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Spring SAVY 2015, Week 2 – What’s the Matter? (Kindergarten)

Posted by on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in SAVY blog.

We had a great time together this week learning more about matter. We began by looking closely at solids, liquids, and gases. A chart was created describing the properties for each state. We concluded from our observations that our five senses help us learn more about the world. We each shared what sense gave the most helpful information during the observation and why.

We applied the Wheel of Scientific Investigation and Reasoning to investigate if the properties of a solid or liquid remain the same after a size change. We chose to investigate water and paper. We followed each step of the experiment process by making a hypothesis and listing materials needed. After conducting the experiment, we shared our results with the group.

After the break, I shared with the class an email I received requesting assistance. A mystery substance was found in the cafeteria at school and the cafeteria manager needed our help to determine if the substance was a solid or liquid. We made observations of the mystery substance using our five senses. The substance seemed to liquify through our fingers but solidify when squeezed. Next week, we will follow the steps of the scientific process to learn more about this mystery substance and why it is so puzzling.

Home Extensions:

Using the wheel of scientific investigation and reasoning, and with an adult’s help, conduct an experiment of your own to answer one of two questions: Do ice cubes melt faster in the kitchen or in the bathroom? Does water boil faster in one pan than in another pan?

Scientific Wheel of Investigation and Reasoning; make observations, ask questions, learn more, conduct experiment, create meaning, and tell others what was found.