Dear Park Shore Families,
It’s hard to believe that the Holidays are almost upon us. We have been having so much fun in Science we have barely noticed how fast the time is going!
This past month in the ESSK Lab the children enjoyed making corn dance – ask them what the special ingredient was that made the kernels jump up and down. We also enjoyed investigating why leaves change color in the Fall by experimenting with leaf chromatography. It was fun to observe the different colors that came from the leaves.
We learned how some people use pinecones to predict the weather. We tested the theory by taking very open pinecones and placing them in a tub of water, the results were almost instantaneous. Ask your children what kind of weather a closed pinecone predicts. We then took our pinecones and made beautiful painting with them.
As we moved closer to Halloween, we learned about air molecules and how hot air rises by making our tea bag ghost float in the air. The children were absolutely amazed when the ghost took off in flight. We talked about how a hot air balloon works in the same way as our tea bag ghost. Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without doing some candy science. We took a popular candy, M&M’s, and placed them in bowls of water. We made a hypothesis about what would happen to the candy in the water. I am happy to report that the children were able to correctly hypothesize what would happen to the candy coating, but we were all amazed at how the M floated to the top of the water. The M was not water soluble.
The start of November had us making some very amazing salt art. It was fun watching the colors spread and mix with the salt to make a marbleized look. We then had some excitement in the lab with our canister rocket ship. The children were delighted at how far they could travel and kept asking to “do it again”. We all had fun learning about our lungs and using a straw and our lungs to get our cotton ball to move around the class.
To celebrate Thanksgiving the children and I will make a yummy smelling cranberry paint and learn if a dried corn cob can make popcorn.
We will end the month with our unit on germs. We will grow our own germs and observe which parts of our class have the most germs. We will learn how quickly and easily germs can be spread to each other and ways to reduce them. The children will learn the proper way to wash and cover in order to protect themselves.
As we look ahead to December and the colder weather, we will begin investigating why frost happens, why we wear jackets and how they keep us warm. We will grow crystals and shine pennies. Although the weather will get colder and we will be indoors more – I have many fun activities planned to help the children busy and learning through the winter months.
Until next month dear parents, Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and the extra family time it allows.
ESSK Science Teacher