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Materials for Lessons A-1 to A-9


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      Materials for Lessons A-1 through A-9

      A-1 and B-1. Organizing Things Into Categories

      Miscellaneous items that students can group in various ways. For example, assorted writing instruments, sorts of paper, table ware, eating utensils, scraps of cloth, buttons, clips, etc.

      A-2. Solids, Liquids, and Gases and Change With Temperature

      Part 1:
      1 Penny  (or any solid object)
      Cooking oil  (or any liquid)
      Water (enough to put in clear container)
      3 Cardboard boxes (boxes large enough to place items in, or you can mark off and label areas on the floor)
      1 Cube-shaped, toy building block (or any solid object)
      1 Pencil (or any solid object)
      3 Clear containers (any type clear containers will do)
      Liquid detergent (or any liquid, a few tablespoons)
      Part 2
      1 Saucepan
      1 Burner or hot plate
      Water (to put in bowl and saucepan)
      1 Ice cube
      2 Bowls (any type or size to put water and ice cubes in)
      Butter (or bacon grease or wax to melt in saucepan)
      Part 3
      No Materials Listed

      A-3. Air Is a Substance and The Concept of the Atmosphere
      Part 1
      2 12-inch rulers (or paint stirs)
      Water (enough to fill dishpan or sink 3 inches deep)
      1 Drinking glass (clear, or glass jar)
      1 Drinking straw
      1 Empty plastic soda bottle
      2 Rubber party balloons (the same size)
      3 Metal paper clips (any type paperclips, you will need 3 of the same size)
      Dishpan (or a sink to put water in)
      Part 2: No materials listed

      A-4. Matter I: Its Particulate Nature
      Part 1
      1 Scissors
      Water (to put in clear plastic cup and spray bottle)
      1 Drinking straw
      Dirt (or soil, a small amount to smear on paper)
      3 Plastic cups (must be clear, use as many as you choose to put various items in)
      1 Spray bottle (to squirt water from)
      1 Pottery clay (or play dough, hardened so will break when hit with hammer)
      Liquid detergent (or dish soap, enough to create soapy water in cup)
      1 Hammer
      1 Metal file
      1 Sandpaper (any type to sand wood will do)
      1 Metal piece (any scrap metal to use metal file on)
      1 Wood piece (any scrap wood to use sandpaper on)
      1 Safety goggles
      1 Paper (must be white)
      Part 2
      1 Saucepan (OPTIONAL, to boil egg in)
      Water (OPTIONAL, enough to boil egg in saucepan)
      1 Ice cube tray with ice cubes
      1 Accurate scale or triple beam balance
      Butter (OPTIONAL, enough to weigh before and after melting in saucepan)
      1 Chicken egg (OPTIONAL, raw in shell, to weigh before and after hard-boiling in saucepan)
      Part 3
      No additional materials needed

      A-5. Distinguishing Materials
      Part 1
      1 Wood pencil
      Part 2
      1 Penny (or any metal object)
      1 Drinking glass (or any glass object)
      1 Plastic spoon (or any plastic utensil)
      1 Metal spoon (or any metal utensil)
      1 Wooden spoon (or any wooden utensil)
      1 Magnet (any type)
      1 Plastic cup (or any plastic object)
      1 Wood block or any wooden object
      1 Stone
      1 Aluminum foil
      1 Metal coat hanger (or any metal object)

      A5-A. Magnets and Magnetic Fields
      Part 1
      1 Penny
      1 Drinking glass (or anything made of glass)
      1 Magnet
      1 Plastic cup (or anything made of plastic)
      1 Wood block (or anything made of wood)
      1 Nail (small and made of metal)
      1 Aluminum soda can
      1 Metal paper clip
      1 Gold jewelry
      1 Silver jewelry
      1 Lead fishing weight
      1 Paper (any type paper)
      1 Cloth (any cloth that does not have metal in it)
      1 Leather (anything made of leather)
      Part 2
      1 Poster paper
      1 Penny (as a coin to test)
      1 12-inch ruler
      1 Quarter (as a coin to test)
      1 Drinking glass (or any glass object)
      1 Plastic spoon (or any plastic object)
      1 Wood block (or any wooden object)
      1 Nail (small and made of metal)
      1 Horseshoe magnet
      1 Iron filings
      12 Metal paper clips
      1 Empty tin can
      Aluminum foil (small piece)
      1 Cloth (any cloth that does not have metal in it)
      20 Index cards (or pieces of paper to place between two magnets)
      1 Iron object (any iron object such as a cast iron skillet or large wrought iron nail)
      1 Dime (as a coin to test)
      3 Paper tissues (or paper napkins to wipe off iron filings)
      Part 3
      Coarse thread (two to three feet long to hang bar magnet on)
      1 Directional compass
      1 Small table (or a chair to turn on its side and use a leg for stationary support to hang magnet from)
      2 Bar magnets
      1 Nail (Large and made of metal)

