Summer Science Fun

Summer is the best time to play with science and math!
Follow this blog all summer to find ideas for science and math activities to do with you children at home and around Bay Village!

If you have a question for Mrs. Shryock - email it to char.shryock@bayschoolsohio.org

Remember, to think like a scientist you should:

  • Ask questions
    • What would happen if...?
    • I wonder why...?
    • How does this work?
    • What could I do differently?
  • Make observations
    • What do I see?
    • What do I hear?
    • What do I feel?
    • Why is it acting that way?
    • How is it moving?
    • What is going on around me?
  • Try out new ideas safely
    • Never do any experiment without asking an adult for help
    • Think through all of the steps or directions before you start
    • Write down or draw pictures of what you do 
    • Remember to feed your idea!
  • Think about next steps
    • What would you do differently?
    • What worked?
    • Why did it work?
    • What didn't work? 
    • Why didn't it work?
    • What did you learn?
    • What do you still need to learn?
    • What are you going to do next?


Week 1 

  • Fun Math Project : 
    • Make Your Own Marionette Puppet
      • Find the directions here http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/do/marionettes.html
      • What shapes are you using? 
      • How long do the strings need to be? 
      • How many pieces does your marionette have?
      • What did you learn about making a marionette? 
      • How would you change the directions or materials to make it even better?

  • Fun Science Project:
    • Start Watching for Lightning Bugs  Each Night 
      • Keep notes in a notebook. Note what day and date you see your first one!  
        • Make observations about where they are flying - close to the ground or high up in the trees. 
        • Make observations about their flashing. Fast? Slow? Is there a pattern?
      • Read about Lightning Bugs here http://www.firefly.org/facts-about-fireflies.html
      • Lightning Bugs are also called fireflies.
      • You can carefully catch a lightning bug in your hands to watch it for a few minutes - then let it go.  
      • There are not as many Lightning Bugs as there used to be.  Planting gardens is one way to help protect areas where Lightning Bugs can lay their eggs.  The larvae like to eat slugs!



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