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Science

Sleeping Queens

This week, we split into two groups and switched off playing Sequence and Sleeping Queens. Rowdy fun was had by all. Many of the electrons expressed interest in playing Sleeping Queens again, so we may do this again next week. Fun fact: this game was invented by a six -year-old homeschooler!

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Pie Charts: for Science!

We started off by talking about pie charts and their application to science. Together, we graphed results from a survey of favorite Halloween candy we had done the previous week. Then the Electrons split off for an independent project, performing a study of their group mates and graphing the results. Some of the studies included […]

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Halloween Candy Experiments

The day after Halloween, we separated into groups and did three experiments with leftover candy. Our “Sink or float” and “floating M’s” stations were successful, but separating the oil from a Starburst via microwaving proved difficult. The electrons did seem to enjoy the independence of following written directions on their own with no other adult […]

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Lava Lamps

We started class by making lava lamps in the kitchen. Thanks to everyone who sent bottles! In a 20 oz or 1 liter bottle, we added about 1.5 inches of water. We then filled the bottle about 2/3 with vegetable oil and noticed how water and oil don’t mix and how oil stays on top […]

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Circuits

Science – We played with a variety of science activities in rotation according to each kid’s interests: Snap Circuits (making electrical circuits light up and play sounds); Snake War (a twist on regular War in which venomous snakes battle) ; Building Insects (assembling exotic insect models following diagrams); Joomba (a speed game involving fast counting […]

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Bingo!

Science Game – We played two rounds of Science Bingo. One had reptile pictures/facts and one had butterfly pictures/facts. Everybody got a chance to make a bingo.

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What Is Science?

We started our science block with the table covered in paper so we all could make notes and drawings to answer “what is science?” We filled the whole white board when we shared our ideas! Some examples: orbits, cells, electrons, digestion, anatomy, gravity, measurements, trees, water, fuel power…the list goes on! We then played a […]

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Gumdrop Structures

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Volcanos

We are creating the legendary volcano! 🙂 Each of the Electrons read some volcano facts aloud from Volcanoes by Daniel Rogers and referenced some other materials from the OP public library. They also constructed the shell of their models with cardboard and paper mache.

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Snow!

This week with the Quarks and Neutrons we had an indoor snowday. We started out by reading Snow by Sam Usher and then we read Stella Queen Of The Snow by Marie Louise Gay. Next we headed up to the kitchen to make icicles. Instead of making our icicles out of ice that would melt […]

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