Summer Mad Science Day 5

It has been such a pleasure doing science with your children this week! I hope you enjoy our pictures from today, which was all about Discovering Invisible Forces.

In the morning, we discovered that there are invisible forces by doing activities like The Rolling Can and  Bending Water and by working with Friction Rods.

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Next we did some investigations focusing on  Magnetism, which is also an invisible force.

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The students explored Energy Sticks to give them a better sense of circuits, then they were challenged to Build an Electrical Circuit to light a bulb and run a motor.

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After lunch and recess, we celebrated Olivia’s birthday, then we made The World’s Best Slime.

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The Magic Bubble Trip

Well, it has been quite a ride, but Session III has come to an end. Today, we read The Magic Bubble Trip, then the students mixed together a bubble formula and made a little magic on their own. Thank you for letting me enjoy this time with your children.

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A Day at the Races

Slime Races, of course!! The children had an excellent time mixing polyvinyl alcohol with a little sodium tetraborate into a delightfully green and gooey slime. It oozes, it stretches, it bounces and it works perfectly for a slime race. Slime will last a couple of days if kept in its zip-lock bag.

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Butterflies

After checking their evaporation experiment (almost 100 mL of water evaporated since last Wednesday), students learned about butterflies, especially their life cycle.

  • egg
  • larvae (caterpillar)
  • pupa (chrysalis)
  • adult (butterfly)

Then they designed , colored and constructed a butterfly of their own to take home.

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The Water Cycle

Today, students shared ideas about the water cycle, then decided to do an experiment. After that, we played the Water Cycle Game!

Evaporation is the process by which water from rivers, lakes and oceans change from liquid to a gas called water vapor. Condensation is the process by which a gas changes into liquid form. In this case, water vapors become water droplets again. When the clouds become full of water, the small water droplets join to become large drops of water which fall down as rain.  All the water that falls as rain on the land flows down towards the oceans. This includes streams, rivers, waterfalls and is called surface runoff.

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