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Changing the Density of an Object - Adding Material

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
In this sixth of seven activities revolving around the concept of density, physical science fans figure out if anything can be done to change the density of an object. Demonstrate by placing a can of regular and a can of diet soda into a...
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How Tall is the Gingerbread Man?

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
The gingerbread man has finally been caught, now find out how tall he is with this measurement activity. Using Unifix® cubes, marshmallows, buttons, and Cheerios, young mathematicians measure and record the height of the gingerbread man...
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Changing the Density of a Liquid - Heating and Cooling

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
During a unit on density, pupils ponder whether or not temperature affects this property. By carefully inserting blue cold water and yellow hot water into a room-temperature sample, they will see the answer. Make sure to have done the...
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Changing the Density of a Liquid - Adding Salt

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Fourth in a set of several little lessons on density, this one compares the density of fresh and salt water. First by demonstration, and then by a hands-on activity, learners find that adding salt increases the density, as is evidenced...
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Comparing the Density of Different Liquids

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners will like making a liquid layer cake to investigate the relative densities of various liquids: water, oil, and corn syrup. They will also introduce a few solid materials to find out how their densities compare. Standing alone,...
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How Many Spots are on Each Ladybug?

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
The ever popular ladybug serves as a excellent tool for developing the number sense of young mathematicians on this math activity. Presented with a series of colorful pictures, children practice counting and writing the numbers 1-10 as...
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Shape Dice

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Students roll their way to a better understanding of basic shapes with this printable dice template. Including colorful pictures of two-dimensional shapes on each of its six sides, this resource provides a fun learning experience for...
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Comparing the Density of an Object to the Density of Water

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Investigators construct a makeshift balance and compare equal volumes of wax and water. They do the same for clay and water. Then they discover whether the wax and clay will float or sink in water. Ultimately this is a comparison of...
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Defining Density

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Three simple activities kick off a unit investigation of density. Your physical scientists make observations on the volume and mass of wood, water, and rocks, and make comparisons. Though this is written for grades three through eight,...
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Vocabulary Tracker Bookmark

For Teachers 3rd - 10th
A write on/wipe off bookmark? Now, that makes sense. Young readers cut out a bookmark, write their name on the form, and then ask their teacher to laminate the form. Using an erasable marker, kids write in the name of the book...
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Folk and Fairy Tale Readers: The Little Red Hen

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Engage young learners in reading classic folk tales with this printable version of The Little Red Hen. The simple language and repetitive structure of the story make it perfect for children working on developing their fluency. Two...
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Setting Priorities & Organizing Goals

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Help your kids make and meet their goals with a straightforward activity. After putting their daily activities in order of priority, they write down three short-term goals for the week, three medium-term goals for the month, and three...
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From Gas to Liquid to Solid

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
From gas to liquid condensation to solid frost, water undergoes phase changes before students' eyes! Using ice, salt, water, and a metal can, they set up an investigation that can be used in a physical science setting, or as part of a...
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Exploring Moisture on the Outside of a Cold Cup: For Dry Environments

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
If the area you live in is arid, or the preceding experiment in this unit didn't yield obvious results, use this one in place of it to help reveal where condensation comes from. The mini unit that this is part of a comprehensive...
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Exploring Moisture on the Outside of a Cold Cup

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
As a stand-alone or as part of the intended unit, this is a valid investigation of what causes condensation to occur.  By limiting the amount of air around a cold cup of water and comparing it to one out in the open, they find that the...
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Matter on the Move

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Start this mini unit on matter out by demonstrating how food coloring behaves when placed in cold and in hot water. Then have the class experiment with warm water and soap film. Pupils will learn that an increase in thermal energy also...