Today we explored the cube. A cube has six faces, eight vertices, one base (at a time), and all faces are equal squares. Did you know that you can make one out of paper? To make one all you need is paper, scissors, glue, and maybe some tape. After we made the cubes we turned them into dice and played five in a row. It was really cool to get to use the cubes we made right away. They will come home once we're done using them here!
Oil pastels and water colors together make the coolest paintings. The oil pastels repel the water and make for an awesome textured effect! Today we made leaves. Can you identify the different kinds we learned about on our ACES field trip? Thanks Miss Carole!
Here's some of our work up close!
We talked about this before, but it's still really tricky. Each individual snow crystal has six points. And each individual snow crystal holds it's form (unless you break it or heat it up). So each individual snow crystal is a solid. Now, if you take a whole bunch of snow and punch it down really hard in a graduated cylinder, is it still a solid? Yes! This is what it looks like (next to Julie on the stairs).
Now, if you have 1000 mL of snow packed into a graduated cylinder, will it become 1000 mL of water when it melts? Or less? We had mixed reviews on the subject: 4 thought it would stay at 1000 mL, 3 thought it would shrink to 900 mL, 1 thought it would shrink to 700 mL, 8 thought it would shrink to 500 mL.
Here's what happened throughout the day:
At the end of the day our predictions changed. Here's what we think now: 1 thinks it will grow to 1000 mL, 1 thinks it will grow to 600 mL, 5 think it will grow to 500 mL, 1 thinks it will grow to 450 mL, and 8 think it will stay at 400 mL.
Stay tuned for the results tomorrow!
Speaking of graduated cylinders we started talking about 3D shapes today. Can you identify the following shapes? Can you find one of each around your house?
Today I discovered that I have a room full of teachers! I though I had eighteen students, but all of a sudden at 10:30 they became teachers. We're transitioning from writing How To Books into Teaching Books or Information Books. We closed our eyes and thought really hard about things we knew a whole bunch about. Here's what we came up with.
So, if you need some expert advice you know where to look!
Also, last Friday Leila was the Historian of the Week...
AND...Happy Birthday Gavin! Thanks for the Bronco's Donuts. What a treat!
We finished our second experiment with Julie Wille today. We made density columns. But first we started with the trusty Scientific Process.
Question: Do all liquids weigh the same?
Materials: corn syrup, water with blue food coloring, vegetable oil, an empty bottle.
Procedure: add the three liquids together in the empty bottle. See what happens.
1. It will turn black.
2. It will turn blue.
3. It will bubble up.
4. It will make a new kind of oil.
5. The top of the bottle with fly off.
6. It will mix together.
7. It will turn dark green.
Results: The corn syrup was the heaviest and sunk to the bottom, the water was next and stayed in the middle, the oil was the lightest and rose to the top. When we shook them up they mixed, but then separated into two layers of really pretty blue colors. What's in each of the two layers?
We read. A lot! But our reading time in the classroom is a little different than just curling up with a book. We're busy. Here's what it looks like:
and...HAPPY BIRTHDAY AVERY!
In the spirit of election day we talked about our right to vote as citizens. We discussed the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Governor, and the Mayor. We talked a lot about the Mayor's job since he lives and works right here in Aspen. He helps keep us safe, make good decisions, and create good rules for our community. But if we were the Mayors of Aspen we might change a couple of things...
1. Make water free. Everyone needs water!
2. Leave more wilderness for animals. Animals help us and we need to help them.
3. Have a park near the school so the kids could play outside more and families can come have picnics.
4. Have the schools make toys because every kids needs more toys.
5. Help people make friends. If you see a fight break it up. Set up more play dates!
We tested our hypotheses today, followed the procedures, got some results, and drew conclusions.
Here's what happened (with a few extra things thrown in for good measure)...
Floaters: pencil, wooden block, golf tee, wooden stick, bouncy ball, Lego
Sinkers: paper clip, iron button, dice, sea shell, penny, marble, bread tag
We decided wooden things float and metal things sink. We also decided that some plastic things float and some plastic things sink. This was interesting and stumped us for a little while! We took a good look in the water and decided that it mattered how an object is shaped and how much oxygen an object has in it to determine if it would sink or float. We also decided there are some other things we need to test at home. So beware...you might find some sinking and floating toys tonight. Though we did discuss the fact that phones and electronics are going to have to remain a mystery.
In other news, can you use a combination of smaller shapes to make a bigger shape? How many different ways can you make that shape?
Julie Wille came today. She will be spending the morning with us for the next three weeks and we can't wait! We are going to be looking at matter. What's matter you ask? Well we know that everything around us is made of matter and the three types are solids, liquids, and gases. We came up with some great examples of each. Did you know that even though a pillow is soft, it's still a solid? Did you know that even though snow is made of water it's actually a solid too?
Here's what we will be examining tomorrow. Here are our predictions...
Look at these awesome owls. We drew them ourselves!
Sometimes we switch up our brain breaks and take an art break instead.
(for the Gratitude Project)
Amazon Gift Cards
(for classroom and art supplies)