Monday, November 28, 2016

Teacher Approved Winter and Holiday Science Activities




Winter is a great time to explore snow and ice.  You can explore winter animals and how they stay warm.  The holiday season is a wonderful time to explore colors.   I surveyed teachers to find out what some of their favorite winter and holiday science activities are.  Here are some links to lots of great activities your students are sure to love.  Thank you to all of the teachers for completing the survey.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Guess-the-Milk-Using-Insta-Snow-to-Identify-the-Fat-in-Milk-1585249

Exploring with Sodium Polyacrylate.  This is also known as water gel, superabsorbent crystals, or magic snow.  Water gel absorbs lots of water and magic snow absorbs the water, but also expands to look like fluffy snow.  So much fun and so much science.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Experiment-with-Temperature-on-the-Brightness-of-Glowsticks-4th-and-5th-Grade-1914827
Exploring glow sticks is great for many holidays.  This is always a favorite with students.

Free Polar Bear Experiment PLUS lots other winter activity ideas!  REPIN and check out this blog later with LOTS of FREE teaching ideas and resources! ~Promoting Success for You and Your Students!:
I love exploring insulation.  This activity is great for showing the importance of wearing mittens.  You may also want to test feathers, fabric, and fur.
Melting peppermints and other candies is lots of fun.  Just fill a small dish with water and put the candy in.  Would changing the temperature of water change the colors swirling?


http://kimberlyscottscience.blogspot.com/2015/01/exploring-effects-of-salt-on-ice-with.html
http://kimberlyscottscience.blogspot.com/2015/01/exploring-effects-of-salt-on-ice-with.html

Ice Cream in a bag is always lots of fun.  Check on my blog.  Be sure to scroll down for all of the directions.


Take the time to explore the science of snowflakes.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rainbow-Milk-An-Experiment-Exploring-the-Fat-in-Milk-1158245
A burst of color will create excitement with students.  Creating rainbows of colors in milk is always fun during the winter season.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dangling-Ice-Experimenting-with-Ice-and-Salt-for-Kindergarten-and-1st-Grade-2353286
Explore the salt and ice with students. 


Have fun exploring the world around you this winter season!

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the excellent ideas! My students and I have STEM Fridays every week. Your great post will come in handy!

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    1. Thank you so much. STEM Fridays sounds like so much fun. What a great idea!!

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  2. Lots of great science ideas that are not only fun but educational as well...Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. These are fantastic ideas. Makes me want to go back to school again ... well almost :)!!
    Seriously, with lessons like these everyone will love science class! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much. Science can always make learning memorable.

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  4. So many great ideas!!! Thank you for sharing :)

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