Thursday, October 14, 2010

Science Fun!

Today, I decided to try something different.  Have I mentioned that I get completely bored to death if we do the same thing for too long.  We've been studying Science using Apologia's Flying Creature of the Fifth Day for quite some time now.  Well, today I decided to pull out our other science book and learn about something new.  So, I found where we left off in our Pandia Press R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Earth & Space book and proceeded to learn all about the ratio of land to water on our planet.  First, the kids came up with their hypothesis and filled out the graph on their lab sheets.

Next, they took turns tossing the globe (removed from the stand) back and forth to see how many times their right index finger landed on land or water.  We were supposed to use a blow up globe, but we didn't have one handy.  So...we took a chance and were VERY careful not to drop our globe.  Hey, sometimes you have to improvise.  The kids loved this part.

Let's see, that's one for land, then another, then water, then land.  Oddly enough, we seemed to hit land more than water.  Go figure.  So we throw the globe twenty times, recording our findings as we go.  Haley did an awesome job at keeping track.

Lastly, we filled out a graph showing our findings, and then one showing the correct ratio of land to water.  In comparing their hypothesis to the answer, Adam got it right.  Haley was close, and Ryan was a bit off.  This was a fun way to learn about land versus water.  Much more exciting than just reading about it in a textbook.  If you like fun, hands on science, you're sure to enjoy R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey.   If you'd like to try out any of their awesome products, you can download several lessons to try them before you buy them. 

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