I was talking to my business school roommate, Marc Parrish, the other day and he told me about his girlfriend’s son’s 5th grade science project (which seemed too advanced for most parents, let alone kids!). I blogged about my son’s 5th grade Cloud Science Poster so I was blown away that the elementary schools in Silicon Valley assign kids to construct a Rube Goldberg machine as homework.
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Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, and I was inspired by this video I saw on The Kid Should See This about a small town in rural Japan well on its way to becoming a zero waste community. This means that they will produce no trash. To this end, they sort their trash into 34 recycling categories. I know that my family and I have trouble with just one recycling category!
My son selected four cool videos from a slew for your viewing pleasure. I added some book suggestions. Like his video picks? Here’s more:
Best Fun and Educational Videos for Kids (with matching book)
Coolest Star Wars Art Ever!
My son and I watched this and had the kind of reaction you get when watching an amazing fireworks display. Please watch the entire video as architect and artist Red Hong Yi has seven amazing Star Wars shadow art displays. She shines a beam of light from a specific position onto different shapes arranged on wires to get these effects!
Pair this with Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series.
I showed my son this video below on how to make an easy Pop-Up card. He watched it once and said that he “got it,” and then went off road, making two cards of his own.
It’s a fun and easy way to introduce STEM (or really this is more STEAM – Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) to kids of all ages.
Want some easy ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids? Superheroes TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers have partnered to teach kids and families backyard science, including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes.
The model of a cell cake is a popular science project for 7th grade. My daughter says that anyone who bakes this cake gets an A on their project. Her class ate the cake after she and her partner presented it. It was delicious even though it was a day old.
Here are instructions to bake your own Edible Cell Model from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. There is a lot of leftover candy after the project is completed which is why I think my daughter chose this project!
- Blue Mike and Ikes = mitochondria
- Pink Mike and Ikes = smooth endoplasmic reticulum
- War Heads = vacuoles
- Air Heads Xtremes = rough endoplasmic reticulum
- Sour gummy worms = Golgi apparatus
- Candy disc sprinkles = ribosomes
- Cupcake = nucleus
My three kids have been lucky enough to have the same kindergarten teacher and the same 5th grade teacher — bookends to their elementary school lives. Every year in 5th grade, the grade does a big science unit on the weather which includes cloud formations. And, every year, the kids make cloud posters.
Day 1: Painting the background
Day 2: Creating the Clouds Read more…