      A-6. Matter II: Air Pressure, Vacuums, and the Earth’s Atmosphere
      Part 1
      1 Air pump
      1 Rubber party balloon  (or a ball or tire)
      1 Pottery clay (handful clump or clay or play dough, moistened and pliant)
      Part 2
      No materials needed
      Part 3
      1 Household vacuum cleaner
      Part 4
      No materials needed

      A-7. Air: A Mixture of Gases (Mixtures and Chemical Reactions)
      Part 1
      Vinegar (about 1/4 cup)
      Baking soda (a tablespoon)
      2 Jars (clear glass jar or drinking glass)
      1 Candle (any average sized candle)
      1 Matches or lighter
      1 Soup bowl (or any small ceramic bowl)
      Water (about 1/2 cup)
      1 Walnut shell (OPTIONAL, 1/2 shell)
      1 Candle holder (for the average sized candle)
      Part 2
      1 Set of building blocks (Tinker Toys or any sort of toy blocks toy pieces of various sizes and/or shape that go together in some ways but not others for modeling elements and compounds)
      Part 3
      No materials needed
      Part 4
      No materials needed

      A-8. Matter III: Evaporation and Condensation
      Part 1
      1 Bowl (small sized, such as a cereal bowl)
      2 Paper towels (wet paper towels or similar wet rags of equal size)
      Water (a few cups)
      3 Dinner plates
      1 Empty plastic soda bottle (any soda type bottle that can hold 1/4 cup water)
      1 Measuring cup (to measure equal amounts of water)
      Part 2
      1 Small hand-held mirror (or a cold glass surface of a window)
      Water (enough to put in drinking glass with ice cubes)
      3 Ice cubes
      1 Drinking glass
      Table salt (a small amount to put in ice water glass)
      Part 3
      No additional materials needed

      A-9. Matter IV: Dissolving, Solutions, and Crystallization
      Part 1
      Water (enough to fill the 8 drinking glasses)
      8 Drinking glasses
      Table salt (about a teaspoon to add to water)
      Sugar (about a teaspoon to add to water)
      Packet of dry powdered beverage mix with a strong color (use about a teaspoon to add to water)
      Flour (any type flour or cornstarch, use about a teaspoon to add to water)
      Milk (any type milk about 1/2 cup to put in drinking glass)
      Carbonated soda drink (about 1/2 cup to put in drinking glass)
      Fruit juice (about 1/2 cup  to put in drinking glass)
      Orange juice (with pulp, about 1/2 cup to put in drinking glass- OPTIONAL)
      Part 2
      1 Jar (with tight fitting lid)
      5 Pennies (or about a handful to place in water jar)
      5 Pebbles (or about a handful to place in water jar)
      Cooking oil (any type, a few tablespoons, the same amount as detergent)
      Water (about a gallon or so)
      Table salt (about a tablespoon)
      Sugar (about a tablespoon)
      5 Marbles (or about a handful to place in water jar)
      Liquid detergent (a few tablespoons, same amount as oil)
      1 Tablespoon (to measure oil and detergent equally)
      5 Toothpicks (wooden toothpicks, about a handful to place in water jar)
      5 Plastic buttons (or about a handful to place in water jar)
      Part 3
      1 Paper towel
      Water (enough to make salt solutions on plates and in glass and to wet paper towel)
      1 Drinking glass (must be clear)
      Table salt (a few tablespoons for both experiments)
      1 Dark colored plastic coated paper plate (or dark colored ceramic plate)
      1 Drinking straw
      1 Pocket magnifier
      1 Tablespoon (to measure salt)

    • #8383

      Jane Ann Smith

      I am just going to put this here. Our family will be doing all three books. This is much to think on. I guess when I actually have the books it will be simpler. Is there a list of just the tools that one would have to order. Like loupes, scales, microscopes and such? I am just thinking ahead, covid/delays. Thanks!

    • #8389

      Bernard Nebel

      Hands-on lessons are especially developed so that things you need will be items you probably have around the house or can easily purchase at a supermarket of office supply store. (Peruse the lists given here.) When you get to Volume II, a microscope and balance will be required. (see specifications in Volume II, 2 ed, Appendix 5 (page 435).

      Lessons in Volumes II and III build on what is presented in Volume I. Therefore, I recommend that all your kids start with Volume I. Older kids can go much more deeply while younger ones still get the concept.

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