Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Matter Molecules... and Slime!

Lately we've been learning a lot about matter in science. To help us understand the different states of matter, we transformed ourselves into solid, liquid, and gas molecules and worked as a class to "become" these different states of matter.

Here we are as a bunch of solid molecules, packed together tightly
that we kept our shape as one class solid!

When we morphed into liquid molecules, we broke apart,
stayed somewhat near each other, and occasionally bumped into each other.

As gas molecules, we moved about very freely apart from one another
 and rarely ever bumped into each other.

Later in the week, we created slime to help us understand the different properties of a solid and a liquid. Since slime is a special type of matter (a polymer) it has qualities of both a solid and a liquid. For example, you can hold it in your hand like a solid or it can take the shape of a container (a baggie) like a liquid.

Huge thank to @ScienceBob for the slime recipe we used, which can be found HERE.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Our Winter Holiday Trees: Bright Book Recommendations and Proper/Common Noun Candy Canes

For the outside of our classroom door during the month of December, we created this winter holiday tree full of our "bright" book recommendations. As you can see, we used neon construction paper to design our light bulbs and we wrote our book recommendations on the bulbs. 

I (Mrs.Allen) have looked everywhere for where I originally saw this idea, but I can't find the post or the tweet. If you happen to come across it or are the person who originally thought of it, please comment below and I will gladly give you credit. 

Both the tree and the light bulbs were created and hung by students in our class. 


For the inside of our classroom door, we created common and proper noun candy canes to review nouns in a fun and festive way.

The tree and candy canes were created and hung by students in our class. 

**All pictures were taken by students in our class.