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Science

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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Ears

In the second of a series of science classes about our senses, the electrons learned about our ears and how we hear. In our first experiment, we covered a bowl with saran wrap and put a few pellets of rice on it. Then, using a wooden spoon and a pot, we banged on the pan […]

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Eyeballs

In the first of a series of classes exploring our senses, the electrons did a few experiments to find out how our eyes work. We built a model eye using a magnifying glass and a goldfish bowl. We used a cut out of a person and vellum paper taped to the fishbowl to act as […]

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Acids and Bases

Today we learned a bit about acids and bases. We did an experiment with baking soda/water and added grape juice and then added vinegar to see what would happen. We made invisible ink and learned how it worked. We then learned about static electricity using balloons, a wool sock, aluminum cans and our hair. We […]

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