Thursday, November 12, 2015

5 Winter-Themed Science Experiments (Using only Household Materials)

Hi, friends.  It's Angela from The Organized Plan Book.  'Tis the season.

It is only a matter of time before our students start gearing up for their winter breaks.

These festive times bring equally festive personalities.  You all know what I am talking about.  The few days before a break, we teachers are not exactly getting the best writing out of our students.

And, well, can you blame them?  These guys deserve a nice mental break (and so do you, teacher friend)!

Nonetheless, a huge trigger of mine is when teachers just let go of learning altogether.  There is no need for that (insert undesirable student behaviors here).

So, to solve the itch for festive fun this time of year, I pulled together a short list of science experiments you can easily implement in your classroom this season.

My favorite part of this list?  Every experiment can be completed using household materials you already have on hand!

1. The Chemistry of Salt and Ice 
Teach your students about chemical reactions.  This little experiment helps kids understand why salt is placed on icy roads.

Image Source: Kitchen Pantry Scientist

2. Frozen Bubbles Experiment
Help your students learn about weather conditions and their effects on states of matter.  This one is truly fascinating!
Frozen Bubbles ~ Winter science experiment.  Lots of tips and tricks for how to create frozen bubbles.
Image Source: Housing a Forest

3. Dissolving Candy Canes
This fun activity explores chemical reactions by observing which material and/or condition dissolves candy canes the fastest.
How to Do a Candy Cane Experiment with Kids
Image Source: Lemon Lime Adventures

4. Dancing Candy Canes
In this experiment, baking soda and vinegar react with one another causing gas bubbles.  These gas bubbles pull the candy cane bits to the top of the liquid.  When the gas bubbles pop, the candy pieces sink back to the bottom.
Dancing Candy Canes - Day 18 of our Christmas Science Advent Calendar
Image Source: Inspiration Laboratories

5. Growing Ice
This activity is used to show how frozen water expands.  Water molecules attract one another and stick.  When the temperatures are cold enough, the molecules have less flexibility to move, therefore expanding and taking up more space.  Students will be amazed as their mini icebergs grow instantly.
Ice Science: Making Ice Grow by Teach Preschool
Image Source: Teach Preschool

Looking to kick start your experiments?  Click on the image below to download your own scientific method spinner for students to record their answers.

Happy experimenting my friends!

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