At Eagle Creek, we like to get our hands dirty!
Middle School: Melting Point
The students completed a lab about discovering the melting point of substances. The definition for melting point is the temperature where the substance begins to change from a solid phase to a liquid phase. Students are measuring the melting point of soap and cooking vegetable oil in this photo.
4th Grade : Loch Ness Monster Challenge
After reading about the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, students inquired into how to build a raft. Each pair of students drew a detailed design plan to build a model raft. Next, they tested their experiments using marbles (the tourists who had to stay on the raft). Then, they compared their results with others and improved their models where needed. They integrated math, having to calculate the total amount of income their excursion business could earn per week, based on the price per ticket, the amount of income per raft excursion, the number of excursions per day, and the total number of hours of operation. What a challenge!
2nd Grade: How Do Milk & Ice Make Ice Cream?
Students faced a challenge when they were given a list of ingredients and materials and the task of figuring out how to make ice cream from scratch. Here is what they received:
Grade 5: Light Sensors
Students used light sensors to detect the similarities and differences in the amount of light given off at different locations of the room. Students were able to state patterns in what they saw, such as that when the sensor is pointed away from the light, it will sense less light. This led them to the conclusion that reflected, or bouncing light is not as strong as direct light. They also pointed out that the light sensor is like an eye because it detects light, but unlike an eye because it cannot detect objects. It was extremely fun!
3rd Grade: Exploring Living Things
Third grade students are studying plants and living things. They are able to see how water and nutrients travel through the leaf's xylem tubes through capillary action. The students are using a magnifying glass to closely look at the path the red water has taken through its leaf.
1st Grade: Candy Corn
Students had to predict which liquid -- hot water, cold water, vinegar or vegetable oil -- would change the candy corn the most. First, they wrote a hypothesis. Many students predicted the oil would make the biggest change since it was the thickest liquid, but they quickly learned that hot water had the biggest effect. After we cleaned up, we drew pictures and wrote down our conclusions. Since we had done the hands-on activity, their pictures and conclusions were much more detailed and explanatory than they would have been if we had just talked about what heat can do.
Johnny Appleseed Day
The students learned that Johnny Appleseed was the nickname for John Chapman, a man who devoted his life to planting apple trees and spreading peace. Making homemade applesauce was the big project for the day. The students used a hand-cranked peeler to remove the skins from apples. Next, they cut the apples into chunks and added them to a crock pot for cooking. After a few hours, a wonderful, sweet smell drifted down the hallways. As part of a study of the senses, the children tasted several apple items and created graphs in their science journals to show which apple products they liked.