Magnolia Midlands
Erin Youmans-Regional Coordinator


Family Science Night Kits

Name of Kit (Science) Standard Description
Will it Float? SKP1.c Students will classify objects according to their physical attributes- buoyancy.
Disks Going the Distance SKP2.a Students will investigate different types of motion. Push, pull, and roll common objects and describe motions.
What’s All The Noise S1P1.d Students learn about vibration and sound by making a chicken crow.
Parts of a Plant S1L1.a Students will learn about the parts of a plant as they arrange puzzle pieces
It’s Magnetic! S1P2.b. Students “detect” the force of magnetism.
What’s the Matter S2P1.a Students will observe the three states of matter in a bag.
From Tadpoles to Frogs S2L1.a Students will use thumbprints to create an illustration of the growth and change of a frog as it goes through its life cycle.
Toy Inventor S2P2.a Students will design and create a toy that uses either a push or pull motion.
Betcha Can’t Find Me Now S3L1.b Students will explore features that help animals survive. (camouflage)
Water Cycle in a Bag S4E3.b Students create a water cycle that they can observe in action.
All About Circuits S5P2.b Using a Snap Circuits Jr. and Squishy Circuits (play-dough and battery packs), students will investigate circuits.
Generations of Traits S5L2.b Students will track traits through three generations using colored pompoms.
Be A Mineralogist S6E5.b Students will do simple tests to identify minerals.
Easter Egg Genetics S7L3.a Students learn about genetics using Easter Eggs (Punnett squares).
Body System Match Up S7L2.e. Students will match cards with pictures and descriptions with the correct organ system.
Balloon Rockets S8P3.a Students will design a balloon rocket and collect data to calculate velocity.
Huff & Puff Various Habits of Mind Standards Students learn about the motion of air.
Invincible Balloon Various Habits of Mind Standards Passing a skewer through an inflated balloon looks like magic but has a scientific explanation
Build A Boat Engineering Students will design and build a boat out of straws and plastic wrap that can hold 25 pennies

for at least ten seconds before sinking.

Build A Bridge Engineering Students will design and build a bridge out of paper to see how much weight it can support.
Earthquake Tower Challenge Engineering Students will design towers to withstand an “earthquake”.
Coding Challenge Programming Introduction Students will be assigned as either a “robot” or “programmer” and given the task to get through a maze. (no computers or devices required- only a simulation of coding)
I pad Minis Various 10 I pad minis to use with various science apps on each one
Family Reading Station Various Families can read books from the NSTA’s Outstanding Science Trade Book list

Family Math Night Kits

Name of Kit (Math) Grade Level Description
Counting Necklace MCCK.OA.1 Students will represent addition and subtraction with beads on a string
Bears Wear Buttons MCCK.CC.5 Students will connect numerals to a counted set of objects using buttons
Add/Subtract Games MCC1.OA.6 Practice simple addition using Monkey Math and Caterpillar Math Games
Shake, Rattle & Roll (coins) MCC2.MD.8 Students will practice coin recognition with a shake, rattle and a roll.
Clipboard Math MCC3.MD.3 Students interview others to practice gathering data and making and interpreting simple graphs.
Math Games MCC3.OA.7/MCC3.NF.1/


Measurement, fraction, graphing and multiplication match-ups.
All Aboard For Rounding MCC3.NBT.1 Students will discover and apply the rules for rounding numbers as they relate a number line to a train on a mountain.
Problems With Dominoes MCC3.OA.7 Students practice calculating sum and products using dominoes.
The Last Straw MCC4.MD.1 Students practice metric measurement in this game of estimation.
Ordering Up Fractions MCC4.NF.2 Students will play a game in which they try to create the largest (or smallest) fraction using unlike fractions.
Growing Paper Worms MCC4.MD.1 Students will make observations, predictions, estimates and measurements as paper worms begin to “grow”.
Build a Burger MCC5.OA.1 Students will practice problem solving using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division while building a burger.
Coordinate Plane Battleship MCC6.NS.8 Students will play “Battleship” with a partner by placing “ships” on a coordinate plane.   After calling out an ordered pair, students will determine if it is a “hit” or “miss”.
Playing for Odds MCC7.SP.5 Students will decide if a game is a “fair game” by determining the probability.
Ready, Set, Flip! MCC8.SP.3 Students will determine how long it will take to flip a group of cups while generating data, creating a mathematical model to make predictions, and explaining the real-world meaning of slop and vertical intercept.
Toothpick Teasers Problem Solving (various grades) Students make three congruent squares from the arrangement of toothpicks using logical thinking.
Problem Solving Puzzles Problem Solving (various grades) Students will problem solve playing Unifix Sudoku and with Tan grams.
Building Tall Towers Engineering/Budget various grades Students see who can build the tallest tower without going over a budget. (Engineering).
12 Spheros Coding, Problem Solving Students learn the basics to program robotic balls. (also available for teacher checkout if teacher has completed training)


