Physical science subjects are often at the core of the basic science programs in schools. These are the most easily appreciated science concepts. This is because applications and practical examples of the theories and laws are readily available in any environment. With enough reading, lectures and a good dose of fun and educational activities in the classroom, it would be very easy to make physical science a breeze for a lot of students.
Here are some activities that you may use for the easier learning of physical science.
- In basic chemistry, one of the most important fundamental concepts is the difference between mixtures and solutions. Create an interactive science experiment by asking your students to combine elements and substances. Make sure that the elements that you choose for this experiment don’t have a volatile interaction with each other. Through this experiment, you can be able to properly show students that mixtures and solutions are markedly different. To add to the fun–and to the learning—you can also use a Bunsen burner, which can better illustrate how you can dissociate and separate the original components of a mixture. This would be very entertaining for students and it would certainly force a lot of them to think outside of the box.
- In basic physics, one of the concepts that a student has to master is motion science. Newton’s Laws of Motion are classic concepts that explain several concepts, including acceleration, how things move and other practical concepts connected to the movement of objects. These may be reduced to a few formulas, but to ensure that your students really get a grasp of these ideas, let them construct their own Newton Cars. Newton cars are nothing more than just a plank of wood with a nail hammered on top. Attach rubber bands on the nail and let it glide through a series of pencils. This would allow the Newton car to roll and prove that for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. Have the students then make modifications, like adding rubber bands or reduce friction by adding actual wheels to the car. This way, students can see how much distance is added to the movement of the Newton Car.
- Gravity science is also a good field to study. This would only require a science worksheet and weighing scale. A person’s weight is his actual mass multiplied by the acceleration brought about by the earth’s gravity. Try weighing everyone and calculate the actual mass that each person has. For more fun, try calculating a person’s weight if he were theoretically in another planet. Planets that are larger than the Earth would increase the weight of objects, while smaller planets would result in a reduced weight.
Physical science activities make learning easier and more memorable because of the practical applications. Doing physical science activities and experiments also helps in visualizing these concepts, therefore aiding in a student’s creativity and analytical skills. Students would most likely see these activities as games and play, rather than just ideas and theories from a book.