The class was excited to take out, observe and complete their measurements of their crystal candy canes. They noticed these crystals were cubes and covered the entire candy Cane. Once dry these beauties will be carefully wrapped and coming home. Next, the children use the pictures they took to complete their scientific digital journal entry.
We began this science project with deciding what a scientist was, did and names different types of scientists. Next, as a student read and checked off the steps from the procedure checklist, I modeled the steps. Then it was their turn to follow their own checklist and complete the first day process of growing candy cane crystals. The project ended watching a Bill Nye Video on Chemical Reactions.
There were many vocabulary terms to learn which they will be practice using in their up coming How to Grow Candy Cane Crystal videos.
They left Friday curious about what would happen to their pipe cleaners in the borax and hot water solution by Monday.
Boo as you know was placed into our sink or float container and we are watching it decompose. Here is Boo several days after being placed in the container. We all think it is gross but not a day goes by where Boo isn't examined...
We placed blue tape at the water level without pumpkins. We then made predictions about each pumpkin . Would it sink or float ? And Would the water rise above the blue tape ? The children observed carefully and we marked each pumpkin's rise in water level. They realized the heaviest pumpkin had the highest water level.
Part of the integrated focus of room 24 included some science this week! During Pirate club we are studying the Unthkinkable Brain Eater. One way to understand this Unthinkable and defeat him is to learn more about the brain , how to grow neurons and how our attention works. For our first lesson we watched Ned Neuron, read the book, Your Fantastic Elastic Brain and made Neurons!
We learned to grow these important brain structures we needed to learn or try new things, not give up even if we make mistakes, keep practicing and stay curious!
The next day each child wrote how they planned to grow more neurons.
Our experiment to observe what will begin to break down faster begins. This three section visual mini compost bin includes thermometers to monitor changes in soil temperature. We added our three categories of waste , our worms , a bit of water and waited...
In June as we packed up the room we took one final look.
The apple and banana were no longer visible and indeed had broken down a great deal. The paper napkin was gone but bits of the straw remained. No change with the plastic which was expected.
We began our unit of the 3 Rs- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with the movie Wall.e . Wall.e faced a problem on Earth, the humans had left Earth leaving robots behind to clean up all their garbage and waste hoping to return later.
After watching the movie we studied categories of garbage, what happens to our waste & and the problem of plastic in our oceans. We learned about the 3 Rs and observed the waste during lunch in our cafeteria.
Next , we moved onto the F.B.I and ways these decomposers help break things down. The F.B.I. ( fungus, bacteria, invertebrates) helps break things down and create healthy dirt.
This week we investigated the I- Invertebrates . Specifically , worms and Banana Slugs. We were also learning two songs , Banana Slug and The F.B.I.. So much learning and fun... The banana slug race was full of cheering, learning and giggles.
No Invertebrates were harmed and all were returned to their habitats with stories of gentle children.
Wiggly Worm Observations
Our Pioneers sing a stanza of the F.B.I. See more here