Standards Education

Physical Science, Earth Science & Life Science

Science Education

What's Inside the Kit


HANDS-ON Kits Overview

Kits are available in two sizes, HOMESCHOOL SIZE with materials for 1 to 3 students and CLASSROOM SIZE with materials for 12 to 30 students.

Each Kit contains:

  • HOMESCHOOL SIZE kits have materials needed for 1 to 3 students. CLASSROOM SIZE kits have materials needed for 6 stations of 3-5 kids/station.
  • All of the "stuff" needed by students for the lab to "work".
  • Student Sheet/lesson plan
  • A guide for Students to use during the lesson. States the class time
  • needed to complete and is correlated to CA State Science Standards.
  • Student Sheet with Teachers Answers
  • The Answer Sheet for teachers.
  • Teachers' Guide
  • Teacher Background Information and Cathleen's Classroom Tested, and True Teaching Techniques

Order a HOMESCHOOL SIZE kit for $10.00-14.00+ by going to the PLACE ORDER page.

Order a CLASSROOM SIZE kit for $39.95-49.95+ by going to the PLACE ORDER page.

Following are the various lessons which are available.

More lessons will be added to this page, as they become available.

Flower Anatomy

Flower Anatomy

Students work as a team to design and construct a FLOWER with petals, sepals, stamen, pistils, pollen and ovary. Each student will fill out the Student Sheet as the class discusses the functions of the flower parts.

CLASS TIME: 50 minutes

Investigation & Experimentation Questions 30 minutes

Meets California Science Standards

Grade 3
Life Sciences 3.a
Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism's chance for survival.

Grade 7
Structure and Function in Living Systems 5.a
The anatomy and physiology of plants and animals illustrate the complementary nature of structure and function.

MATERIALS:

  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Colored Paper
  • Clay, Play Dough or Model Magic
  • Orangina Bottle
  • Confetti or Hole Punches


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Canister Rockets

Canister Rockets

Students follow directions, build and launch, 35MM canister rockets. They work as a research team experimenting, but individually form hypothesis, record data, and analyze evidence, etc.

CLASS TIME:50 minutes

Meets California Science Standards

Grade 5
Investigation & Experimentation 6.(h, i)
Draw conclusions, collect data, examine evidence

Grade 6
Investigation & Experimentation 7.(a, e)
Develop a hypothesis, is evidence consistent with explanation

HYPOTHESIS (Prediction)

MATERIALS:

  • 35 mm Film Canister
  • 1 Square single ply Toilet Tissue
  • 1/2 Tablet Original Alka-seltzer
  • Water (provided by teacher)
  • Safety Goggles for each Student (provided by teacher)


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Gummy Fish Lab

Gummy Fish Lab

Students sort gummy fish, measure fish length, weigh fish, make data tables, interpret data, graph data, and draw conclusions based upon evidence collected. Teachers Option- students may EAT the fish!

CLASS TIME: 50 minutes

Investigation & Experimentation Questions 30 minutes

Meets California Science Standards

Grade 5
Investigation & Experimentation 6.(a, f, g, h)
Draw conclusions, collect data, examine evidence

Grade 6
Investigation & Experimentation 7.(c, e)
Classify Objects in accordance with criteria, make quantitative measurements, record data using charts and graphs, draw conclusions and indicate whether further information is needed, develop qualitative statements about relationships between variables, recognize whether evidence is consistent with proposed explanation.

MATERIALS:

  • Gummy Fish
  • Colored Pencils
  • Graph Paper
  • Metric Ruler
  • Scale


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Element of the Week

Element of the Week

Students are introduced to the Periodic Table, atomic symbol and number, as well as the characteristics and properties of specific Elements. By reading the Periodic Table they volunteer to answer questions and flip the element sheet to verify their answers.

CLASS TIME: 20 minutes

Meets California Science Standards

Grade 5
Physical Sciences 1.(d, g)
Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of matter in the world.

Grade 8
Structure of Matter 3.f
Each of the more than 100 elements of matter has distinct properties and a distinct atomic structure. All forms of matter are composed of one or more of the elements.

