Silly Science incursion

Today was our silly science incursion. We learnt a lot of new things for our science education.

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It was sticky, it was gooey, it was slime. In our incursion we made slime, we got to take the slime home after we made it. Did you know that nonutoniaviscoelastic fluid means slime?image

POP! The rocket shot out of the beaker. We found out that if you mix bi-carb soda and vinegar together, shake it and put a small rocket on top, the rocket will shoot up.

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CLICK! The magnets clicked together. It was time to fish for magnets! We were aloud to catch five fish and then we had to move to the next rotation.

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SNAP! The magnets snapped together as we built the tunnels to pull the metal through. As we pulled the magnets through we wondered what mak s the metal attract to the magnets.

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Drip, drip, drip, how many pencils can you stick through the bag full of water with out it leaking? 1,2,3, we got a lot.

It was so much fun!!😊

By Ella and Stella

Science experiment

We are learning about all things science this term and today we decided to do an experiment to see what happened when we mixed oil and water. The first experiment was a bit of a disaster because all of the food dye came out of the oil and sank down into the water. It ended black. WE did it a second time and decided not to put colour in with the oil which meant that the separation between the oil and water was more obvious.

WE wrote the experiment up in our Writer’s Notebooks. Looking forward to doing another experiment tomorrow!!

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What’s your favourite experiment so far?

Cooking from our garden

Outside our classrooms we are lucky to have thriving vege gardens. Mr Haslam and Mr Burdess tend to these gardens and at this time of the year they are blooming with kale, broad beans, lettuce, silver beet, parsley and much more.

We picked kale and silver beet. After washing germs, Sunny’s mum came and set up the staff roo. For us all to cook! We rolled, chopped, broke eggs, mixed and whisked. Our frittatas were put into the oven. At lunch time, Sunny’s mum delivered the frittata to us in the classroom. The verdict?

Delicious!!

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What do you enjoy cooking and/or growing?

Environment and Sustainability Inquiry topic

3 A Exploring our environment in term 3

This term the grade 3’s are investigating the environment and sustainability. It is hoped that the students will develop an awareness and understanding of the effects of people’s interactions with their environment and the ways in which these affect their lives.

The grade 3s will be asked to explore an area of interest and write a brief information report to present to the class.

Some ideas of areas that your child may be interested in researching and writing their information report on include:

  • An indigenous bird, plant, sea creature or animal.
  • A local sustainability project such as the hessian bags to ensure that there are no plastic bags to negatively impact on the sea creatures.
  • Environmentally friendly practices at home such as composting, recycling, worm farms, planting, being energy efficient.
  • The endangered hooded plovers.
  • National Parks.
  • The Bluff Marine sanctuary.
  • Walking/riding to school to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Our butterfly garden.
  • Sand dune environments.

Students will take the folder home home for 2-3 nights, write about their chosen topic of interest then, on return to school, share their findings. The highlights of their presentation will be shared on COMPASS. This is an open-ended task and has been designed to be a fun and enjoyable experience. This activity gives students choice to investigate something that is of particular interest to them. They can write as little or as much as they wish. It also gives them a chance to showcase their organisation and public speaking skills!

 

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What are you most interested in learning about this term?

Welcoming parents to our classroom

image image imageOn Friday we welcomed many of our parents and grandparents into our classroom. It was great to share some of our learning. The students performed poems that they had learnt during the week. We shared our Barwon Heads history projects with our families, played maths games and estimated blocks in a jar. It was great to have so many parents write on our blog! Thank you so much for visiting our classroom!

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Lobster Pot excursion

This morning we had a very interesting time at the Lobster Pot. Maddy taught us all about how the land that Barwon Heads is built on was formed. We learnt that the ocean went all the way to Ballarat but the ice age that happened 11, 500 years ago exposed the land. The bluff is over 100,000 years old but the Ocean Grove spit is only 6000 years old.

 

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We found out that the indigenous people were the first shopkeepers, farmers, lawyers etc of the land that we live on now and that the land provided all that they needed to live. There are middens around Barwon heads that look like lots of shells, but they re the Aborigine’s rubbish tips. All of their “rubbish” was biodegradable though – no plastic!

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Here is a map of all the shipwrecks around Barwon Heads. There were many objects on display that had been found from shipwrecks.

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We also learnt about local indigenous plants and animals and why it is so important to look after our beaches and sand dunes.

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What did you learn?

Sea science night

On Tuesday night our friends from Barwon Coast came and taught us all about our local environment.

Brooke taught us all about the estuary and the plants and creatures that live there. We played a blindfold game where we had to identify some of the things that live in the estuary.

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We then went into th art room where Mark taught us all about some of the plants that live in the sea and river near Barwon Heads. We learnt about different types of algae (sea weeds), Kelp forests, Sea dragons and mangroves. We saw an underwater movie taken around the bluff!

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Finally we went to Mrs Jordan’s room where John Duthie taught us how to play Barwon bluff bingo! It was really fun! Some of the questions included ” it has a hard outer shell”

“Has only one opening that it uses for food and waste”

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What did you learn?

Coke and Mentos Experiment

As part of our investigation into Solids, Liquids and Gas we carried out an experiment on Thursday.

We had already seen an experiment that was similar to this on You Tube but wanted to try it out for ourselves.

QUESTION: What will happen when Mentos are put into Pepsi and Mapsi Max.

HYPOTHESIS: The pepsi will froth up.

MATERIALS: Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Mentos, Tube

PROCEDURE:

1. Take all of the materials to an area outside

2. Put funnel/tube into top of both bottles

3. Drop  3 Mentos into the funnel of the Pepsi and move away quickly

4. Drop 3 mentor into the funnel of the Pepsi Max and move away even more quickly!

FINDINGS: Both types of Pepsi fizzed up and went over the top. The Pepsi Max fizzed up way more than the Pepsi though.

CONCLUSION: The roughness of the Mentos combined with the extra chemicals in Pepsi Max make for a more impressive reaction.

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Silly Science Slime!

 

 

IMG_1455 IMG_1453 IMG_1452Here is the slime recipe, it is a bit different to the one that we used in class. We found out that slime is a solid AND a liquid! It is a non-newtonian visco-elastic fluid! Now try saying that!?

We were told to be very careful with our slime and of the need to wash our hands after playing with it and to keep it away from small children.

Which science experiment did you like the most?