Greetings! As I sit here, enjoying electricity and waiting for the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, I am in shock that this week brings an end to Session One of our science class. Time surely flies! Hopefully the scientists and I can enjoy one last class together on Wednesday...we shall see.
During the past few weeks, we discussed the three things all living things need to live: food, water and air. The scientists were excited to read the book Biggest, Fastest, and Longest and try to guess which animals the author was talking about. Since WE are animals, too, we talked about taking care of ourselves and being healthy.
A "field trip" to the orchard with Sandy's Nature Class gave us so many wonderful opportunities with regard to studying living vs. non-living things! We read books that taught us how apple trees grow and have already made plans to walk to the orchard again in the spring to see what apple blossoms look like. The scientists picked three different kinds of apples during our trip and each of us tried at least once slice of each kind. (The kinds were dubbed Red Delicious, Mystery Red, and Yellow.) We made a graph to record our observations and hung it in the hallway for all of Fairville to see. The following class, the scientists made Grandma Suter's Apple Crisp with their harvest. Here is the recipe:
Preheat oven to 350. Peel and cut apples, put in bowl. Sprinkle cinnamon, salt and water, then gently mix. "Rub" flour, sugar and butter together and sprinkle mixture on top of apples.
In order to have further proof that living things need food, water and air to grow, the scientists conducted an experiment with mums. They decided that one plant would get no water, one would be placed into a container and get no air, and we would keep the last one healthy (instead of pulling off its leaves). Boy, was there great shock when the "no air" plant was doing so well! Since we were still giving it water, the moisture remained in the container, turning it into a sort of mini-greenhouse.
We were going to turn part of the hallway at Fairville into a rainforest this week, but Hurricane Sandy has altered our plans. If your child has been talking about bringing in a rainforest stuffed animal, that would still be fine (if we see each other on Wednesday!), but we will concentrate on something else during class instead; specifically, we will learn about different types of homes/habitats people and animals live in all over the world.
Thank you for helping your child's interest in science grow!