This week we have been Tuning In to our new Unit of Inquiry. We began by visiting a Grade 6 Science lesson where Ms. Jeremiah demonstrated the scientific concepts of Density and Diffusion.
The Grade 2 children helped by acting as particles in a solid, liquid and gas and by observing the effect of diffusion in a gas and liquid.
We drew our observations when we returned to our class and will build on vocabulary and ideas from the visit throughout the unit.
Some children have been inspired to conduct some investigations of their own, involving water and coloured paper. They want to see the effect of the coloured dye from the paper in water and also to see if it will eventually turn into paint if they leave it and let the water evaporate.
We also read some books related to the concept of change and water, which the children then summarised into a sentence or two.. This developed their skill of listening and then selecting the main idea from what they have heard.
We ended the week by creating some change in states of matter ourselves. The children worked in small groups to change cream into butter through movement. They then devoured this during snack when it was spread on bread.
We have also poured orange juice into moulds and will enjoy these once the change through temperature has fully worked (not quite ready by today).
The children really enjoyed making the butter and we had lots of ideas for making pizza, bread, more butter to sell at the school Fun Fair! If the children do manage to rope you into some "changes" in the kitchen, please let me know and if possible take a photo.
Grade 2.1 are a class of 7 and 8 year old students who attend ISS International School in Singapore. We learn together and play together and enjoy sharing our discoveries with you.