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!
We started a new topic and we are now learning about states of matter! On Tuesday, the first graders at each table received bags 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 bags. Then the first graders had to figure out what was the same about all of the items. We 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 it was time for an experiment! At each table in the classroom, 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!
Have a great weekend, and happy Chanukah!
-Miss Deena Tanenbaum