Welcome back! I hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyable. I’d like to mention what a wonderful job the first graders did in the Thanksgiving/Chanukah Show! Everyone spoke clearly and loudly, no one rushed, and I’m pretty sure everyone was smiling. I know I was!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’ve started a new topic. We are now learning about states of matter! On Tuesday, the first graders at each table received a bag containing either magnifying glasses, pattern blocks, or plastic fruit. Each group made a list of similarities and differences that they noticed about what was in their bag. Then they had to figure out what was the same about all of the items. We then pulled out our science books to learn that everything is made of matter. Some matter is solid, which means it keeps its shape even if you move it.
On Thursday, we read in our science books that another kind of matter is liquid. This is something that has no shape of its own, instead taking the shape of the container that it is in. Also, some liquids are thick and some are thin. We then took out different shaped containers and poured water from one to the next to see how the shape changed. We also demonstrated the pouring rate of honey (a thick liquid) vs. water (a thin liquid). Then the first graders grouped up for an experiment. In each group, one first grader poured oil into colored water, and one first grader poured vinegar into colored water. One of these liquid combinations mixed, while the other did not. Ask your first grader for details!
On Friday, we learned a new word: dissolve! We tried to dissolve dirt in water, but this did not work. We could still see pieces of dirt floating around in the water! Then we tried to dissolve a powdered drink mix in water, and it worked perfectly. It tasted pretty good too!
More states of matter fun next week!
-Miss Deena Tanenbaum