Why does ice FLOAT?
Have you ever wondered why ice cubes float on top of your favorite cold beverage or why a gigantic ice floe floats on the Arctic Ocean? PRESCHOOLERS HAVE!
In the autumn, preschool scholars learned that objects float when they have AIR hiding inside! We experimented with this science fact by observing apples, cranberries, pumpkins and balloons as they floated and bobbed on top of water.
Water flows because the MOLECULES (teeny tiny parts) are loosely bound. If you freeze water at 32 degrees, the loosely bound water molecules begin to spread apart and create AIR gaps, taking up more space.
We tested out this “COOL” fact by filling plastic tubes with water and putting them outside overnight. The next day, we noticed that the tubes had stretched (or even cracked) and the water (a LIQUID) turned into a SOLID and created a perfect writing tool… an ICE CRAYON!
Next, Scholars read their names and began identifying and tracing each letter in their first name with an ICE CRAYON!
Interesting things started to happen!
Letters started to move!
Letters got wider!
Colors started to mix!
Hands got wet and cold!
The table and paper got wet!
Ice Crayons melted and became a LIQUID again!
Scholars also used their imaginations and transformed their bodies into MOLECULES. STUDENT WATER MOLECULES were closely bound together leaving NO air gaps and ICE MOLECULES were spread apart leaving many air pockets!
WATER MOLECULES ICE MOLECULES
Snowball Architects also experimented with BALANCE concepts and created three dimensional sculptures using toothpicks and marshmallows. Scholars needed to concentrate as they problem solved how to balance and secure tall structures!
Readers and Writers also focused their attention on
ALPHABETIC PRINCIPAL SKILLS and practiced identifying the letter “M”and the “MUM”sound! Later students compiled a long list of 25 “M” words and added a new page to their ABC books!
F.F.F.F. FUEL FOR FOREST FRIENDS
Caring and EMPATHETIC scholars prepared tasty treats for forest friends by spreading sunbutter onto a pinecone and sprinkling it with an assortment of seeds!
Many squirrels and chipmunks prospered from the fuel and provided us with a glimpse of the animal ACROBATS!
Next week’s Learning
No School on Monday January 19th to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Constructing our COMMUNITY… Richmond Village
Paper Bag Houses labeled with student’s ADDRESSES
Paper Plate Thermometers
32 degrees = FREEZING
Penguin Parade Dance
CAN YOU MOVE YOUR BODY LIKE A PENGUIN?
Featured Book and Letter:
TACKY the PENGUIN by Helen Lister
What do you think of, when you think of PENGUINS?
Our First POT RECIPE
Pasta with Butter and Cheese or Pasta with Tomato Sauce
Which Recipe do you prefer?
TWO NEW TUNES:
A DOG Named BLUE
Oh, I know an old DOG
And his name is BLUE
And I bet you five dollars he’s a good boy too!
ENGINE NUMBER NINE
ENGINE, ENGINE NUMBER NINE
ROLLING, ROLLING DOWN THE LINE!