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# 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.

## Building a Basic Circuit Series

Purpose: To provide a hands-on opportunity to build and examine a basic electrical circuit.

## Conductors of Heat - Hot Spoons!

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.

## Conservation of Mass

Purpose: To illustrate the law of conservation of mass that states that matter is neither created nor destroyed during a chemical change.

## Friction

Purpose: To identify increases in friction

## Mixtures and Solutions

Purpose: To create heterogeneous and homogeneous mixtures and solutions, identify the differences, and to explore the concepts of concentration and dilution.

## Momentum

Purpose: To explore the law of conservation of momentum

## Name That Frequency

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.

## Polyatomic Ion Bingo

Purpose: To memorize the major polyatomic ions.

## Pressure

Purpose: To discover if there is a relationship between depth and pressure.

## Separating a Mixture

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.

## The Mystery Box - Making Observations and Collecting Data

Purpose: To differentiate between qualitative and quantitative observations and to practice data collection.

## The Three Basic States (Phases) of Matter

Purpose: To introduce the three states of matter, by examining tactile models illustrating the characteristics of particles in each state.

## Volume, Mass, and Density Boxes

Purpose: To introduce the relationships among changes in volume, mass, and density.

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