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Slurpy, Slushy and Slippery Science: Messy Learning in the Classroom

Science can be so much fun! This collection features the evidence base for using hands-on messy play during science in the classroom, along with actual activities and lesson plans with concrete objectives.
A Collection By Erica Loop
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Slurpy, Slushy and Slippery Science: Messy Learning in the Classroom
  • Erica Loop says:
    This is definitely one of my favorite messy science experiments. Non-Newtonian fluid is ideal for a states of matter unit (and way more interesting than watching ice melt). Yes, there are countless videos online of Ooblek explorations. But, I love how simple this one is.
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    Trends in Elementary Science Education

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    Erica Loop says:
    At the heart of hands-on messy science play is inquiry. This article presents the reasoning behind using an inquiry-based model in the elementary classroom. I also enjoyed the age breakdown and suggestions for making science age-appropriate.
  • Erica Loop says:
    These are some of the best hands-on (and messy play) experiments that I’ve seen. I’m a fan of the ‘cool’ factor – which these explorations have plenty of.
  • Erica Loop says:
    You don’t have just one science lesson over the course of the school year, right? This collection bridges a variety of content areas – connecting them to science through messy play. The diversity of lessons really got me thinking about how to incorporate this type of hands-on exploration and what teachers could do to use science in new and different ways. Aside from that – it offers an awesome array of easy activities to try out!
  • Erica Loop says:
    The video and accompanying article make it clear why hands-on science is so very important. What I love about this combo is the way that it shows the benefits in an action-oriented way. I’m not just reading what some author has to say about science instruction, I’m getting to see how it works too!