Resources
Can You Solve October's Mystery?

While Halloween may still be a little different this year, it's usually about trick or treating, often heavy on the treats. What child doesn’t want to come home from a productive night of gathering a sack full of delectable candy? October is also a month of mystery. Who are those little goblins behind the Halloween masks?

This month we offer an activity that solves a mystery and also allows an opportunity to talk about health, nutrition, and the effects of too much sugar consumption. Most importantly, though, it demonstrates the concept of density in a fun and memorable way.

Here’s the question. Can two soda cans of the same size and liquid volume do two different things when immersed in water? Watch our video to learn how the children solve the mystery. Also read how Freddie tries to trick Liza, Herman, and Bert in the Fuddlebrook story, The Mystery of the Floating Can.

Want to take your lesson further? Read the Archimedes crown story. Learn about the density of the planets. Research why we can float in salt water. Finally, try the amazing Fuddlebrook Candy Sink of Float Activity. All of these are great ways to further your students’ understanding of the rather complex topic of density.

Posted: October 1, 2021

Experiments
Freddie's Mystery Cans

10/1/21

Can your eyes be playing a trick on you? How can two cans of the same size and liquid volume react differently in water?

Liza’s Leaf Rubbings

9/1/21

Identify different parts of a leaf and make beautiful fall artwork, too, in this fun activity.

 

The Fuddlebrook Mystery Powder

8/2/21

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He uses forensic science as one of his methods for investigating crimes. In real life, some scientists work every day analyzing and solving crimes. In the book, Who Stole Herman Tweed? Mrs. Wigglebum’s students learn not to jump to conclusions without thoroughly analyzing all the evidence.

Freddie’s Skin Model

7/5/21

Summertime offers all sorts of opportunities for fun science. This month we explore our amazing organ, skin! Of course in the summer it’s also important to protect it from harmful ultraviolet rays with a good sunscreen.

Mrs. Wigglebum’s Sunny Surprise

6/1/21

In the book, A Bad Case of the Spots, Freddie learns that too much sun can be damaging to your skin.