Hands-On Earth Science Activities For Grades K-6


This is the second edition of Marvin N. Tolman’s bestselling book Hands-On Earth Science Activities for Grades K-6. Like all the books in The Science Problem-Solving Curriculum Library series, this revised edition offers compelling activities that help teach students thinking and reasoning skills along with basic science concepts and facts. The book’s activities follow the discovery/inquiry approach and encourage students to analyze, synthesize, and infer based on their own hands-on experiences. This new edition ...

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This is the second edition of Marvin N. Tolman’s bestselling book Hands-On Earth Science Activities for Grades K-6. Like all the books in The Science Problem-Solving Curriculum Library series, this revised edition offers compelling activities that help teach students thinking and reasoning skills along with basic science concepts and facts. The book’s activities follow the discovery/inquiry approach and encourage students to analyze, synthesize, and infer based on their own hands-on experiences. This new edition includes an expanded Teacher Information section, inquiry-based models, and complex cooperative learning projects using materials found around the home. Many of the activities easily become great science fair ideas as well as activities that correlate with the national standards.

Designed to be user friendly, the book includes easy-to-use, hands on activities and is organized into eight sections: 




The Earth


Above the Earth

Beyond the Earth

Current Electricity

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"The Hands-On books are an awesome resource that hasenhanced my science units. Every activity has easy step-by-stepinstructions, a materials list, and teacher information. Mystudents and I love the activities."
—Patti W. Seeholzer, third-grade teacher, River HeightsElementary School, Utah and winner of the 2002 Presidential Awardfor Excellence in Science Teaching

"A great resource for all prospective and practicing elementaryteachers."
—David T. Crowther, associate professor, science education,University of Nevada, Reno

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787978662
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/24/2006
  • Series: J-B Ed: Hands On Series, #25
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,433,254
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marvin N. Tolman, Ed.D., is a popular presenter at national meetings of science teachers, contributes to academic journals, reviews science education materials, and edits textbook and journal series. Currently, he is professor of teacher education at Brigham Young University and author of the popular Hands-On Science series from Jossey-Bass.

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Table of Contents


About the Author.

About the Library.

How to Use This Book.

Correlation with National Standards Grid.

Key to Icons.

Listing of Activities by Topic.

Section One: Air.

To the Teacher.

Activity 1.1: How Can You Test to See Whether Air Takes UpSpace?

Activity 1.2: How Can You Pour Air?

Activity 1.3: How Can You Tell Whether Air Has Weight?

Activity 1.4: How Can You Feel the Weight and Pressure ofAir?

Activity 1.5: What Is Another Way to Feel Air Pressure?

Activity 1.6: How Can Air Be Compressed?

Activity 1.7: What Is Another Way Air Can Be Compressed?

Activity 1.8: What Can a Card Teach You About Air?

Activity 1.9: How Can You Crush a Gallon Can Without TouchingIt?

Activity 1.10: How Can You Crush a Soda Can with AirPressure?

Activity 1.11: How Can Air Pressure Make Things Stronger?

Activity 1.12: How Can Air Help Us Drink?

Activity 1.13: How Does Air Pressure Affect Water Flow?

Activity 1.14: How Hard Can Air Push?

Activity 1.15: How Can You Put an Egg into a Bottle?

Activity 1.16: How Can You Put a Water Balloon into aBottle?

Activity 1.17: How Much Can You Lift by Blowing?

Activity 1.18: How Can Air Pressure Help Airplanes Fly?

Activity 1.19: What Is the Relationship Between Moving Air andIts Pressure?

Activity 1.20: How Far Can You Blow a Ping-Pong Ball from aFunnel?

Activity 1.21: Why Can’t the Ball Escape the AirStream?

Activity 1.22: How Can You Make an Atomizer with a DrinkingStraw?

Activity 1.23: What Happens When Air Is Heated?

Activity 1.24: How Can You Tell That Warm Air Rises?

Activity 1.25: What Happens When Air Gets Warmer?

Activity 1.26: How Can We Watch Air Expand and Contract?

Activity 1.27: How Can Bubbles Show Us That Air Expands andContracts?

Activity 1.28: How Does Cold Air Behave?

Activity 1.29: What Happens When Warm Air and Cold Air Mix?

Activity 1.30: How Can You Get Water Out of the Air?

Activity 1.31: How Can a Balloon Remain Inflated with Its MouthOpen?

Air Word Searches.

Do You Recall?

Section Two: Water.

To the Teacher.

Activity 2.1: Why Do Some Things Float on Water and Others DoNot?

Activity 2.2: How Does Water Disappear?

Activity 2.3: What Is Condensation?

Activity 2.4: How Did the Bottle Get Wet on the Outside When theWater Is Sealed on the Inside?

