Thursday, June 16, 2011

When Plans are Foiled

We were planning to go pick blueberries this morning, and I was really looking forward to it because I love blueberries! It was also going to be the conclusion of our little Farm unit.

Last night Eli got up to get a glass of water. Rick was watching something on television and Eli wanted to know what he was watching. Rick told him it was a show about science. Eli gave a thumbs up and said, "I love science!" (And he does. It was his favorite thing he did at school this year.)

Then he told me that he wanted to do science today. And when he gets in his mind that he wants to do something, then he really wants to do it!

I was trying to figure out how to squeeze it in today with blueberry picking and then Rick and my anniversary.

And then I woke up to rain, thunder and lightening. And blueberry picking was obviously going to need to be pushed off until next week.

And a space for science opened up.

I found a simple experiment to demonstrate how aluminimum foil can act as a circuit to distribute electricity from one end of a battery to the other end and light up a flashlight bulb.

First Brynne and Eli folded their aluminum foil. Then they observed the folded foil, battery and lightbulb and then answered the following questions (and drew pictures) on their observation worksheets:
  • What is the question I'm trying to answer:
  • What I think will happen:
  • What I learned:

 It was great fun and they were very into it!

He informed me that he would like to do some "planets science". I'll have to find a way to fit that in this summer somehow, even though Brynne will be doing a whole solar system unit in school next year.

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