In addition to the six experiments or demonstration that take place during the telling of the story, we also made use of four impressionistic charts to help bring the story to life. I used a version of the story that I cobbled together by combining the version in the KotU album with another version an online friend of mine created by rewriting Miss Barbara's story in a more biblical way.
The first impressionistic chart you use during the story is The Earth Compared to the Sun.
This is shortly followed by a demonstration of The Three States of Matter. The above jars are filled with either air, water, or ice.
The next demonstration uses a large bowl of water and paper punches to illustrate the Forces of Attraction.
The boys learned that some molecules cling closely together, some cling loosely together and that some do not cling together at all.
The third demonstration uses a jar full of BBs to illustrate how the molecules of a liquid will roll over each other.
Me Too was allowed to listen to the story. He really enjoyed the jar of BBs.
State of Matter and Heat: We used a cupcake tin together with wax, solder, a metal nut, and ice cubes to demonstrate that different materials change states at different temperatures.
I would recommend you use separate metal containers in a pan as per the instructions in the albums rather than a cupcake container on your gas stovetop griddle. Separate containers will allow you to REMOVE materials from the heat after they have changed state. Our way meant that the next demonstration was "how to remove the batteries from the smoke alarm." You can see the wax candles in the top left cupcake hole was starting to smoke as I snapped this photo.
Chart: Dance of the Elements
The boys learned that hot molecules expand and become light while cold molecules shrink and become heavier.
The next demonstration showed that Liquids Settle According to Their Weight.
This was Kal-El's favorite part of the story and he has repeated the experiment (using olive oil, water, and molasses) many times since I told the story two weeks ago.
The sixth demonstration involved the volcano. I did not do the volcano with ammonium dichromate, sulfer, and a match as is traditional. I didn't feel like making my own volcano just yet. So, I used a pre-made volcano by Learning Resources ; a mixture of red dye, dish soap, and vinegar; and baking soda. I explained to the boys that there are a lot of different ways to do volcano models and that we would work our way through them one level of difficulty at a time.
Authentic or not, the volcano was a big hit.
The story concludes with the explanation of two more impressionistic charts.
Volcanoes and Cloud
Volcanoes and Water