real science for today's homeschooler

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  • Earthquake Waves
    Earthquake Waves
    The general properties of waves can be investigated through an activity on earthquakes. First, have your child research the three different types of earthquake waves. Encourage them to find the following information about each wave: 1. name of the wave 2. how quickly it travels compared to […]...
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  • Yeast - Examining Living Cells
    Yeast – Examining Living Cells
    Yeast . . . it turns grapes into wine . . . it makes bread rise . . . but did you know it’s actually a living one-celled fungus? Yeast provides a safe way for children to observe a few of the life processes of living cells. […]...
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  • 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 […]...
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  • 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 […]...
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  • 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 […]...
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