Sunday, April 22, 2012

Science and Poetry

We finished up our mixtures and solutions unit two weeks ago, so our culminating project was a mixture of a little science and a little fun.  We eventually managed to get shaving cream into little water bottles, and then let the cream dry out for most of the day.  
Then we added a few drops of food coloring.
 Next, we added water until the bottle was filled. 
 Then we shook the bottles until everything was mixed.   
This creates a swirly, pearly mixture that is fun to look at.  

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? We've been working on all different kinds of poems that will go into our poetry folders.  Well, most of them anyway.  Some of them are hanging from our ceiling!
We spent a couple days writing very descriptive acrostic poems.  We've been talking about adjectives for a long time, and we definitely got to use some on this project.  After writing the acrostic poems using the students' names, we made clouds and wrote one adjective on each slip of rainbow-colored paper. 
 Here we are cutting out the clouds. We stuffed them with crumpled pieces of scrap paper and glued the sides shut.  They are a beautiful spring display in our classroom!
Our next science topic was matter. We discussed the solids, liquids, and gases, and came up with tons of examples of each.  We also did an experiment with sinking and floating objects. Some of the results were quite surprising! 

Next, we moved on to the water cycle and weather.  

 My absolute favorite way to teach the water cycle is with this song:
(it goes to the tune of She'll be Coming Around the Mountain)
This Friday, we made water cycle bracelets to go along with the song.  
Yellow = Sun (evaporation)
Dark Blue = Clouds (condensation)
Light Blue = Rain/Snow/Sleet/Hail (precipitation)

I hope your child had the water cycle song stuck in his or her head all weekend!

1 comment:

  1. I love the rainbow acrostic poems. Very cute! My students love making the water cycle bracelets too.

    Have a great week!