I brought three materials that we have in the makerspace for my second and third grade engineers to experiment with in centers. I witnessed collaboration, creativity, perseverance, and critical thinking as they built.
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My PreK scientists created a chemical reaction and explored color mixing as they dropped colored vinegar onto plates of baking soda with pipettes. I gave them the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), but they made the secondary colors. The children loved observing the bubbling eruptions that result when baking soda and vinegar are combined. We had lots of fizzy fun!
Second grade botanists began their study of plants with a focus on leaves. We looked at leaves that were a variety of sizes, shapes, patterns, textures, and colors. Wow, our God values creativity and diversity!
Leaves, as well as many other things in nature, can be divided equally through a line of symmetry. We explored symmetry with mirrors. We drew pictures on one side of a line, and then placed a mirror on the line of symmetry to see the other side. Today we had science with a touch of math and a dab of art!
I was able to laminate the long snake skin I received last spring. I hung it on a hook, so we can turn it over. I have received three snake skins this week! I plan to laminate another, so we can compare them. We will also look at them under microscopes. It would be fun to do some rubbings too!
I am slowly building an outdoor science area. I placed two bird feeders, a suet feeder, and a hummingbird feeder next to the birdbath gifted by the Girl Scouts. Today’s addition was a hummingbird swing that was a gift from Mrs. Daniel. Mrs. Harwell’s class sees humming birds throughout their day. Next up is a birdhouse.