Wow. We had an absolutely amazing day, to say the least. To start off we met our 5th grade reading buddies. This time, however, we got to go down to the middle school. We brought our books expecting to read and were surprised with four amazing science experiments. The perfect way to start of a great Halloween school day.
Then we heard from our second reporter of the week. Malcolm shared the article How Tiny Mealworms May Help Reduce our Massive Plastic Pollution Problem. Malcolm taught us that mealworms can eat styrofoam and be just as healthy as mealworms that eat a vegetable diet. Plastic pollution is terrible for the environment and marine animals, but mealworms can help! We then did a little of our own research into the life cycle of a mealworm. Turns out as an adult them become a Darkling Beetle. Pretty cool! Thanks Malcolm.
Next we read a wonderful book about a square-ish pumpkin, Spookley. We talked about what makes us each different and unique. We have a wide variety of interests and things we are good at. We practiced our fine motor skills and made cube and pyramid pumpkins our of pipe cleaners.
Are you tired yet? We were busy. Next we heard from our scientist of the week, Tessa. She shared the perfect Halloween experiment. What happens when you combine baking soda and vinegar inside of a jack-o-lantern. We hypothesized: 1. A gas will form and float out the top. 2. A liquid will pour out the mouth, eyes, and nose. 3. A small explosion will happen like with Mr. G. 4. The pumpkin will soak up the liquid. Turns out a chemical reaction causes bubble to pour out the mouth. It was amazing and easy to try at home!
And last, but not least we celebrated Halloween in style with a couple fun games. We played pin the tail on the witch, guess how many candy corn, what's inside the bag, and then a candy corn math combination game.
We're going to sleep well tonight! Have a wonderful and safe Halloween weekend!