More October Fun

First grade concluded their study of the Water Cycle and Weather by making ice cream in a bag to see how water can change from a liquid to a solid when the temperature is lowered.  And then we ate our ice cream! YUM!  If you would like to try this at home here is the recipe we used:

Ice Cream in a Bag: For every cup of milk (or cream) add 4 teaspoons of sugar.  For vanilla ice cream add 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring or for chocolate add 2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup.  Place the mixture in a Ziploc bag, seal it and then place inside a second Ziploc bag (in case the first one comes open or tears).  Place your bag of ice cream mix in a large freezer size Ziploc bag or a large plastic container, add ice and about 1/2 cup ice cream salt, seal and shake until it turns to a solid.  It will take at least 10 minutes. (If you have trouble getting it to change to a solid, add more ice cream salt to the ice.)

Second grade performed an experiment to see what solution would best clean the tarnish off of pennies.  We tested 5 solutions: water and salt, water and sugar, water and soap, vinegar and salt, and vinegar and sugar.  And the winner was the vinegar and salt solution!

Fourth grade used the scientific method to perform an experiment to learn “How many M&Ms are in a fun size bag?”.  We found the average for all 5 classes was 15 M&Ms in a fun size bag.  We also sorted the M&Ms by color and surprisingly found that instead of about the same amount of each color, we had significantly more blue and orange M&Ms than the other colors.

October News

Kindergarten is studying Gravity during the month of October.  We did experiments like the ones done by Galileo to see that objects of different weights fall at the same speed.

The Kincaid first graders will be finishing their units on Water and Weather during October.  We learned how to use balance scales and did an experiment to see that ice weighs the same as the liquid created when the ice melts.

Second grade continued their unit on Matter.  We investigated liquids and gases to learn the differences between them and solids.  We even blew up a balloon without using our mouths!

How to blow up a balloon without using your mouth: Pour about a cup of vinegar into an empty plastic water bottle.  Put a large spoonful of baking soda into a balloon.  Stretch the balloon over the opening of the water bottle (be careful not to lift it up and let the baking soda fall into the bottle).  Lift the balloon up over the bottle and let the baking soda fall out of the balloon and into the bottle.  Watch the balloon expand as a gas is produced from the reaction between the vinegar and the baking soda.

Third grade will be finishing their unit on Fossils this month.  We have already created mold fossils using clay.  Next each student will make a cast fossil out of plaster of paris.  Ask your child what the difference is between a mold and a cast fossil.

Fourth grade:  We finished our units on Weather and the Water Cycle with a lesson on clouds.  We had a great time getting our hands messy  and making the different types of clouds with shaving cream.  Then we made a “Cloud in a Bottle”.  Check out the “Cloud in a Bottle” demonstration on the Steve Spangler website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msSVQ903T8k.

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Next we will be learning about energy, pushes and pulls, and simple machines.

Fifth grade will be beginning their unit on Matter this month.  We will be learning the difference between physical and chemical changes and performing some experiments so we can see some chemical changes.  The fifth graders will also learn how to use a light microscope and use them to see how different substances that look alike when viewed with our eyes actually have different shapes when looked at under magnification.