On Wednesday, June 1 Mrs. Farber and Mrs. Bowden's classes had the opportunity to participate in a water lab at the BLSC. We learned that water is "sticky" (that is that its molecules like to hold it together). When we added soap to water, however, the water broke apart. We learned that we can make coins float by dropping them like a leaf onto water. Drop it like a knife and it sinks. If you use some tissue underneath, it is easier to drop the coin on top. We also learned that a cork will drift to the side of a cup of water, but if you fill the cup to the top the cork will float in the middle. We filled our cups so that the water was over the top!!
On Friday, June 3 the students of BEST along with 300 students from other neighbouring schools gathered on our fields to celebrate aboriginal culture. We listened to stories, drumming and dancing. We ate bannock for snack and examined artifacts from a museum. We saw various tipis and saw how they erected and dismantled them. The day ended with a giant circle dance with over 700 people. An amazing day of learning and fun.
With the Egg Launch/Glide on Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Farber issued a challenge this week. How can you make something fly through the air without throwing or kicking it? Hmmmmm.....many puzzled faces. Once we headed out to the Build it Bin, though, my future scientists went to work. Let's try this....no, no....try it that way. Oh what fun! Lots of "Heads up!" and "Look out!" Things definitely went flying and quite a bit of experimenting and learning took place.
In Math, we have just started a unit on measurement. We will talk about length and width, area, capacity, weight, and time. We are beginning with length and using non-standard measurement tools to practise measuring everyday objects. The students are having a lot of fun using space sticks, cubes and their feet to measure.
Cathy Farber is a Kindergarten teacher at Bert Edwards Science & Technology School in Kamloops, B.C.