We absolutely did science this week, but I’m swamped with Tempest rehearsal stuff and life in general, so I thought I’d do a couple of other things instead of posting about our week.
First of all, this lesson wraps up the first section we covered in our spine The Usborne Science Encyclopedia. This unit took up half the year and covered the section called “Energy, Forces and Motion.” In case you’re interested, here’s the links below to all the sections and how we covered them:
Looking back, I feel pretty good about how we covered these topics. Obviously, there are things I see that we could have done better (things other than just me realizing that I accidentally misnumbered the science weeks… oopsie). But overall, it’s good. Coming up next is our second half of the year unit: “Light, Sound and Electricity.”
And just so you don’t feel like this post was all links to other posts (don’t you hate that?) I thought I would share a little about our science organization. At the start of the year, I looked at a lot of the experiments I wanted to do with these topics and began gathering the materials we would need into a single box so that I wouldn’t need to think about things like, “Hey, do we have any ping pong balls?” every week. I couldn’t keep absolutely everything on hand, but I’m so glad I did this. And having see how many of these common household items are used over and over again in experiments, such as the ones in the Janice VanCleave books, I want to keep up our Box of Science so that it can continue to be a one stop spot for experiments. I had a few things in there that were specific to our units, such as the wacky whirlers I mentioned last week and the putt putt boats that I’ll tell you all about next week. However, the vast majority of stuff was just common items that I might have forgotten to have around if not for two elementary school science students.
Here’s what we’ve got:
- balloons (regular and water balloon size)
- rubber bands
- one large pickle jar and one small baby food jar
- ping pong balls
- beach ball
- magnifying glasses
- modeling clay
- two liter plastic bottle
- paper clips
- duck tape and Scotch tape
- scraps of cardboard
- tin foil
- baking soda
Wow. The Box of Science is a bit of a mess now that the unit is over. Must refresh and get it ready for our next unit.