Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What's the Matter...with matter?


Hog heaven students have been up to their eyeballs in matter these past few weeks. We have been asking ourselves about matter and what matter is (anything that takes up space), together with the properties of matter. Students use their five senses to describe what it is that they see and feel when observing things. Today we went on a nature walk and students collected matter. They found stones, feathers, leaves, flowers, twigs, pine cones and ants. When they came back to the classroom, they took the items out of their paper bags and used their Science Journals to write about what they found. They described the items as rough, pointy, colorful, sticky and smooth. These basic lessons in Science are building the background knowledge that students will use and need as the years go on. They will scaffold what they know and build on it. But for right now, they are noticing the world around them and coming to realize that we are surrounded by matter, whether it is a solid, liquid or gas.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Joey talked all the way down Beach Blvd. tonight to practice giving an in-depth lesson about properties of matter. He then repeated the whole lesson for Chip at dinner. He is so excited about science and described each item (even the dirt) in his bag in detail. Thanks for making this meaningful - he had internalized these concepts!
-Karen

Anonymous said...

I'll bet the kids loved the nature walk. And the little treasures they found gave them inspiration for writing. What a great lesson.
- Leanne Prendergast

Anonymous said...

Bennett has really enjoyed the study on matter and has shared numerous thoughts! Thanks for making science lessons so much fun that he wants to share facts at home!

The Griffin Gang

Ms. Symons and Ms. Wickert said...

Lauren loves your Science studies! She got so excited when she was in my classroom and saw a book on Matter too. Love to see all the learning!!!! You are fabulous teachers.

Lourdes said...

You ladies are rock "solid" teachers! Andrew loves science. He has shared so many facts, and is asking so many questions. I love that you took the lesson outside the classroom walls. The children make the connection to the world around them.

Anonymous said...

All Hanna could talk about was matter. She said she love "matter" and science. Thank you for all you do!!
-Rosemary

Anonymous said...

Breckyn has made a comment on everything is matter. She talks about smoke, gas, and water. She even took a bottle of water and put it in the freezer to tell me that she was changing matter. I love It!