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Sunday, January 22, 2012

"Protect the House" Experiment

We have been learning about homes around the world and we wanted to know why houses all over the world are built differently. To test out how houses react to different type of weather, we decided to do an experiment using cardboard boxes as our house and see which type of covering material would work the best to keep rain out. Here is the documentation of our work.

Protect the House Project

Here are the items I provided the children to choose from to cover their house. Glue, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, clear packing tape, masking tape, and construction paper.

Group 1 AM covering it with glue.

 Group 1 AM Pouring the water after glue dried.

Results to Group 1 AM- DRY!

Group 2 AM hard at work covering their house with foil.

 Group 2 AM covering it with plastic wrap and clear tape.

Group 2 AM adding their floor. 

 Group 2 AM making it "rain."

Group 2 AM Results- Floor fell apart, but dry on the inside!

Group 1 PM covered their house with plastic wrap and clear tape.

Group 1 PM making it rain.

Group 2 PM Results- A little wet on the edges, but mostly dry.

Group 2 PM covered the holes and cracks with clear tape and then applied glue.

Group 2 PM pouring the water with the watering can.

 Group 2 PM noticed that the glue was starting to wash away, but the inside still wasn't wet. So, we decided to make more dramatic rain by putting our house under the faucet.

Group 2 PM Results- Even after being under the faucet, still DRY inside!!!

This experiment was so much fun. It was interesting that all the groups chose a different method to protect their house. It was also interesting to hear the children's predictions about what was going to happen to the house. They were excited about doing this and the second day when it was time to pour the water, they all wanted to participate. You could've heard a pin drop in a typically very loud classroom as they were waiting to see what would happen! I was even surprised with the results. I thought at least one of the boxes would break apart. Just goes to show, you don't always know what will happen unless you test it out.

What experiments have you done with your kiddos?

If you would like a blank copy of this form to use with your students, you can download it here:
Scientific Method Template