Geyser Teacher Resources
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Although it requires a little extra preparation the first time you use this geyser demonstration, it can be used repeatedly once it has been constructed. This demonstration is useful in showcasing how heat leads to increased pressure and formation of steam, causing a geyser to erupt.
4th - 8th Science
Old Faithful Geyser
Such a creative way to teach and engage young mathematicians in learning about ratios! Mathematical calculations can be made, and a time frame can be calculated for the next eruption of Old Faithful (within 10 minutes) based on the duration of the previous eruption.
5th - 7th Math CCSS: Designed
WATER HERE AND THERE
Introduce the topic of water conservation with a little drama. Dressed as snowflakes, hail stones, or rain drops class members dramatize the events in a narration of the water cycle. The series of lessons that follow focus on conservation techniques, hot springs and geysers, ground water, water pollution, and soil types.
K - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts
The Spanish Spot: Issue One
The Spanish Spot is awesome! It contains a short article about a Spanish-speaking destination, a mini-grammar instructional activity (this one's on cognates), and activities. Start by reading a short article (in English) about the driest desert in the world!
7th - 9th Languages
Geothermal Energy in Latin America
Here is a wonderful series of lessons designed to introduce learners to the variety of renewable, clean energy sources used by people all over the world. Geothermal energy is the resource focused on. This particular sources of energy happens to be readily-available in many developing countries.
6th - 8th Science
An acid/base indicator that's made of blended red cabbage and water is used to demonstrate the various reactions that an acid/base solution goes through when some carbon dioxide gas is added. The best way to add the carbon dioxide is to drop a piece of dry ice into the solution.
3 mins 4th - 9th Science
Make Your Own Lava Lamp
Here is one of the better Spangler episodes. Two young girls perform an experiment that results in the creation of a lava lamp! Water, oil, Alka Seltzer, and food coloring are combined in test tubes to create this effect. There is a lot of chemistry involved in the description, and the girls know their stuff.
4 mins 2nd - 8th Science
Floating Balls & Flying Toilet Paper
A blow dryer and ping pong balls are all you need to demonstrate the amazing properties of air flow. In this demonstration, Spangler has a three year old boy as his assistant. Together, they make ping pong balls, a beach ball, and a roll of toilet paper do amazing things.
3 mins 7th - 12th Science
Sulfur Hexafluoride - Deep Voice Gas
In one of the more memorable Spangler episodes, Spangler has a large terrarium filled with sulfur-hexafluoride gas, which is six times heavier than the air we breathe! It has some amazing properties, one of which it doesn't allow electricity to be conducted through it.
3 mins 3rd - 10th Science
Hydrogen and Oxygen
The thinking, and science, behind hydrogen-powered cars is beautifully demonstrated in this episode. Spangler shows how, by itself, oxygen is not combustible. However, when some hydrogen gas is added, that changes! His assistant scoops us some bubbles that have been created in a soapy solution that has oxygen and nitrogen added to it.
2 mins 6th - 12th Science
Solid or Liquid? Non-Newtonian Fluid
In this fascinating episode, Mr. Spangler uses cornstarch and water to create a solution known as "non-Newtonian" solution, meaning that the solution doesn't behave in the way that Newton's laws would expect it to. This is one of the better experiments that he has presented in his episodes in that it's very easy to do and the results will get your kids talking excitedly about science.
4 mins 4th - 9th Science
I'm sure you've heard that there are something like 20 tablespoons of sugar in a can of regular soda. It seems unbelievable, doesn't it? This demonstration really does show how much sugar is present in a can of soda. First, Spangler shows how regular soda cans sink to the bottom of a tub of water, while diet soda cans float.
3 mins 2nd - 8th Health
Steve's February Ellen Appearance
A lot goes on during this visit to the Ellen DeGeneres show. During the first segment, Spangler demonstrates the ability of the human body to act as a conductor of electricity and he shows the clean burning properties of hydrogen and oxygen gas.
10 mins 5th - 8th Science
In this geologist worksheet, students identify and collect five geologic specimens that have important uses, giving an example of each. Also, they create a drawing that shows the cause of a volcano, a geyser, or an earthquake. Finally, students describe what a fossil is and how it is used to tell how old a formation is with examples.
3rd - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Ultimate Table Trick Challenge
There's a lot going on here: air pressure changes, inertia, and chemical reactions. All of this occurs in 60 seconds time! As an end of the year physical science assessment, consider showing this video clip and then having learners write about all of the scientific concepts that go into making these skills succeed!
3 mins 5th - 10th Science