Below you will find the activity resources for the RAFT publication Science and Math with Office Supplies.

Suggested Websites for additional information:

Activities Indexed Alphabetically


Activities Indexed by Subject Area



Amazing Magnetic Worms

Information on using a magnet and the science involved -
http://www.raft.net/ideas/Mini%20Magnet%20Wands.pdf

As the Clouds go Bye

Evaporation - http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/watercycleevaporation.html
Transpiration - http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/watercycleevapotranspiration.html
Oktas - http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/education/curriculum/lesson_plans/weatherobserving/partd.html
Water cycle and clouds - http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/watercyclecondensation.html

Catching the Wind

Basic wind measurement details and conversion for wind speed at other heights - http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/wcee/keep/Resources/Agriculture/Activitiespdfs/Ag%20Ed%20Measuring%20Wind%20Speed.pdf
Wind speed over water issues and indicators -
http://www.pangolin.co.nz/almanac/true_wind.php#Estimating%20Wind%20Speeds%20Without%20Instruments
Wind speed based on plant observation - http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/pdf/ec/ec1163-e.pdf

Charge Carrier

Animation of charging - http://www.ddart.net/science/physics/physics_tutorial/mmedia/estatics/epn.html
Pie pan version and use - http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/charge_carry/index.html

Circuit in a Jewel Case

Making Light - http://library.thinkquest.org/27356/p_sources.htm
Mini Bulbs (with shunt) - http://www.howstuffworks.com/christmas-lights.htm/printable
Discussion of current flow - http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/Phys/Class/circuits/u9l2c.html
Circuit requirements - http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/Phys/Class/circuits/u9l2b.html

Colors in the Mind

Light and mixing - http://www.exo.net/~pauld/summer_institute/summer_day6color/day6_color.html

Dangle Angle

Using similar triangles to find heights - http://mathforum.org/~sanders/connectinggeometry/ch_09Similar.html

Falling into Place

Brazil nut Effect - http://physicsweb.org/article/news/5/4/5

Jewel House

Greenhouse Effect - http://www.ucar.edu/learn/1_3_1.htm
Factors affecting the heat trapping ability of greenhouses - http://www.ucar.edu/learn/1_3_2_13t.htm

Just a Phase

Basic information on matter - http://www.chem4kids.com/files/matter_intro.html

Let It Rot

Fun facts and information about microbes can be found at:
http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/dlc-me/zoo/
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/archaea/archaea.html
http://www.microbeworld.org

Magnetic Explorer

Step-by-step pictures - http://everyschool.org/u/global/mspollock/workshop.html
More information on magnets - http://www.raft.net/ideas/Mini%20Magnet%20Wands.pdf

Magnets Around the Rim

Science and activity details - http://www.exo.net/~pauld/summer_institute/summer_day16magnetism/magnets_round_the_rim/Magnets_Round_the_Rim.html

Pictures in Motion

For information on the history of motion pictures and the works of Muybridge - http://www.howstuffworks.com/movie-projector1.htm

(Teacher Note: To better visualize motions of bodies, Muybridge often used nude artistic models. The website below, which contains his works, may not be appropriate for young students!)
http://www.masters-of-photography.com/M/muybridge/muybridge.html

Scaling the "g's"

Acceleration details - http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/Class/1DKin/U1L1e.html
Protractor accelerometer - http://www.exo.net/~pauld/books/car_science/accelerometer.html
Constant acceleration Java applet - http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph11e/acceleration.htm
Centripetal acceleration - http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/cf.html#cf

Shake and Break

Descriptions of the 4 different seismic waves - http://www.geo.mtu.edu/UPSeis/waves.html
"Earthquakes for Kids" and more - http://ammo.com/articles/earthquake-disaster-preparedness

Slope on a Rope

Acceleration details - http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/Class/1DKin/U1L1e.html
Mass, force, & acceleration animation - http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/newton/
Constant acceleration Java applet - http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph11e/acceleration.htm
Centripetal acceleration - http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/cf.html#cf

Solar Cone Cooker, A Renewable Energy Device

Illustrated plans, news on solar cookers, photos of solar cookers and much more - www.solarcooking.org

Sparking CD Capacitor, A Charge Storage Device

Simple Capacitors - http://www.alaska.net/~natnkell/simplcap.html
Leyden Jars Information - http://www.alaska.net/~natnkell/leyden.htm
Early Leyden Jars - http://www.sparkmuseum.com/LEYDEN.HTM

Static Tetherball, Electrical Charges in Action

Basic information on static electricity - http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/static.html

Thar She Blows, A Wind Vane

Student oriented wind information - http://www.weatherwizkids.com/wind1.htm
Global wind patterns and an activity - http://kids.earth.nasa.gov/archive/nino/global.html
Information on weathervanes - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_vane
General information on wind - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind

The Germinator, For Sprouting Seeds

Seed germination (basic) - http://gardening.wsu.edu/library/vege004/vege004.htm
Seed germination - http://plantphys.info/seedg/seed.html
Seed germination and dormancy (with photos) - http://www.pssc.ttu.edu/plantprop/lecnotes/section2/topic7.htm

Time for Shadows, An Equatorial Sundial

General sundial information - http://perso.orange.fr/blateyron/sundials/gb/index.html
Latitude and longitude in degrees - http://www.zipinfo.com/search/zipcode.htm
US (and international by other an zip codes) - http://mapserver.maptech.com/homepage/
Latitude and longitude, annotated sources - http://www.hmssurprise.org/Resources/whereami.html
Time zones - http://www.worldtimezone.com/
To make a horizontal sundial - http://faraday.uwyo.edu/~rberring/sundial.html

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