Accessible Science Activity Posts

By Laura Hospitál
This interactive activity can be done while instructing students on plate tectonics and as a review.   Key terms: Plate tectonics: The... read more
By Laura Hospitál
While teaching the electromagnetic spectrum, it occurred to me that Wikki Stix would make a quick and easy model to supplement the raised line from... read more
By Selma Walsh
These hands-on science activities are designed to teach students with visual impairments about light sources and the properties of light.
By Laura Hospitál
Students will observe heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation as they pop popcorn.  This activity can be used as an intro to these... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students often have difficulty understanding that the entire DNA code for an organism is located in almost every cell of the organism, but only the... read more
By JKillebrew
This activity provides an introduction to black holes and the Milky Way.
By aroth
As you know fossils are clues that allow us to see all the changes that happened throughout earth’s history, such as climate, weather, foods, etc.... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students use the APH Periodic Table and AZER Reference Booklet to build an atom of an element given only the element symbol or atomic number.  Both... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Much of astronomy is particularly visual including the concepts of apparent magnitude and absolute magnitude. The idea of using the strength of the... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Using the familiar tune to The Farmer in the Dell, this activity teaches students the parts of a plant and reinforces these concepts.
By Laura Hospitál
We just covered the phases of the Moon, with tides as our next topic of study. It occurred to me that the http://www.perkinselearning.org/accessible-... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This activity occurred to me as I was using globes for my students to teach space science concepts.  Some of the globes I had borrowed from our... read more
By Laura Hospitál
As I was contemplating how to describe why we only view one side of the Moon, this simple model came to my mind.  Students work in groups of two to... read more
By aroth
In this engineering design lab you will invoke the Scientific Method as you egg on your students to take one large egg, 5 sheets of printer paper... read more
By Laura Hospitál
I found that my students were struggling to understand why the tides are later (50 min) each day. As I contemplated how to make this content more... read more
By Laura Hospitál
In this inquiry-based learning activity, students who are blind or visually impaired work in groups to put the steps of the scientific method in... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students will measure distance traveled and time traveled to determine velocity in a similar manner to speed determination in the recent activity:  ... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students learn about the transfer of energy through conduction, convection, and radiation.  This interactive activity reviews these concepts while... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This activity was adapted from the 8th Grade Science Fusion book (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015) by Paul Carlson, a student teacher, at TSBVI.  ... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This simple yet elegant activity is adapted  from the FOSS Magnetism and Electricity kit and book.  Please see review at http://www.perkinselearning.... read more
By Laura Hospitál
The Periodic Table is arranged in a manner that places elements with similar chemical properties in columns (groups).    This similarity of... read more
By Laura Hospitál
In this activity, students differentiate between a gas, a solid, and a liquid. The activity serves as a quick assessment of which students have... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This activity was born of a warm-up in one of my textbooks.  As an introduction to the idea of structure and function in 7th grade science, the... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This activity is the result of a lab gone awry.  Students most often complete labs that have been set up to "work".  This is not how most real... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This activity should be completed after introducing the definition and formula for speed (possibly the next day). In this activity, students will... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students in middle school and high school learn that the rate of a chemical reaction can be affected by concentration, surface area, temperature,... read more
By Kate Fraser
This activity is included in many elementary school science texts in the unit on the human body. As an introductory activity in the study of basic... read more
By Charlotte@Perkins
The Elementor Periodic Table App was created by 7th grader Hari Bhimaraju to explain the various facets of the elements of the Periodic Table. It is... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Many thanks to Sasha Hospitál for developing the idea for this activity. This activity came out of a conversation with my daughter, Sasha.  I... read more
By Sandra Craig
This activity provides students with a hands-on exercise that relies on shapes rather than the ability to read letters.  Color-coordination of foam... read more
By Kate Fraser
This activity accompanies reading and discussions in an introductory chemistry or physical science course.  Changes of state are physical changes.... read more
By aroth
In the world of physics, some properties don’t always behave like we think they should. A liquid should flow and fill a container; a solid should... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This activity is designed as a review of concepts related to basic atomic structure.  Students will need a review of these concept,s as well as a... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Volume is simply defined as the amount of space that something take up. In this lab, students use adapted beakers to measure volume accurately to... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students use the APH atom model to both become familiar with the concept of atomic number and mass number and to display (model) their... read more
By Laura Hospitál
While considering what I might use to better explain the concept of the atom as the smallest unit of matter, I asked my daughter, Sasha, what she... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students with visual impairment and blindness often struggle with the format of the Periodic Table.  This activity introduces the more complicated... read more
By Laura Hospitál
The heart of scientific thought is asking questions, with WHY the main question we would like our students to ask?  This idea was presented to me... read more
By Kate Fraser
Technology and engineering instruction teaches students to use their science knowledge, some technology, and the engineering design process to solve... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This activity is a variation of an activity that I have completed with my students.     Background:  The tongue is the organ for taste.  but... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students research a scientist or mathematician of their choice who is blind or visually impaired and write an essay on the chosen individual.    
By Laura Hospitál
This activity came from a documentary that we watched about a man who is blind who hiked the Appalachian trail. He had never been a hiker or even... read more
By Laura Hospitál
I was reminded of this activity while considering kinesthetic activities that I use with my students for an interview with Stephanie Ludi (See... read more
By Laura Hospitál
The Latin word scientia, from which the the work "science" hails,  means "to know".  The heart of a scientist is an unquenching desire to know more... read more
By Laura Hospitál
In basic biology courses, students learn about the movement of water into or out of the cell by means of osmosis.    Osmosis is the movement of... read more
By Kate Fraser
In this lab the plants are adequately watered, but have stems that are falling over. This lab encourages students to identify a problem and to come... read more
By Kate Fraser
One of the basic concepts in technology and engineering is developing an understanding of the materials needed to complete a project. For a student... read more
By Kate Fraser
Filling a black plastic trash bag with air or using a “Solar Tube” (an extra-long black plastic tube available from many science supply companies),... read more
By Kate Fraser
By exploring a variety of seeds and seed pods and creating a seed of their own, students understand the benefits that the development of pods have... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This activity was designed by Jennifer Groeschen for a student who is deafblind. In this activity, the student receives instruction on mitosis and... read more

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