This week our class completed an experiment in the kitchen. As part of our inquiry into Changing Materials we decided to find out what happened when we put plastic cups and cup lids into a hot oven.
Last week we conducted an experiment with plastic cups. Using the scientific method as our guide: we made Predictions, then conducted our Experiment, made Observations and then shared ideas to draw Conclusions and make Reflections.
Since it is December and we do not get a lot of snow in Thailand, I decided to use some snow-like material in our Creative Construction class.
Students would focus on phonics, identifying letters, writing letters and identifying sounds. All with the help of our snow.
We have been investigating the properties and characteristics of various materials. To begin, we first choose various materials that we are interested in. We then make observations and gather data about it. Students made connections on how a material looks today, is not how it will look at another time. Things are constantly changing.
Each Friday our class travels across the playground to visit Mr. Direk in the Clay Sala. For the past 2 weeks however, we have had clay in our class environment as part of our Inquiry into “the changing properties of materials.”
Our time of the week to build and get dirty finally arrived. Everyone was excited to get to work and start building. Today’s class required us to make our building material. When we look at the many building sites dotted across Bangkok, we notice that they use concrete. Concrete is used in building many of the skyscrapers across the world. Although we would not be using concrete, we could simulate making this building material and then use it to build a strong structure.
We had two new students join our creative construction class – Arth and Pun. We began by introducing ourselves, even though we know each other from other class. It is always a great way to start a class and get our excitement level up. After finding a comfortable patch of grass under a shady tree, we sat down for a story before creating our bubbles bottle and blowing bubbles activity.
This is a classic science experiment and it is very easy to do – our students can even teach you how to do it at home. We used our playground to create our model volcano and then just combined the basic ingredients of vinegar and baking soda.