Activity 2.5: What Is Another Way to Get Moisture Out of theAir?

Activity 2.6: How Can You Boil Water in a Paper Cup?

Activity 2.7: How Can We See Water Pressure?

Activity 2.8: How Can You Make Water Pile Up on a Cup?

Activity 2.9: How Many Nails Can You Put into a Full Glass ofWater?

Activity 2.10: How Does Pepper Swim?

Activity 2.11: How Can You Make a Soap Motorboat?

Activity 2.12: How Can You Pour Light?

Activity 2.13: How Can a Water Drop Make Things AppearLarger?

Activity 2.14: How Can Water Make a Coin Appear?

Activity 2.15: What Do Bears Know That Many PeopleDon’t?

Activity 2.16: What Can You Learn from an Egg?

Activity 2.17: How Can We Use a Soda Straw to Compare Density ofLiquids?

Activity 2.18: How Does Temperature Affect the Speed ofMolecules?

Activity 2.19: What Happens When Water Changes to a Solid?

Activity 2.20: How Can You Make a “Worm”?

Activity 2.21: How Do Raisins Dance?

Activity 2.22: How Does Lake Water Compare with Seawater?

Activity 2.23: Which Changes Temperature More Easily, Land orWater?

Activity 2.24: How Are Ocean Currents Affected by Wind?

Activity 2.25: How Are Ocean Currents Affected byTemperature?

Water Word Searches.

Do You Recall?

Section Three: Weather.

To the Teacher.

Activity 3.1: How Can You Make Rain?

Activity 3.2: How Can You Make a Cloud?

Activity 3.3: How Can You Make a Thermometer?

Activity 3.4: How Can We Detect and Measure Changes inAtmospheric Pressure?

Activity 3.5: How Can We Measure Moisture in the Air?

Activity 3.6: What Is Another Way to Measure Humidity?

Activity 3.7: How Can We Compare the Wet/Dry Bulb and HairHygrometers?

Activity 3.8: What Does a Wind Vane Do, and How Can You MakeOne?

Activity 3.9: What Is Another Design for a Wind Vane?

Activity 3.10: How Can You Make a More Sensitive Wind Vane?

Activity 3.11: How Can You Use a Wind Vane?

Activity 3.12: How Can Wind Speed Be Measured?

Activity 3.13: How Does an Anemometer Work?

Activity 3.14: How Can Rainfall Be Measured?

Activity 3.15: How Can You Operate a Weather Station?

Activity 3.16: What Is the Best Source of Information forPredicting Weather?

Activity 3.17: What Are Some Unusual Ways to Predict and ExplainWeather?

Activity 3.18: How Do Heating and Cooling Affect AirCurrents?

Activity 3.19: What Can We Learn from a Convection Box?

Activity 3.20: What Makes Rain?

Activity 3.21: What Is a Cold Front?

Weather Word Searches.

Do You Recall?

Section Four: The Earth.

To the Teacher.

Activity 4.1: How Are Size and Distance Shown on a Map?

Activity 4.2: How Can You Show Your School Grounds on a Sheet ofPaper?

Activity 4.3: How Can a Flat Map Show Three Dimensions?

Activity 4.4: What Are Contour Lines?

Activity 4.5: What Is a Contour Map?

Activity 4.6: How High and Low Are the Earth’s Mountainsand Valleys?

Activity 4.7: How Can a Flat Map Represent the Globe-ShapedEarth?

Activity 4.8: How Does the Nature of the Earth’s SurfaceAffect Atmospheric Temperature?

Activity 4.9: How Do Mountains Affect Yearly Rainfall?

Activity 4.10: What Can You Learn from a Square Meter ofSoil?

Activity 4.11: How Is Soil Made?

Activity 4.12: What Factors Affect Water Erosion?

Activity 4.13: In What Order Do Materials Settle in Water?

Activity 4.14: How Are Rocks Classified?

Activity 4.15: How Do Rocks Compare in Hardness?

Activity 4.16: What Color Streak Does a Rock Make?

Activity 4.17: How Do Rocks React to Vinegar?

Activity 4.18: Which Rocks Are Attracted by a Magnet?

Activity 4.19: Which Rocks Conduct Electricity?

Activity 4.20: How Can Rocks Be Dissolved in Water?

Activity 4.21: How Do Crystals Form?

Activity 4.22: What Type of Crystals Do Rocks Have?

Activity 4.23: What Is Conglomerate Rock?

Activity 4.24: How Can You Start a Rock Collection?

Activity 4.25: What Other Classifications of Rocks AreThere?

Activity 4.26: How Can You Measure the Density of a Rock?

Activity 4.27: How Can You Make a Permanent Shell Imprint?

Activity 4.28: How Is Snow Compacted into Ice to FormGlaciers?

