Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Matter does Matter!!

Matter Matters Lab Report Cover

Now that all the dust has settled and we have finished out another great school year, I wanted to catch up on some posts! This is a follow-up to my earlier post about matter when we began our Rubber Egg Experiment. Check it out here.
This is how the eggs looked after the weekend!  I think beginning any of these
experiments on a Friday and waiting for the results on a Monday just add to the excitement.
Look at the change in the egg!

Now it's time to examine our eggs and notice ALL the ways they have changed.
 They sure do LOOK different!

They definitely FEEL different!

Now it's time to record our results on our Lab Report...
The Rubber Egg Experiment Lab Report

We referred back to our hypotheses and decided which ones were correct and which ones were not.

We documented the changes in our eggs and the vinegar in the cup and answered the Big Question.

We went back and answered our more specific questions, also.

Now it's finally time to GENTLY pick up our eggs and feel for ourselves how they changed!

I loved the look on their faces as they held their eggs!

SO rubbery!!

I love their illustrations!
I wanted to include the lab reports that we used for the Snowflake Experiment from January.
Check out my post from last year on this experiment here.  

Snowflake Experiment Lab Report Updated

I saved this experiment for the last day of school. I know, crazy, but it WAS fun and something to look forward to! Don't be jealous of my smooth dance moves as I try to run BACKWARDS to keep from getting soaked!

This is so simple and I'm sure most all of you have heard, seen or performed this experiment for yourselves so I know I'm not sharing anything new but I wanted to tell you how I tied it in to our study on Matter.  The liquid (Diet Coke) has a gas already present (the carbonation). When the solid (the Mentos) meets with this liquid and gas, you get an IMMEDIATE result! Needless to say, the kids LOVE it.  Look how high the soda shoots up! I use three different 2 liter bottles of Diet Coke-less sticky when it sprays all over you :) -to see which bottle will spray the highest.  The kids vote on which bottle sprays the highest by clapping.  **I used Steve Spangler's Mentos tube made just for this experiment. So much easier to get those Mentos into the coke bottle and make a quick getaway!

We then go back to the room and complete a very quick lab report and then our Matter Matters! book is finished! Learning til the last second, people!! Fun, fun, fun!!
Mentos Lab Report