Let’s Talk About Science: Using Science for Language Activities

February 23, 2014 | By jmitchell | Filed in: Language.

When some people think of science, they think of textbooks and formulas. In reality, science gives us the opportunity of looking at the world around us. It gives us a closer look at the things we find in the world everyday. Here are a few ideas to incorporate science fun into language activities:

  • Crepe Paper Colors: Cut out squares of red, yellow, and blue crepe paper. Set out three clear plastic glasses filled with water. Ask the children to guess what will happen when you put a square of red crepe paper in one of the glasses. Put the crepe paper in and have the children watch as the dye from the crepe paper turns the water red. Repeat with the yellow and blue pieces.
  • Vinegar and baking soda (an old favorite): Place about 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl. Put one squirt of dish-washing liquid on the baking soda. Pour in 1/4 cup of vinegar. The baking soda and vinegar chemically react to produce carbon dioxide gas. This gas causes the dish-washing liquid to produce millions of bubbles.
  • Mirror Play:┬áProp a mirror upright on a table, and set a piece of paper on the table so it can be clearly seen in the mirror. Try to write your name on the paper, but don’t look at the sheet of paper on the table. Instead, look at the paper’s reflection in the mirror. This will not be easy to do; it may take several practice tries. If it is too difficult, write your name, then look at it backwards in the mirror.
  • Bouncing Cereal: Stretch a piece of plastic wrap tightly over the top of a metal bowl. Secure it in place with a tight rubber band. Put a small handful of cereal flakes on top of the plastic wrap. Stand near the bowl, and loudly bang a cookie sheet with a spoon. Watch the cereal flakes bounce from the sound waves.
  • Magnet Fun: Draw a simple maze on a surface of a white paper plate. Make the path of your maze wider than the width of a paper clip. Place a paper clip at the start of the maze and hold a bar magnet beneath the paper plate. Try to guide the paper clip through the maze.

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