Another great week under our belt! This week, we were getting into the study of matter. On Tuesday, students were introduced to matter through the use of articles and a literacy strategy called "Dump and Clump," which helps students to make meaningful associations between new or unfamiliar words. We learned a little bit about matter, mass, volume, particles, atoms, and much more! The article we covered was your student's to keep if you are interested in learning along with us! :)
On Wednesday, we watched our second FLIP video (I am still trying to figure out how to get them on here-urgh) and took guided notes. Then, we put our new knowledge to the test with a challenge activity. We used our new vocabulary words to create concept maps using vocabulary cards, yarn, push pins, cardboard, and blank index cards. They not only had to show the associations between their words, but also had to explain the association between each. It was tough, but everyone did a great job. It was also great practice for our lab on Thursday.
The lab went better than I ever could have imagined! We were testing the Law of Conservation of Matter by creating and comparing an open and closed system. Sounds complicated, but we enjoyed it! Everyone worked really well together and we all followed all of the safety procedures--even wearing those goofy goggles. :)
Because Friday was short, we opened with a review of the first objective (to understand that all matter is made up of atoms, and that atoms of the same element are alike, but different elements contain different atoms) then moved into a discussion of our conclusion from the lab Thursday. Almost every class was able to participate in a debate over our lab question "can matter be created or destroyed?". The only reason that one class did not get to participate in the debate was simply because we only had two students on one side and I didn't want them to have to go "against" the rest of the class. Overall, we learned that the amount of matter in our universe is a constant; matter cannot be created or destroyed. It simply changes phases.
For some of our projects this year, I will be asking for parent volunteers. If you already know that you would like to volunteer in the future, please contact me. Otherwise, the need for parent volunteers will be included in the weekly update. Thank you! :)