"Hands" on Science

 Saying

I love that quote, it is what our philosophy of teaching is all about here at The Little Teachers That Could!

 

I absolutely LOVE to teach science, because it provides so many opportunities for hands-on learning; and hands-on learning=highly engaged students! However, I have to admit I don't always get to the fun experiments and projects I have planned. :( I don't know about you, but I feel like I'm always playing catch up with my science lessons. The last couple of weeks I have really been making an effort to make sure to get the "fun science stuff" in, and my students have been very motivated to get their work done when they know science is on the line.

To ensure I include at least one science experiment or hands-on project in every week, I have made Friday afternoons Science Fun Fridays! Every week on Friday we do a science experiment- no excuses, no ifs, ands or buts about it. My kiddos have loved it!

Today’s experiment: salt and ice experiment

I thought it would be the perfect fit for our -10 degree day. I got the idea from Happy Hooligans, a sweet little craft and activities blog. I added some extra details and created a recording page, to make it more meaningful and to meet my standards!

 

Materials

latex gloves

salt

spoons or some sort of scoops

plastic tubs

food coloring

 

Steps to do Before the Experiment

 

  1. Fill latex gloves with water, add in a few drops of food coloring for extra fun. You could use twist ties to close your gloves, but I was fresh out, so I tied mine shut like water balloons.

  1. Put your water gloves on baking sheets to freeze, just in case any water drips out. Then freeze! I just put mine outside for the night; we had a very chilly 15 below North Dakota night.

  1. Before the experiment, you will need to take the now frozen hands out of the latex gloves. This is the trickiest part. If you let them thaw a tad bit, the gloves come off fairly easy. Although you will need a scissors, and running some cold water over the glove first may help. As you can see I lost a few fingers in the process.

 

Experiment Steps

      1. Fill tubs or trays with salt, and pass them out along with scoops. (spoons)

      2. Pass out the ice and let students scoop away! There were plenty of excited squeals and I even heard “this is the best day ever!” a few times!

 PicMonkey Collage

We discussed our group work rules, experiment materials and hypotheses before we began. They had some great hypotheses! One girl even thought the ice might explode! And, of course, shared our experiment results at the end. All in all, I give this experiment two thumbs up, and my students certainly agree!

 

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Download my recording page for free here!

 

 

Tags: Science