This last week my son got to have a day devoted to Science experiments. His teachers put together the 1st Annual 5th Grade Science Day at school…and it was a hit! They made play-dough, volcanoes, lava lamps, bouncy balls, floated ketchup and made raisins bounce. What a great idea to have 5th grade students learn by making messes and getting their hands dirty. Talk about hands-on learning!
Science Day at School
The teachers took the student’s desk out and set them up in 13 stations around the edge of the basketball court. Each station had a different experiment.
At each station the students had a piece of paper where they wrote down their predictions for what they thought would happen. Then after they tried the experiment, they wrote down what they learned.
This was a great day for all the students. We all learned something and had fun discovering what happens when you mix common items found in many pantries.
Ideas for Science Day at School
Here are a few ideas to get you started on your Science Day.
- How to make a homemade lava lamp (water, vegetable oil, food coloring, alka-seltzer)
- How to make Gak (borax, glue)
- How to make Oobleck (water and cornstarch
- Bouncy Balls (glue, borax, corn starch)
- Make Ketchup Packs Float
- Blow it up with Gas (baking soda, vinegar, balloon)
- Dancing Raisins in soda
A few months ago we discovered what happens when you drop Mentos into Diet Coke.
There are so many ways to experiment with science. This is just a start. What’s your favorite way to learn about science? I’d love to hear your most fun experiment you’ve done.