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Three Fun Science Lessons to Try This Summer

As of yesterday afternoon both of my daughters are now on summer break. We have lots of plans for doing fun things this summer. We’ll be riding bikes, going fishing, visiting Story Land, and going to a couple of science museums. There will also be days when we don’t have anything planned. On those days I just might put on my teaching hat and try a few fun science lessons with my kids. Should you find yourself want to do the same, here are some resources you might want to consult. 

Make a Solar Oven

Over the years I’ve shared other sets of directions for making solar ovens. Here’s a recap of those resources.

NASA provides two sets of detailed, written directions for building solar ovens. This set of directions (link opens a PDF) was created for students in 7th through 9th grade. This set of directions (link opens a PDF) for building a solar oven was written for 6th through 8th grade students and culminates with students attempting to make s’mores with their ovens. 
Cooking With ‘Sol (link opens a PDF) was published by the US Department of Energy. It was written for students in 5th through 8th grade to follow directions to create a solar oven. 
DIY Sun Science is a free iPad app from The Lawrence Hall of Science. The app features directions for hands-on lessons about the sun. The lessons are a mix of activities that students can do on their own and activities that they should do with adult supervision. All of the activities use common household goods. Some of the activities that you will find in DIY Sun Science are measuring the sun, making UV detectors, detecting solar storms, and cooking with a solar oven.
If you want some visuals of how a solar oven works, SciShow Kids offers this video for you

Make a Sundial

This SciShow Kids video shows students how a sundial works and how they can make their own sundials. The video could be the basis for a fun, hands-on lesson about learning to tell time.

Unpoppable Bubbles

Around this time last year SciShow Kids published a video titled Unpoppable Bubbles. In the video they don’t actually make unpoppable bubbles. Instead, they talk about how bubbles are made and propose some ideas for making bubble mixtures to test to see if it is possible to make an unpoppable bubble. My kids love blowing bubbles and we’ll have a lot of fun experimenting with bubble mixtures this summer.

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