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This blog accompany Aliza's SEEDS and Science Kids classes at first 5.

Magnets

Hi Everyone,

This week the kids enjoyed experimenting with a magnetic wand. We sensed the magnetic force and the force should be invested to separate a magnet from a metal object.

In the cube game:

  • We imagined we are magnets that attracts metal but also special magnets that attracts red things.
  • We also created two piles. One that a magnet will attract and another that magnets won’t attract. Than with the magnetic wand we checked our predictions.

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Next we met again Chili and the 3 mice. They had adventure with magnets.

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In the exploration stations:

We made a magnetic fishing game.

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Painted with magnets.

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Fed the metal monster with the magnetic wand.

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At home, Keep exploring magnets.

  1. Strengthen the fine motor skills with this activity. Fill a bottle of water and put a paper clip inside, than with a magnet help the paper clip go out of the bottle. To complicate, draw a path on the bottle and try guiding the paper clip through the path.
  2. Fill a container with beans and variety of objects. Using a magnet find the metal ones.
  3. Use alphabet magnet and a pole to fish one letter and think about words that begins with the letter you have.

Next time it’s about Shapes.

See you all,

Aliza.

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Sound

Hi Moms,

Great time with the kids who are so engaged. This time we investigated Sound.

The cube game allowed us to explore the many faces of sound.

We can use our hearing sense to differentiate between sounds even when we cannot see the sound source.

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Sound is vibration. We sensed sound vibrations with the triangle. Vibrations produce waves that travel through air from the sound source to our ears. We pretended that we are a wave, sound source and the ear.

*** Thanks to Danielle and mom for the great demonstration.

We also explored the connection between sound and our body. We can make sound with our body, but also sounds make us move. Music has the magnificent ability  to describe images with sound.

Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Chili the cat also had a sound adventure. Chili the cat trapped the mice in a dark room and all they had to do is find the way to escape from Chili using music.

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We explored sound in 3 hands-on stations:

1. Building a drum from recycled containers, balloons and chopsticks.

At home try to use tin cans to produce a different sound. Compare the sounds from the two instruments.

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2. Building a banjo from paper plates, rubber bands and a cardboard.

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3. Building a phone from 2 recycled cups and a strings.

At home try to hold the string tight in different place and hit the string. You can produce different pitches of sound that way.

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After all this hard work we improvised with the musical instrument we created.

And finally we documented and shared our work.

***Thanks to Ganesh for documenting and presenting.

At home build on the knowledge the kids acquired with:

  1. Guessing game. Use different kind of materials to produce sound, while hiding the sound source. Guess what make each sound.
  2. Explore water and sound to ask the question: “Can sound be heard in water?”. In the bath or in the pool, explore water and sounds. Bubbles, streams, splashing and more.
  3. Pay attention to environmental sounds. While you are out and about, stop for a minute to listen. What sounds do you discover. It can be surprising.
  4. Listen to music. What object you imagine when you are listening to a certain musical piece? how the music make your body move?

Next time it’s Magnets!.

See you,

Aliza.

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Space

Space is too big for us to see with our eyes. Yet human knows so much about it. Isn’t that a wonder? Science is often about things that are too small or too big for us to see and that’s the beauty in it. The kids were immersed in exploring space.

We started by exploring Space with the Cube Game: Walked on the moon, Acted as if we are on the sun, Created an F constellation with our bodies and…

Blasted off our rocket ships:

***Thanks Jeanette for the documentation.

 

Next we met our friends Chili the cat and the three mice while their having an adventure on space.

To start answering questions about space we created our own skies in 3 creative stations:

1. An imaginary alien.

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2. Creating the planets while getting more knowledge about them from books.

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Our skies started to take form now with the Aliens and the planets.

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3. connecting the starts to create our own constellations.

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And our sky is complete!!!

How to keep it going?

1. Elaborating  about space with more sources of information.

Since space is not perceivable with bear eyes, we have the opportunity to use books and other sources of information. So now when the subject is fresh in our kid’s mind it’s time to check out a book about Space. For example the book “There’s no place like space” is a great one.

2. Form and Function.

Create more imaginary aliens that adapts to a certain habitat in an imaginary planets. For example, we can think of a planet without gravity – what shape an alien that lives on this planet will take. It can be many shapes and forms, so we can get crazy with our imagination.

3. Rocket ship.

Build a paper rocket ship. That’s a great opportunity to experiment transforming 1D paper to 3D rocket. For example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlZ2yyrooS8 this video shows a simple one.

Have a great weekend!

Aliza.

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Mixing Colors

Hi All,

Welcome to Science kids!!!

Great first Session thanks to all the kids and parents that participated.

In this session we explored mixing colors by going through the science circle.

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First, we observed colors with the Cube game.

We tossed the color cube and everyone went for a hunt after the color the cube showed.

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Next we listened to the story about Chili the Cat and Eeny, Meeny and Miny the mice and asked the question:

How we can create a new color by mixing colors?

We explored mixing colors in 4 stations and shared all our creations in the middle of the circle.

Mixing Tempra paint

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The magic top

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Stained Glass creation

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Creating a playdough mouse.

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Now every kid picked one creation and documented it in his journal. Thank you Nelly, Evelyn and Danielle for sharing your documentation with all the kids.

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At the end we got back to our mice to see how they were mixing themselves in color and found a hiding place from Chili the cat.

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And now we can repeat the science circle again and again at home :

  • Talk more about colors and mixing colors, Ask questions about the documentation. Have them document another creation from the class.
  • Ask about the different stations. For example, compare different methods that we used to mix colors.
  • Repeat the activities again at home. Kids LOVE repetition they will be happy to mix playdough again create another spinner, mix more tempera paint and make another stained glass art.
  • Try more color related activities. Here is a great one to try: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/milk-color-explosion.
  • Read books about colors or highlight the subject when you’re reading a book.

You are welcome to post a short video of an activity you and your kid did related to colors and mixing them or tell about it by commenting to this post.

Next time it’s all about SPACE!!!

See you next time,

Aliza.

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