Ideas for developing Science Models
1. What is a solar eclipse?
You could show diagrams of the position of the Sun and Earth during a solar eclipse.
Diagrams of how to safely observe a solar eclipse could be included.
How the Sun looks during a solar eclipse.
Who is able to see a solar eclipse?
2. What is a lunar eclipse?
You could show diagrams of the position of the Sun-Earth-and Moon during a lunar eclipse.
How the Moons looks during a lunar eclipse.
Who is able to see a lunar eclipse?
3. Why do the hours of sunlight change during the year?
Diagrams of the position of the Earth and Sun with call outs explaining each.
Include where Earth is in its orbit around the Sun during the two yearly Solar Equinoxes –Autumnal Solstice, and the Summer Solstice.
4. Why are the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere opposite those in the Southern Hemisphere?
5. How can shadows be used to tell time?
6. How can the Big Dipper be used to tell time during the night?
7. What are the different Moon phases? MOON PHASES
You could make a diagram of Saturn with its rings, and then use call out boxes to identify characteristics of the planet as well as the components of the different rings. The distance of the rings from the surface of Saturn could be listed.
Use a cross section diagram of the Sun with call-out boxes to describe the different layers of the Sun. Describe what is happening at each layer.
1. Caterpillar Metamorphosis: How do caterpillars change into a butterfly? CATERPILLAR
Another way to model the emerging of a butterfly from a chrysalis. CHRYSALIS
2. Caterpillar Metamorphosis: How are chrysalis attached to a support? METAMORPHOSIS
3. What are the stages in a butterfly’s life cycle?
4. How does the human heart work?
A picture of the heart showing its parts. Call out boxes explaining the function of each part.
5. What is the carbon cycle?
Use call out boxes to explain the different parts of the cycle. For example, have a call out box showing how plants remove carbon dioxide and another call out box showing how animals contribute carbon dioxide.
6. What are the different classes of animals?
You could list these and have pictures of animals that represent each. Also you might want to have a call out box with specific characteristics of each class.
8. How do the shapes of leaves differ?
You can make a collection of pictures of leaves with different shaped leaves. Identify the plants the leaves come from as well as the name that scientists give to each specific leaf shape.
9. How do the vein pattern of leaves differ?
You can make a collection of pictures and/or drawings of leaves with different patterns of veins. Identify the plants the leaves come from as well as the name that scientists give to each specific vein pattern.
10. How do the grouping of leaves on a stem for different plants differ?
You can make a collection of pictures of leaves with different grouping. Identify the plants the leaves come from as well as the name that scientists give to each specific group type.
11. What is the difference between the leaves from dicot plants and monocot plants?
You can make a collection of pictures and/or drawings of leaves from dicot and monocot plants. Identify the plants the leaves come. Do have call out boxes that describe the characteristics of each type of leaf.
12. What is the difference between the flowers from dicot plants and monocot plants?
You can make a collection of pictures and/or drawings of flowers from dicot and monocot plants. Identify the plants the leaves come. Do have call out boxes that describe the characteristics of each type of flower.
13.Question: What qualified Ceres to be a dwarf planet while Earth’s Moon is just a moon?
14. Why does only one side of the Moon face Earth? MOON MOTION
1. What is yeast? Why is it used to make break?
2. What is the difference between atoms and molecules?
3. How does sunblock keep a person from getting sunburned?
4. What does the SPF rating on sunblock mean?
You could show the different brands of sunblock with different SPF ratings. In call out boxes , describe how to use the product so that you are best protected if you are exposed to sunlight for several hours.
5. How is carbon-14 produced in Earth’s Upper Atmosphere? CARBON-14
6. What is a photon? PHOTON
7. What is an isotope?
Show diagrams of isotopes, such as hydrogen, deuterium, and tritium. Use call out boxes to to add information about each of these isotopes.
8. Why does popcorn pop? POPCORN
10. How do soap bubbles form? SOAP BUBBLES
1. What is lightning?
A display of how lightning is produced–what attracts lightning–the different kinds of lightning.
2. What do the symbols on a weather map mean?
3. How does a compass work?
4. What is the water cycle?
Show why some say that we might be drinking the same water that a dinosaur drank millions of years ago.
5. What are the different kinds of clouds?
Use call out boxes to describe diagrams or photos of different types of clouds. You can also add call out boxes to describe the type of weather that each cloud type is associated with.
6. How are clouds formed? CLOUD FORMATION
7. How does snow form?
You can create models of six-sided snowflakes. You can find a procedure here: SNOWFLAKES
8. What and where is the ozone layer?
9. What is the Electromagnetic Spectrum? SPECTRUM
10. How do the different kinds of ultraviolet light in sunlight affect people? UV RADIATION
11. What is Carbon-14 dating? DATING FOSSILS
12. How are man-made clouds produced? CLOUDS
13. How do raindrops form? RAINDROPS
14. What are the different types of volcanoes? VOLCANO TYPES
Diagrams of the different volcano types with call out boxes giving information about how each type is formed. You could make a 3-D model of a volcano as part of your display.
15. What causes a volcano to form? Why does it explode?
1.How does a flashlight work?
2. How do dry batteries work?
3. How does a incandescent light bulb work?
4. How does a fluorescent light bulb work?
5. Why are metal paper clips attracted to a magnet?
You might use diagrams of magnetic domains to explain the difference between a magnetic and a non-magnetic material.
6. What are the four states of matter?
A list of these states and the two basic types of solids can be found here: STATES OF MATTER
NOTE: This topic can also be listed under chemistry.
7. How does an electromagnet work?
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