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Summer SAVY, Session 1 Day 4, Common and Practical Chemistry (5th – 6th)

Posted by on Thursday, June 13, 2024 in blog, SAVY.

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the fourth day of SAVY 2024, Common and Practical Chemistry, where chemistry comes to life in fun and practical ways. Here’s a glimpse of what was uncovered today.

We began by reinforcing our class creed, SAVY, which stands for Safety, Accountable, Valued, Yield. This creed continues to help us create a positive and supportive classroom environment.  

Our first activity involved buoyancy.  Students weighed their boats and tested them to see which one could hold the most weight.  Mini trophies were awarded to our winners.  

We also delved into the fascinating world of the periodic table. Students gained a deeper understanding of the unique characteristics of various elements, enhancing their knowledge of chemistry. To make learning even more fun, students used their creativity to invent unique superheroes based on the properties of their chosen elements. Students refined their research skills by gathering detailed information about their chosen elements. This exercise not only improved their ability to find and organize information but also deepened their understanding of the subject matter.  With time remaining in our day, we conducted our element superhero/villain parade, which was simply amazing.  Students were allowed to take their superhero capes and masks with them as souvenirs.  

We also conducted a class demonstration in which we created slime. Through this process, they observed firsthand how substances transition from a liquid to a semi-solid state, making the concept of states of matter more tangible and engaging.  Students explored the concepts of mixtures and solutions. This hands-on experience provided them with a practical understanding of these important scientific ideas.   Tomorrow, students will have an opportunity to create their own slime in class.

How You Can Support:

  • Discuss Today’s Learnings: Ask your child about their element superhero and the properties they learned.
  • Encourage Scientific Curiosity: At the end of each day, your child received a choice board on the topic that was discussed during the day.  The activities are voluntary.  If he/she decides to complete one of the activities, a prize will be awarded the following day.

We are thrilled with the enthusiasm and creativity your children have shown this week. Again, it has been our pleasure working with your students.  

Ms. Alford and Ms. Omaya