The week before break we took a break from everything...except science! We had an entire week of science learning and experiments involving matter. The students learned all about solids, liquids, and gases. We started out the unit with a demonstration of making ice cream. The students categorized the ingredients into solids and liquids as a pre-assessment. Then, they had a chance to get their hands on some solid materials. They were taught that solids have their own shapes. We spent some time learning the properties of solids. The following day, the students planned and built towers out of solid materials. Then, they learned properties of liquids. They had a chance to explore the differences between solids and liquids in an experiment called Bits and Pieces. They also had a chance to examine liquids in bottles to learn about their properties. Another experiment we did was making a plan to melt an ice cube the quickest. They learned about how solids, liquids, and gases can change into different forms. We ended the unit with the students making their own ice cream. It was a great week! We officially ended the week watching James and the Giant Peach and going over differences between the book and the movie. When we get back to school after break, we will get back into our normal routine.
Thank you to any parents who came in and volunteered during our science experiments this week! And thank you to those who sent in pictures of your child's tower they made at home!
It was great meeting with everyone at conferences! If you need anything throughout the rest of the year, just let me know.
Things to ask your child about:
-What is an example of a solid, liquid, and gas?
-What was your favorite experiment we did this week?
-What was a difference you noticed about the movie and book of James and the Giant Peach?