Physical Science Activities
We have adapted the following activities to meet the needs of our students. We hope these adaptation ideas inspire teachers to find their own creative ways to include students who are visually impaired in the science classroom. Click on the activity name to see the full activity details and to download and print the activity sheet to take to your classroom.
Purpose: To provide a hands-on opportunity to build and examine a basic electrical circuit.
Purpose: To show how different materials vary in their conduction of heat. Tactually observing the transfer of heat and hearing an audible output thermometer add meaning to this activity for students with visual impairments.
Purpose: To illustrate the law of conservation of mass that states that matter is neither created nor destroyed during a chemical change.
Purpose: To identify increases in friction
Purpose: To create heterogeneous and homogeneous mixtures and solutions, identify the differences, and to explore the concepts of concentration and dilution.
Purpose: To explore the law of conservation of momentum
Purpose: To model how vibrating particles, such as in a sound wave, bump into other particles causing them to vibrate and that the vibrations travel; to demonstrate the chain reaction of sound waves, using old video cassettes.
Purpose: To memorize the major polyatomic ions.
Purpose: To discover if there is a relationship between depth and pressure.
Purpose: To explore means of physically separating a mixture using dissolving, filtration, and evaporation. Separating a sand/salt mixture is a common experiment in physical science class that requires almost no adaptation for students with visual impairments. This activity also provides experience in popular laboratory techniques of dissolving, filtration, and evaporation.
Purpose: To differentiate between qualitative and quantitative observations and to practice data collection.
Purpose: To introduce the three states of matter, by examining tactile models illustrating the characteristics of particles in each state.
Purpose: To introduce the relationships among changes in volume, mass, and density.