Sink or Float – Designing a Boat Made of Foil

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Posted by saratat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 18, 2015

Working in groups of 4 or 5, students were asked to design a boat made of foil. When they had made the boat float, they had to see how many blocks their boat could hold without sinking.

  • How many blocks do you predict your boat will hold?
  • What boat shape will be the strongest? Why?
  • Would you change your design next time? If so, what would you do differently?

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Force and Motion

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Posted by saratat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 18, 2015

Using the following materials, try to design a catapult to throw a block as high in the air as possible. Be creative with your design to force your block high into the sky. You will need:

  • Icy pole sticks
  • Rubber bands
  • Blocks

What is a catapult?

A catapult is something that we use to fire something in the air

They might be used to throw something from one spot to another

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Once we had finished our designs we tested them out. Whoosh! They went flying and accelerated through the air! Some even hit the roof! They flew because we used our own energy to push down on one side and that made the other side of the catapult push the block up into the air.

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What dissolves?

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Posted by saratat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 18, 2015

What dissolves? What does dissolving mean?

Dissolving means that things will disappear.

It means that it goes away and you can’t see it anymore

What do you think will happen when we mix the following dry materials with water?

  • coffee
  • salt
  • oregano
  • sand
  • sugar
  • baking soda

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Fizz Inflator!

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Posted by saratat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 18, 2015

Chemical Science! How can anyone resist an experiment that involves exciting chemical reactions and visible changes?!

Students working with Mr.A have made hypotheses about what will happen when they put bicarbonate soda in a balloon, attach it to a water bottle filled with vinegar, and lift the balloon to allow the bicarbonate soda to fall into the bottle. What do you think will happen?

I predict that it will go everywhere!

I think it will explode!

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Can you hypothesise whether these objects will sink or float?

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Posted by saratat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 18, 2015

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Sink or Float?!

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Posted by saratat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 18, 2015

Mr. Griffin and Renee are running the Sink or Float activity. The students are exploring a variety of objects that sink or float in buckets of water.

As as all good scientists do, students are hypothesising (predicting) about what will happen before they conduct their experiments. One student hypothesised:

I think that the baseball will sink and then float when I drop it in the water.

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1/2 NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK LIVE BLOG!!!

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Posted by saratat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 18, 2015

Hello and welcome to the grade 1/2 National Science Live Blog!

Today the students are rotating through a variety of science activities to inquire, explore and investigate a variety of science concepts!

We will keep you regularly updated with photos, quotes and information about what the students are up to, their hypotheses, observations and understandings!

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Italian Food

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Posted by reneetimion | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 13, 2015

Yesterday 1/2R came to visit Renee to learn about italian food. We practised speaking using italian greetings and saying ‘I like’ and naming the italian foods we liked. Here is a video of one of the groups:

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Posted by mrgriffin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 13, 2015

Chemical Science in 1/2R

We explored our understanding that heat energy can change objects or substances;

  • Substances can undergo change when heated
  • Some changes are more obvious than others and occur at different rates
  • Explored the different ways a substance (a piece of bread) can change

This is what we observed!IMG_2147

1/2ST’s Spelling – The Silent Final ‘e’

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Posted by reneetimion | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 6, 2015

In 1/2ST we learn all sorts of interesting things to assist us with our spelling, writing and reading (all in one!) Now we’re sure you’ve all heard of the famous ‘bossy e’, but did you know – there are actually FIVE different jobs for the silent final e? See if your child can explain them to you!

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