Science Made Easy

Lessons in the Science Made Easy program teach students a basic understanding of the topic and then challenges them to complete a hands-on activity for reinforcement. The basic scientific process of how to conduct an experiment is discussed with each topic. Students are asked to predict, or hypothesize, what will happen to observe what did happen and then to try and use this information to infer answers to related concepts. Some of the lessons allow for students to complete a project that may serve as a classroom grade, as well as be entered as an exhibit at the Howard County 4-H Fair!

Objectives of Science Made Easy include:

 * Increase students' interest in science
 * Teach the scientific method including how to hypothesize, observe and infer
 * Increase students' abilities to follow directions and explain concepts to others
 * Improve students' ability to apply reasoning to solve problems 

Wind Your Way Around Your DNA

Objectives:

  1. To provide students with an understanding that cells contain DNA
  2. To connect DNA with positive developments for our food
  3. To increase students' abilities to measure and follow directions

Grade(s): Adaptable for many grades

Time: 30 minutes 

Laws of Motion

Objectives:

  1. To provide students an understanding of Newton's Laws of Motion
  2. To have students build a straw rocket with an understanding of each part and its purpose
  3. To increase students' abilities follow directions and explain concepts to others

Grade(s): 3-7

Time: 60 minutes

 Water Cycle

Objectives:

  1. To provide students with an understanding of the parts of the water cycle
  2. To increase students' understanding that water travels in a cycle
  3. To have students apply reasoning skills in problem solving

Grade(s): 2-5

Time: 30-45 minutes

 Rock Cycle

Objectives:

  1. To help students understand the concept of geology
  2. To have students identify the 3 kinds of rocks
  3. To help students understand the rock cycle and the connection between types of rocks
  4. To have students apply the scientific method through making hypotheses

Grade(s): 3-7

Time: 45 minutes

 Slippery Stuff

Objectives:

  1. To help students understand surface tension using hands on experiments
  2. To increase students knowledge of surfactants, specifically lecithin
  3. To have students apply reasoning skills to solve problems

Grade(s): 2-6

Time: 45-60 minutes

 Electricity

Objectives:

  1. To provide studetnts with an understanding of electricity and how it is made
  2. To have students identify the difference between open and closed circuits, along with the difference between conductors and insulators.
  3. To increase students' abilities to problem solve and follow directions

Grade(s): 3-5

Time: 45 minutes

Wildlife

Objectives:

  1. To provide students with an understanding of different habitats and what lives in each
  2. To help studetns understand their role in environmental stewardship
  3. To increase students' abilities explain concepts to others and apply reasoning skills

Grade(s): 3-5

Time: 30 minutes

 Electrolyte Challenge

Objectives:

  1. To help students understand conductance
  2. To have studnets identify the importance of electrolytes in the function of the human body
  3. To have students apply the scientific method through making hypotheses, identifying variable and conducting experiements

Grade(s): 4-10

Time: 45-60 minutes

 You Can Be A Scientist

Objectives:

  1. To increase students' interest in science by demonstrating how it is a part of their everyday life
  2. To teach students the scientific method
  3. To increase the students' level of questioning things around them and apply reasoning to find a solution.

Grade(s): 4-6

Time: 45 minutes

 *For more information or to schedule a class session, you may contact Kelly Scher at kscher@purdue.edu or call the Extension office at (765) 456-2313. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.

By Paul G Marcellino, County Extension Director
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