Accessible Science Activity Posts

Shared by Laura Hospitál on Apr 23, 2015
Students learning basic concepts related to electricity will be introduced to simple circuits and parallel circuits. This interactive tactile... read more
Shared by Sandra Craig on Apr 19, 2015
Designed by Sandra Craig, Math & Science Teacher Kansas State School for the Blind       The purpose of this activity is to provide... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Apr 10, 2015
The Earth is divided into three layers: the crust, the mantle and the core.  The mantle and the core are further divided into an inner and outer... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Apr 08, 2015
Food chains describe the flow of energy through an ecosystem.  This short activity can serve as a good introduction to food chains or as a warm-up... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Apr 08, 2015
When teaching sound and related concepts to students with visual impairment, it is important to tie the concepts to real-life.  This activity ties... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Apr 07, 2015
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States with over 1/2 a million deaths annually.   This simple activity models what... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on Apr 05, 2015
Animals of the coral reef need calcium carbonate to build their skeletons. In this activity, students compare the formation of coral reefs today when... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on Apr 05, 2015
Recent science articles have discussed how the increase in Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere is contributing to increased levels of carbon dioxide in... read more
Shared by Sandra Craig on Apr 01, 2015
For the majority of us Earthlings, the closest we will ever come to experiencing outer space will be through television and pictures.  What if that... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 31, 2015
This simple model represents the length and sequence of each organ in the digestive system.  It does not model the structure of each organ.  ... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 31, 2015
Students with visual impairment (as well as sighed students) often struggle to grasp the relative size of the Moon and the Earth and the distance... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 31, 2015
A simple tuning fork is employed to help students understand more clearly what causes sound and the manner in which sound moves.  The vibration of... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 23, 2015
This delicious model describes the structure of the Earth's plates and the Earth's layers as well as the theory of plate tectonics. This activity... read more
Shared by Stu Grove on Mar 20, 2015
This activity is a fantastic, and flexible, demonstration of Newton’s Third Law in action. Additionally, it may be used to demonstrate an acid/base... read more
Shared by Selma Walsh on Mar 20, 2015
Planting MANY bean plants will address Life Science standards for most grade levels.  Planting the bean seeds at intervals or for several days, will... read more
Shared by Selma Walsh on Mar 17, 2015
This activity is typically used to teach energy concepts and demonstrate how the sun warms air and makes air rise.  For visually impaired students... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 12, 2015
Friction, simply described for students in elementary school is any force that slows or stops motion.   In this lab, students compare the force... read more
Shared by Hari Bhimaraju on Mar 10, 2015
I am a student at Kennedy Middle ​S​chool in Cupertino, California and ​I am working on making a tool to help the visually impaired learn the atomic... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 09, 2015
This model utilizes boxes of increasingly smaller size to represent the levels of biological classification.  It should be introduced after initial... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 04, 2015
The theory of plate tectonics states that the Earth's crust is made of plates that move slowly toward or away from each other or past each other as... read more
Shared by Stu Grove on Mar 03, 2015
This hands-on activity is an excellent introduction to Newton’s First Law, otherwise known as the Law of Inertia. Students learn that inertia is an... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 02, 2015
This activity is designed to be used in conjunction with other Moon Phases activites on this site.  It should follow the Moon Phases Tactile Graphic... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 02, 2015
Formula triangles are commonly utilized in math and science classrooms to help students solve 3-variable equations. Most commonly this tool would be... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Mar 01, 2015
Elementary school students learn about the various food sources that animals consume.  They learn the difference between organisms that make their... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on Feb 23, 2015
Make a musical instrument or a sound maker, then describe its sound! This activity is a great introduction to the study of sound for students of... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Feb 18, 2015
The three basic shapes of bacteria are bacillus (rod-shaped), coccus (spherical-shaped), and spirillum (spiral-shaped). This simple model allows... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Feb 17, 2015
Punnett squares are commonly used in the study of genetics to predict the outcomes of a genetic cross when considering one or two characteristics. ... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Feb 13, 2015
Mendel's work with pea plants in the mid 1800s, earned him the title "The Father of Modern Genetics".  His work is discussed in most textbooks as an... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Jan 31, 2015
This interactive model allows the student to manipulate the position of the Moon as it revolves around the Earth in order to understand the... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on Jan 30, 2015
Blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets.  When you get a cut, platelets (cell fragments that play an important role... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on Jan 26, 2015
In life science textbooks, an introduction to blood types often includes a chart titled blood types and their markers.  Blood type O is usually... read more
Shared by Stu Grove on Jan 23, 2015
A well-rounded understanding of robotics begins with the exploration of four essential characteristics inherent in the design and engineering stages... read more
Shared by Stu Grove on Jan 22, 2015
In this hands-on activity, students are introduced to the concepts of static and kinetic friction and discover how the type of surface involved... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Jan 18, 2015
This tactile graphic is very easy to make and has worked well with my students.  I am unsure of who originally designed the model. Use this model to... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Jan 13, 2015
Students with visual impairment are often presented with tactile graphics to represent the phases of the Moon.  This activity can act as a supplement... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Jan 12, 2015
Students of biology learn about the movement of various substances into and out of cells.  This is done either utilizing energy from the cell (active... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Jan 09, 2015
Various types of mutations can occur in chromosomes.  These include mutations in which a portion is deleted, inverted, or duplicated.  In addition, ... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Jan 06, 2015
This simple model allows the students to identify the parts of a chromosome.  The two identical chromatids and the centromere are clearly... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Jan 04, 2015
As per the blog "Using a microscope with students with visual impairments" As middle school and high school life science students are introduced to... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on Dec 06, 2014
Background Information: Powdered Borax is an ionic compound that dissolves easily in warm water.  When given a surface to attach to, the borax will... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Dec 05, 2014
Many young students of cell biology become overwhelmed trying to memorize all of the terms which describe parts of the plant and animal cells and the... read more
Shared by Accessible Science on Dec 04, 2014
The activity described below works well for all students. The student with a visual impairment can best experience the activity as the person who... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Dec 02, 2014
The triple beam balance is commonly used in both middle school and high school science classes.  This tool can be easily adapted to become more... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Nov 30, 2014
This elegant yet simple model gives a student with a visual impairment needed auditory input to understand the concept of centripetal force.... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Nov 30, 2014
Though models are invaluable for science instruction of students with visual impairment, students should be taught that models are not usually a ... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Nov 28, 2014
The concept of the relationship between structure and function in living organisms from the smallest level of organization (the cell) to tissues,... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Nov 28, 2014
As students with visual impariments learn the base units and prefixes in the metric system, I often employ  this simple activity.  It helps to... read more
Shared by Laura Hospitál on Nov 27, 2014
Review prior to an assessment often becomes boring for students as it often involves much bookwork.  In an effort to make review more interesting for... read more
Shared by Kate Fraser on Nov 25, 2014
with assistance from Stu Grove Background Information It is difficult to compare the sizes of the planets in our solar system directly since the... read more
Shared by Accessible Science on Nov 20, 2014
The first part of the activity described below can also be used to illustrate inertia. In the second part of the activity, mass is added to the toy... read more

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