MAKING SCIENCE FUN: K-8 Hands-on Science Experiments

Math & Science

Open your studentsʼ minds to the amazing wonders of science in the world about them. This practical applied science course focuses on using fun and interesting activities to teach students about themselves, their environment, and how the two relate. Some of the activities included in the course include: making rock salt ice cream (changes of state, observation, freezing points), effects of the environment on plant growth, and using Legos to demonstrate survival of the most fit. All activities included in this course can be done with minimal materials found around a typical home or school, are fun, and can be taught at different levels from K-8. Although simple to perform, these activities will challenge and reinvigorate your studentsʼ love for science while teaching them important life lessons. The activities addressed in this course are aligned with the national teaching standards. Participants in this course will be required to perform selected lab activities, research alternate activities on the internet, create useful labs of their own, and write papers about their information acquisition.
A science activities textbook is also recommended ($25-$35)


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Text: Hands-on Life Science activities for grades K-6, is available from, approx. $25. OR Text: Hands-on Physical science activities for Grades K-8. 2nd Ed, is available from, approx. $35.

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