The Curiosity Show has begun…

This term our inquiry learning is focusing on the concept of CHANGE.  We are exploring CHANGE by being SCIENTISTS.  On Tuesday we had an incursion at school.  ALL the Year Two teachers changed into SCIENTISTS and shared with us their favourite science experiments.  We had to make OBSERVATIONS.  We had to LIST materials. We had to THINK about what HAD changed and what had CAUSED the change.

What was your favourite experiment?  What were some things the teachers talked to you about the importance of being SAFE when doing experiments?

Today we had a SCIENCE MYSTERY PILE.  On the floor there were a lot of different items.  Everyone had to pick up and item and describe what it had to do with science, how it could be used in an experiemnt or a wondering they had about.

Have another look at the photo at home.  What else can you see that you can explain your thinking about? Do you have any science books at home that might help us turn some of our SCIENCE wonderings into discoveries?  If you do bring them to share with everyone…

Stay tuned for a slide show about our incursion day…

Miss M made a tea bag rocket…

Tea Bag Rocket

What were the safety instructions about this experiment?

Glow Stick – it’s very quick!

An Exploration of MEASUREMENT

This week we are beginning an exploration into different ways to MEASURE.

Today we investigated CAPACITY.  Capacity is the measuring of how much a container can hold.  When we measure capacity we have to give our measurement a name.  A measurement always has a name.  For example you can not just say the container holds 3.  You would need to say it holds 3 cups or 3 spoons or 3 handfuls.  It is also important that the container is filled.  When we measure there are to be NO GAPS.

Can you find some containers at home that have different capacities?  Can you order them from largest to smallest?

Today we explored AREA.  Area is the measurement of the size a surface takes up.  It is usually measured in square units.  We measured the area of a book cover using square tiles.  This showed that we could measure with NO GAPS and NO OVERLAPS.  We then created our own robots on a grid paper and counted the squares to fin the area of its body and parts.