Elementary Teacher Survival Kit

This hands-on workshop - chock full of easy-to-do science inquiry lessons - enables new and veteran teachers to expand on their bag of tricks. Using discrepant events, these activities give students a sense of mystery and awe. Topics include: energy, air pressure, scientific method, data collection and graphing. If the video does not appear, click here.

Skip ahead on the timeline to jump to each chapter/scene:

 1. Introduction (00:00)
 2. Fortune Fish (00:05:58)
 3. Ooze Tubes part 1 (00:11:32)
 4. Poly Density Bottle (00:12:19)
 5. Polymer Bead Demo (00:14:07)
 6. Ooze Tubes part 2 (00:16:23)
 7. Ultraviolet Detecting Beads (00:16:51)
 8. Ooze Tubes part 3 (00:23:35)
 9. Mysterious Glowing Ball (00:24:08)
10. Prism Glasses (00:26:51)
11. Energy Tube (00:35:10)
12. Glo-Germ (00:38:29)
13. Gro-Beast Alligators (00:45:25)
14. Sodium Polyacrylate (00:52:34)
15. Instant Snow (00:55:47)
16. Ice Melting Blocks (01:00:40)
17. Ooze Tubes part 4 (01:05:29)
18. Handboiler (01:08:24)
19. Drinking Birds (01:12:31)
20. Rocket Balloons (01:15:14)
21. Windtubes (01:18:47)

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Books for the Elementary Teacher's Tool Kit
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  • Prism Glasses (Double Axis) - Pack of 10

    Prism Glasses (Double Axis) - Pack of 10

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    These highly efficient, double axis, holographic diffraction grating lenses separate light from any source into its...
    $8.95
  • Glo Germ™

    Glo Germ™

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    Clearly demonstrate how germs are spread!
    $17.95–$59.95
  • Ultraviolet Detecting Beads

    Ultraviolet Detecting Beads

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    Watch white beads change to bright colors when taken outside!
    $6.95–$324.95
  • Liquid Light Demo

    Liquid Light Demo

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    Demonstrate the primary colors of light without a pricey light-box!
    $15.95
  • Mysterious Glowing Ball

    Mysterious Glowing Ball

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    Fascinating to watch in the dark!
    $6.95–$17.50
  • Drinking Bird

    Drinking Bird

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    Great centerpiece for class discussion or laboratory exploration. How does it work?
    $5.95–$64.95
  • Handboiler

    Handboiler

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    Great vapor pressure demonstration!
    $5.95–$59.95
  • Amazing Ice Melting Blocks

    Amazing Ice Melting Blocks

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    One of the most striking thermal energy demonstrations we have seen!
    $22.95
  • Energy Ball

    Energy Ball

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    The Energy Ball is all you need to safely introduce your students to electric energy.
    $3.95
  • Dropper Popper

    Dropper Popper

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    This incredible device seemingly defies the laws of physics by bouncing higher than where you dropped it from!
    $2.75–$54.95
  • Soother Ooze Tubes

    Soother Ooze Tubes

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    Great viscosity demo for your science table.
    $14.95
  • Poly Density Kit

    Poly Density Kit

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    Spontaneous order from disorder! Isn't this a violation of The Second Law??
    $19.95
  • Goldenrod Color-Changing Paper - 100 sheets

    Goldenrod Color-Changing Paper - 100 sheets

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    Turns bright red in bases and returns to bright yellow in acids.
    $16.95
  • Fortune Fish

    Fortune Fish

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    Science phenomenon at its best!
    $6.95–$12.95
  • Sodium Polyacrylate (Diaper Polymer)

    Sodium Polyacrylate (Diaper Polymer)

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    The super-absorbent polymer found in disposable baby diapers.
    $7.95–$89.95
  • Instant Snow Polymer

    Instant Snow Polymer

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    Is it magic? No, it's science!
    $6.95–$279.95
  • Large Gro-Beast Alligator

    Large Gro-Beast Alligator

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    These alligators grow more than 6" when placed in water!
    $3.95–$23.85
  • Polymer Bead Demonstration

    Polymer Bead Demonstration

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    Great for explaining self-siphoning polymers.
    $19.95
  • WindTubes

    WindTubes

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    Fantastic for teaching the properties of air!
    $6.95–$298.95
  • No-Pop Bubbles

    No-Pop Bubbles

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    Touchable bubbles!
    $3.50–$32.95