Monday, November 1, 2010

{Science Spotlight} "Air is All Around You."

As we are beginning to really focus in on our science curriculum, we have started our "Science Journey Poster" as seen here. We are using several of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science books as the basis for our lessons. This time, we used "Air is All Around You" and learned all about air. We used three different science experiments to solidify the learning. The first one was proving that even water has air in it by putting a cup with a paper napkin in a glass under water and seeing how it stays dry. The girls really loved this experiment!

 It stayed dry!! (until Em got to it, lol)

The second experiment involved fire and how it needs air to stay burning. We used one of our carved out pumpkins and placed a candle into it. We then put a top on it and had the girls estimate what would happen to the fire. Elle thought it would all catch on fire! LOL. 

 Then, I decided to use a candle in a glass jar so the girls could actually see the flame dying down and eventually burning out! They LOVED being able to see the flame and I was able to tie it back to our Fire Safety lesson from last week (after our visit to the fire station.) It worked out great!

The final experiment for this unit study was proving that water has dissolved air in it. We first filled a glass with water and placed it on the table. 

 Then, we waited for an hour or so and came back to see if any air bubbles had formed...

 Then, we talked about how fish use their gills to breathe under water--it was a very fun science day!!


aussie_mama22 said...

Amazing!!! Love it, it looks like they had so much fun.

Your so inspirational, you make learning look so fun and thats so important.

Jamie {See Jamie blog} said...

That DOES look like a fun science day! I need to do more of these kinds of things. I tend to have good intentions but not enough planning and follow-though.

3G=Growing Godly Girlz said...

Thanks you so much, Aussie_mama22!! I greatly appreciate that;)

Jamie, it does take some pre-planning, but I have found it to be really fun in the end. I hope you find something fun that works for you all! HUGS.

Lanae Brown said...

I love that you use the words estimate and hypothesize. I have a hard time getting my 8th graders understand the importance of making a hypothesis before we do experiments. It's so great that you are working on those critical thinking skills already! You're so awesome!

3G=Growing Godly Girlz said...

Thank you SO much, Lanae---I really appreciate it and appreciate all that you do as a science teacher!!


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