Physical Sciences

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FOSS Levers and Pulleys

Humans are the only living creatures that have been able to put materials together to construct machines to do work. Our capacity to see and invent relationships between effort and work produced through simple machines has led us into a world that is becoming more technologically oriented. Knowledge of these relationships is necessary for understanding all mechanics. The Levers and Pulleys module consists of four investigations that involve students in fundamental concepts of simple machines. Grades 5 - 6

 

FOSS Physics of Sound

The Physics of Sound module consists of four sequential investigations, each designed to expose a specific set of concepts. Students learn to discriminate between sounds generated by dropped objects, how sounds can be made louder or softer and higher or lower, how sounds travel through a variety of materials, and how sounds get from a source to a receiver. The investigations provide opportunities for students to explore the natural and human made worlds by observing and manipulating materials in focused settings using simple tools. Grades 3 - 4

 

FOSS Matter and Energy 

Students experience a variety of forms of matter and energy. They investigate the properties of light, observe the conversion of energy from one form to another, and explore properties of the three common states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas). Students use metric tools to measure the properties of matter-mass, volume, and temperature-and observe that starting substances can change into new substances as a result of a chemical reaction (4 Investigations). The complete module includes: Teacher Guide, Teacher Preparation Video, 32 hardcover Science Resources books, and Equipment Kit with enough materials for 2 complete classes of 32 students. Grades 3 - 4

 

FOSS Solids and Liquids

The Solids and Liquids module provides experiences that heighten students’ awareness of the physical world. Matter with which we interact exists in three fundamental states: solid, liquid, and gas. In this module first and second graders have introductory experiences with two of these states of matter, solid and liquid. Grades 1 - 2

 

STC Program: Floating and Sinking Unit Kit

Students develop their own answers to why some objects float while others sink. Students test the buoyancy of a large set of objects, many of which are the same size and shape but of different composition, shape a clay boat to observe the relationship between form and buoyancy, test the weight of objects out of the water and when submerged, & use spring scales to measure the buoyant force on fishing bobbers. Unit kit comes with a Teacher's Guide, 15 reusable Student Investigations books, 8 copies of STC BOOK: Floating and Sinking, and the materials needed for a class of 30. Added value: 8 KIDS DISCOVER Nonfiction Readers. Refurbishment Set replenishes kit consumables. The two use kit comes with all of the great materials you’d expect from the STC Program along with a box containing the materials for a second, non-concurrent use. All you need to do is set the box aside until you are ready for it. Grade 5

 

STC Program: Electric Circuits Unit Kit 

Students will answer many of their own questions about the properties and uses of electricity. Lessons in Electric Circuits have 3 sections: 1. Students focus on the basic properties of electricity. 2. They investigate how various materials are affected by electricity, and they identify conductors and insulators and 3. They go on to explore series and parallel circuits, switches, and diodes. Unit Kit comes with a Teacher's Guide, a Teacher's Tools CD, 15 reusable Student Investigations books, 8 copies of STC BOOK: Electric Circuits, and the materials needed for a class of 30. Added value: 8 KIDS DISCOVER Nonfiction Readers. Refurbishment Set replenishes kit consumables. The Two-Use Kit comes with all of the great materials you’d expect from the STC Program™, along with a box containing the materials for a second, non-concurrent use. All you need to do is set the box aside until you are ready for it. Grade 3

 

SCIS 3+ Energy Sources Level 5

Intriguing, hands-on activities engage students in the study of matter and energy as it enhances their skill in conducting scientific investigations. Comprehensive unit begins with a review and continues through to include Energy Transfer, Temperature Change and Motion as Evidence of Energy Transfer, and Transfer of Solar Energy. Grade 5

 

Pasco GO car

The GOcar is the low-cost alternative to the PAScar. It's the same molded, plastic body without the plunger, magnets, or Velcro tabs. A low- friction car with spring-loaded wheels to prevent damage from drops.

 

Economy Magnet Set

An exceptional value, kit includes a variety of magnets and accessories in a reusable storage box. Grade 2 - 6

 

Magnetic Wands 

Talk about attraction! Rainbow-colored wands engage each student in hands-on magnetism activities. Features 6 assorted colors: red, yellow, blue, purple, pink and green in resealable bucket. Each plastic Magnetic Wand measures 8"L. (Set of 24)