Periodic Table 7.c
The organization of the periodic table is based on the properties of the elements and reflects the structure of atoms.

MATERIALS:

  • Large Periodic Table Poster
  • Cardboard Frame
  • Magnet
  • Scotch Tape
  • Question Papers


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Weather Kit

Weather

Students learn about Hi's, Low's, Warm fronts, Cold fronts and weather prediction by using colored pipe cleaners and by reading weather maps. Various demonstrations reinforce basic physical and earth science concepts, such as HOT AIR RISES.

CLASS TIME: Two classes @ 50 minutes each

Meets California Science Standards

Grade 5
Earth Science 4.(d, e)
Students know how to use weather maps and data to predict local weather and know that weather forecasts depend on many variables.
Students know that the Earth's atmosphere exerts a pressure that decreases with distance above Earth's surface and that at any point it exerts this pressure equally in all directions.

Investigation & Experimentation 6.h
Draw conclusions from scientific evidence and indicate whether further information is needed to support a specific conclusion.

MATERIALS:

  • Red Pipe Cleaners
  • Blue Pipe Cleaners
  • USA Mat
  • Weather Rules Poster
  • Plastic bag
  • Propane Torch (provided by teacher)
  • Matches (provided by teacher)
  • Pressure dented plastic bottle
  • Goggles (provided by teacher)


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Salt Crystal Construction

Salt Crystal Construction

Students work with their group to build a salt molecule. The class then combines all of the molecules and builds a larger NaCl Crystal, showing ionic structure. Discussion follows depending upon grade level.

CLASS TIME: 45 minutes

Meets California Science Standards

Grade 5
Physical Sciences 1.i
Students know the common properties of salts, such as sodium chloride (NaCl).

Grade 8
Structure of Matter 3.c
Students know atoms and molecules form solids by building up repeating patterns, such as the crystal structure of NaCl or long-chain polymers.

Grade 9
Chemical Bonds 2.c
Students know salt crystals, such as NaCl, are repeating patterns of positive and negative ions held together by electrostatic attraction.

MATERIALS:

  • Toothpicks
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Salt Crystal Diagram for ELMO projection
  • Vocabulary
  • Discussion Topics


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Diving Bell

Diving Bell

This activity is best tested outside in a 33 gallon garbage can filled with water. Students experience & discover many concepts; some are from the standards, as they are "playing" with their Diving Bell.

CLASS TIME: 50 minutes

Meets California Science Standards

Grade 8
Earth Science
Density and Bouyancy
8. All objects experience a buoyant force when immersed in a fluid. As a basis for understanding this concept:
c. Students know the buoyant force on an object in a fluid is an upward force equal to the weight of the fluid the object has displaced.
d. Students know how to predict whether an object will float or sink.

MATERIALS:

  • Plastic Bottle
  • Flexible Aquarium Tubing Air Hose
  • Rock
  • Plastic Tape
  • String
  • Rubber bands
  • Paperclip
  • Air pump
  • Air valves & T connector


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Build A ROV

Students build, test, troubleshoot and operate a coat hanger ROV. This activity is best tested outside in a 33 gallon garbage can filled with water. Students experience & discover many concepts; some are from the standards, as they are “playing” with their ROV.

CLASS TIME: 60 minutes

Meets California Science Standards

Grade 8
Earth Science
Density and Bouyancy
8. All objects experience a buoyant force when immersed in a fluid. As a basis for understanding this concept:
c. Students know the buoyant force on an object in a fluid is an upward force equal to the weight of the fluid the object has displaced.
d. Students know how to predict whether an object will float or sink.

MATERIALS:

  • Plastic Coat Hanger
  • Electric motor
  • Propeller
  • Wire
  • 2 sets alligator clips
  • Electric Tape
  • 2 Film canisters with lids
  • 25 pennies for ballast
  • 9 volt battery
  • **33 gallon garbage container (test tank) with fresh water**


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Teacher's Guide Miscellaneous Materials