8 simple science experiments for speech therapy (& other labs too!) They all follow the same format but rotate content, so as students become familiar with the process, they will become more fluid in completing the flip books. With so many experiments packed into this packet, you can stretch out the learning and fun over time! They are simple on your end to prepare. I've also included connections to TedEd, News ELA, and picture books to expand your thematic learning.
FLIP BOOK FORMATTING:
Oh how I love a good flip book! But I hate wasting paper at the bottom of each page. So along with combining page 1 & 2 onto a single sheet of paper, each flip book has eliminated the waste by including a bookmark with a joke and a science fun fact (instead of blank space). The flip books cover language content of procedures, predicting, describing, comprehending (the science behind it), and explaining. Formats include drawing, highlighting, and writing.
My kids love to watch the science and animal shows on Saturday mornings. So this unit was really inspired by them. I chose these 8 particular experiments with this in mind: simple steps, everyday materials, multiple repetitions throughout the day, and engaging science. Science concepts include: vortex, refraction, capillary action, static electricity, electrical charges, chemical reactions, carbon dioxide, density, and friction. This packet includes 8 experiments:
1. Twisty Tornado
2. Which Way
3. Walking Water
4. Water Bending
5. Balloon Blow-up
6. Magical Milk
7. Bouncing Corn
8. Rising Rice.
Full disclosure…I needed these reference cards for myself! I don’t teach science units on the regular, so a lot of these experiments are interesting for me as I refresh my comprehension of science vocabulary and concepts. I made them quarter size so you can print in color and use less card stock. (you could of course still print in b/w onto color card stock if you wish) I laminate and then pull the ones I need for that particular experiment. (Let the passage on the “Comprehend” page guide you).
VISUAL CUE CARDS:
Everything I do needs to be accessible by a wide range of learners. So I added a few visuals to help every learner with comprehension and expression during the experiments. You will find all materials on one page (I put in a sheet protector and students can circle the materials we used for that experiment) as well as a one page sheet specific to each experiment. Some of my groups will do the experiment using the visual cards for materials and sequence and we will just have a group version of the flip book (instead of making individual ones). The half card with the sequence can be used in many ways, including cutting apart and re-ordering to retell the experiment.
Students love an engaging experiment, including ones with speech sound goals! Maybe you have a mixed group, or just want to include an experiment in your lesson, these sheets give an added way to concentrate on speech sound practice. It wasn’t reasonable to isolate and sort vocabulary by all sounds because they just aren't always naturally there. Instead I included 45 words with a higher frequency of r, s, l, th (sh, ch, j when I could). It’s a mixed bag. On each speech sounds page there are 30 words specific to the actions, science, or vocabulary of that experiment. The middle column has the same 15 words on each page…these are science terms used throughout (observe, procedure, etc). The idea is for students to highlight their target sounds while generating complex sentences (and reinforcing the content of the lesson). I copy this page double sided to page 6 (so it will be the backside of the flip book for kids who need it).
Each experiment has a page of ideas for background knowledge or extended learning. There are ideas for News ELA articles, TedEd videos, and picture books. Some of the books are inspired by the materials, other by the science. Don’t forget, you can sign up for free on NewsELA and each article has 5 different reading levels…perfectly customizable for mixed groups! The ideas on this page are to give you some resources that you might find useful for some students wither in class or to share with parents for home learning opportunities.
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