Reminder: At CC we are introducing science experiments/techniques/observational studies to engage the students’ minds and curiosity. I strongly encourage you to pursue any of the experiments we’ve done if your children seemed interested… even if it didn’t work out perfectly at CC, practice makes perfect (or at least better).
Cycle 3: I will post as the year progresses. First semester science is Biology and Anatomy, Second semester is Chemistry and Statistics. Geography is the US. History is US History.
- Geography games
- Our Journey Westward: Literature-based Geography and History Study of the US
- Geography maps and coloring pages – Coloring castle
Cycle 2: Week 13 and 15: Sound waves; Glass bottle Music:
- Brahms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i31godfcZZ0
- Beethoven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzf9hITzuOM
- Pour milk in a shallow bowl or paper plate. Put drops of food coloring in the middle (but not on top of each other). Take toothpick, dip in dishwashing soap, and gently touch middle of colors… watch and enjoy!
- Pepper Run: surface tension. http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/12902/what-is-surface-tension
- Cold Foot: heat conductor. Good heat conductors = metal. Good heat insulators = plastic, wood, fabrics
Week 12: Constellations — Related Websites and Books:
- Destination: Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors by Giles Sparrow
- Glow-in-the-Dark Constellations by C. E. Thompson
- A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations–and How You Can… by Michael Driscoll and Meredith Hamilton
- Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations by Jacqueline Mitton and Christina Balit
- Basic concept: Newton’s laws of motion… For ever action there is an equal and opposite reaction (week 18). You can also talk about Week 15 – 2 forms of energy Kinetic and Potential, or touch on the size of the balloon, the acceleration with which it moves is greater or less depending on the amount of air blowing out (force) F=ma
Week 9 and 10: Planets
Week 8: Sun Kits: http://www.sunprints.org/how-it-works/
Week 7: Rockets (check out the earlier post on “Make your own rocket at home”
Science Week 5: the earth-moon system barycenter and our expanding universe. Sometimes science experiments are harder to comprehend and try and encourage your kids to just have fun with the mechanics of the experiment. I think it’s amazing that our God, a God of relationships, even created the earth and moon to be in a “relationship” of sorts, a “system” that is exactly callibrated to revolve around the sun, and that orbit’s proximity to the sun allows our earth, and only our earth, to sustain life. AMAZING! Also, the first words of the Bible are, “In the beginning, God said…”, a spoken voice, a sound. Scientists have now proven that the universe as we know it is expanding (like the dots on our balloon) as a “sound wave”. CRAZY! and AWESOME!
Week 2: Science experiment
If anyone finds other great visuals to explain concepts we go over in science, please email Kari. I’ll preview and then add the link here.