Sunday, November 13, 2016

I'm Melting!

Last week, our MWF preK students did some experiments.  We are learning that liquids do not have a shape and need to be in a container.  We also learned that temperature will change the shape of a solid or liquid. 

We put ice cubes in a bowl and predicted what would happen.  Two ice cubes were placed in a small plastic glass.

The ice melted!  We observed that all the ice had melted.  What will happen if we put the containers back into the freezer?  More predictions...
The water froze into a circle shape.  Why?  The containers are in the classroom and we will observe what happened over the weekend.  Will our predictions be correct? 

We will be using the words experiment, observe and predict with our preK students as we do more experiments throughout the school year. 

What can you do at home?  A lot...it's water and containers.  Easy breezy!  Experiment with different containers, sunny windows or place a container with ice outside where it is still cool and a container with ice inside.  Ask your child to predict which will melt faster.  Why?

Liquids and solids also mean ice cream fun for our preK kiddos!  What's your favorite flavor?
Morning Class
Afternoon Class
We made ice cream (a quart of heavy cream, a can of sweet condensed milk and fifteen enthusiastic helpers to stir and mix).  It turned into ice cream!
Did your child like the ice cream?
Morning Class
Afternoon Class
These graphs give us an opportunity to introduce concepts like greater, less, more, equal and zero. We count. We estimate.  We write the number.  As I write the words, the children are asked "What is this letter?"   "Y"   "Y-E-S  spells 'yes'."  We will continue this process throughout the year. 

More food fun this week with fruits, vegetables, jellies and jams.

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