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Letter of the week – APPLE – Cano, STEM Activity

Apple Science Experiment is an excellent time to include in our letter of the week  activity.

The erupting apple science activity is an awesome example of creating curiosity, building vocabulary and increasing his love for science experiments.
I put a little twist on science experiments involving baking soda and vinegar to fit in our apple theme unit. 


To make APPLE – Cano:

Materials:

  • Apples cored
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar

The experiment:

While Inigo is having his free play time, I cored the apple and added a few drops of food coloring and baking soda.I used shallow dish for easy visualization . 

When the invitation was set, my little scientist was so excited to try it on!

He slowly poured in a bit of vinegar. And then watched the apple volcano ERUPT! Over & over again! We continued to play until all the vinegar we had on hand was gone.

This was such a fun and simple science activity and it was a great way to keep him entertained while waiting for daddy A to be home!

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STEM Activity – Marshmallows and Toothpicks Structure..

Kuya Angelo has been acting up lately. He’s always looking and begging daddy A to come home early. But the traffic and the travel time takes him approximately 2hrs of driving from his workplace to our house. To divert his attention, I set up an invitation that I know he cannot resist.

Marshmallows + toothpicks = an afternoon of engineering fun! Previously, we did the 2 and 3 dimensional shapes using clay and toothpicks. This time I thought building marshmallows structures was a deliciously entertaining way of reinforcing his learning at home.

Since this our first time to try this engineering activity, our excitement turned into frustration.Using marshmallows in building a tower is unstable, wobbly and always collapsed. 

We almost give up but this activity not only tested our patience but also our determination to finish the task. Talking about resilience huh!

So I dropped the idea of creating a tower but instead, I keep the activity open ended and let him to be as creative as he wanted to be. 

  
After making several attempts, he moved on to making pyramids, then joined them together to make a larger structure.It looks like we came up with a new stress-buster for an awesome time!

 
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STEM Activity – Toothpick and Clay Geometry

Happy Wednesday! I just recieved the text from Angelo’s school that there will be no class tomorrow due to teachers training. And while we have extra off we also need to study his Math lesson. 

I love making learning fun in our homeschool…I try anyways!I’m always on the lookout for any STEM project with a WOW factor and today’s engineering activity will definitely cover his Geometry lesson.

In an effort to do that, I introduced the activity by asking him to draw the 2d shapes in our learning journey notebook, while I piled up supplies on the table. Then we started to talk about the sides and vertices so he could gain confidence and get a solid grasp of the activity. We used the toothpicks and clay to build each shape.     This simple demonstration will introduce a complex engineering concept to kids visually. What I loved about this activity was there has been a big interest in 2d and 3d shapes. He has a great time naming the shapes that has parallel and perpendicular lines.  

This just proves the power of differentiation and multiple learning strategies! 

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STEM Activity – The Dancing Raisin Science Experiment

With just two simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, you can get this party started!

 
Materials You Will Need:

  • 2 clear glasses 
  • A box of raisins
  • Clear, well-carbonated soda or water (we used Perrier water but Sprite will work as well)

 
Instructions:

  1. Pour soda into the glass.
  2. Drop four or five raisins into the glass.
  3. After about a minute, you will observe raisins moving up and down in the glass. Watch how the bubbles control the movements of the raisins!

What makes the raisins dance?

The soda water has lots of carbon dioxide, which makes the liquid bubbly. When the raisins are put in the soda, the carbon dioxide molecules collide with the raisin and build up in the raisin’s nooks and crannies. The carbon dioxide is less dense than the the raisin, and when enough bubbles join together, they attempt to lift the raisin to the surface. 

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STEM Activity – Rainbow Skittles Candy Experiment

This is a classic skittles science experiment that everyone has to try once!

 All you need are three things: Skittles, water, and a shallow bowl! That’s easy enough right?    

Setting up skittles science is so easy.

    First, I let them add the skittles around the edges of the bowl. We used at least four of each color. You can chose whatever combination you like or experiment with patterns.

    Then we fill a white shallow bowl with about a 1/2 inch of hot water. The bowl doesn’t have to be filled completely.

  The skittles start to dissolve pretty quick so keep your eye on them.

  
    
    

The Science behind it…

Skittles are made of ingredients that are prone to dissolve in water easily.