Simple Science Experiements


We love to have a Simple Science Experiment every Friday.  This is an easy way to boost practice of experimentation, exploration, and observation in the classroom.  Plus, they are SUPER fun and allow for student participation! 


Getting Started
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Once we're ready to introduce science lessons and experiments in the classroom, we love using this activity!  We start with reading the book What is Science?  It's simple and easy to read for primary kiddos.  We make the chart together and the kiddos assemble the science guy or gal.

After kiddos finish their scientist craft, we pull out some sorting bags as a little observation intro. activity.


Now...check out our experiments!


Gummy Bear Experiment
The kiddos LOVED this one...probably more so because we gave them the left over gummy bears, but it was fun to keep checking on how the gummy bears were changing through the day. We simply filled four clear, short cups with water and added in a bit of each additional ingredient.  The shorter cups help for better viewing by students!  


Here's the recording sheet we used!  Click the pic to download a copy!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rMU2N68z_5nN9JkjDBIVgD4j1cf9TUV3/view?usp=sharing



Black Magic Experiment
This experiment is really fun to observe and super easy for kiddos to set up!  We did the experiment in table groups, but you can choose how to group students based on how many supplies you have to use.  For specific directions on this experiment, visit Learning Lab Resources.



Want to pair this experiment with a book?  Try How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow!
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Here's the recording sheet we used! Click the pic to download a copy!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CGaFd4cAymi8OGhnN5MdwAn6Ak45Z_np/view



Cloud in a Jar Experiment
Here in NC, we've just been through a tropical storm with lots of rain and wind and unexpected and widespread power outages.  After a very rainy day like that, this experiment matches with what's been on our minds!  Find more about how to set up the Cloud in a Jar experiment on Pinterest




Want to pair this experiment with a book?  Try Little Cloud!
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Grab the the book here (affiliate link)

Here's the recording sheet we used!  Click the pic to download a copy!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l8nkU77oQJgfrskS9iua2MW4NbshBYDG/view?usp=sharing




Dancing Worms Experiment
Here is a fun experiment for the month of Halloween! This one comes from Playdough to Plato and is called 'Dancing Frankenworms!'  Kiddos make gummy worms come to life and watch them dance to the top of the cup!  Kiddos soak the worms in a baking soda and water mixture, then add them to a cup of vinegar.  They'll be able to see bubbles form around the worms first, then slowly the worms will rise to the top of the cup!  In our cups, the worms rose slowly, one at a time.  And some of the worms kept bobbing around, up and down, like they really were dancing!  It was really fun to watch!




Want to pair this experiment with a book?  Try Crankenstein!
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 Grab the the book here (affiliate link)

Here's the recording sheet we used!  Click the pic to download a copy!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cupJ5w39FXox0AmS7b5lHh9u23i7kDtC/view?usp=sharing




Dissolving Pumpkins
Here's another fun experiment just before Halloween!  Grab a few materials and go!  This one is an easy setup and great for getting your kiddos involved.  It doesn't take too long before the pumpkins start to change in some of the liquids and kiddos can watch as it happens!  This experiment will generate some great observations and discussions!  Find more about how to set up the Dissolving Pumpkins experiment on this blog
 Materials ready!

 Pumpkins in!

 Changes happening!

Let's see how the pumpkins changed!

Want to pair this experiment with a book?  Try Pumpkin Jack!  
Grab the the book here (affiliate link)

Here's the recording sheet we used! Click the pic to download a copy!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kQUxZnTlgpIyRY9jnijdYVWZu1J59DPw/view?usp=sharing



Popcorn in Salt
This experiment is SUPER easy to set up and kiddos can experiment with it over and over again!   Grab a few materials and go!  Find more about how to set up the Popcorn in Salt experiment on
this blog

 Materials ready!

Salt and popcorn in the jar!

Roll the popcorn around in the salt.

Tap, tap, tap the jar and see what happens!

Want to pair this experiment with a book?  Try Popcorn! 
Grab the the book here (affiliate link)

Here's the recording sheet we used! Click the pic to download a copy!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dRWreqLINV_7AAX_ssHOnWKbYLYp_dIw/view?usp=sharing




Fizzy Rocks
This experiment is takes a little more prep time in advance by the teacher, but it's really easy and fun for the kiddos to explore with the 'fizzy rocks'!  This experiment is great if you do a rock unit, but it can also be fun for any time!  What kiddos don't like finding surprises?!  Find out how to make Fizzy Rocks here!  When we made our rocks, we used simple classroom items like sequins, beads, and buttons.  This made it easy to just grab some things laying around and make the 'fizzy rocks'.  Now if you have time, you could go to the craft store and buy little goodies that go along with a theme your doing in your classroom! 

The fizzy rocks are ready and kiddos start to find their surprises!

Kiddos sort through what they found in their fizzy rocks!  They show friends and draw pictures on their recording sheet!

Want to pair this experiment with a book?  Try Sylvester and the Magic Pebble! 
Grab the the book here (affiliate link)

Here's the recording sheet we used! Click the pic to download a copy!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HI_mQD3AgsuARX_k5o6hXXS1Exz8_d7Y/view?usp=sharing



Grow a Christmas Tree Experiment
This experiment is an easy set up and has an extended observation time.  It's perfect to add a little holiday spirit to your classroom! The prep work for this experiment could be timely, depending on the skill level of your kiddos.  You'll need to cut sponges into a Christmas tree shape.  Getting the trees ready to go is the easy part!  Find out more about this experiment here!

Wet the sponges, spread on some seeds, spray the seeds with water

And now wait...have kiddos observe and record what they see every few days.  Come back and check in with us as we observe our own!
 
Here's the recording sheet we used! Click the pic to download a copy!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QvBtoeXhBxD1uH61NUdeucm0jdDIlCoB/view?usp=sharing



Christmas Lava Lamp Experiment
This experiment is an easy set up and has multiple chances for observations.  It's perfect to add a little holiday spirit to your classroom! The experiment can be set up by kiddos!  We show the experiment in a large vase and also in a smaller plastic cup.  You can model the experiment in the large glass first, then let kiddos complete the experiment on their own!  Find out more about this experiment here!
Materials ready!
 Pour in oil and mix up some red water!  Break the tablets into chunks.
Pour the red water in the oil.  Drop in a tablet and watch!
Using plastic cups with green water!
Green in plastic cups....perfect for students to prepare and experiment themselves!

Here's the recording sheet we used! Click the pic to download a copy!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/13PFeeWzHiBpiHxHqRWseM7ZBiYfM9Y7I/view?usp=sharing

















1 comment

  1. What a fabulous experiment! Do you have a simple science unit on TPT? A year of Friday experiments ready to go would be amazing!!!! Xoxo

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