Our new adventure this week....
Mr. Hutchins shows us how to tap a maple tree. Later he will show us how to boil down the sap to make maple syrup!
Materials: hydrogen peroxide, food coloring, dish liquid, warm water, yeast
The reaction creates foam that shoots up out of the bottle and pools in the pan. After a minute or so, it begins to come out in a moving stream that looks like toothpaste being squeezed out of a tube. The students can play with the foam as it is just soap and water with oxygen bubbles. The bottle will feel warm to the touch as this is an exothermic reaction.
This week we....
* Studied snow vocabulary and the water cycle
* Investigating snowflakes using magnifying glasses
* Mixed InstaSnow with substances other than water and observed the results.
* Watched short videos about snow and snow storms
* After reading a "how-to" book about making snowflakes, students made their own paper snowflakes.
* Talked about the pros and cons of snow
* Melted snow, observed the process, measured the snow to water ratio, and looked at the yucky water left behind with a magnifying glass
Jeff Gilbert from CMP came to visit us to talk about ice storms. He presented a slide show where he showed the beauty of an ice storm and the damage that they can cause. He helped to educate us about ice storm safety and involved the students in his presentation. The students got a look at the gear that needs to be worn by a CMP worker and the reasons why. They also got to investigate the tools used. Each left with a CMP hardhat and an appreciation for the power of ice. Thank you Mr. Gilbert for talking time out of your day to teach our children some valuable information!
During this week we also learned the vocabulary of ice and we performed some experiments to learn about it in a more hand-on way. One experiment was creating frost on the outside of a tin can. Another experiment from this week was trying to melt a baggie of ice faster than the other groups could! Everyone had a great time and walked away with a better understanding of ice!