Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Update: Fifth and Sixth Grade Science

 Clarissa Mounce and Derek Axline examine their crystals under a   microscope to see the crystalline structures more clearly.

Samantha Horne, Lucy Murphy, Evan Harre, and Cameron White mass one of their metal cubes in
order to find its density.

 Joan Strate, Quinton Behrens, Ashley Bendorden, Cameron
White, Hailey   Luzum, and Evan Harre model a solid, using
meter sticks to hinder their movement.

 Cameron White tries to pour his "Goop" into a plastic bag. "Goop" has properties of both a solid and a liquid.

Mrs. Julia Polak's 6th grade science class has started their physical science unit with an introduction to chemistry. The Blue River Cohort schools' 6th grade teachers begin their chemistry studies
with Matter and physical changes in matter, including mixtures and solutions.

Atoms and molecules are next, with the concepts of elements and chemical changes. Mrs. Polak calls her unit "Kitchen Chemistry," because almost all of the demonstrations and activities are done with common household items. The students will be given a "Chemistry
Cookbook" at the end of the year.

The Exeter-Milligan 5th grade class has been studying minerals, rocks, and fossils. They grew their own crystals, and were able to examine samples of rocks and minerals that Mrs. Polak shared, and that other students brought to class.

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