It’s no secret I love anything that is hands on and gets my kids involved. I had found this mad scientist clip art a while ago and wasn’t sure what exactly to do with it. I looked through my materials and thought adding a predicting activity was necessary. But how to make it hands one, hmmm…….. Well it has a science theme so what about….EXPERIMENTS!!! I am a closet science nerd. I loved all my science classes in school, and yes, Bill Nye the Science Guy was a Saturday morning staple on my TV growing up. So I found some easy, kid friendly experiments ( thanks to Pinterest) to include with this activity that can be sent home and done with the family or done with your students in the speech room.
This activity has 18 story prediction cards and 18 multiple choice prediction cards, for a total of 36 predicting opportunities. There is a prediction reference mat that can be placed in the middle of the table for students to use as they strengthen their skills.
There are reinforcement cards included that can cause students to lose a card or go again. The student with the most cards at the end wins. Here is the part I am excited about, the experiments! There are 4 different experiments that students can collect. All of these experiments are easy and kid friendly. The materials needed are common enough to be in most peoples kitchens already. These experiments can be copied and sent home with students to use as carryover activities. The directions state to have parents ask their students to predict what will happen in the experiment. The experiment sheets also include explanations for the experiments for parents in case students have questions. I know that for various reasons some parents will be unavailable to do these carryover activities with their students. Unfortunately, this is the case for many of my students. So to make sure they get an opportunity to practice their prediction skills, and be a scientist for a little bit, we are going to do some of these experiments in the speech room. I recommend ‘The Disappearing Egg Shell’ or ‘Lava Lamp’ because they are the cleanest of the experiments.