Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tricked ya!

So for those of you who don't know, I teach science two times each day.. and I love it.  Now, I never pinned myself as much of a science person... manly because I had no clue what was going on in my college science classes.  Sadly, I cannot classify rocks nor do I know the biology of a cockroach.  (Bleh).  But on the fifth grade level, it is pretty stellar.  First of all, I love hearing all their questions (and there are many). But the true reason I love teaching science is that I get to hear all of the "Ohhh!"s  "Woah!"s  "Holy moly!"s and "Did you see that?"s Today.. I heard plenty. 

We've been talking in science about writing observations, and how scientists take something ordinary and describe it in a different way.  So I presented the ten year olds with something ordinary.  Cue, Substance X

Substance X
Now you are probably thinking, well duh Micaela.. that's salt, or sugar, or maybe even baking soda.  And that's what the fifth graders thought.  They also thought: baby powder, yeast, sand, laundry detergent, and one clever soul thought it was powdered cheese.  Well, after we smelled it and felt it, we decided we needed to pour water in it to see if we could make it react. 

So that's what we did: 

And then we watched THIS happen!

Holy moly!  It grew!

 And then.... look at THAT reaction: 


It was an exciting day in room 209.  


  1. OH THAT LOOKS FUNNN! I taught science 3 times today, it's strange repeating myself several times. I can't wait to swap experiments. Feel free to send any my way. This lady needs all the help she can get!

  2. I'd love some ideas, too. I was so glad to read your post today. This is my first year of science and I'm a little nervous!