Greg Mitchell visited 2G in Science this week and we explored how there is more to lollies that just enjoying their sweet flavour.
Students were placed in teams and asked to select three different coloured ‘gobstoppers’. The gobstoppers were placed in a dish of water and then the students had to WAIT!!
Here are a few images of what happened next.
We wondered why there were clear lines and shapes between each colour.
Then we discussed what other ‘variables’ we could investigate if we were to do this investigation a second time. We decided that we could:
- use a different liquid
- change the temperature of the water
- place more gobstoppers in the dish
- try a different coloured lolly like M & M’s or Smarties
Mrs Cogger also learned a few new teaching strategies and revised a few that she had learned from Greg when he visited her at another school. Thanks for reminding me about ‘numbered heads’ Greg!
A wonderful session of learning for all involved!
2B and 3B have had a very productive week planting this years crop in our school veggie garden.
This week we’ve planted carrots, broad beans and beetroot. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time to help the students and myself.
Thanks too to Mr Cogger for preparing the garden beds in readiness for the planting project. Here are a few photos of our happy planting day! Stay tuned 2G and 3G are planting next week!
Today 6B had a visit from Mr Sayer our mentor from the Scientists in Schools initiative.
Mr Sayer facilitated our lesson on force, mass and measurement. He used a variety of materials to demonstrate the concepts and students then worked in their cooperative teams to investigate water pressure.
Each team had a 2L bottle that had three holes in it. We had to investigate and then provide an explanation as to why the water flowed out at different rates.
In Year 4 and 5 we are learning about the wonderful world of coral reef ecosystems! To deepen our knowledge and appreciation of how delicate and interrelated these ecosystems are it would be really wonderful if you and your children were able to watch a program that was screened on the ABC last week. You can access the program on ABC iview until the 15th March. It is G rated and runs for about 50 mins – so a great thing to do as a whole family!
Here is a link to the program on ABC iview:
Science Specialist Teacher
This term the year 4 and 5 classes will be learning about the marine waters and the wide variety of fish that inhabit our beautiful coastline of the WA coast. Students are asked to bring in a fishing trip photo if possible and to record details about their catch such as:
- the size and weight of the fish
- where it was caught
- the type of rig they used
- the type of bait
- the type of marine ecosystem/habitat where the fish was caught
- whether the fish was kept or released.
There is no set date for this activity. Students can bring in their photo to share with the class throughout the term.
What a wonderful morning we had today in the MPR! The year 5 Science Inquiry Group presented their findings about St Emilie’s Banksia Bushland and the audience included parents, Cath Cooper from Urban Bushland Council and Felicity Bradshaw, Honorary Research Associate UWA. The students used a resource developed by Felicity called ‘Be a Bush Scientist’ as a guide to conducting their bushland inquiry.
This afternoon I received the following feedback from Felicity – “Kerrie, I was greatly impressed at what you achieved with your Year 5s, in particular, what the children achieved. I would love to continue the partnership with S-i-S (if you’ll have me!)”.
Here is a snippet from one of the presentations and shows some of the excellent inquiry projects conducted by the teams.
I have a winner for the online Mystery Photo Competition. Maureen Sherry from 1B identified the image of a spacecraft. Maureen will receive her prize this week. Well done to Maureen.
The image above shows the Space Shuttle docking on the International Space Station.
To learn more about the ISS and where it is right now click on this link
If you would like to enter this month’s Mystery Photo go to this link. You can also show your parents all that you have been doing in Science this term by showing them around Mrs Cogger’s Weebly site.