Wednesday, May 16, 2012

M&M's for all!

I know, I know... It's been awhile.  But... there is an explanation for my lack of posts.  You just have to wait for me to finish it first.  Hopefully just a couple days!  

Today was the last day we will have formal science in the classroom.  Our to-do list of things we need to finish up by the end of the year is way too long for the amount of days left.  But, where there is a will... there is a way, right?  Maybe.  Anyway, we did a fun experiment today that I did awhile ago in a district science boot camp.  And... it involved candy.  What could be better for this time of year?!  (God bless all teachers during this homestretch!)

In fifth grade, we talk a lot about water and the water cycle.  Especially, how molecules move in hot, room temperature, and cold water.  And how those temperatures relate to the three states of matter.  So, what better way to show this than to put M&M's in water and see what happens! 

FYI:  In order to do this, it's best to have really hot water, and really cold water, so you can see more of a change.  

My students set up the experiment a multiple of different ways.  It's nice that at this time of the year I can sit back and watch them take things into their own hands.  When I hear a child turn to another and say, "wait... that won't be a fair test!"  It makes my heart melt.....

Gathering supplies!
So scientific!  

 It was funny watching the changes happen to the water, especially in the hot water.  And if you wait long enough, look what happens!  The 'M' floats to the top!  Literally.. this resulted in a full blown scream/screech from a fifth grader....  It's the little things in life.  

And who gets all the left over M&M's???  You guessed it.  Happy Wednesday!  

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