Term One, Week 7 – 18th March 2018
SCIENTISTS IN ACTION!
This WEEK in Kindy we have been exploring and experimenting…using SOLAR ENERGY!
Kids are born scientists…a great clip to watch!
Melting Glove Experiment – Canvas Art!
We placed coloured water into some gloves and put these into the freezer. Once frozen, we hung out the gloves from a tree and made small snips in each of the fingers. We placed a canvas underneath the gloves and watched and waited as the sun began to heat up the ice. As the ice melted, the magic began! DRIP! DROP! SPLISH! SPLASH! PITTER! PATTER! Our canvas art started to take form. We used the colours blue and yellow and soon enough the colours on the canvas started to blend and mix…we discovered many of shades of GREEN in our art!
Solar Shower Experiment!
We have been talking a lot about the SUN’S ENERGY this term and we conducted an experiment to see how the heat from the sun could warm the temperature of water. We discussed what a SOLAR shower is and how we might use one when going out camping. We poured COLD tap water into our solar shower bag and left it out in the SUN for a few hours. When we returned to examine the temperature of the water, we discovered that the COLD water turned into WARM/HOT water. The sun’s energy warmed up the water over time. This could be used for a nice warm shower, when going camping!
Melting Chocolate Experiment!
Using two VARIABLES, we first made PREDICTIONS and then OBSERVED what happened to our samples of chocolate:
1. We placed one plate of chocolate outside in the sun for a few hours.
2. We placed the other plate of chocolate inside our classroom, also for the same amount of time, away from direct sunlight.
At the conclusion of the day, the plate of chocolate left outside, sweated, changed form and melted, whilst the plate left inside did not sweat, change form or melt. We then decided to place both plates of chocolate into the fridge overnight to see what would happen.
On final examination, we found that after placing both plates of chocolate into the fridge, both samples of chocolate hardened once again, but the original melted chocolate did not change its form back into a rectangular shape. We also found that the straw we used to mix the melted chocolate with, also hardened and stuck to the chocolate.
Building an ICEBERG Experiment!
Thanks to all our families who helped us prepare these ice blocks at home for this exciting experiment! Before conducting this experiment, were read a text about ICE and ICEBERGS. We also conducted our own RESEARCH using GOOGLE search on the internet to view and find out some more about ICEBERGS!
We then made our PREDICTIONS about what we thought would happen to our class iceberg during the course of the day. We built our ICEBERG! We observed and took photographs to monitor the changes throughout the day and we FELT the COLD AIR being released from our iceberg and we SAW the mist (smoke as the children called it) also being released from the iceberg as the warm air surrounded the cold ice.
Melting Crayons Experiment – Using an artificial HEAT source!
We discussed and brainstormed various heat sources that we use in our homes for different purposes. We then used a HAIRDRYER to melt crayons and create another piece of canvas art! We saw, heard and felt how a hairdryer can produce both COLD and HOT air.
It has been a BUSY week for these young, budding SCIENTISTS!
Please come and see all of our experiments at OPEN NIGHT in Week 9 – Wednesday 28th March 2018 from 4pm – 6pm in our classroom!
Hope to see you there!