MPSA Celebrates Science

Welcome to Science Week (Apr. 27-May 1)

This week we will be focusing on science. Post pictures/videos of your Science Fair projects and/or daily science activities (below) on Twitter using the hashtag #MPSASciFair2020 and @MPSArlington.

Daily Science Activities

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seedsMonday (Apr. 27) – Plant a Seed

The Paper Towel Method – Seed Germination Made Simple (video)

Planting Seeds (video)

Plant the Seed (video)


Books About Seeds and Plants

  • National Geographic Readers: Seed to Plant
  • Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants by Bonnie Worth
  • From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
  • How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan (highlights plants, seeds, and trees with colorful illustrations and includes instructions for a DIY plant project)
  • The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  • A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long
  • The Dandelion Seed by Joseph P. Anthony and Cris Arbo
  • Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move by Joann Early Macken and Pam Paparone
  • Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole
  • My Garden by Kevin Henkes
  • Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn

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evaporationTuesday (Apr. 28) – Evaporation/Water Cycle

Create a water puddle that takes the longest to evaporate.

National Geographic: Evaporation (website)

Puddle Science: Watch Evaporation in Action (website)

STEM til the END: Engaging STEM Activities for the End of the Year (website)

The Water Cycle: Collection, Condensation, Precipitation, Evaporation, Learning Videos For Children (video)

The Water Cycle- How rain is formed-Lesson for kids (video)

Books about the Water Cycle

  • The Little Raindrop by Joanna Gray
  • I Get Wet by Vicki Cobb
  • Did a Dinosaur Drink this Water? by Robert E. Wells
  • All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon and Katherine Tillotson
  • Water is Water by Miranda Paul
  • A Drop Around the World by Barbara McKinney
  • The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman
  • A Drop of Water by Walter Wick

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rainwaterWednesday (Apr. 29) – Collect Rainwater

Place a cup, bucket, bowl outside on Wednesday and on Friday report how much water you have collected.

Rainwater Harvesting Projects for Kids (website)

Rainwater-Harvesting Projects for Kids (website)

Rainwater Harvesting (website)

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rainbowThursday (Apr. 30) – Make a Rainbow

Fill a glass almost to the top with water. If you are using sunlight, place the glass so that it is half on and half off the edge of a table so that the sun shines directly through the water onto a sheet of white paper on the floor. Adjust the paper and the glass until a rainbow forms on the paper.

How to Make a Rainbow (video)

How Is A Rainbow Formed | The Dr. Binocs Show | Learn Videos For Kids (video)

7 FUN FACTS ABOUT RAINBOWS! FACTS FOR KIDS! Rainbow! Learning Colors! Rain! Sky! Funny! Sock Puppet! (video)

Books about rainbows

  • Rainbow (Weather Ready-to-Reads) by Marion Dane Bauer
  • How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by Monica Sweeney
  • End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad by Marianne Welsh

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Friday – Creatively Make the Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly

Draw, paint, create in any format the life cycle of the butterfly.

The Amazing Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly (video)

The life of Monarch Butterfly (video)

Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly (video)

Books about butterflies

  • Becoming Butterflies by Anne Rockwell
  • Butterflies by Seymour Simon
  • Butterfly by Louise Spilsbury
  • Butterfly Count by Sneed B. Collard
  • Butterfly House by Eve Bunting.
  • A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston
  • Butterfly Tree by Sandra Markle
  • The Life Cycle of a Butterfly by Bobbie Kalman
  • Monarch and Milkweed by Helen Frost
  • A Place for Butterflies by Melissa Stewart
  • It’s a Butterfly’s Life by Irene Kelly
  • Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison and Kevin Hawkes
  • Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

Movies about butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies (2012) A film of hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries and along their migratory routes from Canada and across the U.S. to Mexico.

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