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Science Update!

We took advantage of our short week and hit up some of our science concepts in full force!  We studied how objects can be sorted into different groups based on their properties (or attributes).  An attribute could be the size, shape, color, texture or thickness of an object.  Some objects can have the same attributes, other are very different.

After learning that all things can be sorted based on their attributes, we continued to study three additional scientific properties: the states of matter, magnetic/non-magnetic, and sink or float!

The kids learned that there are 3 different states of matter:  Solid, liquid, and gas.  We talked about the different attributes that go along with each state of matter:

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We also talked about changing matter from one state to another (solid ice cube to liquid water & liquid water to the gas water vapor).

Another attribute we studied was sinking or floating.  The kids really enjoyed investigating different objects and predicted what might happen when these things were placed in water.

We also studied magnets.  We explained that in order for an object to be magnetic, it needed to be made of a special kind of metal: iron, steel, nickel or cobalt.  We went around the classroom tested different items.

We also  talked about was how magnets have 2 poles, a north and a south.  The kids learned that opposites attract and the same poles repel, or push away from each other.

It was an exciting day!  Our first grade scientists can’t wait to study more!!!

Science Update!

Before Thanksgiving, we took advantage of our short week and hit up some of our science concepts in full force!  We studied how objects can be sorted into different groups based on their properties (or attributes).  An attribute could be the size, shape, color, texture or thickness of an object.  Some objects can have the same attributes, other are very different.

After learning that all things can be sorted based on their attributes, we continued to study three additional scientific properties: the states of matter, magnetic/non-magnetic, and sink or float!

The kids learned that there are 3 different states of matter:  Solid, liquid, and gas.  We talked about the different attributes that go along with each state of matter:

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We also talked about changing matter from one state to another (solid ice cube to liquid water & liquid water to the gas water vapor).

Another attribute we studied was sinking or floating.  The kids really enjoyed investigating different objects and predicted what might happen when these things were placed in water.

We also studied magnets.  We explained that in order for an object to be magnetic, it needed to be made of a special kind of metal: iron, steel, nickel or colbalt.  We went around the classroom tested different items.

We also  talked about was how magnets have 2 poles, a north and a south.  The kids learned that opposites attract and the same poles repel, or push away from each other.  To understand this concept better, we turned into magnets!  One of our hands had a “N” and the other had a “S”.  We practiced a few times showing how we could “attract” to a partner by having a N and S together, or how we could repel from a partner if we both put up the same pole.  Once we got the hang of it, the kids moved around the room to music and when the music stopped they had to listen for their direction to either repel or attract the closest person to them.  We would continue and each time the music stopped- the kids stopped and thought about which hand to put up to show the proper magnetic response.  :)

It was an exciting day!  Our first grade scientists can’t wait to study more!!!

Science Update!

This past week we continued to observe our class pets (Sparkle, Squishy, Bob, Spike & King Wither) in their habitat.  At the beginning of the week, all the caterpillars made their way up to the top of the small container, shed their skin for the last time, and settled into their chrysalis.  We could hardly believe our eyes as we watched it happen!!!

In addition to observing the life cycle of our pet insects this week, we also spent time studying other animals life cycles: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish. We noticed how many of the animals followed the pattern of: egg, young, and adult before starting over again.  Only mammals were not born from an egg!!!

Later in the week, we focused on the similarities and differences between an adult animal and a baby animal. We looked at how they changed from a young animal to an adult.  Most of the young and adult animals that we studied had the same body parts, but we noticed that some young animals (chicks, ducklings, penguins) are born with different colors than their parents.

At the zoo, we learned that some adult animals lay their eggs and never return to help their offspring learn and grow.  Other animals play a big role in the life of their young by helping to protect them and teaching them to find food.

Science Update!

We have finished up our study of WEATHER and the SUN in Room 104.

During the last week of April, we recorded daily weather observations.  It was so much fun!!!  We predicted and recorded actual weather each day (temperature, wind, cloud cover, and precipitation) and by the end of the week we were pretty good.  Even though our observations are done, your little meteorologist may still be asking about the weather!

We also studied the severe weather that we experience in Michigan and how to stay safe in these storms.  The three storms that studied are: blizzardstornadoes, and thunderstorms.

Science: New Friends!

We welcomed some class pets into Room 104 today.  We are watching the life cycle of five little caterpillars (Spike, Squishy, Bob, Sparkle, and King Wither) to prepare for our next science unit and our field trip to the zoo!

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Science Update!

Our scientists have been busy learning about the SUN and WEATHER! We have taken a closer look at the changes that we can notice in our daily weather: wind, temperature, precipitation, and cloud cover.

With Temperature, we discussed a thermometer and the seasons in depth! We ended this lesson by coloring a thermometer.  We talked about the numbers that match temperatures that are hot, warm, cool, and cold.  New vocabulary: thermometer, Fahrenheit, degrees.

