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Fall SAVY 2013, Week 1 – What’s the Matter? (Kindergarten, Instructor: Coneale Bethurum)

Posted by on Monday, September 30, 2013 in SAVY blog.

Fall SAVY 2013 – What’s the Matter, Instructor: Coneale Bethurum (Week 1)

Welcome to “What’s the Matter?” The class had a wonderful time getting to know one another and setting goals for the next five weeks. We started the session with a Morning Meeting and participated in some activities collaboratively.  We discovered how we love science! A scientist is defined as, “a person who studies nature and the physical world by testing, experimenting, and measuring” (Scholastic, 1986). The definition describes exactly what we hope to do over the next few weeks. We are going to think like scientists and learn how to do what scientists do. We plan to use the scientific investigation and reasoning wheel to guide us as we learn more about matter.

On our first Saturday together, we explored the concept of change. It is an important concept that scientists use to better understand our world. We discussed how scientists often study change using their senses. To better understand this, we performed an experiment with water, oil, and ice cubes. We observed changes throughout the experiment and wrote about these observations in our science notebooks. Please ask your scientist to describe our observations and discoveries from this experiment.

We introduced the four states of matter: solids, liquids, gases, and plasma. We began to make observations about the properties of each state. We will continue our discussion next week about the physical properties of matter. We will discover how objects can be described by color, shape, texture, relative size, weight, and position.

Home Extension

Play “I Spy Matter” with an adult or a sibling. Walk around the house and/or the yard finding different examples of solids, liquids, and gases. Say, “I spy a (solid, liquid, gas) that is (color, texture, size, shape, temperature)” and have the other person guess what you “spied”.