Activity 4.29: How Is the Earth Like Your Body?

Activity 4.30: How Is the Earth Like a Jigsaw Puzzle?

Activity 4.31: What Are the Earth’s Plates?

Activity 4.32: What Causes Earthquakes?

Activity 4.33: How Can You Make a Volcano Replica?

Activity 4.34: What Is the Rock Cycle?

Activity 4.35: How Old Is the Earth?

Earth Word Searches.

Do You Recall?

Section Five: Ecology.

To the Teacher.

Activity 5.1: What Is a Simple Plant-Animal Community?

Activity 5.2: What Is a Pond Community?

Activity 5.3: What Is a Simple Ecosystem?

Activity 5.4: How Is Energy Transferred in an Ecosystem?

Activity 5.5: Where Do People Fit into an Ecosystem?

Activity 5.6: How Do You Fit into a Personal Ecosystem?

Activity 5.7: How Do You Live at Home?

Activity 5.8: How Do You Live in Your Classroom?

Activity 5.9: How Does Our School Community Function?

Activity 5.10: How Is Your School Like an Ecosystem?

Activity 5.11: Where Can We Begin?

Activity 5.12: What Is Litter?

Activity 5.13: What Is in the Air Besides Air?

Activity 5.14: How Does Our Water Become Polluted?

Activity 5.15: How Can You Help an Ecosystem?

Activity 5.16: How Can We Improve Our Environment?

Activity 5.17: How Can We Involve Others?

Activity 5.18: What Is a Wise Consumer?

Activity 5.19: What Changes Have Happened Where You Live?

Activity 5.20: Do You Conserve Your Resources Wisely?

Activity 5.21: How Can You Reuse Newspaper?

Activity 5.22: Which Solids Decompose Easily?

Activity 5.23: How Can You Make a Water Treatment Plant?

Activity 5.24: What Have We Learned?

Ecology Word Searches.

Do You Recall?

Section Six: Above the Earth.

To the Teacher.

Activity 6.1: What Is the History of Flight?

Activity 6.2: What Is a Wind Tunnel?

Activity 6.3: How Does Shape Affect Lift?

Activity 6.4: How Can You Build a Simple Glider?

Activity 6.5: Will Your Airplane Soar?

Activity 6.6: How Can We Turn Our Gliders?

Activity 6.7: How Can We Make Our Gliders Go Up and Down?

Activity 6.8: What Have We Learned About Flying?

Activity 6.9: What Aircraft Will You Fly?

Activity 6.10: How Well Can You Fly?

Activity 6.11: Can You Create an Airplane of a New Design?

Activity 6.12: How Will You Design an Airplane for a SpecialTask?

Activity 6.13: How Can a Ball Help You Move?

Activity 6.14: What Type of Energy Is This?

Activity 6.15: What Can a Marble Game Teach Us?

Activity 6.16: How Can We Use Action-Reaction?

Activity 6.17: How Can You Make a Soda Straw Rocket?

Activity 6.18: How Do Other Forces Affect Your Rocket’sPerformance?

Activity 6.19: How Does Gravity Affect Objects?

Activity 6.20: How Does Inertia Affect Objects?

Activity 6.21: How Can You Put a Coin in a Glass WithoutTouching the Coin?

Activity 6.22: How Do Gravity and Inertia Affect SpaceTravel?

Activity 6.23: How Can You Compare Gravity and Inertia?

Activity 6.24: How Does Weightlessness Feel?

Above the Earth Word Searches.

Do You Recall?

Section Seven: Beyond the Earth.

To the Teacher.

Activity 7.1: What Does Our Earth Look Like?

Activity 7.2: How Does the Earth Move?

Activity 7.3: What’s the Difference Between the Rotationand the Revolution of the Earth?

Activity 7.4: How Can We Tell Time with Soda Straws?

Activity 7.5: What Paths Do the Earth and Similar ObjectsFollow?

Activity 7.6: How Do Man-Made Satellites Help Us?

Activity 7.7: How Is Our Moon a Natural Satellite?

Activity 7.8: What Is the Appearance of the Surface of theMoon?

Activity 7.9: How Does the Moon Give Off Light?

Activity 7.10: How Does the Moon Travel Around the Earth?

Activity 7.11: What Are Phases of the Moon?

Activity 7.12: How Can We Make a More Accurate Moon Model?

Activity 7.13: How Can You Safely View a Solar Eclipse?

Activity 7.14: What Is a Solar System?

Activity 7.15: How Can You Study a Planet?

Activity 7.16: How Large Is the Solar System?

Activity 7.17: How Can You Make a Distance Scale Solar System inYour School?

Activity 7.18: How Can We Learn More About the Solar System andSpace?

Beyond the Earth Word Searches.

Do You Recall?

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