Home Grown Crystal Experiment

Learn how to grow your own crystals at home with this fun hands-on experiment! There are many different kinds of crystals you can grow, and here I will show you how to grow blue copper sulfate crystals.

The recipe for this experiment comes from Graham’s How-to Guides. If you want to check out how to grow other kinds of crystals, check out this page here.

Grades: 3-5, 6-8

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Fault Models

Earthquakes have disastrous effects and they impact people all over the world, but what causes them? Learn how to create a paper model that demonstrates the different kinds of faults that cause earthquakes.

This model comes from USGS’s Earth Science Week and they created a very detailed guide that you can use in your own classroom.

Grades: 6-8

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The Chemistry of Bioluminescence

One of nature’s wonders is the ability of living things to produce their own light. This phenomenon is known as bioluminescence, and occurs in several species across the planet. Explore the chemistry behind this phenomenon with an exciting chemical experiment.

This activity was created by Gianluca Farusi and Susan Watt, who created a great experiment to demonstrate this chemical reaction. This experiment demonstrates the kind of chemical reaction that occurs to create bioluminescence.

Grades: 9-12

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Evidence of Evolution

There are many different lines of evidence supporting evolution, and exploring these different kinds of evidence can provide your students with a more well-rounded understanding of it. Explore these types of evidence with your students and clear up any misconceptions they may have.

This activity comes from a very well-made worksheet from James Dauray.

Grades: 9-12

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Greenhouse Gas Simulation

The impact that greenhouse gases have on the earth cannot be understated. Giving your students a hands-on experiment can be a great way to help them understand the impact that pollution has on global temperatures. Share a fun and engaging experiment that will demonstrate the concept of greenhouse gases and the effect they have on earth’s temperatures.

This activity comes from The American Association of Chemistry Teachers.

Grades: 6-8, 9-12

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Interactive Plate Tectonics

Explore the dynamics of plate tectonics with this engaging interactive map and give your students the opportunity to work with data and mapping. This digital map created by Earth Science Geoinquiries provides a great resource that visualizes plate boundaries around the world and the geological impact of those boundaries.

Grades: 4-8, 9-12

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Polymer Bouncy Ball

Every child loves a good bouncy ball. Give your students an exciting chemical reaction they can make themselves! These bouncy balls are made from polymers and are safe for all ages to make and use. This recipe and procedure comes from Thought Co who made a very easy to follow guide.

Grades: 5-8

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