Friday, August 28, 2009

Mad Scientists Week 2

We read a book about Atoms this week from a series called Simply Science. I was very pleased with the boys' narrations and Thane would not let me forget that "everything is made of matter".

We did a few different things with the boys this week. My friend, Tina, came up with a great atom model mobile for them to create. Do I dare tell you that she had a dream about it and then pieced it together the next day? They all turned out awesome!

Here Magnus is threading his electrons (plastic beads) onto the "path" (pipe cleaner).

Thane is creating his protons and neutrons (clay).

Ameer and Tamir are carefully piecing their atoms together.

The finished products!

Next, Miss Tina explained molecules to them...specifically water and carbon dioxide. I am not sure how much they got out of it, but I finally understood it pretty well by the time she was done!

Magnus showing off his carbon dioxide model. I think they really enjoyed eating the elements (marshmellows)!

Next the boys created CO2.

They were each given vinegar and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda...I didn't know that was it's "official" name.)

Mad scientist at work!


Lori C., Texas said...

I am loving your science posts!! We are so lacking in the science area! I need to look into fixing that!:)

Carrie said...

Love the atoms - too cute!!! I'll have to remember this! :)