With Clouds, our scientists learned about cloud cover. There are four categories of cloud cover: clearpartly cloudycloudy, and foggy. We identified each of these categories with a picture. We studied different kinds of precipitation: rain, snow, hail, and freezing rain.

Lastly, we covered Wind. With this lesson, we read a short book about wind… then we headed right outside!! Once outside, we tried out our very own pinwheels!  It happened to be quite a windy afternoon when we ventured out and the kids squealed with delight as they watched their pinwheels race!  We talked about the speed and the direction of the wind.  We also talked about how wind is invisible and how pinwheels aren’t the only tool that we can use to see the wind.  The kids right away noticed the trees and bushes moving, as well as the ripples on the pond, the flag, our hair and clothing moving, goose bumps on their skin…the list kept going!

We have also learned that plants need sunlight in order to live!  We are finishing up our plant observation– we have been closely watching a plant that we water and keep in the sunlight and another that is in a bag in the cupboard, with no light.  We have looked at the different plants over multiple days noticing what happens when a plant is not given sunlight or water!  The kids pointed out that the leaves turn brown, the plant gets crispy, the stems and leaves droop, and it doesn’t look as nice!!

Save the Fish!

…let me explain.   As one of our ‘reduce what we use’ conversations this week, we talked about electricity.  I drew a diagram for the kids to see how some energy plants are built on bodies of water.  We talked about how these plants use the cold water from the lakes to cool down their machinery and then dump the hot water back into the lake.  I explained how the hot water wasn’t good for the fishies and sometimes it killed them.   So, we figured that, if we use less electricity and remember to shut off lights when we leave a room, the power plants won’t have to make as much electricity and we can save some fish!  (It is easier for kids to worry about killing fish than about wasting electricity)

So, our first graders are now saying, “Save the fish!” every time they turn off the lights…come on, are you smiling yet?  :)

Science Update!

We are taking advantage of our short week and hitting up our science unit in full force!  We had the chance to get in four science experiments this week.  The kids learned that there are 3 different states of matter:  Solid, liquid, and gas.  We talked about the different attributes that go along with each state of matter:

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We also talked about changing matter from one state to another (solid ice cube to liquid water & liquid water to the gas water vapor).

At the end of our experiment, I gave them a new kind of matter to play with to see if they could figure out what form of matter it was. We got a little messy and played around- they noticed that the Oobleck had some attributes of a solid and some of a liquid!  🙂

This was so much fun and it was super easy.  If you haven’t tried it before, it’s simple to try at home!

Oobleck

Materials Needed

1 1/2 C. Corn Starch
1 C. Water
Food Color (optional)

Mix the ingredients and allow children to play with the mixture. When ”pushed” together, the mixture will appear dry and solid; as children let go of the mixture, it flows like a smooth liquid.

We also studied magnets.  Each student and partner was given a bag with multiple objects inside.  First, we went through and predicted if we thought the object would be magnetic or not, and then we went back and tested them all.  We were a little surprised by some of the answers!  The paperclip was magnetic, along with our scissors, but the penny was not.  We explained that in order for an object to be magnetic, it needed to have something special called IRON in it.  We went through our list of predictions to figure out which objects had iron in them!

The next thing we talked about was how magnets have 2 poles, a north and a south.  The kids learned that opposites attract and the same poles repel, or push away from each other.  We experimented with all different kinds of magnets to find out what poles were the same and what poles were opposite.

The last day, we turned into magnets!  One of our hands had a “N” and the other had a “S”.  We practiced a few times showing how we could “attract” to a partner by having a N and S together, or how we could repel from a partner if we both put up the same pole.  Once we got the hang of it, the kids moved around the room to music and when the music stopped they had to listen for their direction to either repel or attract the closest person to them.  We would continue and each time the music stopped- the kids stopped and thought about which hand to put up to show the proper magnetic response.  🙂

Another attribute of matter that we studied was sinking or floating.  The kids really enjoyed investigating different vegetables and objects and predicted what might happen when these things were placed in water.  We also created boats out of Play Doh.  Many of our boats had the properties needed to make them float, some of them were sinkers.

Science Update!

We started Science this past week and our First Graders loved it! First, we learned about all the jobs that a Scientist does. Those jobs include…

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After we learned about the jobs of a Scientist, we asked the question, “What lives in the grass?” We discussed as a class what we thought might live in the grass and recorded our thoughts. Then, we went outside to make our observations. The first graders were very excited and enthusiastic about recording different things they found in the grass. After we all made our observations, we headed back inside.

The next day, we revisited our observations and decided to sort them (classify) into Plants and Animals, living and non-living, and green and brown. We found lots of flowers, mushrooms, sticks, centipedes, ants, and leaves. We wrapped up Science for the week by sharing what we learned.  The first graders are looking forward to revisiting Science in a few weeks right before Thanksgiving!