Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hands-On Science

Emily has been working in Apologia General Science this year and has been enjoying the many required experiments.

She enjoyed using the scientific method to figure out why a flashlight didn’t work, then learned that she needed to form a hypothesis and test it before she could be sure that her hypothesis was true. (I did several things to “break” the flashlight, such as reversing a battery and putting tape over the metal connection to the bulb.)

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She  experimented with density by pouring corn syrup, water, and oil in a glass. She discovered that the three substances separated into layers with corn syrup on the bottom, water in the middle, and oil on the top. Then she dropped in a cork, a grape, and ice to discover that each floated on top of one of the liquids.

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She found out that a boat with a soap “motor” moved while boats with no motor or tissue or gum did not move significantly.

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It’s been nice that, for the most part, she’s able to perform the experiments without help. I just show up with the camera and ask a few questions about what she’s learning!

4 comments:

  1. This is wonderful work! Stopping by from the crew to follow.

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  2. Love the hands on experiments with Apologia! Visiting from the crew =)

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  3. My kids love the hands on experiments using Apologia Science! It looks like your daughter enjoys them as well! Stopping over from the Crew and now a new follower! Have a blessed week!

    Nicole

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  4. Love Apologia! So glad your daughter likes them too. Another Crew visitor here :)

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