This inquiry-based activity lets students explore the effect of salt on the melting point of water... by making ice cream in a fun and simple way! Students collect data on the temperature of ice before and after adding salt! This is Dr. McConnell’s modification of a lab that can found at several locations on the web.
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This lesson is one I use in my science education courses, and has been tried and tested with multiple grade levels and adults!
This could be used to explore chemical reaction rates, but is primarily intended to help learners experience the processes of science, the Nature of Science, and important factors in designing and conducting a science experiment.
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This activity is a simple set of instructions for building an "air cannon" from a paper cup and a balloon or rubber glove. It's a miniature version of the larger air cannon I use in some of my classes to demonstrate vortex motion... a fun science toy, too!
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This file is a template you can use as an assessment that asks students to journal or notebook the information they create and find during an inquiry lab. The file is flexible enough to suit any inquiry investigation.
When you print, select “print both sides - short edge binding” to get a file you can fold in half to make a small journal booklet.
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McC's Activity Bank
This blog has a collection of some of Dr. McConnell's shareable lab activities and resources. Feel free to use these files. To find out more about Dr. McConnell, click here to visit his home page.