Combine changing leaves and temperatures, apple seasons, pumpkins, Thanksgiving, and autumn festivals with these free lessons and activities to enrich your hands-on STEM.
1. Turmeric invisible ink
The same turmeric that you might have as an autumn dish or Thanksgiving seasoning A secret message with invisible ink! Chemical activity. Write a secret message and decipher it with Kitchen Spice. Investigate to find out what other foods and substances act as cryptanalysts and why! (For other chemistry lessons and activities, see Over 15 STEM lessons and activities to teach chemistry.. See this week’s suggestions for other fun “magical” scientific activities. Wizard-themed STEM..
2. Leaf color
What are the pigments that make up the beautiful colors associated with many autumn leaves?With Find the hidden color of the leaves In the activity, students use paper chromatography to identify the individual color pigments that make up the leaf color. (Note: For students interested in using paper chromatography Independent science project, NS Candy chromatography kit Available and leaf, Candy, flower, When marker project. )
This is a great opportunity to explore the seeds, as many fruits are harvested in the fall months! Students may associate “having seeds” with the definition of fruit, but which fruit has the most seeds? Why do fruits have seeds? Why are there many seeds, few seeds, or only one?In How many seeds do different kinds of fruits produce? In the activity, students actually compare the number of seeds in different fruits. With an assortment of fruits such as cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, lemons, pumpkins and peppers, this activity works well for individual exploration and groups. Each group collects data about a particular fruit and shares it with the class. Comparison of multi-fruits. Students can also compare the number of seeds found in different samples of the same type of fruit to see how consistent the numbers are. (Hint! This is a great way to keep a log of your data, perform simple calculations to get the average, and practice using your math skills in action.)
4. Create a weather station
As temperatures begin to fall in the fall months, students can create and use their own meteorological stations and DIY weather tools to observe and track changes in weather, learn about weather patterns and forecasts, and talk about climate. increase. NS Meteorological Observatory and Weather Forecast: Can You Do It Yourself? The lessons include lessons for building simple weather monitoring equipment such as: Anemometer, NS Hygrometer, NS thermometer, NS Rain gauge,and barometer Provides educators with weather forecasting activities for use with students. (Note: All of these DIY weather tools can also be created and used at home!)
5. Autumn density column color
If you’re making a pumpkin pie, you should already have corn syrup, one of the key ingredients for making a density column.Choose an autumn-colored liquid (or food coloring) Liquid stack Physical activity to create a colorful stack of floating liquids.
6. Leaf and tree branch structure
With Natural Design: Investigate the branching structure of trees In the lessons, students will learn about tree, plant and leaf branching patterns using leaf rubbing, painting and parsley activities. What does the branch structure do?
7. Candy spread
Pull out colorful hard shell candies Candy rainbow Learn about the chemistry of activity and diffusion, creating colorful patterns as the candy coating melts.What to see This family learned When they did this field experiment at home. For more candy-based scientific activities, see. Halloween STEM activity..
8. Create a sunprint
With Let’s make a sunprint using natural objects! In the activity, students use special paper and the heat of the sun to create special prints of objects. Try making leaf prints for autumn crafts.
9. Learn about the seasons
Autumn is the perfect time to talk to your students about the seasons and seasonal patterns, as the leaves begin to fall and the temperature changes.In What season is this? In the lesson, you will learn about seasonal patterns by matching different pictures to different seasons. The other two lessons, Motion sensation astronomy: longer days, shorter nights When How sunlight warms the earth It also helps students explore seasonal changes.
10. Make a thermometer
The complete “weather station” was outlined above, but creating a thermometer is a great activity focused on the weather, with one child having temperatures at different times of the fall month. It can be used immediately when thinking about changes in the temperature and changes in temperature. NS Make a thermometer to check the temperature The lesson will show you how an educator can create a thermometer with a student. (For families Activity version Is also available. )
11. Feed the birds
As the temperature cools, birds that stay in your area (and don’t move to warmer places) may find it harder to find food.This is the best time to do Make a feeder For your backyard or school science field. Make sure you have plans to keep them full during the winter! For related lessons, Use of empirical data in the classroom: Raptor migration! Lessons to investigate how seasonal changes affect the behavior of birds of prey and other birds What animals need to survive To help students identify the basic needs of animals.
12. Make toy Mayflower
use Make a toy yacht Activities to make toy yachts from cork and crafts. These fit perfectly into the discussion of the Mayflower, which brought pilgrims to North America. For more creative building activities, see. Eight free scientific activities using toilet paper tubes When 12 engineering design challenges ideal for remote learning..
13. Shadow play story
Encourage creativity and storytelling with homemade shadow puppets. Whether their story is a creepy Halloween story or something else, Make a shadow doll Activities help students explore the science that brings shadow puppets to life. (For other storytelling-themed STEM activities, see. Imagine your story-STEM activity for storytellers of all ages!.. )
14. Make seasonal cards
With Use science to make marble cards! The activity allows students to create greeting cards, gift tags, or creative and colorful cards for use in refrigerator art. Choose a seasonal color for fitting fallcraft that combines STEM and art.When these students worked at home, they Showed how unique this activity is..
15. Explore veggie power
With Potato Battery: How to Turn Agricultural Products into Vegetable Power! In the project, students learn about circuits and alternative energies. In this project, potatoes are displayed in the circuit, but students can try other fruits and vegetables while investigating what this type of circuit works and why and how much power it produces. I can do it.I had my family experiment Butternut squash When Small pumpkin For the fun of autumn-themed electronics. NS Veggie Power Battery Kit Contains all the special parts needed to try out the fruits and vegetables of your choice.
16. Make rock candy
Autumn festivals are often marked with baked goods and Halloween candies.Shake things a little Grow rock candy crystals activity. Be creative with your own tastes and colors to create unique rock candy like your favorite autumn flavors.
17. What causes apples to turn brown?
Autumn harvest can mean a lot of apples, but once chewed it won’t last long! NS Did the fruit get worse?Discover enzymatic browning Plant biology activities help students learn why apples (and other fruits) turn brown.
18. Cranberry side dish
Some people like the cranberry sauce to be solid (or jelly-like), while others like it to be watery.use Comparison of cranberry seasonings Learn about activities and the chemistry that makes the difference between these two dishes.
19. Apple mating
How many apples can students name? Students may be surprised to learn that more than 7,000 apple varieties are grown around the world. Practical lessons and activities allow students to learn more about apple cultivation and the agricultural and biotechnology associated with apple mating.In Apple Science: Comparison of Apples and Onions In class, elementary school students observe the differences between apples and onions (or other produce) and talk about genetic traits. What is the difference between apples and onions? Features and a set of features! After considering many of the characteristics of apples, students learn about mating and grafting, and how apples are produced to produce apples with specific characteristics. In the junior high school version Apple Genetics: A Delicious PhenomenonStudents also use the Punnett square to determine the probability of a particular trait when mating different types of apples.
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19 Autumn Scientific Activities for Autumn Fun
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