Monday, February 6, 2012
We have been busy in the lower grade science room! Please read below for short descriptions of our units of study.
Pre-K scientists are experts on animals with fur and feathers! We will start the month by examining animals that lay eggs. After the students become familiar with different animals that lay eggs, they will study animals with scales. What are scales? How do animals with scales stay warm? Students will observe real animals with scales, as well as make puppets to find the answers to some of these questions.
Kindergarten scientists have been observing different kinds of wood. During the month of February the students will continue their observation by using tools, such as balance scales, to measure the wood. Finally, students will look at how wood is turned into different products such as paper and cardboard. During this study the students will learn about paper recycling as well!
First grade scientists have been learning about solids, liquids and gases. During the month of February, the students will be observing different kinds of liquids. After looking closely at the different properties of liquids, the students will then find what happens when you mix different substances, such as oil and salt, with water.
Second grade scientists have been learning about forces and motion. During the month of February the students will examine the different ways in which things move by building different toys. The children will use discs and straws to build spinning tops, as well as paper and clips to build floating spinners. While building these toys the students will discuss different forces such as gravity and air resistance.