This activity works best when the class is divided into groups of 4. Each group of students should share materials while making its own dust catcher.
- Baking soda (or cornstarch, baby powder, or a dusty eraser)
- Cotton balls
- Flashlight with batteries
Materials per group of students
- Glue sticks
- Plastic knife
- Petroleum jelly
- Wax paper
Materials per student
- Hand lens (magnifier)
- Pair of scissors
- Large rubber band
- ½ sheet of construction paper (4-1/2 x 12 in.; see Teacher Set-up)
- Sheet of marked graph paper, 10 x 10 cm (Paper with grid size of approximately 1 cm works well.)
- 4 copies of the student sheet
1. Cut sheets of 9x12 in construction paper in half lengthwise for dustcatchers.
2. Cut sheets of graph paper into 4 sections of 10x10 cm.
3. It is helpful to students if the teacher makes a template dust catcher for them to use as a model when they build their own.
- Dean, R., M. Dean, and L. Motz. (2003). Safety in the Elementary Science Classroom. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association.
- Moreno N., B. Tharp, and J. Dresden. (2011). The Science of Air Teacher’s Guide. Third edition. Baylor College of Medicine.
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