real science for today's homeschooler

BLOG: Ideas for Elementary

  • Separating a Mixture
    Separating a Mixture
    A mixture contains two or more substances that are not chemically combined. Each substance retains its original properties, and can be separated by physical means. Challenge your student to design a method to separate a mixture into its separate components. First, you’ll need to make the mixture […]...
    Read more
  • Take the Pluto Survey!
    Take the Pluto Survey!
    We all remember learning the nine planets of the solar system when we were in school. And just like that, there were only eight! Poor Pluto! In 2006 the IAU (International Astronomical Union) demoted Pluto to nothing more than a “dwarf planet” when another rocky body, similar […]...
    Read more
  • Measuring Volume
    Measuring Volume
    Many science activities rely on taking an accurate measurement of the volume of liquids and solids. Below you’ll find a reference for how to measure the volume of different types of matter. Activities in this blog that require students to measure volume will include a link back […]...
    Read more
  • Rotational Motion with a Pinwheel
    Rotational Motion with a Pinwheel
    Kids love to play with pinwheels. Whether you buy one at the store or make your own (pinwheel making tutorial), add a little Physics to the fun! 1. Use a string and ruler to measure the outside distance around the outside of the pinwheel. 2. Mark one […]...
    Read more
  • How do colors affect temperature absorption?
    How do colors affect temperature absorption?
    We’ve all heard the fashion sayings . . . “never wear white after Labor Day” . . . “pastel colors should be worn at Easter” . . . etc. You know the traditions, but did you know they are actually based on science? The color of the […]...
    Read more