Hands-On Home Science Lab (July)

Welcome to Hands-on Home Science Lab 114 through Varsity Tutors!

My name is Dr. Rachel and I am excited to introduce you to some cool topics and conduct a few experiments!

From July 6th to July 10th, we will explore topics ranging from genetics to the water cycle in engaging ways. Each day, I will introduce important background information and vocabulary to create a foundation for the lesson. Then, I will guide you through an activity or experiment that relates to the topic we are covering that day. At the end, we will summarize what we learned and answer questions. Please keep in mind that there are A LOT of students attending this virtual summer camp so I will answer as many questions as possible throughout the lesson.

Below is the schedule for this week and associated worksheets. The worksheet have background information as well as materials and instructions for each activity. Many of the materials can be found in your home or purchased at a low cost. I also provide a few alternatives that can be used.

I am really looking forward to sharing my love for science with you!

~Dr. Rachel

Monday: Genetics and DNA (Worksheet)

Tuesday: Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes (Worksheet)

Wednesday: Density of Liquids (Worksheet)

Thursday: The Water Cycle (Worksheet)

Friday: Plants and Water Transport (Worksheet)


62 thoughts on “Hands-On Home Science Lab (July)

      1. Hi there

        Are there other options to use besides food coloring for Friday’s lesson? Just checking- thanks!

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      2. Food coloring will best show water moving through the celery sticks. You could try using coffee or dark tea to color the water. Or maybe try making some naturally colored from different fruit or veggies.

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  1. Hi Dr Rachel

    Wondering if you can tell me how to logon or connect for the session tomorrow? Will there be a link?

    Thanks
    Lesa

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    1. The target grade level is 4th grade (9-10 years old) so some of the information may be advanced for them, however, I think the student will still enjoy the activities and experiments.

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    1. Varsity Tutors is continuing to hold virtual summer camps so be sure to look for upcoming opportunities. There are other science based ones like chemistry (I think the class is called Magical Potions) and physics (I think the class is called Fun with Physics). There should be more information about these on the Varsity Tutors website.

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  2. Nikolas is very excited to join your class. Just a quick question, there is no worksheet for Friday, is that correct?

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  3. Hi Rachel! Thank you for your class today! My three kids loved making the double helix. Very informative and fun! Thank you!

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    1. Seems like you are not the only one who had this issue. I believe there is a link in the student portal, possibly on the “schedule” tab. If this issue continues, please contact Varsity Tutors.

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    1. You want to cut out the side that already has the opening. Then stand it up on one of the narrow ends. Cut two holes in the top and two slits in both the sides close to the bottom. It may be helpful to see me demonstrate tomorrow!

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  4. Your instructions for the earthquake states to take a tissue box with the opening side (top) cut off. But then in the instructions you say to cut two holes in the top. So I am unsure of what to do. I am sending Grace to class with the tissue box it has no lid because you stated to cut that off.

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    1. I apologize if this was confusing. I should have put a comment in there about standing the box upright on one of the smaller sides. Then the opposite side (the other small side) becomes the “top”. I will walk through this during the lesson.

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  5. Thank you very much for being so prepared, for the worksheets and everything. My child is a rising third grader. The material is a bit advanced for her, but she still likes it.

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  6. Hi Dr. Rachel.

    Can we use Tums instead of Alka Seltzer for tomorrow’s experiment? If not, is there another product we can substitute?

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    1. I do not believe Tums will work because it has different ingredients than Alka Seltzer. The experiment needs something to react with the water to be effervescent. I just tried it with baking soda in the water and didn’t get a the same results. You could add a little vinegar to react with the baking soda like a volcano experiment but I have not tried that yet.

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    1. You can use any kind of aerosol – like dry shampoo or sunscreen. If you do not have hairspray, that is fine. You will still be able to see water vapor forming in the jar.

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  7. Hello Dr. Rachel:

    My son had to miss your class today on the water cycle. He was really bumped. Could you share with us the answers to the handout? Also any guidance to doing the activity apart form the handout. Is there a recording? He is going to still going to do the activity.

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    1. I’m sorry your son missed class today! Here are the answers to the handout. 1) Solid ice, liquid water, and water vapor. 2) No, the chemical structure does not change because state changes are physical changes. The water molecules interact differently in each state but do not change chemically. 3) The water cycle is the continuous movement of water on Earth’s surface and in the atmosphere. The four steps are evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and runoff. The steps relate to weather by cloud formation (condensation) and rain/snow/hail (precipitation). There is not a recording but the instructions should be pretty clear. Let me know if you have any questions though! Happy to help 🙂

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  8. Hi Rachel! Do you teach others camp or class online? My kid loved the class every day! It’s very informative and fun! Thank you!

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    1. I’m glad your child likes the class! Right now, I am only teaching the hands-on science labs. I also do private tutoring for science and math and am happy to set something up through Varsity Tutors if you are interested!

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  9. My kids are enjoying your class so much!! Thank you for being so patient and making it fun to learn with all the cool experiments .

    Are you going to teach any other class? I would love to enroll my kids.

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    1. I’m glad your kids are enjoying the class! Right now, I’m teaching the same course next week but hope to add on one of the Magical Potions class. I’m also available for private tutoring if your kids want to continue taking lessons from me!

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  10. Sanaa thoroughly enjoyed this weeks science lessons. The experiments were great and you kept the information appropriate to her grade level. Thank you so much!!

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  11. Thank you so much for all the classes this week! Trinity loved every single day and had a blast with the experiments. Easy to follow and do at home.
    ~Nia

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  12. Hello Dr. Rachel,

    My daughter Saanvi Goli have attended 3 of the 5 sessions last week and have tharoughly enjoyed learning with fun hunds on experiments. She wanted to thank you and wanted to request you to add her to your google classroom with lastweeks sessions. Email: sh.bindu@gmail.com.

    Really appreciate all the work you have done! This is very encouraging for the kids.

    Thank you
    Hima

    Thank you

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