And with the NGSS being implemented in my building (and ME being the one who is responsible for teaching my students those science concepts!), I'm looking for as many ways as possible to integrate science into my day. I have planned in to my year when I'll do full science units, and I will add science to my writing time, as well. But I always like to throw some science in to anything I can.
So today I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It.
Here's a finished bottle.
You've probably seen them before, they're nothing new. But they ARE fascinating to second graders. Here's a quick how-to.
You need a clear plastic bottle - any size is fine. I use a 2 liter bottle. A bottle of baby oil (you can use any oil as long as it is clear) and blue food coloring.
Fill the bottle halfway with water and add food coloring. Shake it so the food coloring dissolves all the way. Then, fill the bottle the rest of the way with the baby oil.
That's it! The oil sits on top of the water so it makes "waves" when the bottle is moved. Shake it and see what happens. Roll it across the floor. (I wrap tape around the bottle cap to make sure it stays closed.)
You can take this activity a step or to farther by trying different liquids - corn syrup, vegetable oil, etc.
Or, add some fizz!
I created a quick little freebie for you to use with your kiddos. The cards are great for a center and you can use the recording sheet if you want. Just click on the image to download the sheets.
If you're looking for more on being a scientist, check out my new "Being a Scientist" unit. I use these activities at the start of every year to kick-off our adventures in science.
Click on the pictures above to hop over to my TpT store and find out more details.
My plan is to share more simple science ideas with you throughout the year. Sometimes it's easier to plan a full unit than it is to sneak in small ideas. Share your simple science ideas with me!