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



Animated Flip Books

For information on the history of motion pictures - http://www.howstuffworks.com/movie-projector1.htm
Explore persistence of vision -http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/persistence_of_vision/

Binder Cover Solar Collector

Many useful links on solar collectors and related topics can be found at - http://www.solarcooking.org.

Binding Comb Battery Holder

Batteries – http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/battery.htm/printable.

Catch a Falling Ring

Larks head knot - http://www.ehow.com/how_13480_make-larks-head.html
Puzzle video - http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1055661/chain_and_ring_trick/

Color Wheel Kaleidoscope

Activities with reflections - http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/iconreflection.html  

For more information about kaleidoscopes and their history, visit: http://kaleidoscopeheaven.org/ and http://www.brewstersociety.com/history.html

Digestive System Surprise!

How the human digestive system works - http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/yrdd/#why  
Diagrams and glossary - http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/anatomy/digestive/

Drop in a Little Bucket

For an excellent overview of hearing, visit How Stuff Works at: http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/hearing.htm/printable

Envelope Field Notebook

Field Notebook Primer from University Michigan Museum of Zoology - http://www.ummz.umich.edu/birds/resources/fieldnotes.html
Joseph Grinnell - http://mvz.berkeley.edu/Grinnell.html

Envelope Kite

Forces on a kite - http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/kite1.html
Experiments - http://www.sciencebuddies.org/mentoring/project_ideas/Aero_p016.shtml
Flight simulator - http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/kiteprog.html

File Folder Weaving

An overview of fabrics used throughout history can be found at - http://www.fabriclink.com/University/History.cfm  
More activities related to historic, real examples of applied math and science are available in the Exploratorium’s book Math and Science Across Cultures
Mathematics and Weaving websites - http://www.allfiberarts.com/cs/math.htm

Fun with Hexaflexagons

Make a 3-D version - www.enchantedlearning.com/math/geometry/hexaflexagon/instructions.shtml
Video different face designs - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnnvovjcC_o&feature=fvw  

Hoop Mobile

Alexander Calder’s biography and pictures of his work - http://calder.org/
Moon Phases – see RAFT Idea Sheet Moon Mobile - http://www.raft.net/ideas/Moon%20Mobile.pdf
Information on the Rock Cycle - see RAFT Idea Sheet Playing with the Rock Cycle - http://www.raft.net/ideas/Playing%20with%20the%20Rock%20Cycle.pdf

Magnetic Maze

Free printable mazes are found at many sites including at www.mazesonline.com, www.printactivities.com/Mazes.html, and www.krazydad.com/mazes/.

Magnets in Space

Microgravity - http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/space/teachers/microgravity/index.html

Marble Roller Coaster

Physics involved - http://www.learner.org/exhibits/parkphysics/coaster.html
History and physics - http://science.howstuffworks.com/roller-coaster.htm
Physics of loops - http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/circles/u6l2b.cfm

Measuring Challengee

Dictionary of measurements terms - http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/
Conversion calculators - http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/conversions.html

Moiré Patterns

There is a nice selection of moiré patterns available online - http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/moire/moire.html and
http://www.sandlotscience.com/SectionMaps/Moire_Sec_Map.htm

On a Roll with Geologic Time

Radiometric & relative time scales - http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/geotime/contents.html  
Geologic time concepts - http://www.tulane.edu/~sanelson/geol111/geotime.htm

Planet Orbit Locations to Scale

NASA’s Solar System Exploration - http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/charchart.cfm
Ellipse information and interactive image - http://www.mathopenref.com/ellipsefoci.html
Perihelion/aphelion with moving image - http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/physical_science/physics/mechanics/orbit/perihelion_aphelion.html

Retractor a Go-Go Car

Evolution of the wheel - http://library.thinkquest.org/C004203/science/science02.htm  
Designing and building a mousetrap car - http://www.pbs.org/saf/1208/teaching/teaching.htm

Space Weight

Your weight on other planets - www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/index.html
Skylab’s inertial balance - http://www-istp.gsfc.nasa.gov/stargaze/Sskylab.htm
Create a balance to measure weight on Earth - see RAFT Idea Sheet Measuring Mass
http://www.raft.net/ideas/Measuring%20Mass.pdf

Staple Remover Catapult!

General information on catapults - http://www.catapults.info/

Sun & Planets to Scale

Solar System information - www.jpl.nasa.gov/solar_system/index.cfm
Sun & planets - http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=178
In August, 2006 the IAU redefined the term "planet" and classified Pluto, Ceres, and Eris as dwarf planets - http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Pluto

Sun Measurer

Mirror plus window method of measuring the Sun - http://www.mscd.edu/~physics/astro/activities/act3.htm
Measuring the Moon using proportions -
http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlnasa/units/ExploringtheMoon/Part02.pdf

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