This week we started our integrated L.Arts, writing, math and science unit. For science we began learning numeours vocabulary terms and concepts, how crystals grow and how to follow a detail procedure using these vocabulary terms.
We began with a biographical read aloud, individual student booklets and watching several videos about SnowFlake Bentley. We will be practicing an in class biography report before they are assigned one for homework. More in L. Arts.
Once we understood the properties of a snowflake ( they start from a seed crystal ( a speck of dirt that freezes), no two are alike, they typically have 6 'points', are symmetrical etc.), we grew our own borax crystal snowflakes.
We paid careful attention to the written out sequential procedure.
Day 1 using mirrors to make symmetrical Q-tip snowflakes
Day 2 we followed a procedural worksheet to grow a crystal snowflake.
Now we wait for 48 hours....