Frosting Formations

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What You Do:

Explore different land and water forms.

Learn about tectonic plates and geological activity.

Practice project planning and diagramming.

Build land and water features with frosting.

Develop presentation skills.

Recommended Lead-Up Lesson: Play-Doh Planet

Mentos Madness

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What You Do:

Explore nucleation.

Practice developing and testing a hypothesis.

Drop Mentos into soda to see what happens!

Rocking Rocks

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What You Do:

Learn about the rock cycle and the three rock types.

Model the processes of erosion and the rock cycle.

Use crayon shavings to make the three types of rock.

Geodes Gems

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What You Do:

Practice developing and test hypothesis.

Learn about the formation of geodes.

Break open a geode to expose the crystal formations.

Mining for Minerals

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What You Do:

Explore the difference between rocks and minerals.

Collect and evaluate observational data.

Learn about mining and how it effects the earth.

Separate the ‘mineral’ components in your rice krispie ‘rock’.

Mystery Minerals

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What You Do:

Explore physical properties.

Gather and interpret experimental data.

Practice estimation.

Test unknown minerals to discover their identity.

Play-Doh Planet

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What You Do:

Explore how scale models are built and used.

Learn about the layers of the earth.

Build a layered, mini-earth out of play-doh.

Edible Model of the Sun

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What You Need:

  • Plain sugar cookies (base of the sun)
  • Plate to work on
  • Plastic knives
  • Frosting (surface)
  • Short pieces of twizzler strips (prominences)
  • Yellow and red sprinkles (granular appearance of surface
  • Mini chocolate chips (sun spots)

 
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Solar System Orbits

What You Need:

  • Glass bows with lids
  • Marbles of different sizes
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Scale Model of the Solar System


Adapted from http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/solar_system/

What You Need:

  • a yoga ball (the sun)
  • other sized balls to represent planets
  • planet size/distance calculations

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