We are so busy thinking like scientists.
Last week ended with the students making oobleck. Question: Is oobleck a solid or liquid? It is a very curious compound! Dr Seuss wrote the book, ‘Bartholomew and the Oobleck’. This story gives you a fair idea of what oobleck is and its questionable purposes.
This week started off with the class cooking pancakes – as scientists, of course! Cooks/chefs, we discovered share some similar dispositions. They are curious, risk takers, persistent and perform experiments following certain procedures and make interesting discoveries. We thank Ms Jackie for her help. Ms Jackie joined the class for two days as an intern. In two groups, the students worked out the procedure for making pancakes. We included variables; one being that a group uses milk instead of water and one group added chocolate to the mixture. The whole process was recorded and documented in the learning journals.
Continuing on, the class focused on their investigation into rocket designs. They constructed their models and ran trials before the real launches. They recorded their results, made necessary changes and worked out how they could improve their performances. Questions: How did the angle of the trajectory make a difference? Did they notice any patterns? What changes altered the performance of their rockets? How were the trials different from the end results?
Ms Benesova assisted us on Wednesday when the students put on a mini science fair. Each small group worked out the procedure for conducting an experiment. Please have a conversation with your child about what this entailed. We had some interesting reactions, discoveries – and – more questions! More investigations coming up next week!
The following pictures explain how active we were this week!
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