Share

SUMMER STEM series…coming to Madison County Library in Danielsville

April 22, 2012 in Elementary STEM

Share

STEM outreach – Snap Circuits

April 10, 2012 in Elementary STEM, Teaching Tidbits

STEM outreach - Snap Circuits

Snap Circuits are a cool way to help kids from 8-108 learn all about the scientific method and developing and performing experiments. At our house, we love to learn about science stuff and we are also big on recycling and green technology so the Alternative Green Energy kit was the best fit for us.

 

We have had such a great time making a solar powered fan, a water wheel and a solar powered radio.

Recently we added a motion detector

 

and a flying saucer

You can expand it exponentially to add all kids of parts and pieces. They have kits for classrooms too. They are sturdy, fun and easy to follow. Each experiment comes with a full color diagram which makes it easy to assemble and follow! Lots of fun for all ages. It says 8 to 108 on the box but my 4 year old plays with them too and with supervision, he does great.

Share

STEM outreach- Bug Podz

April 10, 2012 in Elementary STEM

STEM outreach- Bug Podz

Backyard Safari makes such cool contraptions for kids to investigate nature and bugs. This cool item here is called a Bug Podz Habitat. Reed is showing off his first resident caterpillar. The pod habitat runs about 20 dollars. They have them at Kohl’s and other major retailers but I am partial to Amazon since I get good deals and free shipping! Combine the Bug Podz with some other cool backyard safari tools like

the Cool Bug Vacuum

and the Creature Peeper

  and you are guaranteed a summer full of fun!

Share

STEM books for Elementary Educators or even parents!

March 22, 2012 in Elementary STEM, Teaching Tidbits

The following are some great resources for educators and parents who are looking for quick and easy science experiments.  The links will take you to Amazon becase that is where I have found the books to be the cheapest.  You can also find them at major booksellers, if you would rather go that route.  I find that Amazon really suits my busy lifestyle as a teacher and a mom!  After all, if you spend $25, you get free shipping…and with gas as high as it is….I figure since it would cost me about $5 to drive to the book store to spend 15 or 20 bucks….I might as well spend $25 and have it shipped to me!

 

                                    

Share

STEM- Elementary Ecosystem in a Bottle Lesson with Georgia Standards

March 22, 2012 in Elementary STEM, Teaching Tidbits

CLICK  on this link—–> Ecosystem in a Bottle Elementary level lesson plan

for the lesson plan with Georgia Standards!

Basic Instructions:

Obtain a 2 liter bottle

Rinse the bottle with water.  Save the top, you will need it!

Have a parent help you cut the bottle so that the top section will come apart from the bottom

Add 1 1/2 to 2 inches of soil in the bottom of the bottle

Add enough water to make the soil wet but not so much that it is runny or the soil is floating.  If you add too much- just pour the extra out.

Add some seeds of your choice.  Beans, peas and wildflowers work well.  Cover then very lightly with soil.

Add some grass seed

Add some insects and / or worms.  ( Small insects work best…remember the ecosystem has to be able to feed them)

Replace the top of the bottle and seal the bottle with tape.

Place the bottle near a window or in a sunny location

Watch the bottle grow and the ecosystem thrive!
Points to remember-

Once you set the bottle up- no opening the top ( it will let the air out)

No shaking the bottle- this could hurt your critters or damage the plant root development

Put your bottle near a light source and make sure it has a definite “daytime” and “nighttime” each day

Want more information or additional Bottle Biology Activities….A lot of great ideas can be found in this book

 

Visit us on facebook to leave comments or pictures of your ecosystem!

Thank you for visiting!

Share