There are loads of hands-on science activities that you can add to your earth science studies. One quick search on Pinterest will confirm that!
These five STEAM activities are ones that you will not want to miss adding to your homeschool science curriculum. They are part science, part art, part engineering, and totally fun!
Each one of them come from one of our earth science programs, so if you are an ES customer - you are all set! If not, be sure to click the link and check out what we have to offer.
Without further ado, let's take a look at the five earth science activities you don't want to miss doing in your homeschool!
Creating a cloud collage is a wonderful way to learn about the three main shapes of clouds - stratus, cumulus, and cirrus. To do this, you will need to gather up several cotton balls and a sheet of blue construction paper.
Here's a look at the procedure:
After you create your collage, you can use your knowledge about the clouds to predict the weather!
Making a book about the different seasons is an activity that all students should do at some point! You can read more about the different seasons and what causes them in this homeschool science corner post.
Have the students write the italic sentences below each on blank pages or download this free season's printable pack with the pages done for you! Then, have the students illustrate each page with the suggestions.
When they are done, have the students staple the pages together to form their booklets.
Exploding a volcano is another one of those "must-do" earth science activities! There are two main varieties, the baking soda-vinegar version, and the Mentos-soda version. Both are neat, but our kids love the Mentos-soda version loads more as the explosion goes a whole lot higher!
To make the Mentos-soda volcano you will need to:
If you want to make your volcano reusable, wrap the soda bottle in aluminum foil before applying the foam. Then, you can simply slide out the used bottle and replace it with a new one.
Every student should see firsthand why rain falls from clouds in the sky at least once! To create an indoor rainstorm you will need a clear glass, shaving cream, blue food coloring, and warm water.
Here's how it works:
If you want to take this a step further with your students, check out how to create a mini-version of the water cycle in a plastic baggie!
Kids tend to naturally collect things, so capitalizing on that fact to learn about earth science is a no-brainer! Plus every homeschooled student should have a rock collection to show off and impress the grandparents with when they come to visit.
Here's how to you start a rock collection unique to your area:
We trust that these five activities will serve to make earth science loads of fun in your homeschool. But we also know that it never hurts to have a few more ideas in your homeschooling bag-o-tricks!
For more ideas, check out one of ourearth science programs or our Earth Science & Astronomy Pinterest Board below.
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