Other Available Kits/Resources

Name of Kit Description
Alka Seltzer Rockets


Students will have a blast sending a film canister blasting off. Great experiment for changing variables and demonstrating chemical reactions and Newton’s 3rd law.
All About Mittens


Based on the book The Mitten(included), students can rotate through 3 stations: make predictions and use tens and ones, symmetry , and problem solving
Animal Habitats Bingo


Players take turns picking up an animal card and deciding which habitat the animal lives. (Rain Forest, Desert, Ocean, Arctic, and Grasslands)
Balloon Car


Students will utilize their knowledge of kinetic and potential energy to design and build their own balloon car.
Barbie Bungee


Using Barbie and rubber bands, students will determine how many rubber bands it will take for Barbie to fall from a predetermined height to have a thrilling, yet safe fall. (scatter plots and line of best fit)
Building a Card Tower


Engineering introductory activity- students become familiar with the engineering design process as they try to build the tallest tower using note cards.
Clothespin Math Students will clip clothespins on foam cards with the matching math facts.
Comet on a Stick


Students will make a comet (balled up piece of paper with 2 pieces of raffia for the comet’s tail) on a wooden stick. A hairdryer represents the sun and simulates the solar wind causing the tail to form a trail behind the comet.
Dragon Genetics Students will work with their family member to produce a dragon from the random mixing of genetic traits.
Eggs Full of Sound Students must shake the plastic eggs and try to determine its contents by the sound it makes.
Flight Test


This activity teaches Forces, Motion, and Control Surfaces of an airplane.
Flying Things


Using a straw and two strips of paper, students will make a paper airplane which really does fly. They will use their planes in recording distance, graphing, and in working the metric system.
Folding Geometric Shapes 1 set that includes: cube, cylinder cone, cone, square pyramid, triangular pyramid, hexagonal prism, rectangular prism, and triangular prism. They show shapes in a solid form as well as in a flat form.
Generations of Traits


Students track and record the passage of colored pom-pom traits through three generations of ginger bread people.
How Many Bears?


Project Wild Activity: Students become “bears” to look for one or more components of habitat during this physically involved activity. (limiting factor and how limiting factors affect animal populations)
It’s Electric


Students will develop scientific inquiry skills as they investigate the properties of static electricity.
Kitchen Chemistry


During this activity, students will use common kitchen liquids and materials to explore chemical reactions.
Life Vest Challenge


Engineering- Students will develop a personal floatation device or life vest out of everyday materials that will provide enough support to float an unopened can of fruit or vegetables for at least 1 minute.
Light Stick Investigations


This activity will show how heat and cold affect the speed of a chemical change.
Microscope 1 Brock Magiscope
Rocks and Minerals


10 Rock Kits with magnifying glasses; 3 Mineral Kits with Nails for hardness test and streak plates for testing powder color
Roller Coaster Rally


Engineering-students will explore how both force and motion can be affected by gravity.
Sea Shapes


Students will put together a set of geometric shapes to make different animals.
Skittles Math


Predicting and communicating results Lab (predicted vs. actual, %, and mean, median, and mode)
Sound Box


Students can investigate sound. (palm pipes, boom whackers, whirling tubes, etc)
Water Cycle Activity


Students will be able to understand and recall the steps involved in the water cycle by creating a water cycle bracelet.
Who Walked Here?


Students can use the stamp and ink pads to make animal tracks on paper. They can also use crayons and rub plates to make pictures of the animal and its track.
What’s the Matter? Students will observe the three states of matter in a bag.
Bernoulli Ball A hairdryer demonstrates air pressure by moving a ping pong ball towards a target.
Out of this World orbits Students will learn about the orbits of the moon and the earth.
Jelly Belly Dichotomous Key Students will use a dichotomous key to determine the flavor of jelly beans.
Chain Challenge Students will explore friction while doing a cool trick.


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*Others available upon request