Monday, January 24, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Before the winter break I received 100 tiny silkworm eggs. They were even smaller than a pinhead! With love and care from Lindsay and her family, they hatched and thrived during the vacation. They are growing at a rapid speed, spending the entire day eating a delicious mulberry leaf concoction! I will keep you posted with their growth and progress!
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing winter vacation. Below is a short description of what the students will be up to during the month of January.
Kindergarten scientists are starting a new unit called “Exploring Properties.” In this unit, the students will observe and describe different kinds of wood, looking at size, shape, texture, weight, color and where the wood came from. After comparing and contrasting the wood, the students will then do different experiments with the samples, including placing them in water to see if they sink or float.
First Grade scientists are beginning a new unit on the three states of matter: liquids, solids and gases. The students will do different experiments in order to observe and describe the properties of the three states of matter. During the month of January the students will be examining solids. They will observe, describe and sort solids by their physical properties. The students will also explore how solid materials are used in the construction of different buildings and structures. Are some solids better for construction than others?
Second Grade scientists are beginning a new unit about forces and motion. In this unit, the students will examine different forces that affect the balance and motion of objects, such as gravity, air resistance and friction. They will begin the unit by exploring the concept of balance. The children will use different shapes and weights to examine counterbalance, counterweight and stability. The students will then use what they have learned in order to find way to balance a pencil on its point!