Science Sampler: Familiar toys and abstract ideasby: Tricia Hill

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In this article, learn how to use some toys to teach students various abstract science concepts, such as ratios, percentages, and conservation of mass.

Grades
  • Middle
Publication Date
5/1/2002

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Reviews (3)
  • on Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:26 AM

This article describes how to use the battleship game to illustrate probability, The Hoberman sphere and the molecule lay out of solid liquids and gasses, and doll furniture to review ratios. I really like the statement of the author that using everyday fun items make daunting concepts real and interesting to the students.

Jaime Kupfner  (Parkersburg, WV)
Jaime Kupfner (Parkersburg, WV)

  • on Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:40 AM

Games and toys engage students without them realizing they are learning something valuable. Playing Battleship helps children understand and apply probability skills. The Hoberman Sphere can help chemistry students to understand molecular arrangement in various states. Doll house furniture addresses scale and ratios. A visit to a toy store might be an exciting new experience.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon May 27, 2013 10:53 AM

This article describes how a teacher uses familiar toys to teach different aspects of science and math. Students are comfortable with the familiar toys and interact with each other on a comfort level not usually seen among students.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)


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