December 22

Lessons from Nature

If you look closely enough, you will find that there are lessons to be learned through the study of creation. These zinnias were all planted from seeds found in the same packet and received relatively the same amount of water and sunlight. But what do you observe?

Have you ever wondered how brothers and sisters can grow up to be so different from one another? God loves diversity is our first lesson. Aren’t you glad? Do we all bloom and grow at the same rate? Nearly all babies will learn to walk and talk, and when they are older read and write, but the timing of those milestones varies. Each of these flowers is unique, as well as beautiful, and will blossom in its own time, just like our children.

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December 22

Magnets – First Grade

First grade scientists will begin their magnet unit in January with their homeroom teachers. This introductory lab will provide the background knowledge they’ll need to get started.

We grouped objects by the materials from which they are made (metal, glass, wood, paper, and plastic). Then we tested each group to see which materials a magnet attracts. We discovered that magnets attract metal, but not all types of metal. Do you know which metals a magnet attracts?

We moved to the lab tables where lab partners each had a tray of metal objects only. I asked them to collaborate as they hypothesized which metal objects their magnets would and would not attract. Always interesting to hear their reasoning as they make decisions. Then we tested our hypotheses. Some of our results surprised us! Iron objects are not always the same color!

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