First Way To Engage Your Kids – SOLAR OVENS
After putting together the boxes, which is just basically folding them, I set out the materials and we jumped right into this challenge. Kids tested materials to line the box to try to soak up as much sunshine as possible.
And, of course, we ended the event by cooking some s’mores! Can I just say this was definitely a hit with the third grade? Would this one be your favorite?
Here’s another way to engage your kids! – EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT BUILDINGS
This is the one with the jello pans. Now, I was thinking that each group would need its own pan. They would build their earthquake resistant building, place it in the unstable earth (jello), and then shake it according to the directions I gave them. Sounds good, right? Well, it actually was after I learned we only needed one or two pans. (It really worked better to have a central table with two jello pans so we could all circle around the table and watch. It was also easier for me to supervise one table of jello rather than 6!)
Before we started working on this one the dilemma I had was making and storing all those pans of jello. I bought the pans at the Dollar Tree and took the jello and pans to school on a Saturday afternoon. I borrowed our portable kitchen mini fridge and then stored all the pans in it.
Next, up, kids built their little house, placed them in the pans, and shook them until they either collapsed or stayed standing for the specified time.
Some things we learned:
One or two pans would work for the whole class, cover the jello before placing the structure on it, and don’t touch the jello! Some of our structures were remarkably stable!
I will have to say that kids loved this one, too! These were fourth graders and they really loved the shaking part the best! Is this your favorite?
Finally, one last way to engage your kids! – WATER PIPELINES
This one is just purely hilarious fun! First up,let me say—- you will need towels. Real towels.
Kids had an array of materials and needed to make a water reservoir that would hold water and then transport it through tubing to another container- without leaking.
Got that? No leaks.