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

Back to top